STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This group of people came together with the common goal of putting their faith into action to serve their communities. Each of them brings a unique perspective, talent, skill, and passion for leaving the world a better place than they found it. We are lucky to have them as part of our team, and try to tell them so as often as possible.
Does our mission speak to you? Do you believe you have unique gifts, special skills, untapped talents that could help make Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley stronger, better, more efficient? We would love to hear from you! Send us an email and let's talk!
Jennifer's work with the Alzheimer's Association was the spark that ignited the passion to do something to fill the gaps in service that often exist and to help enable people to remain independent, in their own homes, as long as possible. She is thrilled beyond measure to be working with so many dynamic and respected people to help build and grow Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley.
Marketing & Administration
Morgan is our first staff hire and a wonderful asset to our program. She is a Marshall grad and a gifted graphic artist, but the talents she brings to her new position with us are many. She is already helping to streamline some of our processes, and is making improvements to the way we measure the impact of the work we do. She is a also skilled organizer and event planner. But her most valuable contribution to our organization is the way she works directly with our care receivers with such immense kindness, grace and compassion.
Andy is Vice President of HealthSmart Casualty Claims Solutions and a sitting member of the Charleston City Council. Service to others is a passion in his life, as demonstrated by his deep commitment to the community through the work he performs for his church, in public service, and through education outreach. He looks forward to being a strong advocate for Faith in Action.
Bethany Hall serves as Business Development Director for Quality Insights (formerly WVMI). Bethany is used to being busy and is involved with many different community projects and organizations. Bethany is married to Brent Hall and they live on the East End of Charleston with their rambunctious bloodhound, Lincoln, who has quickly become a very spoiled and loved member of the family. Bethany is extremely pleased to be able to be an advocate for Faith in Action and help provide a much needed service in the surrounding community.
Jane Marks has more than 30 years of non-profit experience, from the creation of a 501(c)3, to Board growth and development, as well as fundraising. She is the retired Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, WV Chapter and currently works as a dementia consultant and caregiver coach. She is a published author of multiple journal articles on aging and Alzheimer's disease, as well creator of multiple training curriculums for both long-term care and in-home dementia care workers. She has served on numerous regional and national work groups in the area of aging, public policy, and Alzheimer’s disease, and is a national speaker on caregiving and dementia topics. She was named Public Servant of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2013.
Owner of Virginia C. Slack, CPA, Virginia has been in tax preparation for over 40 years. She recently served as the President of the West Virginia Society of CPA’s and a member of their Board for over 7 years. She has been an active member of Christ Church United Methodist, which has included serving as the treasurer for the women’s group for over 25 years. She is excited to serve as Treasurer for Faith in Action to lend financial advice to such a worthy agency. Virginia, a native of North Carolina, proudly claims to be a “West Virginian by choice” since 1978 and currently makes her home with her husband in Elkview.
Joe is a founding member of law firm of Robinson & McElwee and has nearly 40 years of experience as an attorney. His deep and long-term involvement in the community spans the spectrum from education to the arts, and he is an active member of the United Disciples of Christ Church. Joe and his wife, Betty, are also the proud grandparents of Ben.
Kathleen has been the co-owner of Epiphany Consulting for more than 15 years. She is also a sitting member of the South Charleston City Council. Kathleen first entered the nonprofit arena when she founded the WV affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and brought the Komen Race for the Cure to Charleston, where it is now the single largest event of its kind in the state.
Amy is a Grants Program Manager for the WV Governor's Highway Safety Program. Her experience runs the gamut from non-profits and government agencies to radio and retail. She volunteers with a small group of organizations in the Greater Kanawha Valley and began working with FIAGKV planning the first Sweet Charity event. What better combination than helping people and dessert! Besides dessert, Amy truly believes in the mission of FIAGKV and is looking forward to being more involved in the growth of the organization.
Dr. Jay Parkins
Jay is the Senior Pastor at Christ Church United Methodist. After a career in the disabilities and rehabilitation counseling field, Jay responded to the call and followed the path to ministry. For the past several years, he has served the Methodist church in West Virginia. In July, he returned to his hometown of Charleston to serve as Senior Pastor of CCUM. His empathy and abiding faith make him a force for good working within the community he serves, and Faith in Aciton is a natural extension of that work.
David Campbell recently retired after spending 39 years as Vice President of Sales with MRC Global/McJunkin Corporation. Since retiring, David and his wife Sandy have found many volunteer opportunities with several of them involving First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Last year they learned about Faith in Action and eventually worked on several “Honey Do” projects leading to expanded growth in that direction. David enjoys playing tennis and golf. He resides in Charleston with his wife Sandy. They have two sons and one very special granddaughter, Julia.
Carrie is the Corporate Communications Manager for HealthNet Aeromedical Services. The desire to give back to her native state lead to her discovery of FIAGKV. The ability to volunteer after work has allowed her to set up a monthly routine with two clients who need transportation to the grocery store. Carrie has seen first hand how important FIAGKV’s services are to our community and is honored to have the opportunity to advocate and volunteer for the organization.