THANK YOU-   In the last days of 2021, you were asked to make a donation to the WV Bar Foundation to support our mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens.   The following leaders in the judiciary and in the legal profession made generous tax-deductible donations that will be used for Bar Foundation grants and activities:   Billy Atkins-Morgantown Joe Beeson-Charleston Judge Patrick Flatley-Wheeling Tom Graff-Charleston John File-Beckley Anne Harman-Wheeling Lloyd Jackson-Hamlin Hank Lawrence-Bridgeport Teresa McCune-Williamson Professor Marjorie McDiarmid-Morgantown Gary Nickerson-Bridgeport   The Bar Foundation Board of Directors expresses its deep appreciation to these outstanding lawyers and judges for their strong commitment to the legal and justice systems!   _______________________________________________________   DEBRA SCUDIERE-   The Bar Foundation has received the resignation of Debra Scudiere from her position as Executive Director and it has been accepted, effective immediately.   Deb, who served as Executive Director for the last six months of 2021, made the following comments in her resignation message:   “[M]y first two loves are serving as a mediator in civil cases and teaching at the WVU College of Law. I have a full schedule of mediations coming up, and I teach Pre-Trial Litigation in the spring and Trial Advocacy in the fall.” “I have realized that these other two commitments do not leave sufficient time to do right by the Foundation going forward, and I certainly want to make sure that the interests of the Foundation are well taken care of. That means stepping aside from my duties as its Executive Director.” “The West Virginia Bar Foundation is a wonderful organization, and it has been one of the privileges of my career to have been asked to serve during this time as its Executive Director. I plan to stay involved with its fine activities and to continue to attend its wonderful functions.”   The Bar Foundation Board of Directors is grateful for the guidance and assistance provided by Deb Scudiere during her tenure as the Executive Director.   _______________________________________________________   INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-   The Bar Foundation Board of Directors has appointed Tom Tinder to serve as Interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is selected. Tom retired on June 30 after providing staff leadership to the Bar Foundation since January 1989. He can be contacted at   _______________________________________________________   UPCOMING BAR FOUNDATION DATES:   Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner – April 21, 2022 Lawyers Leadership Institute – May 20-22, 2022 Lunch & Laughs with a Legal Legend – September 9, 2022