Bonnie “Jo” Statler


Bonnie "Jo" Statler serves as the Visiting Committee Chair. Jo Statler, who worked for WVU's School of Dentistry, has been a strong supporter of her community and the University. She helped launch Bonnie's Bus, which provides digital mammography services to women in remote areas of West Virginia. The Bus is named after Jo's mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson, who died of breast cancer.

Jo and her husband Ben made a gift to the Cancer Center in October 2007 to establish the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie's Bus). Part of their gift also established two endowed positions – the Jo and Ben Statler Eminent Scholar and Chair in Breast Cancer Research, held by J. Michael Ruppert, MD, PhD., and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor, currently vacant. The endowment portion of their gift unlocked additional funding for research through the West Virginia Eminent Scholars Program and private foundation support for research from Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Claude Worthington Benedum to develop a statewide clinical trials network linked to Bonnie's Bus.

Jo also serves on the Metropolitan Theatre Foundation Board. She and Ben are natives of Monongalia County.