Leadership Charlottesville


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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016 Ropes Course

Leadership Charlottesville is off to a strong start. Thirty-three citizens from the community make up the Class of 2016. Orientation and our team-building challenges at Charlottesville Challenge Course were both successful, day-long events. We are now learning about the greater Charlottesville community in our half-day weekly sessions.

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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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016

How It Works: Leadership Charlottesville (LC) is a 9-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

James "Jamie" Beadle, State Farm InsuranceAllison Farole, Office of Emergency ManagementCarolyn Saint, University of Virginia
Bush Bell, University of Virginia Medical CenterDavid Foky, NBC29Christoph Scharnbeck, Union Bank & Trust
Bevin Boisvert, Montague Miller & Co.Quinton Harrell, Region TenDarrin Short, Charlottesville Fire Department
William "Bill" Brent, Jr., American Red CrossWilliam "Bill" Kerr, Camryn LimousineBrandi Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living
Lisa Brook, MichieHamlettAshby Kindler, Albemarle County Public SchoolsAndrew Sullivan, Commonwealth Assisted Living
Melvin "Mel" Burruss, Miller Law Group, P.C.Leigh-Anne Lawrence, Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeShellie Taylor, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC
Marlon Cerritos, Crutchfield CorporationCraig Marshall, Zobrist Law Group, PLLCThomas Taylor, Van Yahres Tree Company
Jonathan "Jon" Chasen, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLCAndrew Mills, Hampton & Everett, P.C.Val Thompson, Charlottesville Newsplex
Lindell Chavis, Monitcello Area Community Action AgencyStefanie Ollison, University of Virginia Health SystemTara Wisnewski, Crutchfield Corporation
Katherine Davis, Paramount TheaterJessica Pointer, Residence Inn by MarriottKeir Zander, Community Investment Collaborative
Gail Esterman, ReadyKidsAndrew Renshaw, Piedmont Virginia Community College

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.