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Our Staff & Board

Our Staff & Board

The Wheeling Heritage staff has unique knowledge of downtown revitalization and sustainable historic rehabilitation.

Scott Schenerlein

Executive Director

Scott Schenerlein was born and raised in Wheeling and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Liberty University. He previously served as the director of catering at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center where he gained over 25 years of experience in management, budgeting, revenue generation and relationship-building.

As the executive director for Wheeling Heritage, Scott provides strategic leadership and oversees all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day operations.

I’ve always remarked ‘I work in the past, present and future’. The same holds true for our work here at Wheeling Heritage. There is no better feeling than contributing to the preservation, education and development of the place you call home.”

A Pittsburgh native, Betsy Sweeny earned degrees in art history and anthropology from the University of Missouri. She also holds a masters in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to relocating to Wheeling, Betsy worked as an architectural historian at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia.

Betsy’s work includes history-related projects, facilitating technical assistance for historic building owners, and overseeing the organization’s historic preservation grants and contracts.

Bringing the past into the present is the only way to keep history relevant. Wheeling is fortunate to have so many places, spaces, and communities with stories to tell. Our work helps to tell those stories.”

Betsy Sweeny

Betsy Sweeny

Director of Heritage Programming

Alex Panas

Alex Panas

Program Manager

Alex joined Wheeling Heritage in 2020, where she currently serves as the Program Manager for the organization. She works with artists, small business owners, and community stakeholders to provide technical assistance and create meaningful programs that enhance Wheeling. She also serves as the managing editor for Weelunk, Wheeling Heritage’s online magazine.
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Ohio University in 2013. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in communication studies from Ball State University. Prior to joining the Wheeling Heritage team, Alex worked as a marketing specialist for The Health Plan and Wheeling Hospital.

People are what make our community special, and I’m grateful to get to work so closely with the folks who are revitalizing Wheeling in their own unique ways.”

Johnathon Porter grew up just a short drive away in Flushing, Ohio, before moving to Wheeling. In 2019, he joined Wheeling Heritage as a Digital Content Specialist. He has a Bachelor of Science in music production from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. After graduating, he and Dillon Richardson co-founded a media production company that provided video and audio services to several organizations around the Ohio Valley.

Johnathon is part of the Wheeling Heritage Media team, which creates videos, podcasts, photos and other multimedia, as well as manages content on our online magazine, Weelunk.

It’s only fitting that a city with such compelling history has such a promising future. Wheeling continues to become a place of liveliness and opportunity. Our work helps the community stay connected.”


Johnathon Porter

Digital Content Specialist


Dillon Richardson

Digital Content Specialist

Dillon Richardson joined Wheeling Heritage in 2019 to extend the organization’s reach through the use of multimedia. Growing up in Moundsville, West Virginia, he has always been involved and engaged in the Wheeling community. He attended West Liberty University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in digital media design. After graduating, he co-founded a media production company with our other digital content specialist, Johnathon Porter.

Dillon is part of the Wheeling Heritage Media team, which creates videos, podcasts, photos and other multimedia, as well as manages content on our online magazine, Weelunk.

Our goal isn’t to just teach why Wheeling’s history is important. Our goal is to provide the resources and opportunities for the community to discover what that history means to them.”


Walker Holloway – Chair

Ellen Gano – Vice Chair

Nick Musgrave – Secretary

Jeanne H. Finstein, Ed.D. – Treasurer

Missy Ashmore


Art Burnside

Doug Carl

Dean Connors

Patti Kota

Natalie Hamilton




Michael Mistovich

Zahra Mohebbi, Ph.D.

DeMarr Moulton

Don Nickerson

Frank O’Brien

Patrick Cassidy, Emeritus

Jack Fahey, Emeritus

G. Randolph Worls, Emeritus

Larry Jones, Ed.D, Emeritus