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Top of VA Regional Chamber Announces 22nd Community Leadership Program Graduates

12 June 2019 Winchester Frederick County Clarke County Community

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the graduates of the Class of 2018-2019 Community Leadership Program. Completing its twenty second year, the purpose of the program is to foster leadership potential in the community to help ensure the continued growth, development, and overall prosperity of the City of Winchester and the Counties of Frederick and Clarke. With the support of the program’s corporate sponsors, American Woodmark, H. N. Funkhouser & Company, HandyMart, and Grafton Integrated Health Network, some scholarships were available for participants who requested assistance with the program tuition.

Graduation was held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the George Washington Hotel. Jay Foreman, 2nd Story Communications was the guest speaker for the event. In addition, Major Allen “Big Al” Sibert, Deputy Sheriff, City of Winchester, a member of the Class of 2019 was chosen by his fellow class members to speak on behalf of the class and to provide insight into both the personal and professional benefit of the program.

Participants in the Community Leadership Program meet once a month from September through May at various sites throughout the community to discuss current issues facing the local community. Topics include leadership and teamwork, community culture and non-profit organizations, local government, economic development, agriculture, media, education, public safety, and health care. Through panel discussions, lectures, roundtable discussions and tours, experts and professionals in each field address the class to provide insight regarding the challenges and opportunities facing
the region. This program serves as a way to educate participants on issues important to our area, provides the opportunity for them to network with their peers, and encourages them to become involved in the community to help make this region a better place for everyone.

Congratulations to the following graduates of the 2019 Community Leadership Program:

Mary Anton, Handley Regional Library System

Julian Berger, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Carl Chapman, Welltown United Methodist Church

Lindsay Cooper, Handymart

Courtney Cox, United Bank Brokerage Services, Inc.

Kelli Williams, Lord Fairfax Community College

Beth Falu, Navy Federal Credit Union

Pete Fravel, Habitat for Humanity Restore

Kelliann Harris, The Laurel Center

Kevin Hay, Romney Presbyterian Church

Heather Kovaly, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Pamela Lam, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Alexi LaPorte, TWG Insurance-The Winchester Group

Brennan Lloyd, Bank of Clarke County

Diane Lockhart, Frederick County Voter Registration

Jennie Morrow, Wells Fargo Advisors

Carmen Richmond, Heart of the Home Design-Build

Major Allen Sibert, Winchester City Sheriff’s Office

Ed Smith, Winchester City Public Schools

Ericka Strosnyder, Lyle P. Strosnyder, Inc.

Kirstie Svehla, First Bank

Michael Wade, Valley Health System

Shontya Washington, Frederick County Public Schools

Applications are currently being accepted for the Community Leadership Program class of 2020 which
will begin in September. The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019. For an application or more
information about the program, contact Jody Wall, 540-662-4118 ext. 16 or

Left to Right: Seated Jennie Morro, Alexis LaPorte, Erica Strosnyder, Carmen Richmond, Kelly Dayrit, Mary Anton, Diane Lockhart
Standing: Mike Wade, Julian Berger, Kirstie Svehla, Ed Smith, Lindsay Cooper, Carl Chapman, Allan Siebert, Pete Fravel, Brennan Lloyd, Beth Falu, Kevin Hay, Kelliann Harris, Pamela Lam, Heather Kovaly, Shontya Washington, Courtney Cox.
Photo credit: Connie Paradise Photography


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