The Shenandoah Community Foundation announced the addition of W. Michael Funk to their Board of Directors today.
“With Michael’s banking background, his enthusiasm for our mission, and his previous board experience, we are lucky to have him,” said Foundation President, Jeff Dalke. “I look forward to working with Michael and can’t wait to see his contribution to our organization.”
Funk is a lifelong resident of Shenandoah County and a career community banker. Previously, he served as president, CEO and Director of Virginia Savings Bank retiring after 24 years in 2012. He presently serves on the board of First Bank and First National Corporation. He is also a member of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission Housing and Community Services Policy Board, the Strasburg Rotary Club, and the Town of Woodstock Economic Development Committee. In addition to his current activities, he has served on various civic and philanthropic organizations throughout his career.
“It’s been a privilege for me to serve on the First Bank Board with Michael,” said SCF Advisory Board member Elizabeth Cottrell. “He will bring a wonderful balance of heart and head to the Foundation.”
Funk will be replacing Donald Albright who has been a member of the SCF Board for several years and served as Secretary and an Executive Board member during his tenure. Albright will be moving out of the county early in the new year.
“In addition to being a Board member at the Shenandoah Community Foundation, Don has two funds with us, so he will continue to be involved with the Foundation even after leaving the Board,” said Program Coordinator, Jeanne Russell. “I have enjoyed working with Don. He is so positive and caring. I look forward to his continued involvement with our activities.”
New Fund for Strasburg Graduate !The Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund
Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund honors Curtis Willey who
perished in a swimming accident in 2011. Curtis was a Marine who served
in Operation Desert Storm, a fitness enthusiast and a graduate of
Strasburg High School He is remembered by friends and family as a
tenacious person who always strove to be the best that he could be in
everything he did and as a friend to all.
This scholarship will go to A Strasburg graduate who exemplifies these qualities. To Donate Click here
New Scholarship Honors Bonnie B. GochenourNew CHS Scholarship to Honor former English teacher Bonnie B. Gochenour
to the generosity of family and friends; we have a new scholarship at
Central High School this year this Year! This special scholarship was
created as a memorial to Bonnie B. Gochenour and is intended for a
student with an interest in English, English Literature, Education, or
Creative Writing. To donate click here.
New Scholarship Honors Mayor Joe WilliamsNew SJHS Scholarship to Honor former Mount Jackson Mayor Joe Williams
to the generosity of family, friends, and local philanthropist Karen
Fansler-Ryan; we have a new scholarship at Stonewall Jackson High
School this Year! This special scholarship was created as a memorial to
Mayor Joe Williams who passed away in 2013. To donate click here
Area Citizens Step Up!Area Citizens Step up to Help Local Graduates Pay for College
VA (May 26, 2015) – Graduates from Shenandoah County High Schools will have more scholarship awards this year thanks to the generosity of local citizens who stepped up to create new scholarship funds at each of the County’s high schools.
Stonewall Jackson High School will award a scholarship which honors former Mayor Joe Williams thanks to the hard work and generosity of local teacher Karen Fansler-Ryan, who created the Joe Williams Fund at the Shenandoah Community Foundation with money earned from her catering business.
“Her dedication in creating a business to support her philanthropic goals is so inspiring. She came to us after she decided to create a fund that would provide scholarships every year in honor of former Mayor Joe Williams.”
On the central campus, Central High School alumnus Tracy Miller and her husband, Rick stepped up to create the Central High School Alumni Scholarship to encourage and support Central High Graduates for years to come. The hope is that Alumni will donate to this scholarship as part of their reunion celebrations.
Finally, at the North end of the County the Shenandoah Community Foundation has established the Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund for graduates of Strasburg High School. This scholarship honors Curtis Willey who perished in a swimming accident in 2011. Curtis was a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm, a fitness enthusiast and a graduate of Strasburg High School. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits Willey’s characteristics of tenacity and friendliness. His friend, Mario Ordonez with sisters Carla Scott and Crystal Keller set up this fund from proceeds of their annual Warrior Dash fund raiser.
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