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 Elect, Chris Boies; County Administrator, Mary Beth Price; SCPS Superintendent Dr Mark A. Johnston; Chamber Executive Director, Sharon Baroncelli; and representatives from Industry/Business- Greg Hoover with First Bank; NonProfit- Sheila Orndorff with Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter; Healthcare- Niki Wilson with Valley Health; and Media-Mike Gochenour with the Northern Virginia Daily


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

Attendance is mandatory

Orientation Session, Retreat and Zip Line: September 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.     Location: Bryce Resort

September 21, 2018

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.

October 12, 2018

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

November 9, 2018

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 and town government meeting prior to the session.

December 14, 2018

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 11, 2019

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

February 8, 2019

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

March 8, 2019

Communication and our Non-Profit CommunityPart of this session visits with the media covering our area and we discover Shenandoah County’s Dept. of Social Services and non-profits in the other half. We will learn the role these entities serve in commerce and our quality of life.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   Location: TBD

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


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