Christine Murphy holds an accounting degree from Fairmont State and currently serves as the President of FCX Systems, Inc. in Morgantown. She joined FCX in 2010 as the Controller before advancing to the President role. Prior to her time at FCX, Christine worked for the West Virginia University Foundation for eighteen years, where she was responsible for disbursements of over $40M. While there, she established the purchasing/corporate card program, prepared monthly financial statements, trained internal and external users on software applications, and assisted in the development of a customized software program.
Christine serves on the WVMA Board of Directors and on the Finance Committee of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston County. Previously, she served as the Assistant Treasurer of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston County. She has also served as the Treasurer of a community basketball league and has been both a coach and a coordinator within the same league.
Adam Rohaly is an Architect and part owner of Omni Associates Architects in Fairmont. He has twenty years of experience in the architecture field and is a partner in multiple private development companies. Adam is a member of the City of Fairmont ICC Board of Appeals, the Fairmont Field Club Board of Directors, and serves as the Vice President of Augusta Development Corporation. He is also a licensed General Contractor and part owner of a small service plumbing company. Adam lives in Fairmont with his wife, Misty, and their two active sons, Rio and Simon.
After graduating from Fairmont State in 1990 with a major in accounting and a minor in computer science, Linda Rudy began a career spanning 30+ years in not-for-profit accounting, financial, and operational management. Early in her career, she served in accounting and financial roles at WVU and the WVU Foundation before serving as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in the WVU School of Dentistry and in a financial advisory role in the AVP for Finance area at the WVU Health Sciences Center. During this time, she also earned an MBA from WVU.
After stepping out of academia for ten years to lead a physician group practice and the county EMS organization for Mon Health System, Linda returned to higher education to serve as Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the WVU Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, and the Chambers College of Business & Economics before her family relocated to the Miami, Florida area. While there, Linda served as Senior Business Officer for the University of Miami’s College of Engineering.
In 2021, Linda relocated to Richmond, VA to serve as CFO of the William & Mary School of Marine Science, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and the VIMS Foundation. In her current role, she leads the offices of Finance, Budget, Sponsored Programs, Analytics, Procurement, and Administrative Operations and manages a total financial portfolio of over $200M.
In addition to his role as a commercial insurance agent with Mountain State Insurance Agency, Brady Campbell maintains a law practice focused on contract negotiations and criminal defense. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school before earning his JD in 2012. In the community, Brady serves as the Chairman for the WV IIABA Young Insurance Professionals. He is the Vice President of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Board of Directors and is a member of the West Virginia Trucking Association Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a former member of the Charleston City Council. Brady also served as the WVU Mountaineer Mascot from 2006 through 2008. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including gardening, camping, golfing, and skiing. He lives in Charleston, WV with his wife, Rachel, and his son, Jack.
Santino Cava is a 2019 graduate of West Virginia University and a 2021 graduate of the NADA Academy. He is the son of Dan and Michelle Cava and has served as the General Manager of Dan Cava Toyota World since 2021. Santino has been in the car business with his father for the past eight years.
Alethea Moody Wise is the daughter of Fairmont State Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Moody. She is the second woman in WVU Track and Field History to earn the All-American status, and proudly owns the Women’s High Jump outdoor record which was set in 1990 and still stands today. After earning a Marketing degree from WVU, Alethea began her real estate career. She served as the Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Fairmont Board of Realtors and was a member of the MLS Board of Directors. She continues to be a leader in her firm, Compass Realty Group.
Along with her husband Ed, Alethea also runs a successful real estate business which strives to give a new start to dilapidated homes that would otherwise be razed. She was recently highlighted by WBOY-12 for her interior design of a home in the South Park Historic District of Morgantown. She is the proud mother of Haley, Ashley, and Sydney, who are all active in the family real estate business. A member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Alethea continues to serve her community by working with Scott’s Place to provide affordable housing to those without homes.
“The relationship between Fairmont State University and the Fairmont State Foundation is critical to the long-term success of the university and of higher education in the region,” said Fairmont State University President Dr. Mike Davis. “This partnership is bolstered by the impressive backgrounds of the new members who have agreed to serve. The future is bright, and I look forward to building it together.”
The new members were approved at the Fairmont State Foundation Board of Directors annual meeting in June, beginning their tenure as board members on July 1. The Foundation Board of Directors is led by Chair Dixie Yann, Vice-Chair Kim Pellillo, Secretary Kevin Wilfong, and Treasurer John Guido.
The Fairmont State Foundation has announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors, including Taylor Downs, John Guido and Christina Lavorata.
“We are so enthusiastic to have these highly capable and genuinely caring individuals join our board,” said Fairmont State Foundation President, Rachel Rae Dyer. “Their willingness to step up and serve at such a meaningful time in our organization’s history shows their dedication to the success of the Fairmont State Foundation as we pursue our mission to serve and support the students of Fairmont State University. We are grateful to them for taking on this important role, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Falcon Community.”
Taylor Downs is a member and attorney at Manchin Injury Law Group in Fairmont, and a member and attorney at Manchin Ferretti, PLLC in Martinsburg. He earned his JD from West Virginia University in 2011, following degrees in history and political science from Shepherd University in 2008. In addition to more than 10 years of experience in personal injury law, Downs has extensive experience serving on boards for professional associations and regional agencies, including the American Association for Justice, the WV Association for Justice, the South Fairmont Rotary and the Marion County Rescue Squad.
John Guido is a partner with Baker Tilly US, LLP. He has 40 years of domestic and international audit and accounting experience in various industry sectors, including privately owned and publicly held business entities. He is a leader on issues regarding federal program compliance audits performed under Uniform Guidance, audits of employee benefit plans subject to requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as well as public company audits performed under the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and regulations of the Securities Exchange Commission.
Christina Lavorata is a 1970 graduate of Fairmont State with a degree in elementary education. She also holds an MA and an Ed.D. from West Virginia University. Lavorata taught in Marion County schools from 1971 through 1998, before joining the faculty in the Education Department at Fairmont State. In 2004, she transitioned from teaching to administrative roles, serving as associate provost and provost at Fairmont State until 2018.
Fairmont State University Interim President, Dianna Phillips, also provided welcoming remarks to the new board members.
“The board has done such an incredible job in successfully identifying talented new members. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with them, the entire board and President Dyer over the next year," Phillips said.
The new members were approved at the Fairmont State Foundation Board of Directors Annual meeting in June, beginning their tenure as board members on July 1. The Foundation Board of Directors is led by Chair, Nick Oxley, Vice-Chair, Kim Pellillo, Secretary, Kevin Wilfong, and Treasurer, Roger Stewart.
The Fairmont State Foundation serves as the non-profit organization that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of Fairmont State University, and recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. New Board of Directors members include Kathy Martin, K. Alex Miller, II, Chad Riley, John Wilson and Dixie Yann.
“It is my pleasure to welcome this group of new Board members,” said Gary K. Bennett, Fairmont State Foundation President. “Collectively they bring a tremendous amount of talent and expertise to the board.”
Kathy Martin is a 1995 graduate of Fairmont State with a Board of Regents degree. Martin is the owner-broker of KLM Properties, Inc. headquartered in Morgantown. She began her career as an appraiser, then became a licensed sales associate in 1985, and finally a broker in 1989.
Growing up the daughter of a coal miner in Oceana, WV where homes were modest with limited diversity or style, she envisioned herself in a different kind of home when she grew up. That experience led her to a career in real estate. When she is not making her clients dreams of home ownership a reality, she enjoys getting away on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle with her husband, fellow Fairmont State graduate Pat Martin (’75), and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
K. Alex Miller, II is a 2001 graduate of Fairmont State with a bachelor’s in business administration. He is a founding partner of Miller Law Offices in Fairmont, where he practices law with his father, Kenneth R. Miller (’65). As a student at Fairmont State, Miller was named four times to the President’s List and received multiple awards as a student athlete. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Law in 2004 and began his career at the Gary Morris Law Office in Weston.
Miller concentrated his efforts in the area of oil and gas law, gaining extensive experience in the field. In addition to his work in the oil and gas industry, he later joined the law firm of Higginbotham & Higginbotham in Fairmont working to litigate personal injury cases.
Chad Riley is a 1995 graduate of Fairmont State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. A 2008 Fairmont State Outstanding Young Alumnus, Riley serves on the University’s technology advisory committee and has been a part of many of the building projects that have taken place on campus in recent years.
Riley has served as CEO of the Thrasher Group since 2016 and manages overall operations of the company providing leadership and strategic oversight for each of the 10 office locations. With a passion for economic growth, he has been actively involved in more than 20 economic development projects through the state including industrial parks and strategically designed sites for manufacturing and commercial clients.
John Wilson graduated from Fairmont State with a bachelor’s in accounting in 1988. Wilson is a certified public accountant with Schmidt & Wilson, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. Wilson is also a co-owner and co-founder of Cox Well Service, LLC in Spencer.
After completing his four-year degree and graduating Summa Cum Laude from Fairmont State, he completed his master’s in accounting at WVU and later the master’s of tax program at Robert Morris University. Wilson worked for Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, a Big Eight accounting firm in Pittsburgh and later joined the corporate tax department of PNC Bank where he spent 13 years before starting his own practice.
Dixie Yann recently completed her term on the Fairmont State University Board of Governors, serving since 2012. Yann is active in the community with several organizations including the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, United Way and Marion County Meals on Wheels, which she co-founded. In addition to helping meet the needs of her community, she and her husband Frank enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
“We are thrilled to welcome this exceptional group of leaders to our Foundation Board of Directors,” said Fairmont State University President, Mirta M. Martin. “Each of them are experts in their industries, and bring a unique, meaningful perspective to the Board. I am certain that each of these leaders will continue to represent our Falcon Family well.”
In addition, new officers were elected to the Foundation Board of Directors. Nick Oxley (‘01), a Wealth Advisor for Buckingham Strategic Wealth, will serve as Chair. Oxley received a bachelor’s in finance from Fairmont State and has an MBA from West Virginia University. He resides in Charleston where he is active with several non-profits. Kim Pellillo, an Associate Agent with Dick Moore Insurance Agency, will serve as Vice-Chair. Kevin Wilfong (’77), President and Owner of Middletown Properties and Wilfong Enterprises, will serve as Secretary. Roger Stewart, President and CEO of Soles Electric Company, was re-elected to serve as Treasurer.
The Fairmont State Foundation recently elected new officers to serve in leadership roles and welcomed three new board members. Foundation serves as the non-profit organization that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of Fairmont State University.
Jennifer Kinty, a 1985 graduate of Fairmont State and market president for Summit Community Bank, will take over for Gary LeDonne, a 1984 graduate, as board chair. LeDonne will continue to serve on the board as past chair.
"I am honored to serve for the next two years as the chair of the Fairmont State Foundation Board, and I am excited about the future of both Fairmont State University and the Foundation. Our new board members will bring a great deal of expertise and energy, and we're honored to have them volunteer with us," Kinty said.
Kimberly Del Greco, who joined the board last year, will serve as the vice chair. Del Greco is a resident of Bridgeport and the deputy assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Roger Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Soles Electric Company will continue to serve as treasurer for the board.
Kim Pellillo will assume the position of secretary. Pellillo is resident of Fairmont and is an associate agent with the Dick Moore Insurance Agency.
The new officers will serve in their positions for two years. New board members include Jeff Gunter; Susan Harper; and Jared Rogers.
Gunter is a 1986 graduate of Fairmont State with a bachelor’s in business administration. Gunter spent his early career in retail banking before transitioning to compliance and internal audit. He served over 10 years as an internal auditor with the Bank of Gassaway, Members Credit Union, and Wachovia Bank, N.A.
Stepping away from auditing in 2001, Gunter joined Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) as a financial manager responsible for corporate giving and operations of the BB&T Charitable Foundation. In 2005, he returned to auditing, serving as vice president and audit manager for BB&T’s Trust and Wealth Management lines of business and as an executive officer of the Bank of Gassaway, then as a senior management auditor at West Virginia University. Gunter has served since 2015 as vice president of audit, compliance, and risk management at Clear Mountain Bank.
Susan Harper is a 1988 graduate of Fairmont State with a bachelor’s in accounting. She has more 30 years of experience at the Internal Revenue Service as an internal revenue agent and is also an officer of the Pennsylvania Tax Institute. She has served as a fraud technical advisor who specializes in examinations of abusive tax transactions and has instructed the Land Grant University Tax Seminars for West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M.
Harper is also an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and winner of the 2018 Dancing with the Stars Marion County, where she and her dance partner raised a record-breaking $38,000 for United Way. In 2019, the children’s book she wrote for her daughter 20 years ago, “Maple Leaf Adventure,” was published.
Jared Rogers is a 2008 graduate of Fairmont State University with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Rogers earned his degree from Fairmont State university before jumping into the electrical contracting industry more than 10 years ago and joining the family business more than three years ago. He works as an electrical estimator for Rogers Electrical Contracting Company, Inc. and, in his spare time, enjoys tinkering with technology and building computers.
“We are very excited about our new board chair and leaders, as well as our new board member,” said Julie R. Cryser, president of the Fairmont State Foundation. “These leaders bring years of experience in both the private and public sectors, and their knowledge and expertise will be a valuable asset to the Fairmont State Foundation."
Five new board members will take their seats on the Fairmont State Foundation Board of Directors, capping a milestone year that included finishing more than $700,000 over goal in The Every Gift Matters – Scholarship Campaign.
The Fairmont State Foundation serves as the non-profit organization that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of Fairmont State University. The 20-member Board of Directors, which governs the institution, embarked on a $1.3 million campaign for scholarships in July 2018. The new board members will be able to help celebrate achievement of that goal, having reached $2 million in new scholarships in less than one year.
“Our new Board members possess a diverse set of skills and relationships,” said Gary LeDonne, Fairmont State Foundation Board chair. “Their professional experience as entrepreneurs, financial professionals, and education will serve the Foundation Board well. I look forward to working with each of them to support Fairmont State University.”
New board members include Kim Del Greco, Michael Williams, Miller Hall, Kevin Wilfong, and Nicholas Oxley.
Del Greco, a resident of Bridgeport, is the deputy assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Del Greco, who is a graduate of Kent State University, began working for the FBI more than 22 years ago and brought swift exposure to biometrics, specifically fingerprints and latent technology.
Williams, director of revenue accounting for PDC Energy, lives in Buckhannon. Williams has more than 20 years of accounting and auditing experience and is a 1989 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fairmont State with a Bachelor’s in accounting.
Hall, who lives in Beckley, West Virginia, is the vice president of the West Virginia State Board of Education. At Fairmont State, he was a member of the football and track teams and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor’s in education. Hall also received two Master’s degrees from Marshall University and has spent many years as an educator and coach in Raleigh County.
Wilfong, a 1977 graduate of Fairmont State, earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. Wilfong resides in Fairmont and is the president and owner of Middletown Properties and Wilfong Enterprises.
Oxley, a Wealth Advisor for Buckingham Strategic Wealth, is a 2001 graduate of Fairmont State with a Bachelor’s in finance. He also received his MBA from West Virginia University. Oxley lives in Charleston, where he is active with many non-profits. He is also an advisory board member for the Fairmont State University School of Business.
“We are very excited to be working with such an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to Fairmont State University’s success,” said Julie R. Cryser, president of the Fairmont State Foundation. “We have a great team that will work hard to ensure students, faculty, and staff have those added resources that create the margin of excellence in education.”
The new board members and successful campaign cap a year of transition for the Fairmont State Foundation. The board hired Cryser in April. Cryser served in development roles at West Virginia University for nearly 19 years before coming to Fairmont.
The board also hired Vicki Glasow as the new Development Director. Glasow, a 1978 graduate of Fairmont State, comes to the Foundation after three years as Director of Development and Corporate Relations at Alderson Broaddus University.