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Chamber Announces Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020

Thirty-nine citizens from a diverse range of Chamber member businesses and civic organizations will comprise the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020.

The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as an economic development initiative, helping to improve our community’s economic vitality and quality of life by building a reservoir of engaged, dedicated civic leaders. Leadership Charlottesville has been sustained as a signature Chamber program since. The Chamber has graduated more than 1,000 leaders from the program.

“I am excited to welcome our newest Leadership Charlottesville class,” said Martin Burks, III, Manager and Vice President for J. F. Bell Funeral Home and 2018 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors. “These are some of our area’s best and brightest leaders, who are eager to learn more about Charlottesville and get involved where there’s a need.”

The Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA) awarded scholarships totaling $2,150 to six members of the Class of 2020 representing a woman-owned small business, minority-owned small business or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Chamber Business Diversity Council also awarded scholarships to two of its members totaling $750.

Leadership Charlottesville commences September 5, 2019, and runs through April 24, 2020. Class members will participate in an orientation, all day challenge course event, weekly sessions and team projects that will address community issues. The program is coordinated by Andrea 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 more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in Greater Charlottesville, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.

Chamber programs are supported by our Partners in Trust: CFA Institute, University of Virginia, UVA Health System, Atlantic Union Bank, MPS, The Daily Progress, United Bank, UVA Community Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Great Eastern Management Company, Hourigan, R. E. Lee Companies, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, State Farm, Tom Tom Festival, Marjorie Adam Team, Story House Real Estate, and the bridge ltd.


Click here to see the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020 Photo Directory

Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020

Taylor Averitte, Jamie White Real Estate
Cal Beasley, CFA Institute
Darrell Byers, Albemarle County Police Department
Gwendolyn Cassady, ManagingLove
Kara Chandeysson, Ting
Jean Chappell, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ty Cooper, Lifeview Marketing & Visuals
Daniel Fairley II, City of Charlottesville / Alliance for Black Male Achievement
Marcia Fisher, University of Virginia Community Credit Union
Donald Giannangeli, Edward Jones
Corrinne Giller, MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law
Shelomith Gonzalez, R.E. Lee Companies, Inc.
Gloria Graham, University of Virginia
Robert Gray, Dreamin’ Diamonds, LLC
Gregory Harper, County of Albemarle
S. Lisa Herndon, Keller Williams Alliance
Treat Jackson, Tax Ladies, Inc.
Hannah Johnson, Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation
Russell Kruse, Royer Caramanis, PLC
Virginia Leary, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Caitlin Marcotte, City of Charlottesville / Parks & Recreation
Aiyana Marcus, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Richard Needham, Clayborne Education, LLC
Shaista Nizaam, Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Lachen Parks, City of Charlottesville / Communications
Misty Parsons, University of Virginia Foundation
Christian Patrizia, Skeen Law Offices
Judy Pointer, UVA School of Medicine
David Puckett, Albemarle County Fire Rescue
Arthur Rogers, Martin Horn, Inc.
James Rowland, Great Eastern Management Company
Derek Rush, Steele Property Group, LLC
Zoie Smith, City of Charlottesville / Office of Economic Development
Richard Smyth, MPS
Susan Thomas, Retired, IBM Global Consulting
Jesse Torrey, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
Patton Usry, Miller School of Albemarle
Teresa Willis, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Henry Young, Scott | Kroner, PLC