PITTSBURGH - Parkersburg native Parween Sultany Mascari, an attorney/businesswoman in Morgantown, has been named a trustee of The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
The foundation, based in Pittsburgh, has served West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania since it was established in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum.
Foundation grants are made to support specific initiatives in the areas of education, economic development, health and human services, and community development.
Parween Sultany Mascari
Mascari, a 1993 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is an attorney with Farmer Cline & Campbell PLLC in Morgantown. In addition, she is the owner of WV Market stores in Morgantown and at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, which feature West Virginia-made products.
Mascari also is co-owner with her husband of Madeleine's Restaurant in Morgantown, specializing in locally grown food and local music.
Mascari, daughter of Wazir Sultany of Parkersburg and the late Catherine Sultany, said she is excited about joining the Benedum Foundation as a trustee. The trustee position is a "good fit" for Mascari, who said she is passionate about the Benedum Foundation's efforts in health and human services and community development.
She serves on the boards of the Snowshoe Foundation, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, and the I-79 Development Council. She is a member of the Monongalia County Bar Association and the visiting committee of the West Virginia University College of Law.
Mascari was a founding member of both Generation West Virginia and Generation Morgantown, young professional organizations serving the state. She is a graduate of West Virginia University's College of Law and holds MBA and Bachelor of Arts degrees from WVU.
The foundation generally invests two-thirds of its grant dollars in West Virginia and one-third in Southwestern Pennsylvania.