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Foundation Leadership

David Sheils

David Sheils, CFRE has served as President of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation since July, 2005. Previously, he served eight years as Vice President of Facilities and Support Services at St. Mary’s. He is a graduate of Marshall University (BBA), Xavier University (Master’s in Hospital Administration) and is credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International. A native of Huntington, David is married to Julie Carpenter Sheils and has three children, Anna, Will and Joseph.

Melanie Edwards Kerstetter

Melanie Edwards Kerstetter Joined St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and Marketing Departments in November 2016 as an assistant to the President of The Foundation, David Sheils and Marketing Director Doug Korstanje.

Melanie formerly was a Legal Assistant at the law firm of Offutt Nord Burchett, PLLC. Melanie has been involved in many local fundraising and marketing events, including The American Cancer Society and Path to The Cure. Melanie is also on the Board of Directors for Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.

Melanie is married to Bill Kerstetter and has three children, Dustin Clark and his wife Libby of Chesapeake, Ohio, Andrea Balalong of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Blake of Proctorville.



Sister Mary Grace Barile, S.A.C.

Sister Mary Grace Barile, S.A.C., who serves as special assistant to the CEO of Pallottine Health Services and assists the Foundation with donor relations, entertained the idea of becoming a sister at a very young age. She was born in New York City, the oldest of three children, and spent her early years in Long Island City, where she attended mass with her parents.

As Sr. Mary Grace works to strengthen the Foundation, to better serve the local community, and to spread St. Mary's mission and values, all of which require donor support and visionary leadership, she finds guidance in the book of Matthew 5:13-16: You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Men do not light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. They set it on a stand where it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before all so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father.

"I might add that our donors are exactly that," she said. "They are the salt of the earth, the light of the world -- our work of ministry to the community -- allowing their light to shine so that others will see the goodness they do and be inspired to become a part of that world."