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Emeritus Board Members Named

A meeting of youth-oriented minds took place on Tuesday in Wheeling during the inaugural session of the new Youth Services System emeritus board.

The Youth Services System board of directors has recognized those individuals who have shown long-time interest and commitment in the nonprofit agency’s young clients. During the meeting at the Hazel-Atlas building in East Wheeling, the emeritus board members were recognized by board chair Marc Abraham, who gave them an update on the agency’s work, while CEO John Moses shared the agency’s annual report. In addition, three current or former program participants related their stories to the group.

Members of the emeritus board are:

— The Rev. Gary Beale: One of the founding incorporators of Youth Services System; served for 17 years on the board, including as chair; former executive director of the House of the Carpenter for 42 years; United Methodist minister.

— Linda Bordas: Former YSS board member serving until 2007; founding partner of Bordas & Bordas LLC; 2014 YSS Good Samaritan.

— Thomas Burgoyne: Former YSS board member, serving for 21 years; ex-officio member of YSS development committee; retired FBI agent; two-term Ohio County sheriff; president, Tom Burgoyne Investigations.

— The Rev. Darrell W. Cummings: Former YSS board member and chair; West Virginia Human Rights Commission chair; West Virginia Northern Community College board member; senior pastor at Bethlehem Apostolic Temple.

— Sherry Hearne: Former YSS board member serving for four years; long-time counselor at Wheeling Middle School and Ritchie Elementary School, where many Samaritan House youth attended; member of Women’s Giving Circle.

— Susan C. Hogan: Former YSS board member serving for 25 years; former executive director of the Wheeling Symphony and the Wheeling YWCA; current downtown public art advocate; 2015 Good Samaritan.

— The Rev. Robert Johnson: Service for 15 years on YSS board and as chair, United Methodist minister.

— Ron Klug: Founding YSS board member with 39 years of service; owner, Klug Greenhouse; retired West Virginia social services executive.

— Jay T. McCamic: Original YSS agency counsel; service for 22 years as a YSS board member; attorney.

— George Smoulder: Service for 31 years on the YSS board and as treasurer and vice chair; director of Catholic Community Services (now Catholic Charities) for 29 years; United Way executive director.

— Judge George Spillers: Supporter since 1974 and instrumental in the agency’s first services; retired judge and lawyer; community theater participant; 2012 Good Samaritan.

— Brenda Thomas: YSS supporter since 1975; partner at Cornerstone Group; sister of the late Lary Loew who was a 2012 Good Samaritan; teacher in Ohio County Schools for 22 years.

— Rob Vani: Former YSS employee with 26 years of service, worked at Samaritan House and the Northern Regional Juvenile Center, managed Samaritan House and Helinski Shelter, developed training for incoming YSS staff.

— Gerald Wilhelm: Founding member of YSS board, serving for 38 years; advocate for youth with disabilities; grant writer.

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