Foundation elects Dotson as chairperson, Davis as vice chairperson, Raines as treasurer


Jeff Taylor, president of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc., announced that the Board of Trustees elected new officers at its May 23 meeting in Canaan Valley.

            The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of a diverse group of laity and clergy from every district of our Annual Conference.

            The Board elected D. Lyn Dotson of Morgantown to serve as chairperson, Cheryl Davis of Charleston to serve as vice chairperson, and Judy Raines of Bluefield to serve as treasurer.

            In addition, the Board re-elected foundation staff members Jeff Taylor to serve as president, Kim Matthews to serve as vice president, and Susannah Carpenter to serve as assistant treasurer. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball continues to serve as the honorary chairperson.

            Mr. Dotson is an active member of Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown. A recognized leader in philanthropy, Lyn retired from the West Virginia University Foundation, where he served as senior vice president for development. He is a West Virginia Wesleyan alumnus (BA 1972) and a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law (JD 1976). Lyn and his wife, Susan, have two adult children.

            Ms. Davis attends Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church in Charleston, where she is active in a variety of capacities. She is also active in the Midland South District and the Annual Conference. Ms. Davis is a certified lay servant. A graduate of West Virginia University (undergraduate and law degrees), her career included working in various legal and business capacities in government and the private sector prior to her recent retirement from the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

The United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc.,was  established in 1974. It manages over $105 million for United Methodist causes. In 2018 the Foundation distributed over $4.3 Million for charitable purposes.