Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the graduates of the 2019 Leadership Shenandoah County class:

·         Brandy Boies, Lord Fairfax Community College, Director of Marketing and Outreach
·         Gretchen Brill, Valley Health, Director, Urgent Care
·         Donna Brown, F&M Bank, AVP Lender & Business Development
·         Patty Fadeley, Blue Ridge Hospice, Community Provider Liaison
·         Stuart Freakley, Shentel, Indirect Account Executive
·         Noel Frye, DuPont Community Credit Union, Asst. Branch Manager
·         Tammy Gasper, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital/Valley Health, Vice President
·         Mike George, Town of Woodstock, Streets, Parks, and Special Projects Foreman
·         Cory Grubbs, First Bank, Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager
·         Katie Hazel, United Bank, Branch Manager
·         Matthew Helsley, Wightman Insurance, President
·         Olivia Hilton, Town of Strasburg, Marketing & Events Coordinator
·         Todd Lynn, SCPS, Supervisor of Student Careers and Business Partnerships
·         Michelle Manning, Shenandoah County School Board Member
·         Kelly O’Connor, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Quality and Process Improvement Specialist
·         French Price, Shenandoah County, Tourism & Economic Development Coordinator
·         Cody Ryman, Town of Woodstock, Maintenance Tech II -Crew Leader
·         Dayith Ryman, Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Administration, Finance/Patron Manager
·         Jessica Shifflett, First Bank, AVP/Banking Center Manager
·         Robin Shrum, SCPS, Principal, Sandy Hook Elementary
·         Lindsey Thorpe, Shenandoah County Treasurer, Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer
·         Gary Vaughan, Shentel, Manager, RF Engineering
·         Zachary Zayhowski, Hampton Inn & Suites, Seasonal Maintenance Engineer

         2019-2010 Leadership Applications Available Here      

    (Deadline to submit Leadership Applications: Friday, July 12)          



    To develop and foster leadership potential in the community to ensure citizen involvement, community prosperity, and overall community success in Shenandoah County.


    To develop the skills of participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs.

    To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing Shenandoah County through educational programs, exposure to community leaders and the structures they operate within, and through discussions on current issues facing the County.


    This is an eight-month program from September through April.  Sessions will be held once a month during this timeframe on a Friday and will generally run 8:00-4:30.  Lunch and a light breakfast are provided for each session.  Topics include Leadership, Agriculture/Tourism, Local Government, Education, Public Safety, Health Care, Business/Industry, Non-Profit/Media, and the final session involves group presentations from the cohort.  Sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. 

    Board of Directors:

    Consists of selected business leaders invited by the Chairperson to select the Leadership Shenandoah County participants. Each Director would coordinate and facilitate their respective Session.

    The Board consists of the Chamber President, Sharon Baroncelli; County Administrator, Evan Vass; SCPS Superintendent Dr Mark A. Johnston; and representatives from Industry/Business- Greg Hoover with First Bank; NonProfit- Rebekah Schennum with Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries; Healthcare- Niki Wilson with Valley Health; and Media-Mike Gochenour with the Northern Virginia Daily

    2019-2020 COURSE OUTLINE 

    Days typically begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.  Attendance is mandatory

    August 12, 2019:  Leadership Shenandoah County participants announced

    September 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.     Orientation Session, Retreat and Zip Line               Location: Bryce Resort

    September 20, 2019

    Local GovernmentAn overview of the structure and function of our local government along with discussion of government’s role in addressing local challenges. This class requires independent attendance at a county government meeting prior to the session.

    October 11, 2019

    Health Care and Human Needs–An overview of medical care in Shenandoah County including tours of SMH, Dept. of Social Services, clinics and special care facilities. Discussions will focus on the current health care and human needs issues facing our community.

    November 8, 2019

    Agriculture & Tourism-Discover agricultural resources as they affect Shenandoah County. Accomplished by involvement in touring various farms, facilities, and venues relating to agricultural and tourism activities. Sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit

    December 13, 2019

    EducationA look at the structure and operation of our public and private educational systems. Includes discussion and interaction relating to education’s role in our economic prosperity. This class requires independent attendance at a Shenandoah County School Board meeting prior to the session.

    January 10, 2020

    Public SafetyA look at our fire service and law enforcement agencies and how they interact. Includes tours of the RSW Regional Jail and County Courthouse.

    February 14, 2020

    Business/Industry – A look at the diversity of the local business economy including a statistical overview of the county in the Northern end of the County. Includes tours of several area businesses and industries.

    March 13, 2020

    Business/Industry – A look at the diversity of the local business economy including a statistical overview of the county in the Southern end of the County. Includes tours of several area businesses and industries.

    April 10, 2020

    Non-Profit CommunityWe discover Shenandoah County’s non-profits and learn the role these entities serve in commerce and our quality of life.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   Location: TBD

    GraduationA special event honoring those who have completed the Leadership Shenandoah County Program.

    2019-2020 Leadership Applications Here


    Thank You To Our Annual Sponsors





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