Mineral County Chamber recognizes Price, McKenzie with Summit awards

Staff Writer
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Mike Price (left) was recognized as Mineral County's Leader of the Year during the annual Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Summit Awards. Shown presenting his award is chamber president Randy Crane. 
Tribune photos by Ronda Wertman
Chamber president Randy Crane (left) recognized Luke McKenzie as the Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year. He was also a nominee for Leader of the Year.

By Ronda Wertman

Tribune Correspondent

KEYSER - “Those who have the good fortune to know Mike Price know what a quiet and unassuming leader he is,” said Mineral County Chamber of Commerce president Randy Crane as he recognized Price as the Leader of the Year at the annual Summit Awards.

“He doesn’t just serve Mineral County, Burlington United Methodist Family Services (BUMFS) is all over the state,” said Crane.

Crane noted that in the six months prior to his recent retirement as the chief executive officer for BUMFS, Price accomplished several major milestones for the agency.  

 “Mike was able to acquire the Alkire Mansion, undergo extensive renovations, and open it as a home for boys.  During this same time period, Mike also led BUMFS to acquire property on Knobley Road, and transformed it into a Recovery Home for 32 women, which is sorely needed in this area,” Crane said.

“In his spare time, Mike also was able to move Sarah's House into a completely renovated building on Main Street in Keyser, and add three bedrooms at the Staggers House,” added Crane.

“Mike quietly added more and more needed services across West Virginia his entire time at the helm, and has improved the lives of thousands of people as a result,” concluded Crane.

Other nominees for Leader of the Year were Kate Donaghy and Luke McKenzie.

“Besides the many things she does outside of work, including her participation in Mineral County Days in Charleston, Kate Donaghy does an incredible job running the communications and marketing team at UPMC,” said Crane.

Donaghy joined Western Maryland Health System (now UPMC Western Maryland) in 2018 as director of community relations/marketing, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her previous position of director, marketing and communications at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, according to her nomination.

“This year Kate led her staff in getting the word out to staff, patients and visitors about all the necessary information relation to COVID in a very short period of time,” said Crane.

“It was during the height of the pandemic that Kate directed the communications efforts for more than 72 email and/or video staff updates and the creation of more than 140 signs necessary to ensure the safety of patients and staff,” said her nomination.

McKenzie was nominated by one of his own staff at Mineral County Emergency Management, praising his efforts in going above and beyond his responsibilities mentoring and encouraging his staff to be better and to never sell themselves short.

“He is constantly volunteering to help with additional projects or issues that arise within the county, always offering a helping hand where needed. Director McKenzie is a positive influence in our office,” said his staff.

“His work on behalf of the county during the year’s COVID has been exceptional, even though most people will never know how his efforts have helped the county,” said Crane. “Luke also serves as treasurer on the chamber board and I have the privilege of working with him too and know the value his brings to the table.”

“I’m really blessed, we’ve got a tremendous board,” said Crane, thanking his board members. “They are all a great team.”

“The next award is the only one that I have the distinct honor in selecting myself,” said Crane, announcing Luke McKenzie as the Board Member of the Year.

“The chamber is very fortunate to have a board that is supportive and eager to help our businesses and wants to see our organization grow. This award is difficult for me to select, because they are all a great team with unique talents,” added Crane.

“This year’s winner has taken on everything I have sent his way and been an incredible steward of the chamber’s money,” he concluded of McKenzie.