Our Staff
Craig Whitt
Member Services - Voice Mail 1312
All questions and concerns are initially handled through Craig. He distributes general information and answers questions about using the Member Management System. Craig enters new club information, new member information and makes changes to membership records (address, telephone, etc.) that aren’t made by members directly or club officers. Craig prepares new club charter kits and new member kits. He is responsible for Blue Ribbon, Outstanding Club President and Outstanding Club Secretary research. He is also responsible for preparing Community Service awards and club anniversary certificates. He processes quarterly reports, district officer reports, national officer reports, President’s Golden Key, WANTED contest entries, and maintains the central filing system and current National candidate lists.

Please direct all general questions to Craig (above) for the best response. Other staff available to serve you are listed below:

Sarah Kelly
Executive Director - Voice Mail 1305
Sarah is the chief operating officer of Ruritan National and Ruritan National Foundation. She serves as advising member of all national standing committees and has management and program implementation responsibilities that include strategic planning, financial management, budgeting and investments, membership services, membership growth and training, and event planning. Overall responsibility for employee supervision, office management, corporate legal actions, and facilities maintenance and operations. Represents Ruritan in relationships with partnership organizations, government entities, and media. Editor of the RURITAN magazine, Ruritan newsletter, and other Ruritan publications.

Diane Lawson
Media and Public Relations - Voice Mail 1306
Diane is responsible for the production of the RURITAN magazine, the March Newsletter, club and district officer handbooks, community service guides, brochures, and all other publications. She works with graphic design, typesetting, layout, and production. She is responsible for planning, assembling, and distributing club kit material.

Bessie McCormick
Ruritan National Foundation - Voice Mail 1302
Bessie works with the Ruritan National Foundation both in receiving donations and dispensing grants and scholarships. She maintains records for the Build Your Dollars (BY$) program and endowed funds (contract funds). She is also responsible for processing Tom Downing awards. Bessie maintains the Foundation information on the website.

Crystal Andrews
Events - Voice Mail 1304
Crystal is responsible for advance planning and on-site execution of the annual National Convention, Summer Leadership Conference and Youth Camp. She also gathers data on future convention sites from potential locations.

Kory Wirt
Accounting - Voice Mail 1310
Kory is responsible for club and district billings and district statistics, accounts payable and receivable, monthly financial statements, and expense vouchers. He is also responsible for federal and state tax reports, year-end financial statements and preparation for annual report. Kory coordinates processes with Membership, Accounting, and Foundation departments of Ruritan National.

Chris Pugh
Part-Time Staff Support
Chris has retired after 20 years on the Ruritan staff but continues part-time. She can provide support to leaders in the areas of growth and development – including community assessment and research. She also works developing Ruritan graphic design. Chris maintains the Ruritan National website, and keeps leaders informed through email campaigns. She works with clubs on questions concerning the IRS 990 forms and insurance.