(Charlottesville, Virginia � May 7)� The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce will graduate 38 participants from Leadership Charlottesville, the Chamber�s signature member service community building program, on Wednesday, May 14th, 6pm-8pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Following three months of learning about the Greater Charlottesville community in weekly sessions, the Leadership Charlottesville class selected five local nonprofits to be partners with for their community team projects for the remaining six months: Charlottesville Scholarship Program, Festival of Cultures, Green Adventure Project, LEAP-VA and Move2Health. �The projects included everything from developing marketing plans and organizing community events to restructuring a mentoring program and producing a public service announcement with UVA Baseball Head Coach Brian O�Connor. �Each team will present their projects to the class and the community. Following these presentations, the Chamber of Commerce will present the participants with a certificate of completion of the Leadership Charlottesville program. The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as a Chamber economic development initiative to provide a community leadership development program.� Leadership Charlottesville has been sustained as a signature Chamber program since, 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 1982, the Chamber has graduated more than 850 area citizens from Leadership Charlottesville.� A list of the 2014 Leadership Charlottesville class is attached. The United Way � Thomas Jefferson Area served as the lead partner with the Chamber in an enhanced program partnership and in a lead underwriting support role for Leadership Charlottesville. Kl�ckner Pentaplast also served as a lead underwriter for the program again this year and was joined by another lead underwriter, Union First Market Bank. Leadership Charlottesville is conducted by Andrea D. Copeland, 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 1,100 member and affiliate member enterprises.� Chamber member enterprises employ more than 45,000 men and women in the Charlottesville region, earning an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.

Leadership Charlottesville � Class of 2014

Kelly Altizer, Miller School of Albemarle
Desiree �Desi� Armstrong, Armstrong Consulting
Ruth Barnett, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Shawn Brydge, Wellington Financial
Rebecca Cardwell, UVA Community Credit Union
Virginia Chichester, AAA Mid-Atlantic
Zenas �Zee� Choi, New York Life
Margaret �Beth� Costa, Albemarle County Public School/Monticello High
Sarad Davenport, City of Promise via United Way Thomas Jefferson Area
Roy �Speedy� Fitch, Jr., Monticello Area Community Action Agency
Michelle Flynn, UVA HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Judson �Jud� Foster, StellarOne Bank
Patricia Goloversic, Fishnet, LLC
Thea Grover-Patrick, University of Virginia Health System
Rachel Horvath, Morin & Barkley LLP
Ryan Lesser, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Michelle Martinez, BB&T
Scott Morgan, Omni Charlottesville Hotel
April Mu�iz, Harvest Moon Catering
Gary Nimax, University of Virginia
Stephen Parker, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Kimberly �Kim� Peel, Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Inc.
Janet Pond, Festive Fare
Joe Rice, City of Charlottesville
Dr. Pamela Ross, Holistic Medical Consultants
Joe Sabol, Kl�ckner Pentaplast
Nareen Scott, CACF; Mary Kay-Independent Consultant
Yonna Smith, YES Business Management, LLC/RoyWheeler Realty
Caroline �Carrie� Stanton, Williams Mullen
William Taylor, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Leslie Thacker, Charlottesville City Schools
Chad Thorne, City of Charlottesville
David Uhland, State Farm Insurance Companies
Sean Waddle, Charlottesville Newsplex
Deles �D.D.� Watson, Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc.
John Wehman, State Farm Insurance Companies
Jamie White, Montague Miller & Co.
Lee Wolverton, The Daily Progress

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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.