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Women of WVU


About Women of WVU

Women of WVU is a program created through the WVU Foundation. The program was designed to provide the women who love our university another way to become engaged. Through a sense of belonging and collaboration, the Women of WVU gives our alumnae and friends the opportunity to network with other accomplished women and create a collective voice all in support of West Virginia University.

Women of WVU Enrichment Fund 

The Women of WVU Enrichment Fund was established by the Leadership Council of the Women of WVU to benefit female WVU students or any WVU program benefitting women. The Women of WVU Enrichment Fund is intended to support activities that complement, extend and enhance the academic experiences at West Virginia University.

Women of WVU is currently accepting applications for the July 1 – December 31 granting cycle. The application deadline is April 21. Applicants will be notified no later than June 15.

Program policies
Student Applicants:

  • Maximum award up to $2,500
  • One-time award
  • Must be a female WVU student with a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Funding is not available for tuition, books or fees
  • To be considered for the Enrichment Fund, proposals must be received by the application deadline

Program Applicants:

  • Must be a recognized WVU organization or faculty member
  • Maximum award up to $5,000
  • One-time award
  • Purpose must impact women or have a component that impacts women
  • To be considered for the Enrichment Fund, proposals must be received by the application deadline

The funding awarded must be spent during the designated granting period and may not be carried over.

The awarded funding may only be applied to the projects and programs that are outlined in the application proposals.

To apply, complete the Enrichment Fund application. A grant proposal and letter of recommendation are required as part of the application.

Grant proposals will be no longer than two double-spaced pages stating the need for funding and how the funding will impact women/ a woman at WVU. The proposal should list other sources for funding being sought by the applicant. A letter of recommendation from a WVU advisor or representative outlining the value of the learning experience to the student is required.

Recipients are required to submit a report at the end of the project detailing results and benefits of receiving the grant.




For more information on Women of WVU please contact Mary Esposito at

Leadership Council

Leadership Council Chair

Jo Statler is very focused on her family and has a daughter, son, and three grandsons.  Mrs. Statler is interested in helping others through donations and start-up programs, such as the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Unit (Bonnie’s Bus), named in honor of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 1992.  She also serves on the board of the city of Morgantown Metropolitan Theatre Foundation.  Mrs. Statler serves as Chair of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Campaign Committee.  She and her husband, Ben, serve as West Virginia Regional Co-Chairs for A State of Minds Campaign.  The couple’s gifts over the years have gone to support the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, including the establishment of Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammography unit that provides services throughout rural West Virginia; the new Erickson Alumni Center; and the Basketball Practice Facility and other athletics capital improvements.  In 2012, Ben and Jo pledged the single largest gift commitment ever to the University to the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. In appreciation of the gift, the University chose to rename the college the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.  The Statlers reside in Naples, FL and McMurray, PA. 

Leadership Council Members

Carolyn Eberly Blaney Blaney graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech with an emphasis in drama in 1946. She received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from WVU in 1998 and in 1999 received the College of Creative Arts Dean's Award for her contributions to the arts. She was inducted into the Order of Vandalia in 1995 and was the 1992 Most Loyal Mountaineer. Mrs. Blaney is a former member of the Eberly College Advisory Board and an Emeritus member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. She is a former president of The Eberly Foundation and a trustee of The Eberly Family Charitable Trust. Mrs. Blaney and her husband, Gerald, are long-time supporters of West Virginia University and have made major contributions supporting numerous WVU programs and projects over the years. In 1993, the University formally changed the name of the College of Arts and Sciences to the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. and Mrs. Blaney also personally contributed toward the Life Sciences Building, as well as the facility addition to the WVU President's Home. In 2000, the University officially named the President's Home the Blaney House. In the College of Creative Arts, the Blarneys have also funded the Blaney Graduate Seminar Room. The Blaneys reside in Chalk Hill, PA.

Joyce Allen is a member of the Woodburn Circle Society, the Friends of the WVU Art Museum, and is an Old Gold Life Member of the WVU Alumni Association. Mrs. Allen attended Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and received her B.A. and M.A. from Salem College. She is also a former member of the College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee and is past co-chair of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Gala.

Mrs. Allen is a retired educator. She lived in Clarksburg, WV for 28 years prior to moving to Elkins, where she was active in the First Presbyterian Church and many civic clubs. She was awarded Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership in 1995 by the Women’s Association of First Presbyterian (Clarksburg) where she had served as a deacon and elder. She is an elder of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elkins, a member of Board of Directors of United Way of Randolph County, the Rotary Club of Elkins, Paul Harris Fellow, Davis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary of Buckhannon, WV, Goff Plaza Garden Club, Coterie, former director in Randolph County Community Arts Council, and a life member of United Hospital Center Auxiliary of Clarksburg, WV. She previously served on the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees from 1992 through 2004 and co-chaired D&E’s recent Centennial Campaign. Mrs. Allen and her husband, John Allen, were honored in 2010 by the WVU Foundation as Outstanding Philanthropists. They were also named Most Loyal West Virginians in 2006 and the Outstanding Philanthropists of West Virginia by the West Virginia Association of Fundraising in 2001. Mrs. Allen’s proudest accomplishment is raising her adult sons and daughter, who have given her 10 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. The Allens reside in Coalton, WV.

Sandra Johnson- Purdy attended Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. Mrs. Purdy had a variety of professional experience including teacher's aide, banking, and managing a Relocation Company during years of raising children. In 1991 Mrs. Purdy joined AGDATA, Inc. She retired in 2009 as a shareholder and Executive VP of Marketing Services. With her husband, Verl, she has volunteered her efforts on behalf of the WVU Foundation Board and other University departments. Mr. and Mrs. Purdy are Patrons of the Stowe Botanical Gardens, members of the Friends of Florence, and Patrons of the Huntington Society of Brookgreen Gardens. They currently reside in Charlotte, NC.

Malene Smith Davis is President and CEO of Capital Caring, one of the largest and most experienced hospice and palliative care providers in the United States. A nonprofit, community-based organization with 8 regional offices, an award-winning inpatient center, and a new 21-bed inpatient facility and accompanying interventional pain management clinic currently under construction. Capital Caring has served more than 65,000 patients in metropolitan Washington DC since opening its doors in 1977.

Prior to Capital Caring, Mrs. Davis was President and CEO of Hospice Care Corporation in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Starting as the organization’s first paid employee in 1988, Mrs. Davis built Hospice Care into the largest hospice organization in West Virginia, serving 12 counties in North Central West Virginia and 4 counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Recognized nationally for her work in advancing the hospice philosophy and advocating for better care for the seriously ill, Mrs. Davis is an oft-requested presenter and resource for national associations, federal and state government agencies, and health care institutions of all types and sizes. She currently serves as a board member of MARC, Mid Atlantic Regional Council, completed her term as Chairman of the Board for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is heavily involved in the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). Additionally, Ms. Davis has served on the boards for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation West Virginia Initiative to Improve End of Life Care, the Preston County (WV) Board of Health, and numerous other community organizations.

Recent awards include the 2013 Patient Advocacy Award given by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, West Virginia School of Nursing Top 50 Graduates Award, given by West Virginia University, first Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Project on Death in America Nursing Leadership Award in Palliative Care in 2006, the Matthew F. McNulty, Jr. 2007 Award, given by the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area to honor outstanding healthcare leaders, BB&T Banks’ Community Improvement 2007 Award, and the Blue Cross/CareFirst Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care 2007 award.

Under her leadership, Capital Caring became one of only eight sites in the United States for the 2008 American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Scholars Programs.

Mrs. Davis completed her nursing degree (RN) at West Virginia University in Morgantown. She holds Masters Degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Nursing (MSN) from West Virginia University.

Alison Deem graduated from WVU in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Education.  She is a former member of the Blaney House Visiting Committee and currently serves on the College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee and the College of Creative Arts Campaign Committee.  She serves as Chair of the North Central West Virginia Region for A State of Minds Campaign along with her husband, Patrick. Mrs. Deem serves on the Board for the Friends of Art Museum at WVU, is serving as President of the West Virginia University/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Partnership Board of Advisors and is a member of the Order of Vandalia. The Deems reside in Bridgeport, WV.

Pamela Maphis Larrick is a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors, a former member of the Journalism Visiting Committee, WVU Alumni Association, and Academy of Distinguished Alumni.  She earned a BS in journalism in 1972 from WVU’s Perley Issac Reed School of Journalism. She serves as a Member at Large of the National Campaign Committee and is a member of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism Campaign Committee. She is currently CEO of Javelin Marketing Group in New York, NY.  She was named one of the ’25 Women to Watch’ in 1997 by Advertising Age magazine and received the Andi Emerson Award in 2000 for outstanding service to the direct marketing creative community. She currently lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband, Jon Larrick. 

Alexis (Costanzo) Pugh graduated from WVU with her BS in Journalism in 1973.  She has retired from the advertising/public relations business after nearly 40 years at various agencies in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Orlando. She serves on the PI Reed School of Journalism Visiting Committee.  Mrs. Pugh sits on a number of advisory boards including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Board of Directors, the Bethune Cookman University Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees of WMFE, Orlando's NPR station, the University of Florida Foundation Board of Directors and UF Women, the Community Foundation of Central Florida Board of Directors, and the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board.  Mrs. Pugh resides in Winter Park, FL with her husband, Jim. 

Belinda Rogers was born in West Virginia and graduated in 1975 from the University of Charleston located in Charleston, WV with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. After college graduation, Mrs. Rogers relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she taught school. She then returned to West Virginia where she resumed her teaching career until she retired in 1987 after the birth of her daughter, Natalie.

She and her family moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 1990, where she devoted her time to volunteering in St. John’s county school district where her daughter attended school. She continued her volunteer work until her daughter graduated from high school. She has since become involved in numerous business ventures with her husband where she has taken an active role in the management and operation of these companies.

At the present time, Mrs Rogers is Vice-President of Energy Performance Solutions, LLC which is an environmental company founded in 2003, located in Jacksonville, Florida. EPS performs sophisticated testing and analysis of water to determine its quality and components. EPS services water companies throughout the United States, Central America, China and Mexico. Some of the companies served by EPS is GE Electric, Coca-Cola, NASA, US Geological Services, Campbell Soup and numerous other Fortune 500 companies. EPS is also involved in carbon testing and has active patents dealing with removing mercury from coal-fired power plants in the United States, Europe,and China. Mrs. Rogers’ emphasis is in management mainly the financial aspect and growth in EPS.

Mrs. Rogers also serves as Vice-President of The White Foundation, INC., which is an educational foundation involved in granting financial assistance to high school graduates in southern West Virginia. this Foundation became active in 2008. Since that time the Foundation has supplied financial assistance to students from Boone and Logan counties in West Virginia. The Foundation is active in providing assistance throughout colleges and universities in West Virginia.

Mrs. Rogers currently resides with her husband, J.R. Rogers in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Lisa Zuccari graduated from George Mason University with a BIS in designing programs for children and is an advocate for learning disabilities community. Mrs. Zuccari is a member of Woodburn Circle and serves on the West Virginia University Student Affairs National Campaign Committee. She also serves on the Chesapeake Film Festival Advisory Board, the George Mason University Film School Advisory Board (FAVS), and is currently co-chairing the Capital Caring Hospice gala along with her husband, Alan. Mrs. Zuccari has three children who are attending or have graduated from WVU: Jason who served as the WVU Student Government Association President, Jared who served as the WVU Student Government Association Vice President, and Sara who is a member of the alpha phi sorority and currently the Greek liaison for student government. Mr. and Mrs. Zuccari live in Mclean, VA with their family.

Laurie Erickson
Bio coming soon.

Betty Barrett
Bio coming soon.

Denise John
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