In 1991 several Hinton residents met to discuss the creation of a local entity to mobilize charitable funds. Members of this group approached the Beckley Area Foundation who graciously offered their support which subsequently took the form of a $50,000 challenge grant from the directors of the Dr. Thomas Walker Foundation, an entity with close ties to BAF. The challenge required that Hinton organize a community foundation, obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS and, within a 60 day period, raise $50,000 which the Walker Foundation would match.

Hinton Area Foundation received its charter from the State of West Virginia on March 6, 1992. At the organizational meeting on April 8, 1992, Richard Lawrence was chosen as the foundation’s first president and the following September HAF received tax-exempt status from the IRS. Encouragingly, the fledgling foundation received its first gift from the Don Bowling family who donated one-half interest in some local property valued at $29,000.

Following the organizational meeting, board members approached local civic clubs to hold fundraisers to assist in meeting the Walker challenge. The drive began on November 1, 1992. Support from the community was broad and enthusiastic. Many of the Foundation’s designated funds were obtained during this fund drive period, including Campaign 2000, the Gwinn Family Scholarship, the Summers County Public Library Fund, and the First Presbyterian Scholarship Fund. By December 31, 1992, the community had raised $56,109.25. The Walker Foundation matched the full amount and the Hinton Area Foundation had arrived.

2022 Board of Directors

Amy Mann- President Attorney, Mann and Mann
Greg Rogers-Vice President President, R.T. Rogers Oil Co, Inc.
Billy “Skip” Mills-Treasurer CPA
David Ziegler-Assistant Treasurer Attorney, Ziegler and Ziegler, LLC
Judy Peterson-Secretary Volunteer
Ken Allman CEO, PracticeLink
Jonathan W. Averill Documentary Filmmaker/Retired Teacher
Jerry Beasley President Emeritus, Concord University
Janima Bond Personal Banker, Summit Community Bank
Chris Chanlett Farmer/Former Business Owner
Thomas J. Conway, Jr. President, Safe & Sound Security Systems, Inc
Nancy Durnan Speech Pathologist, Retired
Regina Gwinn Eckle Agent, State Farm Insurance
Stacy Ford Summers County Circuit Clerk
Mary Lou Haley Director, Summers Co. Chamber of Commerce
John Hendrick Owner, Pleasant View Farms
Patty Jeffries Teacher, Summers Middle School
Kimberly Jordan M.I.S., Twin State Salon Supply
Ted Kula Owner, CyberAware Technologies
Sonya Murrell School Counselor
Steve Richman Doctor of Osteopathy
Janet L. Richmond Director of Facilities Mgt, Children’s Home Society of WV
Kristi Scott Rehab Director, SC-ARH
Greg Vandall Summers County Assessor


D. Scott Jarrett Executive Director
Colleen Hannah Executive Assistant