The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 29, 2014

Johnston, Turner to serve on BAF board of directors

CHARLESTON — Patricia C. Johnston and Cynthia W. Turner join the distinguished list of local citizens who have been invited to serve on the board of directors of the Beckley Area Foundation.

The board is comprised of 15 members who may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. Since its founding in 1985, a total of 74 individuals have generously given their time, dedication, leadership and talent as BAF board members supporting the work of our community foundation.

Patty Johnston is the owner and president of Colony Drug and Wellness Center. A lifelong resident of Beckley, she is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and West Virginia University where she earned a B.S. in pharmacy. She is married to Larry Frail; they are the parents of one daughter, Caitlin Frail, who is also a pharmacist.

Johnston has been recognized on numerous occasions for her professional achievements. This year she was inducted into the WVU School of Pharmacy Centennial Hall of Fame. In 2013, she received a Pharmacy Times Finalist Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2011 she accepted the Bowl of Hygeia Award for community service by a pharmacist. Ernst & Young named her a WV Entrepreneur of the Year recipient in 2003. She has twice been selected as Preceptor of the Year by the WVU School of Pharmacy.

Patty has served as a trustee on the board of the United Methodist Temple and the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia. She has supported a number of local nonprofit charitable programs including Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships, Helping Hands/Health Right, HSTA, Partners in Education, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Juvenile Justice Accountability Advisory Committee and the Beckley Raleigh-County Chamber of Commerce.

She has served on the BAF Distributions Committee and offered in-kind assistance to several organizations that submitted grant applications to the Foundation. Patty and her husband Larry Frail established a donor-advised fund at the Beckley Area Foundation.

Cynthia Turner is the vice president of Chain Supply Company Inc., a business established by her husband, William L. Turner. She has lived in Raleigh County for 40 years and is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in finance. Bill and Cindy have two children, William L. Turner II, consumer loan officer at United Bank in Beckley, and Jennifer S. Turner, a medical school student at WVU.

Always involved in her children’s lives, Cindy has been a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout leader. A member of the United Methodist Temple, she serves on their Scouting Committee and is a member of the Altar Guild. She is also a participant in the Read Aloud Program and active in Phymosia Garden Club.

Having worked for many years handling the business aspects of medical offices, Turner brings valuable experience to BAF, which now manages in excess of $35 million held in 416 separate endowed funds.

Cindy and Bill have established a donor-advised fund to benefit the citizens and community of Raleigh County. The Turners’ extended families live in this area and have all made significant contributions in business, civic organizations, their church, local schools and the community in general. The Turners have laid the groundwork for their children to continue this family tradition by naming them as future donor advisers for this fund.

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