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Emily A. West | President and Executive Director


A member of the West Foundation board of directors since 1985, Emily A. West became the Executive Director of the West Foundation in 1996. Prior to joining the foundation as its inaugural employee and opening its first office, Ms. West spent more than a decade working in the fields of public relations and marketing. During this time, she accumulated experience in both public and private sectors, including a stint at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she was Director of Marketing for The Fund Raising School. (more…)

Debra Des Vignes | Program and Communications Officer

Debra Des Vignes brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to The West Foundation. As the organization’s Program and Communications Officer, Debra is responsible for developing and supporting partnerships with constituent organizations and moving beneficiaries out of abject poverty and into self-sufficiency.


Dani Roth | Office Manager

Dani Roth brings a unique set of talents to the table through her role as Office Manager for the West Foundation. A jack-of-all-trades, Roth uses her organizational skills to juggle fiscal management and special projects for the executive director and program officer while acting as official hostess for all visitors to the foundation. (more…)


Rebekah D. Jones | Board Member

Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones (nee Davis) comes to the West Foundation as a fourth generation family member to serve on the board of directors. She brings with her experience in the non-profit sector both in international human rights and direct work with survivors of domestic violence in the U.S. (more…)

Suzanna D. Bloom | Board Member


Suzanna Bloom (nee Davis) is another of Harold West’s great-grandchildren who continues his legacy by serving on the board of the West Foundation. Her interest in international issues began at age 15 through participation in a service trip to Romania. In her following high school years, she further broadened her international experience with a service trip to Thailand.

Jordan Davis | Board Member

Jordan Davis is the third of Harold West’s great-grandchildren to serve on the board of directors for the West Foundation. He brings a wealth of experience from the restaurant and hospitality industry and hopes to bring a new perspective to the board while simultaneously ensuring his great-grandfather’s legacy and vision are upheld. (more…)

Phyllis M. West | Emeritus

p_westPhyllis M. West (nee McRoberts) was born in Evansville, Indiana, and spent her childhood years in Sullivan, Indiana. Following her graduation from high school, she attended Asbury College (now Asbury University) in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she earned a BA in both Biology and Chemistry in 1953. (more…)