Our Staff
Diane Lawson
CONTACT DIANE WITH QUESTIONS: Member Services Coordinator - Voice Mail 306
All questions and concerns should be handled through Diane who is responsible for answering member and leader questions that come in from the Ruritan website or by phone. She distributes general information, answers questions about using the Member Management System. Diane enters new club information into the MMS and makes membership records and changes (address, telephone, etc.) that aren’t made by members directly (send all name and address changes that you don’t make yourself in the MMS to Diane). She assists with accounts receivable posting. Diane prepares new club charter kits and new member kits and is responsible for Blue Ribbon, Outstanding Club President and Outstanding Club Secretary research. Diane also helps processing incoming mail, payments, and donations. She also processes quarterly reports, district officer reports, national officer reports, President’s Golden Key, WANTED contest entries, maintains the central filing system, and current national candidate lists.

Please direct all general questions to Diane (above) for the best response. Other staff available to serve you include:

Michael Chrisley
Executive Director - Voice Mail 305
Mike is the chief operating officer of Ruritan National and Ruritan National Foundation. 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 convention 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.

Craig Whitt
Convention - Voice Mail 312
Craig is responsible for advance planning for the annual National Convention and on site execution as well as gathering data on future convention sites from potential locations. Craig also assists Crystal with special events such as board meetings and conferences.

Bessie McCormick
Ruritan National Foundation - Voice Mail 302
Bessie, as Foundation Specialist, works with the Ruritan National Foundation both in receiving donations and dispensing grants and scholarships. She also works with Diane processing incoming mail, payments, and donations.

Crystal Andrews
Magazine - Publications - Meetings - Voice Mail 304
Crystal is responsible for the production of the RURITAN magazine, club and district officer handbooks, community service guides, brochures, and all other publications. She works with graphic design, typesetting, layout, and production. Takes a lead staff role working with registration and credentials at the national convention each year as well as the computerized ballot and voting procedures. She coordinates all national board meetings and Summer Leadership Conference. She is responsible for planning, assembling, and distributing club kit material.

Kory Wirt
Accounting Specialist Voice Mail 310
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. Coordinates processes with membership, accounting, and Foundation departments of Ruritan National.

Chris Pugh
Part-Time Staff Support ext. 303
Chris has retired after 20 years on the Ruritan staff but continues part-time. She works with clubs on questions concerning the IRS 990 forms and insurance. She can provide support to leaders in the areas of growth and development – including community assessment and research – when requested. Chris also works with a variety of existing and developing Access databases for both Ruritan and the Foundation – coordinating data with the member data included in the MMS. She also works developing Ruritan graphic design. She also maintains the Ruritan National website, designs publications for web publication through Constant Contact and social media contributions. Email her at service@ruritan.org anytime or call the office and leave a message for her on extension 303.