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Foundation leader honored as top chamber volunteer at luncheon

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- As president of the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation since 2005, David Sheils works with volunteers every day and said he knows how priceless their services are. So when it comes to helping his community thrive, he tries to do his part as well.

"We all need to give back. This world does not work without giving back," Sheils said. "If everyone can find something they're interested in, they ought to do it. Volunteers gain more than they give."

For his efforts and leadership with the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sheils was named its Volunteer of the Year for 2012. The award was presented Friday at the Chamber's 2012 Volunteer Luncheon at Guyan Golf & Country Club.

Sheils' award was well deserved, said Chamber President and CEO Mark Bugher. Sheils served as president of the Chamber's board for 2011, having served on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. A representative of the younger leadership in the community, he's been instrumental in member recruitment and has made sure the Chamber has had the opportunity to be heard before a number of constituencies, Bugher said. He described Sheils as "selfless."

"I've found David to be consistently supportive of what we did and took leadership when it was needed," Bugher said.

Prior to taking his current position at St. Mary's, he worked eight years as vice president of Facilities and Support Services at St. Mary's. He earned his bachelor's degree at Marshall University and a master's in hospital administration at Xavier University, and is board certified as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He's also a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a board member of Hospice of Huntington. The Huntington native and his wife, Julie, have three children.

Other 2012 volunteer awards presented by the Chamber on Friday include the following:

Chamber Foundation Award: David Graley, Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation.

Cornerstone Awards went to the following businesses: The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington Federal Savings Bank, Marshall University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Natural Resource Partners, St. Mary's Medical Center and Steptoe & Johnson.

Generation Huntington Awards, presented by the Chamber's Young Professionals Committee, went to:

Christine Borders, vice president of Creative Services at Bulldog Creative Services.

John Dorsey, COO of Huntington Physicians and Surgeons, and Nicole Perrone, assistant professor of theater at Marshall, who together opened SIP Wine Bar at Heritage Station in 2012.

Anna Lafferre, managing editor of H.Q. Publishing.

Brian Sipe, general manager of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Matt White of Matthew G. White Consulting, Dan's Sport Shop in Huntington and Carsignment in Barboursville.

STAR Volunteer Awards go to members who have dedicated much time to assisting the Chamber with projects, events and its mission.

Ambassador STAR Awards went to Michelle Anderson of Manpower; Jennifer Brooks of Paris Signs; Chris Bugher of Mountwest Community and Technical College; Bruce Churton, formerly of Marathon Petroleum; Sabrina Donahue-Moore of Little Caesar's Pizza; Angela Jones of the Marshall Artists Series; Lisa LaFon of Alcon Research; Dennis Lee and Charles Shumaker of Cabell Huntington Hospital; and Larry McClug of Benefit Plan Services;

The Downtown Live STAR Awards went to Maribea Barnes of Marshall University's art department and Lt. B.J. Wamsley, who recently retired from the Huntington Police Department after 28 years of service.

The Women2Women Committee Award went to Somerville and Company, for its sponsorship of the working women's committee.



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