Board of Directors
Josie Counts, Board Chair
Cheryl Exline, Vice Chair
Paul Gilmer, Treasurer
Loretta Jett-Haddad, President
Mrs. Betty F. Schoenbaum, Director Emeritus
Tim Morris, Board Secretary
Jens Kiel, Director
Matt Mellert, 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.
Program Director for CCCLC
April Sigman is the Program Director of Charleston Child Care and Learning Center at the Schoenbaum Center. She has 17 years of experience in the early childhood development field. April has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development from West Virginia State Community and Technical College. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at West Virginia State University.
April is an advocate for creating a high-quality child care setting that provides a nurturing environment for all children and families. She believes children learn through direct interactions with their environments and the people within it. April brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CCCLC. She has spent her career serving children and families in this community.