Board of Directors

Trish Cendana

President

Dr. Patricia “Trish” L. Cendana has worked at WVU for 29 years and serves as the Executive Director of Residence Life. In her role as Executive Director of Residence Life, she is responsible for approximately 400 staff members and the care of 5,400 freshmen residing in WVU’s twelve undergraduate residence halls. She earned all three of her degrees from WVU.  She received her Master of Public Administration in 2004 and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2012.

 

Trish is passionate about creating opportunities for the growth and development of students and staff.  She serves on numerous committees that help support student and staff initiatives.  She also is passionate about making a difference in the community through her work as a Board Member for Empty Bowls Monongalia. When she is not assisting students through crises or celebrating their successes, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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Al Prichard

Vice President

The Rev. Al Prichard has been a member of Empty Bowls Board of Directors for 6 years serving a term as president and, currently, as vice-president. He and his wife, Cheryl (a former board member) have been volunteers with Empty Bowls since 2009, overseeing the kitchen and the distribution of soup for the annual Soup and Bread Luncheon during that time.

 

Al is retired from a career in public television and is an ordained deacon since 2011 serving St. Thomas à Becket Episcopal Church in Morgantown.

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P J Henry

Treasurer

PJ Henry

PJ Henry was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. PJ attended WVU and has primarily called Mon County home ever since. As a member of St. Thomas a Becket Episcopal Church, PJ began volunteering for the Empty Bowls annual soup luncheon in 2019. PJ was elected to the board in October 2021 and later elected as Treasurer in February 2022. PJ’s goal is to drive financial efficiency so that Empty Bowls can further its mission of feeding the food insecure individuals of our community.

PJ currently serves as the Sourcing Manager at Mon Health Medical Center. PJ and his wife, Jodi Richardson, enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and supporting local restaurants and breweries.

Tiffany Hughes

Secretary

Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree in Classics and Latin, a Masters Certificate in Latin, and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership Studies – all from Marshall University. She currently serve as an Assistant Director in Residence Life at WVU.

 

She has been in Morgantown for over 8 years. and loves giving back to the community of Morgantown.  She also loves working to help those who face food insecurity, especially over the last two years when we have been able to help food banks stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Andrew Hardesty

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Jeni Forester

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Mary Koike

Mary Archer Koike is a clinical Audiologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor, retired, in the Department of Otolaryngology HNS at WVU School of Medicine where she provided audiology services in the clinic and in the hospital for 23 years to patients ages newborn to 100+. She also lectured to medical students and residents in the school of Medicine as well as teaching graduate courses in Audiology at WVU. She holds a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology.

 

She is married to Dr. Kazunari Koike who is also a retired Audiologist and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology HNS where he was Director of Audiology for over 30 years. They have a daughter who lives in Charlotte, NC and a son who lives in St. Augustine, FL. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and traveling all over the world when Covid is not interfering.

Providing services to the food insecure in Monongahela County is number one on Mary's retirement agenda.  She is dedicated to fund raising for Empty Bowls so that monies can be distributed yearly to food pantries through the county.  She also delivers food weekly to food insecure families for Pantry Plus More.

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David Lorenze

David Lorenze was born and raised in Morgantown. He attended Virginia Tech University where he graduated with honors. David earned two degrees during his time in Blacksburg; a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a focus in entrepreneurship.

 

As a leader of Black Diamond Realty, David continues to enhance his strong reputation as a deal maker and community builder. Lorenze brings expertise and experience in all commercial real estate sectors spanning hundreds of lease and sale transactions.  Lorenze is licensed in WV and PA and services a wide radius of local and regional markets. David has completed over $200,000,000 in sale and lease transactions during his brokerage career. 

 

Within his community, he serves various roles:

 

  • Member, Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity

  • Member, Monongalia County Economic Development Authority board of directors

  • Volunteer board member, Empty Bowls Monongalia

  • Previous member, The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties board of directors

  • Previous member, Main Street Morgantown economic restructuring committee

  • Previous member, Generation Morgantown

 

David started his journey with Empty Bowls Monongalia around 2011 by volunteering at an Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Luncheon.  A once a year volunteer event evolved into a passion to alleviate food insecurity in our community.  David is driven by the helpless feeling many in our community experience without knowing the origin of their next meal.  David has been a board member since 2015. He serves as Co-Chair of the Finance & Fundraising Committee.

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John Oughton

John is an Associate Director at West Virginia University’s Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC).  In this position, he coordinates efforts to provide instructional training, support, and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows as well as teaching classes in the WVU Certificate in University Teaching.  

 

He is married to Jennifer Forester, also a member of the Empty Bowls board.  They enjoy attending music concerts and festivals and spending time with their four grandchildren.  He also enjoys creating stained glass pictures for family and friends.

He feels no one should go hungry and access to healthy food is a right, he is dedicated to Empty Bowls’ mission of supporting local food pantries, meal programs, and backpack programs.  

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Blake Stewart

As an eight-year Army veteran, Blake Stewart founded Stewart Design after graduating from West Virginia University in 2006. Stewart Design has since guided over 1,300 businesses, providing companies with the tools to communicate effectively with the world around them, enabling their businesses to thrive.

 

Blake is the founder of Stewart Design, where he oversees every project from consultation to completion, working closely and personally with each client.

Blake's entrepreneurial spirit has nurtured and sustained the firm's growth. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked with many beloved brands, including Lowe's, Buffalo Wild Wings, State Farm, Marriott, West Virginia University, BNI, and Daniel Defense. Blake has designed identities for dozens of companies and spoken about logo design at events, conferences, and universities across the United States.

Born in London, England, Blake moved to the United States with his family at eight. Blake is married to Lindsey. They have a son, Marlowe, and a daughter, Aila. Blake loves spending time with his family, traveling, and adventure.

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Leigh-Anne Wilson

Leigh Anne is an attorney for the law firm of Bowles Rice located in University Town Center in Morgantown. A member of the Bowles Rice Education Law team, Leigh Anne is active in the firm’s litigation practice, focusing her work primarily on issues related to labor and employment, K-12, and higher education.

 

Prior to joining Bowles Rice, Leigh Anne was a National-Board-Certified Spanish teacher ,instructing students of all ages-from kindergarteners to adults at multiple levels.  From her experience in education, Leigh Anne brings an understanding of the many challenges faced by Monongalia County families, including poverty and hunger issues. As a former teacher, LeighAnne knows that the services Empty Bowls Monongalia bring to the Morgantown area are greatly needed and an invaluable community resource.

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