CAMC Foundation Staff

The CAMC Foundation Staff is a collection of individuals with many years experience and strong community ties and loyalty.

E. Gail Pitchford, President

Gail has served as the CAMC Foundation President for more than 10 years. Under her administration, the CAMC Foundation organized its first capital campaign raising $15 million to build a freestanding, outpatient cancer center. In her role, Gail oversees all CAMC Foundation board activities; leads strategic planning for the foundation; and coordinates the CAMC Health System’s needs with the CAMC Foundation’s fundraising goals.

Gail has always lived and worked in the Kanawha Valley. Prior to joining the CAMC Foundation, Gail worked in the private wealth management and banking industry for 20 years. An active community member, Gail serves on the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University, her alma mater. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston and serves on the board of the Craik-Patton House, a historical home in Charleston. Gail received her master’s degree from WVU. She enjoys bicycling and running and often competes in 5k races and half marathons.


R. Bryan Cummings, Senior Development Officer

Bryan has served the CAMC Foundation and his community for 9 years. He identifies, cultivates and solicits philanthropic support by developing and maintaining relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals to foster positive and enduring relationships. Additionally, Bryan develops fundraising strategies and methods to ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship of donors.

Bryan is a professional fundraiser, having earned his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification by CFRE International.

Prior to joining the foundation, Bryan held roles at the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office and West Virginia Second Congressional District Office in Washington, DC.

Bryan received his BA in political science with a minor in economics from Marshall University.  He is an outdoor recreationist, travel and cultural enthusiast, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic.


Darian Gist, Development Officer

Darian serves as a Development Officer for the CAMC Foundation with oversight of the annual CAMC Foundation Golf Classic, CAMC Foundation Run For Your Life, the Employee Emergency Fund program and the Nursing Grateful Patient program. In her role, she sets strategies and organizes Foundation operations to achieve fundraising goals and objectives.

Prior to joining the CAMC Foundation Darian worked on various political campaigns in a variety of states. Most recently she served as the Finance Assistant for the WV Attorney General. She has a BS in secondary social studies education from The Pennsylvania State University with minors in history and political science. She is working towards an MBA from Marshall University. Darian is a dog lover and enjoys cooking, baking and traveling.


Elizabeth Byrd, Executive Assistant

Elizabeth serves as the Executive Assistant to the CAMC Foundation President.  In her role, Elizabeth coordinates grant allocations within the health system; coordinates all Foundation Board activities and serves as a liaison to donors with endowments held at the CAMC Foundation.

Elizabeth began her career at CAMC after graduating from Cross lanes Christian School in 2008.  Prior to the Foundation Elizabeth worked in Patients Accounts at CAMC for 8 years and Registration for 2 years.  She enjoys riding and showing her two Tennessee Walking horses, Jezebel and Ritz, spoiling her pony Clyde and Boston terriers, Colt and Lilly.  Elizabeth loves old cars and motorcycle riding, is an active member of Heritage Baptist Church and is married to Bryan Byrd.  She is currently working on her Healthcare Management degree.


Morgan Griffis, Community Giving Officer

Morgan serves as the Community Giving Officer for the CAMC Foundation with oversight of annual appeals, community giving initiatives, donor communications, and donor stewardship.  She works to make a difference in the health and well-being of the people in our communities and region.

Prior to joining the foundation, Morgan worked in advertising for the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper. She received her BA in communications and public relations from West Virginia State University. In between planning her next adventure, Morgan enjoys tennis, reading and spending time with friends and family.