The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Anne Bolyard, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
When Anne Bolyard begged her mom to let her be a “volunteen” at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, the experience shaped her future. “To see that caring compassion during probably some individuals’ worst moments in their lives—that act of service made a huge impact on me.”
Bolyard earned a bachelor’s degree in health services administration, a master’s in community health education, and a doctorate in educational leadership–higher education administration, all from West Virginia institutions. And then she jumped in: first at the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, then at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.
Today, Bolyard directs Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Health Sciences Center at the WVU Foundation, matching faculty members’ research expertise with external funding organizations. “There’s a lot of relationship-building with the faculty and the philanthropic organizations and foundations,” she says. “I love the Health Sciences Center, healthcare in general, and this is an opportunity to be part of a group that’s making a difference.”
She also serves on the board of the Friends of WVU Hospitals, which oversees delivery of volunteer and other auxiliary services. Until March, she volunteered Saturday mornings in the NICU and Child Life Center. “I miss spending time with those beautiful children,” she says.
A native of Clendenin but with a long family history in Fairmont, Bolyard lives in Fairmont and is running for Fairmont City Council. She encourages all young women to be heard. “Run for office. Start your own volunteer organization,” she says. “You can make a difference.”