Leadership Charlottesville


Team Piedmont House pictured: Front row: Beth Cheuk, Laura Ellis, Barbara Smith; Back row: Robin Swink, Nyshae Carter, Jorday McKay, Heather Johnson (Not pictured: Melanie Bias and Gloria Hubert)
Team Piedmont House pictured: Front row: Beth Cheuk, Laura Ellis, Barbara Smith; Back row: Robin Swink, Nyshae Carter, Jorday McKay, Heather Johnson (Not pictured: Melanie Bias and Gloria Hubert)

Leadership Charlottesville’s Team Piedmont House was selected by their Class of 2015 peers to present to the Chamber Board of Directors. They presented on the team-based community project they completed in partnership with the Piedmont House organization and their Executive Director, Sheila Burton. Piedmont House is a transitional (half-way) house for non-violent offenders. They had many needs that the team could assist them with but recognizing their time was limited with the organization, Team Piedmont House chose to assist the organization with improving their marketing and branding by: creating a functional website, designing a new brochure and ordering new promotional materials. The team also helped Piedmont House with streamlining their intake process. Sheila, the Board and the residents of the Piedmont House were all very appreciative of Team Piedmont House’s contributions to their organization.

History: The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as an “economic development” initiative in order to advance a key Chamber program to serve our member enterprises’ efforts to help build an active corps of engaged, dedicated civic leaders. Leadership Charlottesville has become and remains a signature Chamber member-service, community-building program. More than 925 individuals have graduated from Leadership Charlottesville and these graduates are now challenging themselves by serving their employers and our community in active community-building efforts.

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How It Works: Leadership Charlottesville (LC) is a 2015 Class at Triple C9-month tuition-based program that begins in September and concludes in May with team project presentations and graduation. The fall program, held from September to November, consists of 12 sessions built around a curriculum of community issues. Nine of these sessions meet on consecutive Wednesday afternoons at designated locations around the community. There are also three monthly sessions held in February, March and April. At least 80% of the non-mandatory sessions must be attended to qualify for a certification of completion. See brochure for schedule of sessions.

Class Projects: As part of the Leadership Charlottesville program, class members participate in project teams to address significant needs within the community. In order to provide our teams the best possible project offerings, project ideas are received from local community organizations. Request for Proposals (RFP) are received throughout October and November from nonprofits that are Chamber members. RFPs are sent via ChamberBits and email. You can also contact the Leadership Charlottesville Director for a form.

Who Participates: Leadership Charlottesville participants include senior level executives, nonprofit executives and staff, entrepreneurs/solopreneurs, local government employees, and community leaders. If you are an existing or emerging leader from the corporate, nonprofit, government, or small business sector, then this program is for you!


Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2016

Lanika Barnes, Albemarle County Public SchoolsJonathan "Jon" Chasen, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLCAshby Kindler, Albemarle County Public SchoolsChristoph Scharnbeck, Union Bank & TrustTara Wisnewski, Crutchfield Corporation
James "Jamie" Beadle, State Farm InsuranceLindell Chavis, Monitcello Area Community Action AgencyLeigh-Anne Lawrence, Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeDarrin Short, Charlottesville Fire DepartmentKeir Zander, Community Investment Collaborative
Bush Bell, University of Virginia Medical CenterKatherine Davis, Paramount TheaterCraig Marshall, Zobrist Law Group, PLLCBrandi Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living
Bevin Boisvert, Montague Miller & Co.Gail Esterman, ReadyKidsAndrew Mills, Hampton & Everett, P.C.Andrew Sullivan, Commonwealth Assisted Living
William "Bill" Brent, Jr., American Red CrossAllison Farole, Office of Emergency ManagementStefanie Ollison, University of Virginia Health SystemShellie Taylor, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC
Lisa Brook, MichieHamlettDavid Foky, NBC29Jessica Pointer, Residence Inn by MarriottThomas Taylor, Van Yahres Tree Company
Melvin "Mel" Burruss, Miller Law Group, P.C.Quinton Harrell, Region TenAndrew Renshaw, Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeMichael Temple, Monticello Area Community Action Agency
Marlon Cerritos, Crutchfield CorporationWilliam "Bill" Kerr, Camryn LimousineCarolyn Saint, University of VirginiaVal Thompson, Charlottesville Newsplex

Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett education@cvillechamber.com / 434.295.3078

Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.