Serving Nonprofits. Strengthening West Virginia.

Board & Staff


The West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) is led by an Advisory Board of 14 members with a diverse representation of the state’s nonprofit community including size, type, geographic region served, and different sectors of service (arts, community development, education, economic development, human services, health, philanthropy, United Ways, volunteerism, senior services, youth services, etc).

The Advisory Board

  • Susan Adkins, Chair – Consultant, Lewisburg
  • Dr. Susan Aloi – West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon
  • John Ballengee – United Way of Central West Virginia, Charleston
  • Gary Clay, Secretary & Treasurer – United Way of Randolph County, Elkins
  • Erin Clemens – Literacy West Virginia, Morgantown
  • Matt Hinkle – Eastern WV Community Action Agency, Moorefield
  • Jessica Hudson – Dress for Success River Cities, Huntington
  • Heather Foster, Vice Chair – Volunteer WV, Charleston
  • Margaret O’Neal – United Way of Southern WV, Beckley
  • Tres Ross, Immediate Past Chair – The Ross Foundation, Parkersburg
  • Sheri Ryder – The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Charleston
  • Elizabeth Shahan, Harrison County FRN, Clarksburg
  • Tom Tinder – WV Bar Foundation, Charleston
  • Nikki Williams – West Virginia Development Office, Charleston

Our thanks to each member of the Advisory Board for their hard work, dedication, and volunteer leadership in creating and building the WVNPA.


Laura Lee Haddad, Executive Director


Laura Lee Haddad has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector serving in the position of Executive Director or Resource Development Director for state, national and international, organizations. A seasoned veteran in nonprofit management and volunteer development, Laura Lee has worked for the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the National Speakers Association/Ohio Chapter, United Way of the Greenbrier Valley, and now, founding Executive Director of the new West Virginia Nonprofit Association. Laura Lee’s familiarity with the needs of nonprofit organizations and her natural skills in building partnerships are a perfect match for growing the association into one that serves its members as a connector, service provider, and a collective voice in building the strength and effectiveness of West Virginia’s nonprofit organizations.

Contact Information:
PO Box 1452
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Ashley Adams, Director of Membership and Marketing

1464649_635284604277_2060272749_nAshley Adams is the Director of Membership and Marketing for the West Virginia Nonprofit Association.  Ashley has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from West Virginia University.  She has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations, as a manager for the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Eastern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, and Adjunct Professor for the West Virginia University School of Social Work.  Ashley is a life-long West Virginian and passionate about the work that nonprofits do in the Mountain State. She loves to read and lives with her husband, son, and dog in Martinsburg.

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Samantha Hale, Administrative Assistant

Samantha Hale is the Administrative Assistant/Membership Support contact for the West Virginia Nonprofit Association. Samantha has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in English from Western Carolina University. Through her work as a librarian and tutor, Samantha has spent the whole of her career supporting the communities in which she has lived through positions facilitated in part by nonprofit support. Samantha is devoted to the lifelong learning that fuels nonprofit organizations and firmly believes in the collaboration that makes strengthening communities in West Virginia possible. She lives in Alleghany County, Virginia where she adores spending time with her imaginative young daughter, her husband, and their pets.


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Tasha Anderson, USDA RCDI Program Coordinator

Tasha Anderson is the Program Coordinator for the USDA RCDI Grant, a project shared between WVNPA and Philanthropy WV. She is originally from South Dakota and has worked in both nonprofit and private business. Her background includes marketing, fundraising, and relationship management. Tasha holds undergraduate degrees in Equine Science and Business Management and Marketing as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration. After working nearly 15 years in marketing and fundraising, she is focused on nonprofit administration and capacity building. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Dakota with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Administration. Her specific dissertation research interest focuses on board governance and nonprofit effectiveness in rural nonprofits.

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