Meet Your St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation Team!

The St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation is run and managed by a team employed by the Mountain Health System.  This keeps the Foundation’s operating expenses at a minimum and allows us to be the best possible stewards of resources you invest in helping people.


Vice President Foundation Bradley BurckBradley serves as the Vice President for Corporate, Foundation and Donor Philanthropy for Mountain Health Network. In that role, he is responsible for the fundraising of all the Foundations in the Network. His goal for the St. Mary’s Foundation is to focus the major fundraising efforts on raising money for St. Mary’s Regional Heart Center, it’s Center for Education and School of Nursing, and the Hospitality House on campus that serves the families of patients who need a place to stay. Before coming Mountain Health, Bradley started and ran the consulting agency Burck Communications, where his specialty was helping nonprofits craft strategic development and marketing plans to maximize their fundraising efforts. Bradley is the author of two books, Conquering Nonprofit Chaos and You Can Ask. He also has a fundraising podcast on iTunes. Bradley is the co-founder of Forever Changed International, an organization that specializes in orphan care in Latin America. In addition, he has worked in management for several nonprofit organizations around the country. He has taught in the District of Columbia public schools and served as a legislative and communications assistant for two members of the United States House of Representatives. Bradley holds a B.S. in communication from Liberty University and a master’s in strategic communication from Seton Hall University. He also holds a certification in Search Engine Optimization and is a red belt in Tae Kwon Do. He sits on the boards of the Huntington City Mission, Goodwill of KYOWVA, and Covenant School. When Bradley is not working, you will find him playing Archery Tag or sitting on his back porch playing the ukulele, reading books on theology and history, talking with his daughter and wife, or sword-fighting with his son. He and his wife, Dr. Cari Burck, have two children and make their home in Huntington, West Virginia. You can contact Bradley at 304.526.2658.


St. Mary's Community RelationsJoined St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and Marketing Departments in November 2016 as an assistant to the President of The Foundation Marketing. Today she leads the Foundation’s community and campus wide fundraising efforts. If you want to help raise money for St. Mary’s or have an idea for a small event to help our patients, Melanie is the person to whom you want to talk. Melanie is involved with the American Heart Association and presents Go Red and the American Heart Walk to the community, as well as Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. She makes things happen! You can contact Melanie at 304.526.8180


Arrowood Fundraising FoundationKristi is a certified development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She joined the team as Director of Development in 2012. Her focus is on major gifts and planned giving. Most recently, Arrowood was a senior member of the Marshall University Foundation’s major gifts team, where she assisted in developing the University’s Bridge Campaign, annual reports and Thunder Club and coordinating the world premiere celebration of the film “We Are Marshall.” Kristi is passionate about her work and takes great joy in getting to know and care for the people with whom she works. She is married to Mark. Together they have two sons, Zac and Tanner. You can contact Kristi at 304.526.2009.


Community Events VelmaVelma is in charge of all the major fundraising events put on by the System’s Foundations. Prior to her career in philanthropy, she worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank in commercial lending for 22 years. She is passionate about her work and helping others get involved and do great things. In fact, if you have an idea for a fundraiser, she wants you to get in touch with her. She will help you make it happen. When she’s not working, Velma likes to spend her time walking, enjoying her family, and taking photos at sporting events. You can contact Velma at 304.526.6314.


Grants and Foundations CoordinatorIsabel (Izzy) joined the team in March of 2017 and is responsible for the Foundations’ efforts in engaging Foundations and Government entities for grants. Additionally, she works one-on-one with people who are interested in supporting the St. Mary’s School of Nursing. Izzy holds a BA in Literature and Latin from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in her native Caracas. She also has a MA in Communication Studies from Marshall University. She and her husband Mark are the co-owners of 21 at the Frederick restaurant. Izzy has an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, the field in which she worked for 20 years. She is currently on the Board of the Marshall Artist Series and has volunteered her time and efforts for Contact of Huntington, Hospice of Huntington, The Huntington Museum of Art and Little Victories. She and her husband Mark live in Huntington, WV with their two kids and dogs Apple and Mr. Bacon. You can contact Izzy at 304.399.4685.


Foundations AssistantLauren is the Administrative Secretary for all the Mountain Health Foundations. She is a graduate of Marshall University, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She was previously the Event Sales Manager at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV. She is a born and raised resident of Barboursville, WV where she currently resides with her husband Fred and their 2 boys and dog Dexter. She is active in serving the community through her church and enjoys spending every second she can with her kids and family. You can contact Lauren at (304) 399-4686.