Our United Way
Mission Statement

We are UNITED in improving health, education and financial stability

as a WAY to strengthen the Upper Ohio Valley.

Service Area

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley serves Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia, and Belmont and part of Monroe Counties in Ohio.  To the left is a map showing the service area.

2015-2016 Board of Directors

President – Bernadette Smith
Vice-President – Jason C. Haswell
Secretary – James Squibb
Treasurer – Dale D. Knutsen
Campaign Chair – Mollie Neely

Members – Mr. Bernie Albertini; Ms. Kristie Barnett; Ms. Beth Brill; Dr. Frank Carenbauer, III; Dr. Bill Childers; Ms. Christie Contraguerro; Ms. Brenda Danehart; Mr. Eric Fithyan; Mr. Michael Gallaway; Ms. Karen Haught; Ms. Donna Holmberg-Grigsby; Mr. Osi Imomoh; Mr. George Krupica; Mr. Joseph Lovell; Mr. Craig Madden; Mr. Joe Miller; Ms. Christine Mitchell; Mr. Dan Moyer; Ms. Carmen Prati-Miller; Mr. Steve Roberts; Ms. Debbie Romaine; Mr. Brad Shafer; Mr. William J. Wagner; Ms. Allison Skibo; Mr. Andy Walters; Mr. Mark Woodyear; Ms. Judy Riesbeck Wright; Mr. Daniel Young

Bio: Bernadette Smith (President)

Bernadette “Bernie” Smith is a Senior Vice President, Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. and an Investment Advisor with Security Captial Management, a division of Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc.  Bernie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Sweet Briar College in Virginia.  She has an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne University.  Bernie has served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YWCA.  She became involved with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley to contribute and use her skills to help improve the quality of life for those in the Upper Ohio Valley.  She has been an active volunteer serving on various committees, the board of directors and helping with special events.  Bernie is also a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and is a Commissioner for the Wheeling Housing Authority.

Bio: Jason Haswell (Vice-President)

Jason C. Haswell is the Managing Director and Senior Wealth Advisor for The Monteverde Group, LLC here in Wheeling. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bethany College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Jason has 17 years experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Jason offers securities and investment advisor services through NFP Securities, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. He has extensive experience in investment management, estate and retirement planning. Jason has been involved with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley for a number of years as an active volunteer serving on various committees, the board of directors and helping with special events. He is an active supporter of West Virginia University as a member of the Woodburn Circle Society, as well as The Mountaineer Athletic Club. Jason has served on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and Make A Wish for Northern West Virginia, and has served as past chairman for the Scramble for Scouting annual golf event, which benefits the Boy Scouts of America.

Rod Haley (2nd Vice-President)

Rodney Haley is the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Wheeling Park Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from West Liberty State College in addition to various certificates from educational programs at Penn State University and Cornell University. Rodney has lived and worked in the Wheeling area his entire life and, through the United Way, has used his skills to help make necessary programs available to others. Rodney became involved with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley to support its Mission of attaining a high quality of life for individuals living in the Upper Ohio Valley. He has worked on various projects through his committees and serves as an active volunteer for the many fundraisers and special events held in the community.

Our Staff

Executive Director – George Smoulder

Associate Director – Jessica Rine

Bookkeeper/Support Staff – Pam Neider

Data Entry/ Support Staff – Melynda Sampson

Support Staff – Tammy Cecil