The June quarterly board meeting of the HCC Foundation included additions to the group as well as rotation of long-serving directors.
The last meeting of the fiscal year also serves as the board’s annual meeting. Elected for terms beginning July 2020 through June 2023 were Jackie Weathers of Elkton, Mona Sheth, Donavan Pinner, Lauren Eaker and Nick Burnette of Hopkinsville.
Jackie Weathers is a retired educator and classroom teacher who recently served as Mayor of Elkton from 2014 until 2019. She and husband, Dr. Bill Weathers, founded Elk Fork Strings, a violin instruction program in Todd County.
Mona Sheth is an attorney, admitted to the bars of California and New York. She currently serves as practice manager for West Kentucky Neurological Medicine PLLC. Her husband, Dr. Paresh V. Sheth, is a local neurologist.
Donavan Pinner is a 2020 graduate of Morehouse College and has served as a minister at Virginia Street Baptist Church since 2013. He served from 2018 until his graduation as a program facilitator for the Atlanta Public Schools, and was president of his senior class at Hopkinsville High School.
Lauren Eaker is an oncology certified nurse and oncology nurse navigator at Jennie Stuart Medical Oncology. She graduated from Hopkinsville Community College’s nursing program.
Nick Burnette is immediate past president of The Pioneers, Inc. He is a member of the Hopkinsville Athenaeum Society. He is a graduate of Christian County High School and attended Murray State University.
In other business, the HCC Foundation re-elected Nancy Bullard president and Scott Hancock as secretary/treasurer. Dr. Kevin Felton, a retired HCC faculty member was elected as vice-president of the board.
HCC Foundation Executive Director Yvette Eastham thanked those directors rotating off the board after many years of service. Those directors are Carolyn Sorrell, Brandon Oldham, Beth McCraw, Hill Ferguson, Bryan Blount, Micah Lester, Todd Mansfield, Todd Morris and Don Atwood.
“The many years of faithful service of the board members who are rotating off are an inspiration as we continue their good work. Mr. Atwood and Mr. Blount particularly have been with the board since its beginning many years ago, and we owe them a debt of gratitude,” Eastham noted.
Eastham is completing her 12th year of service as chief institutional advancement officer for Hopkinsville Community College. Assets of the HCC Foundation have grown in that time from $267,388.37 in July of 2008 to $5,624,607.31 as of May 2020, an increase of 2003.53%, with income from investments primarily funding scholarship opportunities.
“This board has worked hard to provide opportunity for students and their families with scholarships, but also raising support for our new Emerging Technologies Building, Pathfinder Pantry, the student emergency fund and more. We continue to ask for the support of our community as we look to raise money in our 2020 Pathfinder Annual Campaign and the 30th Annual Mike Foster Golf Scramble, slated for Friday, October 2 at Hopkinsville Golf & Country Club.”