Leadership Charlottesville Selects Nonprofit Partners for Community Projects

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019 has partnered with four nonprofit organizations to complete their required team-based community service projects.

Seven project ideas were pitched to LC ’19 at their all day Leadership In Action session held at Hyatt Place Charlottesville on Wednesday, November 28. Projects with City of Promise, Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association, Network2Work @ PVCC and Piedmont Housing Alliance were adopted by the class to be completed between now and April 2019. Formal reports on these projects will be presented to the class, Chamber members and the community in the spring of 2019. The class also heard pitches from Charlottesville City Schools, The FACE Project and a class-generated proposal working with several nonprofits.

The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as a Chamber economic development initiative. As a recognized community leadership development program, Leadership Charlottesville has been a signature Chamber program since. Through its reservoir of engaged, dedicated civic leaders, Leadership Charlottesville helps serve Chamber member enterprises and the Chamber in their decades-long, on-going efforts to improve our community’s economic vitality and quality of life. Since the program’s inception, the Chamber has graduated more than 1,000 area citizens from Leadership Charlottesville.

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

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 1,300 member and affiliate member enterprises. Chamber member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in the Charlottesville region, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.9 billion a year.


Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019 at Hyatt Place Charlottesville, November 28, 2018
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019 at Hyatt Place Charlottesville, November 28, 2018

Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2019

Torri Ayers, Jefferson Area CHIP
Kendall Bills, Bright Vantage Strategies
Wildamie Ceus, R. E. Lee Companies
Robert Chisholm, Fulton Bank
Colleen Crill, United Bank
William “Will” Crutchfield, Crutchfield Corporation
Karen Dowell, Roy Wheeler Realty Co.
Jolene Esposito, PhotoWorks Group, Inc.
David “Dave” Esworthy, UVA Community Credit Union
Amy Ezell, Eagle Corporation
Robin Fisher, University of Virginia
Christine “Chrissy” Gough, Fluvanna County Department of Social Services
Natasha Gray, S&P Global
Scott Hamler, NBC29 WVIR-TV
Nicole Cowan Hawker, City of Charlottesville-CAFF
Eddie “Eddie K” Karoliussen, York Property, LLC
Leonda “Leigh” Keniston, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Jacob “Jake” King, First Heritage Mortgage, LLC
Jacqueline Langholtz, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Jeremy Lynn, Albemarle County Service Authority
Lucas Lyons, Charlottesville Fire Department
Emily Martin, Building Goodness Foundation
David “Kim” McManus, Piedmont Virginia Community College
James “Greg” Monroe, State Farm Insurance
Shawn Mulligan, Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects
Janice O’Hara, CTI Real Estate
Erika Perez, Costco Wholesale
Amanda Pfeifer, BB&T
Scott Raney, Lenhart Pettit PC
Sean Reeves, Albemarle County Police Department
Caitlin Riopel, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
James “JP” Roberts, The Draftsman Hotel
Melissa Robertson, Gary Albert State Farm
Tanashia Washington, Woodard Properties
Glenn Wasson, University of Virginia Health System
Benjamin “Ben” Whitmer, Union Bank & Trust
Melissa Yuille, Piedmont Housing Alliance

Class of 2019 Nonprofit Partners & Project Teams

Nonprofit: City of Promise
Team Name: THE PromiseLand
Members: Robert Chisholm, Nicole Cowan Hawker, Jolene Esposito,
Dave Esworthy, Chrissy Gough, Lucas Lyons, Erika Perez, Amanda Pfeifer, Tanashia Washington

Nonprofit: Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association
Team Name: LCAA Launch Point
Members: Colleen Crill, Amy Ezell, Jacqueline Langholtz, Jeremy Lynn, Greg Monroe, Eddie Karoliussen, Leigh Keniston, Scott Raney, Sean Reeves

Nonprofit: Network2Work @ PVCC
Team Name: Work Hard for the Money
Members: Torri Ayers, Wildamie Ceus, Will Crutchfield, Karen Dowell, Natasha Gray, Scott Hamler, Caitlyn Riopel, Melissa Robertson, Glenn Wasson

Nonprofit: Piedmont Housing Alliance
Team Name: P.H.A.T. (Piedmont Housing Alliance Team)
Members: Kendall Bills, Robin Fisher, Jake King, Emily Martin,
Kim McManus, Shawn Mulligan, Janice O’Hara, JP Roberts,
Ben Whitmer, Melissa Yuille

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.