WVSOM - About

About WVSOM Foundation

Dewayne Duncan portraitA gift to the WVSOM Foundation is more than a charitable gift. It is an investment in students and an investment in improved health outcomes for rural communities.  To support the growth and  continued success of WVSOM, we are committed to establishing a culture of philanthropy among the WVSOM community and to responsibly manage the funds and resources gifted to the WVSOM Foundation. To remain competitive in today’s academic landscape, it is imperative that we engage our alumni and friends in meaningful giving conversations to ensure the financial strength of WVSOM for years to come.

Gifts of all sizes and scope can have an impact on the school and its students. As a valued member of our community, we hope you will consider the WVSOM Foundation in your giving plans. Please reach out to our development director, Andrew Ickes, to learn how you can start making an impact today!"

Dewayne Duncan, WVSOM Foundation President

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation is a supporting organization of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), and is a 501(c)3 organization as designated by the IRS. The WVSOM Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors and is administered by an Administrative Director. We're here to serve the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and its students by securing, managing and allocating the financial contributions of businesses and individuals. Ultimately, we are here to support the WVSOM’s mission, which is…

To educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to support and develop graduate medical education training; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.


Donette Mizia
Donette Mizia
Administrative Director 


Daniel J Hamrick
Daniel L. Hamrick
Accountant Senior


Jessica Lewis
Operations Manager 


The WVSOM Foundation supports the development of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in its efforts to educate physicians to deliver compassionate, quality care and serve as leaders in their communities.

The WVSOM Foundation employs sound financial management to support the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine through a culture of philanthropy and fundraising.

Values set standards for behavior and provide a framework for making tough decisions. The Board of Directors developed the following value statements to guide the organization.

We Believe

  • In being responsible in our words and actions and being accountable for our results.
  • In being honest with ourselves and in our dealings with others.
  • In acting with the highest level of integrity in all that we do.
  • In treating everyone with whom we deal and whom we serve with respect.
  • In encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating success as it occurs.

Board of Directors