Program Committee Election

Please help choose citizen members for the Humanities Council program committee. The Program Committee oversees all direct programs and grants of the Humanities Council. This includes reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the Humanities Council board of directors. Your vote gives the public a voice in our grants and program decisions. Review the candidates below, then either download the ballot and mail in your selections, or visit the online ballot to make your choices online. Vote for two of the candidates below:


Rebekah Karelis is a project manager with the Wheeling-based construction company Adventures In Elegance, LLC, where she works to restore the area's historic buildings.  She is a Program Committee incumbent and eligible for re-election.



Roger May is a Charleston-based photographer and writer. He created and directs the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project, which challenges the historical visual stereotypes of the region. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Appalachian Studies Association and is co-chair of the Communications Committee.



Danielle Parker has been the Executive Director of Preservation Alliance of West Virginia based in Elkins since 2011. She developed the Alliance's Historic Preservation Microloan Program and the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program.



Crystal Wimer is a native of Keyser and serves as the Executive Director of the Harrison County WV Historical Society. She was named a 2016 WV History Hero for her service with the organization.  She is the interim president for the WV Association of Museums and serves on the conference programming committee for the Southeastern Association of Museums.


Cast your vote by March 1.