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Three new members have been appointed to the West Virginia Grantmakers Association's board of directors: Cynthia Drennan of Parkersburg; Diane Hinkle of Davis; and Michael Whalton of Hedgesville.

Tom Tinder is the chairman of the grantmakers's board as well as executive director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. 

Drennan serves as executive director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund based in Parkersburg, a sponsored ministry of the congregation of St. Joseph. She brings more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit and foundation sector and experience. 

Prior to joining the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, Drennan worked for the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation in 2006, where she was appointed its first philanthropic professional. 

For ten years prior, Drennan organized and developed the grantmaking programs and initiatives of two health conversion foundations in her hometown of Cleveland. 

Hinkle since 2011 has served as the development director of the Tucker Community Foundation. Before that, she worked as the foundation's part-time assistant executive director. 

Her relationship with the Tucker Community Foundation started in 1995 when she was elected to serve on the board of directors and later was president of the organization. 

She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was the former assistant director of nursing at Cortland Acres and later served as the medical director for the Davis Center. She and her husband, Scott Hinkle, own and operate Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis. 

She recently was elected to serve on the Tucker County Commission. 

Whalton became executive director of the Martinsburg-based Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation a year ago. Before that, Whalton was the part-time executive director of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., from 2005 to 2012. 

He previously served on the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation board of directors. He is a native of Key West, Fla., where, in the 1980s, he was the general manager of Sloppy Joe's Bar and the founder of the Hemingway Days Festival. 

He and his wife, Susan, moved to a 54-acre farm in Hedgesville 18 years ago. He earned his bachelor's degree from Shepherd University in 2005 and his master's of business administration degree in 2008.

Paul Daugherty is the president and CEO of West Virginia Grantmakers, founded in 1993. It is one of 34 regional associations of grantmakers in the nation.

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