Foundation Staff

Washington County Community Foundation Staff

Betsie Trew, President & CEO

Contact for:
  • All Donor Relations Issues
  • Giving To/Through the Washington County Community Foundation
  • Establishing a Fund, Fund Statements, Giving Strategies, Fund Types and Scholarships
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Betsie Trew is the President & CEO of the Washington County Community Foundation, a position created by the Board of Trustees in December of 2010. Previously, Trew was the Executive Director of the Foundation, a position she has held since late 1998. Under her leadership, the assets of the Foundation have grown from less than $250,000 to more than $20 million, with over $8 million in grants and scholarships awarded.

During her tenure, the Washington County Community Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the country to be approved for the National Standards for Community Foundations. 

Immediately prior to her position at the Community Foundation, she was the Vice President, Community Services for the United Way of Washington County, where she was responsible for the distribution of approximately $1 million annually to local health and human services organizations. Previously, she was employed at US Steel in both Washington and Pittsburgh, where she held positions in human resources, sales, and accounting. Trew is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Washington and the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Monongahela.  She has also served on the Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency Grants Committee and the Community Connections Grant Committee for Washington County. In 2009 she received the ATHENA Award from the Washington County Chamber of Commerce which in part, recognized her efforts to support disadvantaged women and children through the Foundation’s Mother’s Fund.

Trew is a magna cum laude graduate of California University of PA, where she earned a degree in Business Administration and Management. She is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Michigan and was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to attend the premier Community Foundation Course at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA. Trew frequently provides guidance to area charities on the creation and execution of coordinated development plans which include such strategies as annual appeals, fundraising events, and capital campaigns. Her expertise extends to non-cash gifts such as securities, life insurance and retirement assets, as well as planned giving strategies including bequests, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts.

She resides in Bentleyville with her husband Jack. They are the parents of five grown children and have six grandchildren.

Michelle Grosso, Scholarship Coordinator

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Michelle M. Grosso is the Scholarship Coordinator at the Washington County Community Foundation.  For the past 15 years, she has worked as a Marketing/Closing Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in the real estate industry.  She attended Clarion University where she studied business and accounting.

Michelle co-founded the Southwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Parent Group and currently serves as the leader.  She has been involved in various community and church organizations over the past 18 years and received the Peters Township Character Counts award in 2014.  

Michelle currently resides in Venetia with her husband, Jerry, and their son Andrew who attends Virginia Tech.  

Marlina Hays, Administrative Assistant

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Marlina Hays is the Administrative Assistant at the Washington County Community Foundation.  Prior to her position at the Foundation, Marlina worked as an Assistant Manager for Hobby Lobby. 

She obtained her Associate Degree from Douglas School of Business, where she majored in Graphic Communications.  Marlina has been involved in many clubs and organizations throughout the years, currently serving as Treasurer for both Patrons of the Creative Arts and the Boys Youth Basketball League at Bentworth School District.  

Marlina and her family currently reside in Eighty Four.  Her husband, Ben, and two youngest boys keep her busy with sports year round, while her oldest son attends WVU.

Amy Shope, Marketing Associate

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Amy Shope is the Marketing Associate at the Washington County Community Foundation.  Immediately prior to her position at the Community Foundation, she worked as a Library Assistant at Peters Township School District and devoted time to raising her family.  

Previously, she was employed as a Development Engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation Process Control Division in Pittsburgh and as a Computer Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Amy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has been actively involved as a volunteer with a number of community and school organizations.

Amy and her husband, Tom, currently reside in Venetia.  They have three children.

Christina Vensel, Accounting Clerk

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Christina W. Vensel is the Accounting Clerk at the Washington County Community Foundation.  Prior to moving to Pennsylvania in 2001, she worked for Price Waterhouse in Houston, Texas.  

She completed her accounting degree at Wheeling Jesuit University and has devoted her time to raising her family.  She is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association and is active in her church.

Christina has three grown children and four grandchildren and lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband and last fledgling daughter.