Members of the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for 2006-07 were elected during its annual meeting May 13.
Officers include: James C. Gardill of Glen Dale, chair; Douglas R. Van Scoy of Sullivans Island, S.C., vice chair; Todd Beckwith of Martinsburg, treasurer; and Joy Faini Saab of Morgantown , secretary.
The Board elected four new members, including: Samuel J. Cann Sr. of Bridgeport ; Jonathan R. Hickey of Wilmington , Del. ; David L. Hill of Madison; and Jack Rossi of Charleston . The new appointees were elected to fill open positions, including those of outgoing board members James J. Fagan, Phyllis Osenton and Norman White.
�€?The upcoming year will be especially busy for the WVU Alumni Association,�€? Gardill said. �€?With an increased focus on programming and services, coupled with our plans to build a new alumni center, the WVU Alumni Association has much work to do in the year ahead. With the addition of Sam, Jon, Dave and Jack to our board, we have a diverse group of alumni who will use their talents and skills to further the success of the alumni association and the University.�€?
Samuel Cann , a lifelong resident of HarrisonCounty , is currently serving his sixth term in the West Virginia House of Delegates where he is chair of the House Small Business and Economic Development Committee. He is a senior member of the House Finance Committee and serves on the Banking and Insurance Committee, as well as the Industry and Labor Committee. He is co-chair of the Joint Commission on Economic Development and serves on the Interim Committees for Rulemaking Review and Parks and Recreation. During his service in the House of Delegates, Cann has received numerous awards, including Legislator of the Year by the State Association of Parks and Recreation and the WV EMT Coalition. West Virginians for Life also recognized Cann with the Defender of Babies award.
Cann has been employed in the oil and gas industry since 1981 and is currently the Appalachian Business Development Manager for Dominion Field Services. He is past president of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia where he received the �€?Gunslinger�€? award for lifetime achievement. He also served two terms on the board of directors for the West Virginia Special Olympics and the Watters Smith Memorial State Park Foundation.
The Cann family has strong ties to WVU . All seven of Cann’s brothers and sisters graduated from WVU and four of his five children will be enrolled as graduate/undergraduate students at WVU this fall.
Cann, a life member of the WVU Alumni Association, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU in 1975 and 1976, respectively. He is a member of the Mountaineer Athletic Club and the Basketball Legacy Fund. Cann and his wife, Phyllis Mazza Cann, live in Bridgeport.
David Hill , a native of Madison , received a bachelor’s degree in finance from WVU in 1974.
He became a casualty underwriter for U.S.F.&G. Insurance where he worked for three years. He joined his father at Ferrell&Hill Insurance Agency, LLC , in 1977, and in 1996, became owner of the family agency.
Hill is actively involved in the community serving on the numerous boards, including the Boone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, United Way of BooneCounty and Boone County Bank. He is a member and past president of the Madison Rotary Club, as well as a member of the MadisonBaptistChurch where he serves as trustee, deacon and chairman of the finance board.
Hill, a life member of the WVU Alumni Association, has been a dedicated and loyal supporter of WVU . He served as president of the Boone County Chapter of WVU Alumni&Friends which has raised more than $200,000 for scholarships for local students to attend WVU .
As a student at WVU , Hill was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He and his wife, Dremea Powell Hill, a 1976 graduate of WVU , have two sons, David Lee and Nicholas, both WVU graduates.
Jonathan Hickey is a commercial realtor for NAI Emory Hill Real Estate Services Inc. in New Castle , Del.
A 1977 graduate, he has been an active member of the Delaware Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association where he currently serves as president. Under his leadership, the chapter has worked closely with the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and the Mountaineer Parents Club to heighten awareness of the University. Working with volunteers, the chapter has dramatically increased Delaware student enrollment at WVU . In 2004, Hickey received the John F. Nicholas Award for service and contributions made to the WVU Alumni Association and to the University. He is a life member of the WVU Alumni Association, a member of the Association’s Old Gold Club, a member of the Mountaineer Athletic Club and the Basketball Legacy Fund.
Hickey is also active in the Wilmington community. In addition to serving as a youth mentor, he also serves as president of the board of directors of the LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program of Delaware and is a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington. He and his wife, Jamie, have three children: Brandon, Christopher and Britt.
Jack Rossi graduated from WVU in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. He is the presiding member of Arnett&Foster, PLLC in Charleston .
A certified public accountant in West Virginia , Virginia and Kentucky , Rossi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Charleston Area Alliance and a member of the board of directors of AdvantageValley . Rossi also serves as chairman of the Audit Committee of the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments and is past president of the West Virginia Society of CPAs and the Charleston Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. Rossi previously served on the West Virginia Board of Accountancy as president.
He is a life member of the WVU Alumni Association, as well as a member of the Old Gold Club. He is a charter member of the 1100 Club of the Mountaineer Athletic Club. He and his wife, Joy, live in Charleston.
Also serving on the Board are: Charles D. Brown of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Nancy DiPaolo of Spring, Texas; Michael Ellington of Grafton; C. Michael Fulton of Kensington, Md.; Michael S. Garrison of Morgantown; Robert B. King of Charleston; Shelia S. Price of Morgantown; James J. Rowe of Lewisburg; and Joseph Wells of McMurray, Pa.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 165,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia , every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Association’s 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/.