Tina Vial

Tina Vial, Davis & Elkins College

Annette 'Tina' Vial
Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement: Foundation & Church Relations
Location: Halliehurst
Phone: o: 304-637-1354; c: 304-997-4284

What I Find Rewarding About D&E:

Working with congregations and church-related institutions to raise awareness of D&E, building relationships and partnerships between them and the College, can be very rewarding. When that connection happens, it ignites a spark of purpose and opens new doors to benefit both the students and the organization. Matching our mission with that of a potential funding organization is also a source of gratification, such as the Snowshoe Foundation and the Highlands Scholar Program.

Serving as a host family for international students is one of the most rewarding roles I’ve experienced over the years. Providing international students with the security of a local family who supports them and encourages them is highly rewarding as the students become a significant part of our family. As parents, my husband and I hope someone half way around the world would do the same for our child, so we try to approach our role with that in mind.

Lastly, I am grateful for the very talented staff with whom I work. Their dedication and commitment to the students and to D&E’s mission is refreshing and undeniable.

Tina Vial serves as the College’s assistant director of development support and coordinator of church relations. She is responsible for building relationships between Davis & Elkins College and church-related governing bodies, congregations and individuals. She also serves as a grant writer and conducts prospect research.


  • Davenport Business College, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Jefferson Community College, Louisville, Ky.


Tina has nearly 30 years of experience in staff and volunteer leadership within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including serving on the denomination’s national staff in the Christian Education and Leadership Development office for 15 years. Among the numerous leadership roles she filled at the presbytery level were vice moderator of Presbytery Council and co-chair of the Presbytery of West Virginia Mission Study Group that directed a two-year process of mission visioning, restructuring and priority budgeting for the Presbytery.

Prior to coming to D&E, her work in grant writing had yielded nearly $9.5 million from several sources including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), private foundations and state and federal agencies to fund a variety of non-profit programs such as business development, children’s services, in-home care, home ownership, low-income rental housing, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and a variety of family services; college scholarships and historic preservation efforts; and the State of West Virginia Weatherization Program. In addition, she administered the West Virginia American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Higher Education and State Fiscal Stabilization funds totaling $194 million, and reviewed all requests for the governor’s discretionary ARRA funds – over $48 million – for eligibility and to ensure the projects met the governor’s funding preferences.


Tina has attended numerous workshops and seminars on grant writing and administration, marketing, public relations, website design, sales, business, project management, human resources, customer service, team leadership, weatherization, various specialized aspects of dog training, real estate and computer software.


  • Member, Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement - Virginia Chapter
  • President, Randolph County Humane Society Board of Trustees
  • Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Training Mentor, Animal Behavioral College

Additional Info: 

Tina owns Pups & Pals Dog Training which uses force-free training methods and focuses on families and their pets. She has attended the Animal Behavior College in California and is a Certified Behavior Assessor through the PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin' Program. She is also an independent consultant for The Pampered Chef with career sales exceeding $900,000. She has coached more than 75 other consultants in 21 years.