Board of Directors
Josie Counts, Board Chair
Matt Mellert, Vice Chair
Tim Morris, Treasurer, Secretary
Loretta Jett-Haddad, President
Mrs. Betty F. Schoenbaum, Director Emeritus
Cheryl Exline, Director
Jens Kiel, Director
Berkeley Bentley, Director
President & CEO
Loretta Jett-Haddad is president and CEO of the Schoenbaum Center. She is a nonprofit advocate and social entrepreneur committed to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in West Virginia and across the country.
Loretta manages all aspects of the Schoenbaum Center, including program development, operations, fundraising, financing, tenant relations, maintenance, and volunteers. She has been involved with the center since the idea to build a nonprofit complex in Charleston was conceived in the 1990s. Under Loretta’s guidance, the center has maintained a 95.8 percent occupancy rate, and the mortgage was retired in 2007, a full 12 years earlier than expected.
As a result of her 25 years in the nonprofit sector and years of for-profit work, she is able to provide insight to emerging nonprofits throughout the country as a speaker and mentor. Loretta holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia State University.
Senior Operations Director
Krystal Smith serves as operations director for the Schoenbaum Center. Throughout her professional tenure, she has worked with nonprofit organizations to promote family interactions and social growth. Krystal has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia State University and a master’s degree in corrections counseling from Marshall University Graduate College.
Over the years, she has recognized and understood the importance of what it means to meet the needs of other people. Her work experience, education, and discipline have provided Krystal with the ability to rapidly learn new skills that impact the lives of families from a holistic perspective. For the past 20 years, she has diligently worked as an advocate for underrepresented populations throughout local, county, and statewide communities.
Resource Development Assistant
Amber Cunningham serves as the resource development assistant of the Schoenbaum Center. Throughout her professional career, she managed and developed in the customer relations field for more than 15 years. She is a graduate from Capital High School and grew up in the Charleston area.
Her passion for people and family is what drives her to develop a better life for not only her family but others around her. She is working toward building a better relationship within the west side community to enrich the lives of everyone, and create family unity, to help teach life skills for the youth so that they can carry on the path of sustainability in their own household and community.