Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce -

(Charlottesville, Virginia – August 19)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that thirty-five (35) citizens from a diverse range of Chamber member businesses and civic organizations will comprise the Chamber’s Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016.

The Chamber established Leadership Charlottesville, a community leadership development program, in 1982 as a Chamber economic development initiative. Leadership Charlottesville has been sustained as a signature Chamber program since, helping 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 its inception, the Chamber has graduated more than 900 area citizens from Leadership Charlottesville.  The list of the  2016 Leadership Charlottesville class is attached.

Klöckner Pentaplast and Union Bank & Trust continue as lead underwriters for Leadership Charlottesville.  Additionally, the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association and the Chamber Minority Business Council awarded $2,750 in scholarships to seven Class of 2016 members

“Our Chamber welcomes our Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016,” Chad Zakaib, Vice President of Operations of Legacy Hospice who serves as the 2015 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.  “Our Chamber thanks our underwriters, scholarship sponsors and member firms and organizations for their continued strong support and commitment to Leadership Charlottesville.”

Leadership Charlottesville is coordinated and guided by Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, 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 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.

Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016

Lanika Barnes, Albemarle County Public Schools

James “Jamie” Beadle, State Farm Insurance

Bush Bell, University of Virginia Medical Center

Bevin Boisvert, Montague Miller & Co.

William “Bill” Brent, Jr., American Red Cross, Shenandoah, VA

Lisa Brook, MichieHamlett

Melvin “Mel” Burruss, Miller Law Group, P.C.

Marlon Cerritos, Crutchfield Corporation

Jonathan “Jon” Chasen, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Lindell Chavis, Monticello Area Community Action Agency

Katherine Davis, The Paramount Theater

Gail Esterman, ReadyKids

Allison Farole, Office of Emergency Management (Cville-UVA-Albemarle)

David Foky, NBC29 News

Quinton Harrell, Region Ten CSB

William “Bill” Kerr, Camryn Limousine

Ashby Kindler, Albemarle County Public Schools

Leigh-Anne Lawrence, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Craig Marshall, Zobrist Law Group, PLLC

Andrew Mills, Hampton & Everett, P.C.

Stefanie Ollison, University of Virginia Health System

Jessica Pointer, Residence Inn by Marriott

Andrew Renshaw, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Carolyn Saint, University of Virginia

Christoph Scharnbeck, Union Bank & Trust

Ellen Sewell, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention &Visitors Bureau

Darrin Short, Charlottesville Fire Department

Brandi Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living

Andrew Sullivan, Commonwealth Assisted Living

Shellie Taylor, Royer, Caramanis & McDonough, PLC

Thomas Taylor, Van Yahres Tree Company

Michael Temple, Monticello Area Community Action Agency

Val Thompson, Charlottesville Newsplex/WCAV-TV

Tara Wisnewski, Crutchfield Corporation

Keir Zander, Community Investment Collaborative