Spirit of the Valley Award Luncheon, Aug. 24

Spirit of the Valley Materials

2017 Pledge Card (PDF)

YMCA of Kanawha Valley offers free health and wellness programs to hundreds of area children, families and people in need, made possible by fundraising efforts that support its Community Assistance Fund, which is heavily supported by the annual Spirit of the Valley Campaign. The award recognizes a community member who exemplifies community service, and the effort engages a group of 300 volunteers who conduct outreach in generating pledges for the fund.

Thomas A. Heywood is the Managing Partner of Bowles Rice, acting as the firm’s CEO. His responsibilities include overall operations, practice management and administration and strategic planning and growth.  He has served in that position since 2008.

Tom has significant experience in health care, banking, and corporate/commercial law, and is frequently called upon by clients and community leaders for advice on business matters related to acquisitions, divestitures and other transactional matters. An experienced facilitator, he frequently assists businesses and organizations in the strategic planning process.

He was chairman of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s election campaigns in 2011 and 2012 and served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Honorable Gaston Caperton, Governor of West Virginia, 1989-1993.  Tom has extensive experience in dealing with government officials at the local, state and federal levels, and is the leader of the Bowles Rice Government Relations team.

Tom serves on many charitable and non-profit boards, and actively participates in various business and economic development organizations and trade associations, including the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation (2012 to present), the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation (President, 2011 to present), the West Virginia Roundtable (Chairman); the Mid-Atlantic Technology Research & Innovation Center – MATRIC (Chairman of the Board of Directors, present); the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (Government Affairs Chairman, 1993 to present), the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Vision Shared (Executive Committee), Imagine West Virginia (Chairman, 2013 to present), Kanawha County Library Foundation (Chairman), Bream Memorial Presbyterian Board of Trustees, the Herscher Foundation, the Martha Gaines and Russell L. Wehrle Memorial Foundation (Secretary), Reconnecting McDowell Inc, (Secretary) and the Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy (Chairman).  He was chairman of West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2013.

He was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to serve on the West Virginia University Board of Governors in 2016 and is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee (Chair) of the West Virginia University Hospitals Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of West Virginia University Health Systems, Inc.

He is active as a leader in many civic initiatives and organizations and has received numerous awards for his public service.  He has been elected as a Fellow of both the American Bar Association and the West Virginia Bar Foundation.

He holds an AV-preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by the leading legal peer review organizations including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.


For more information contact LeeAnn Doyle at (304) 340-3527 or email ldoyle@ymcaofkv.org.

YMCA Spirit of the Valley Logo

Past Recipients
1985 – John M. Wells Sr.
1986 – Sidney P. Davis Jr.
1987 – Bert Bradford Jr. M.D.
1988 – Lawson W. Hamilton Jr.
1989 – James M. Poindexter
1990 – Isaac N. Smith Jr.
1991 – James R. Thomas II
1992 – Warren Point, M.D.
1993 – Lyell B. Clay
1994 – Martha G. Wehrle
1995 – William T. Brotherton Jr.
1996 – Angus E. Peyton
1997 – Thomas E. Potter
1998 – John L. McClaugherty
1999 – Bertie Cohen
2000 – Thad D. Epps
2001 – Joseph C. Jefferds Jr.
2002 – Lewis N. McManus
2003 – John F. McGee
2004 – Betty Schoenbaum
2005 – John Wells Jr.
2006 – Edward H. Maier
2007 – Dr. Ed Welch
2008 – J. Holmes Morrison
2009 – Charles T. Jones
2010 – Brooks F. McCabe Jr.
2011 – Nelle Ratrie Chilton
2012 – T. Randolph Cox
2013 – K. Richard C. Sinclair
2014 – Governor Gaston W. Caperton III
2015- John Elliot
2016-Mary Jean Davis