The Tucker Community Foundation recently added two new staff members to its team. Casey Gilbert was welcomed in early June as the volunteer coordinator to oversee the new Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center and Anna Patrick became the new assistant development director in July.
“Both Casey and Anna bring a considerable amount of experience from their respective fields to their new roles,” said Robert Burns, executive director of the Tucker Community Foundation. “We’re excited to harness their talents to support the Foundation in our work to create opportunities for the communities we serve.”
Gilbert oversees the creation and implementation of the new Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center. The center will serve as a digital hub connecting volunteer organizations throughout the Foundation’s service area with local community members eager to volunteer and get involved.
Gilbert is working with nonprofits and community organizations in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland and training their leaders on the volunteer management software. The Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center will launch in mid-September.
“I’m excited to be able to help bring a needed program to the Potomac Highlands region. With the Foundation serving such a large area, the Volunteer Center will provide streamlined resources, connections and new opportunities to groups working to better their communities,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert received her MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from West Virginia Wesleyan College in May. While studying at Wesleyan, Gilbert worked for the College’s Center for Community Engagement that served as a volunteer hub to enable and encourage students to get involved with local community projects.
A native of Tucker County, Anna Patrick comes to the Tucker Community Foundation after several years working in journalism. She spent two years reporting for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston and writing for nonprofits and media outlets as a freelancer. Patrick was a past recipient of the Kep & Alice Smith Scholarship, which helped her to attend West Liberty University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in communications.
Patrick has a long history with the Tucker Community Foundation. Her father, Tom Patrick, was a founding board member and helped to create Uncle Sam’s Birthday Party, an annual fundraiser. Her mother, Donna Patrick, serves as vice president on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and organizes Uncle Sam’s Birthday Party.
“I’ve had a relationship with the Tucker Community Foundation for as long as I can remember,” Patrick said. “Through the Foundation’s work in the eight counties we serve, I’m excited to use the skills I’ve gained to help support communities and impact the people in the region that raised me.”
In her role as assistant development director, Patrick is working in collaboration with the Foundation’s Development Director, Kelly Stadelman, in shaping and expanding the Foundation’s reach as well as helping to tell its story.
To learn more about the Volunteer Center, contact Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Patrick can be reached at email@example.com.
The Tucker Community Foundation operates in eight counties – Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties in W.Va. and in Garrett County, Md. Inspired by the flood of 1985, the mission of the Foundation is to create opportunities for the communities we serve. For more information on the Foundation or to learn more about our grant season call the Parsons office at 304-478-2930, the Davis office at 304-259-5008 or visit www.tuckerfoundation.net.