Janell Elizabeth Ray
Chief Executive Officer
Janell’s more than thirty years of experience in the financial arena bridges both the corporate and non-profit worlds. She has worked internationally and domestically in the energy industry, held finance and development roles in faith-based higher education institutions, and served in a variety of positions in Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations, including Catholic Charities. In addition to her role as CEO of the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, Janell also serves as the Executive Director of Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, a role she has held since that foundation’s inception in 2015. Janell earned her undergraduate degree from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and her graduate degree from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.
Senior Program Officer
Laura’s experience centers on grant program design and oversight, health programming and policy development, and advocacy. She worked for more than eight years at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission overseeing state programming and policy related to rural health workforce development. Previously, she served as the Director of the West Virginia Long Term Care Partnership, a statewide initiative facilitating collaboration and policy development by professionals working in geriatrics and long-term care. Prior to moving to West Virginia, Laura was employed as a state policy analyst for the national Alzheimer’s Association where she worked with state chapters in advancing Alzheimer policy issues before state legislatures and agencies. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in government from Colby College and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
Health Program Officer
Jana’s more than fourteen years of experience has focused on ministry and community development. Her work has centered on bridging together faith communities, health care institutions, and community-based organizations in holistic care and well-being in communities across Appalachia. She has been the driving force behind multiple community initiatives, including the Highlawn Alliance, and previously served as the Executive Director of FaithHealth Appalachia. An ordained minister, Jana has served in various ministerial roles for local congregations. Jana has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
Health Program Officer
Claire’s experience has centered on education, advocacy, and fostering community connections. Most recently, Claire worked in higher education as Coordinator of the Marshall University Women’s & Gender Center. In this role, she oversaw collaborative programming and student-focused services. Previously, Claire served Cabell County families as a Resource Specialist for the Mountain State Healthy Families home visiting program. She has also worked extensively with youth in residential care at Pressley Ridge Grant Gardens. Claire holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history from Marshall University.
A Huntington native, Brooke’s experience is focused on data management and donor relations in academic and faith-based institutions. Previously, she served as Director of Philanthropy for Major Gifts at Marshall University, working to create opportunities for future generations of students at the University. Brooke is active in her church and currently sits on several boards for the West Virginia Baptist Convention. A Yeager Scholar, Brooke earned her BA from Marshall University in 2018, majoring in Public Relations and English.
Communications and Research Manager
A resident of Proctorville, Ohio, Kim’s more than 19 years of experience focuses on communications, advertising, and public relations. Kim was a member of the marketing and community relations team at St. Mary’s Medical Center for over 16 years. Her previous work experience also includes a position as copy editor at The Portsmouth Daily Times in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is a freelance writer and a member of the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kim earned her BA from Marshall University, majoring in Print Journalism and served as an editor for The Parthenon, the Marshall student news organization.