WVSOM Foundation Building, sunny day with freshly mowed grass and flower lined walkway

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 the Foundation office 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 Executive Director of Foundation Relations. 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

Executive Director of Foundation Relations


Shelden Mullens

Development Officer


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.

Our Mission

The WVSOM Foundation advances a culture of philanthropic giving to support WVSOM, its students, and alumni caring for medically underserved communities in West Virginia and beyond.

Our Shared Vision

In partnership with WVSOM and the WVSOM Alumni Association, our shared vision is to:
Advance osteopathic medicine principles and better health outcomes by financially supporting the WVSOM community.

Core Values Which Lead Us

We believe and are dedicated to…

  • Stewardship and responsible fiscal management.
  • Ethical business and fundraising practices.
  • Osteopathic principles for healthier communities, and
  • A culture of giving back.

Board of Directors