Emil Suder, an Elkins resident, has volunteered much of his life in the Elkins community and throughout the state of West Virginia. He has been selected as Best Volunteer in this year's Best of the Region Readers' Choice Survey.
Suder rarely says no to a project that will benefit one person, two people or a group of people. Through his work with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, he eagerly takes on new and exciting tasks that help all.
His most recent task was to find a home for a couple who came into the Elkins area - he found a place for them to live, volunteered to help clean the apartment for them and even took them grocery shopping for the holiday season.
No matter what the assignment is, Suder is ready to go. When he is not helping the IOOF, he often can be found helping Dr. Gloria Payne from Davis & Elkins College. He has helped her for more than nine years and still continues to this day.
Born and raised in Elkins, he graduated from Elkins High School in 2002. He graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 2005 with an associate in science degree in business administration, and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in business administration. In 2007, Suder graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master in business administration degree. In July 2009, he received a post-master's certificate in education for college teaching from Capella University, where he is finishing the doctor of philosophy degree in organization and management with a specialization in management education.
He is an adjunct professor for Glenville State College, where he teaches business and computer science classes.