Leadership Charlottesville Class Selects Nonprofit Partners from Team Projects


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(Charlottesville, Virginia – December 2)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016 is joining as partners with four local nonprofits to complete their required team-based community service projects.


Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, City of Promise, Foothills Child Advocacy and Jefferson School City Center presented project ideas that were adopted by the Leadership Charlottesville class to complete between now and April 2016.  Reports on these projects will be presented to the class, Chamber members and the community May 2016.  Other nonprofits that presented to the class were Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, American Red Cross-Shenandoah, Community Mental Health & Wellness Coalition and The Haven.


“Wow, this is really great news!” expressed Foothills Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Cathee Johnson Phillips after she was notified of being one of the nonprofits selected by the class. “The support of this Leadership Charlottesville class means so much to me and our organization, and it’s encouraging to know they want to help us so we can continue helping abused children.”  Dr. Andrea Douglas, Executive Director of the Jefferson School City Center had similar sentiments: “We’re excited to know Leadership Charlottesville selected our project idea. With the City Center housing nine nonprofits, this class’ support of our project will benefit multiple organizations serving hundreds of diverse community members.”


The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville, a community leadership development program, in 1982 as a Chamber economic development initiative. Leadership Charlottesville has been sustained as a signature Chamber program since, helping to serve Chamber member enterprises in an effort to help improve our community’s economic vitality and quality of life by building a reservoir of engaged dedicated civic leaders. Since its inception, the Chamber has graduated more than 910 area citizens from Leadership Charlottesville.  A list of the 2016 Leadership Charlottesville class is attached.


Leadership Charlottesville is conducted by Andrea D. Copeland-Whitsett, the Chamber’s Director of Member Education Services and Director of Leadership Charlottesville.


The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Charlottesville communities.  Founded in 1913, today the Chamber has more than 1,200 member and affiliate enterprises.  Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 men and women in the Charlottesville region, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.


Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2016

James “Jamie” Beadle, State Farm Insurance

Bush Bell, University of Virginia Medical Center

Bevin Boisvert, Montague Miller & Co.

William “Bill” Brent, Jr., American Red Cross, Shenandoah, VA

Lisa Brook, MichieHamlett

Melvin “Mel” Burruss, Miller Law Group, P.C.

Marlon Cerritos, Crutchfield Corporation

Jonathan “Jon” Chasen, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Lindell Chavis, Monticello Area Community Action Agency

Katherine Davis, The Paramount Theater

Gail Esterman, ReadyKids

Allison Farole, Office of Emergency Management (Cville-UVA-Albemarle)

David Foky, NBC29 News

Quinton Harrell, Region Ten CSB

William “Bill” Kerr, Camryn Limousine

Ashby Kindler, Albemarle County Public Schools

Leigh-Anne Lawrence, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Craig Marshall, Zobrist Law Group, PLLC

Andrew Mills, Hampton & Everett, P.C.

Stefanie Ollison, University of Virginia Health System

Jessica Pointer, Residence Inn by Marriott

Andrew Renshaw, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Carolyn Saint, University of Virginia

Christoph Scharnbeck, Union Bank & Trust

Darrin Short, Charlottesville Fire Department

Brandi Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living

Andrew Sullivan, Commonwealth Assisted Living

Shellie Taylor, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC

Thomas Taylor, Van Yahres Tree Company

Val Thompson, Charlottesville Newsplex/WCAV-TV

Tara Wisnewski, Crutchfield Corporation

Keir Zander, Community Investment Collaborative


Project Teams and Nonprofit Partners:


Team Name: Bridge Squared

Nonprofit: Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

Team Leaders: Marlon Cerritos, Allison Farole

Members: Bevin Boisvert, William Brent, Quinton Harrell, Leigh-Anne Lawrence, Jessica Pointer, Chris Scharnbeck



Team Name: Promise of Excellent (Team POE)

Nonprofit: City of Promise

Team Leader: Craig Marshall

Members: Bush Bell, Lisa Brook, Melvin Burruss, Jonathan Chasen,

Lindell Chavis, Andrew Renshaw, Tara Wisniewski



Team Name: Team Foothills

Nonprofit: Foothills Child Advocacy Center

Team Leader: Brandi Smith

Members: Jamie Beadle, Katherine Davis, Ashby Kindler, Darrin Short, Andrew Sullivan, Shellie Taylor, Val Thompson



Team Name: Cville Soul

Nonprofit: Jefferson School City Center

Team Leader: Carolyn Saint

Members: David Foky, Gail Esterman, William Kerr, Andrew Mills,

Stefanie Ollison, Thomas Taylor, Keir Zander





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