Fred Rader

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is pleased to announce that Fred Rader will join its staff team on May 2, 2022 as an Associate Director. Rader previously served as Community Development Director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council for 39 years. Rader’s background of many years in regional community development is well-aligned to serve PACF’s goals and mission.

Rader recently stepped down from his position as a member of the PACF Board of Directors to accept the staff role as an Associate Director. He served two full five-year terms previously on PACF's Board with two years as its Board Chair. Now in the second year of his second five year term, as he leaves the Board of Directors, he does so with a total of 17 years service to his credit. Rader was instrumental in helping to start up PACF’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate (serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt Counties) and is a strong supporter of PACF and LKACF efforts. He has served on all of the PACF’s Committees--Scholarships, Grants, Development, Personnel, Executive and Investments--and fully completed the Foundation’s series of four Board training classes. Rader shared that his favorite thing about the PACF is, “Being able to make a positive impact on community needs.”

A Wirt County native, Fred has a special fondness for the Foundation’s work to cultivate philanthropy in rural communities through its affiliate network (Doddridge County Community Foundation, Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation, Ritchie County Community Foundation, and its new Lewis County Community Foundation Fund). He is married to Carol (Schmitt) Rader, with two children, and one grandchild (another to arrive soon!) Fred is a Marshall University graduate, and holds a Masters level degree.

Robert Wright, Chairman of the PACF Board of Directors, said, “Marian Clowes, presently Associate Director of Community Leadership for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) recently announced that she has accepted a new position with the Sisters Health Foundation as its Associate Director effective January 1, 2023. Marian has done an excellent job in her leadership role as Associate Director of the PACF for many years. With several months of transition before us, Fred will have a great opportunity to receive a thorough and broad-based training in all aspects of the Foundation’s work as an Associate Director. Fred is a quick learner and very knowledgeable.”

Judy Sjostedt, Executive Director added, “Fred has been very dedicated to the work of our regional community foundation for nearly two decades and we expect that he will be a key asset. We are delighted to have the opportunity for someone of his caliber to join our staff team. We appreciate all that Marian has done over the years, and we look forward to Fred building on that firm foundation.”