New Members Inducted to the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

First row, l-r: Melinda Witt, Krista Denning, Shauna Jones. Second row, l-r: James Moore, Bill Echols, J.F. Lacaria, Chip Pickering

West Virginia Wesleyan College recently announced the appointment of seven new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Krista Denning, William Echols, Shauna Jones, J.F. Lacaria, James Moore, Charles Pickering, and Melinda Witt.

Krista L. Denning of Huntington is an assistant professor of Anatomy and Pathology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University as well as a staff pathologist with Marshall Health.  She is the medical director for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Cytopathology Department and School of Cytotechnology. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1997, received her Master’s degree in Forensic Science from Marshall University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

William J. Echols of Huntington retired in 2005 after practicing internal medicine and cardiology at the Huntington Internal Medicine Group, of which he was also the founder.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), past president of the Cabell County Medical Society, and Norvall Carter Medical Society, as well as chairman of the SMH medical education committee. He graduated from Wesleyan in 1960 and earned his MD at West Virginia University.  He did postgraduate studies at the University of Iowa and the Mayo Clinic and later served a tour in the United States Air Force.

Shauna G. Hambrick Jones of Buckhannon serves as an ex officio voting member in her role as Chair of Staff Council and is the Credentials Analyst in the Office of Academic Services.  She is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan and also a graduate of West Virginia University. She also recently earned her M.F.A. from Wesleyan. Jones is past President of the Buckhannon Junior Woman’s Club and past Chair of the Upshur County Relay for Life.

J. F. Lacaria of Charleston is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, assigned as the Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries.  He has served on the conference staff of the West Virginia Conference since 1991 and on staff at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church and Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church. Lacaria is a 1971 Wesleyan graduate and earned a Master of Religious Education from Yale Divinity School and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.  In addition, he has served as an instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan in the Christian Education Department.

James H. Moore of Morgantown serves as an ex officio voting member in his role as Chair of the Faculty and is associate professor of music, chair of the music department and director of jazz ensembles.  He earned his Master of Music from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2006.  In 2012, Moore was the first recipient of the Ph.D. in Jazz Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, the first degree of its kind in the world. He is an active jazz trumpeter in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions, a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and a member of the Bob Mintzer Big Band who were nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY for their work on Mintzer’s album For the Moment.

Parkersburg resident Charles L. “Chip” Pickering has started several companies in the construction and engineering fields and currently shares his time between them and various non-profit organizations.  His principle connection is currently with his engineering company, Pickering Associates, with a focus in sustainable construction and renewable energy. Pickering is a member of Wesleyan’s class of 1978, received his Master of Science from Marshall University, and his PhD from Ohio University.

Melinda Craft Witt of Southlake, TX, has worked for MassMutual helping clients with their insurance legacy planning for the past 20 years.  Prior to working for MassMutual, she taught high school in West Virginia and Texas before making a career change to MassMutual.  She has completed the CFP classroom coursework and attended the American College in Pennsylvania where she earned the Certified Family Business Specialist designation. She is a 1974 Wesleyan graduated and completed post graduate work at West Virginia University.