Meet Our Staff
President & CEO
Susan Horne has served as president and CEO of Lead
Virginia since March 2007.
From her involvement in the steering committee that shaped
the original concept and framework of Lead Virginia, and subsequent service on the
inaugural board of directors that launched the program in 2005, Susan
continues to hold a strong belief in the compelling value of a statewide
program for leaders seeking to understand the Commonwealth’s growing complexity
and need for visionary leadership. Since
its founding, Lead Virginia has been recognized as a leading voice for building
a statewide network of leaders serving the Commonwealth and has been recognized
by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia
Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government.
Susan is a 2006 alumnus of Lead Virginia where she was
selected by her classmates as graduation speaker. She has been recognized by Virginia Business
Magazine as one of Virginia’s 25 People
You Need to Know, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County (now
Northern Virginia) Chamber of Commerce. Susan
is an honorary member of Leadership Fairfax and has been recognized by Fairfax
County’s Board of Supervisors for her many years with Leadership Fairfax. Susan
served for 15 years as founding program director, then executive director and
CEO of Leadership Fairfax, as well as on the founding board for Leadership
In 2004 Susan was elected to the Town Council in her
hometown of Leesburg, and in 2006 was elected vice mayor. While in public office she co-founded Keep
Leesburg Beautiful, a community beautification effort among many initiatives
she began and supported. She served out her
four-year term with frequent trips between Leesburg and Richmond, then settled
in Richmond to take the position with Lead Virginia.
Susan holds a master’s degree in public administration and
bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso.
She is a 1999 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership from
the University of Virginia.
Susan serves on the boards for the Richmond Forum, Richmond
Behavioral Health Foundation (which she chairs) and Northern Neck Insurance
Company. She is a member of the Impact
of Women committee for the 2019 Jamestown Commemoration, American Evolution; the Executives Roundtable in Greater Richmond;
and Sorensen Institute Richmond board. She is active with her fellow state
leadership program colleagues across the United States and hosted their national
conference in Virginia. Susan and her husband Bob live in Richmond and are
active in their church with the newcomers ministry and in their neighborhood. They are blessed with two married daughters, two
precious grandchildren and two lovable rescue dogs.
Director of Alumni Engagement
Myra Isaacs joined the Lead Virginia team in April 2018. Delighted to call Richmond home since 1991, Myra has lived in such disparate areas as Atlanta, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; northern New Jersey and New York City as she pursued both educational and professional opportunities.
Committed to life-long-learning and community improvement, Myra has served in a number of mission-driven organizations including United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Virginia Supportive Housing, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. In each position, she facilitated stakeholder participation, community outreach and programming.
Myra is passionate about healthcare and the role of health in issues of social justice and community building. Her gift is being an effective communicator and networker; using those skills for both friend-raising and fund-raising for causes to which she is committed. An alumna of the University of Michigan and Georgia State University, Myra earned advanced degrees in Health Services Administration and Business as well as a B.A. in City Planning and Urban Design from New York University.
During non-working hours, Myra rehearses and performs with the Henrico Pops Chorus. Seasonally, she can be found tending her vegetable garden, endeavoring to keep her rescue animals (2 dogs and 2 cats) out of the garden beds.
Director of Programs & Communications
Kat Roberts grew up in Yorktown, Virginia as a free-spirited artist in a family full of overly logical engineers. This experience led Kat to become the pragmatic idealist that she is today.
After spending years in other areas of the country, Kat is thrilled to be back in her home state. Prior to joining Lead Virginia, Kat worked for Teach for America as a Corps Member in Lower Alabama, teaching Fine Arts to elementary and middle school students in underserved communities. Most recently, Kat served as an Event Planner for Richmond-based companies, international and state organizations, and the Virginia Governor’s Office. Her experience also includes work with other non-profits, Virginia museums, NASA Langley Research Center, and archaeology abroad.
Kat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech, where she served as Chief Justice of the University’s Student Government Association. Kat is currently pursuing her Masters in Communications from the University of Alabama.
At her core, Kat is passionate about education, and believes in the understanding of individuals, communities, and their influences. With a deep appreciation for non-profits that improve life for those in their region, Kat is excited to be a part of Lead Virginia.
Kat lives in Richmond and is blessed to have her many family members nearby. When she is not working, Kat is likely to be found simultaneously playing with her well-behaved mastiff and reasoning with her not-so-well-behaved beagle.
Director of Administration
Kerrie Clarke joined the Lead Virginia team in January 2015 as the Director of Administration. Prior to becoming a member of the Lead Virginia team, Kerrie was employed by Virginia Commonwealth University in the Research Rehabilitation and Training Center as an event coordinator. There, she coordinated monthly training classes in various states in support of people with disabilities entering the work force.
She was also previously employed by the University of Richmond as an event and registration coordinator. There, she was the manager of the online registration system for events that included all athletic camps/clinics and various departments on campus. She also had the opportunity to assist with the visit of the President of United States in 2011 to the University of Richmond campus.
Kerrie holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University. She attained both of her degrees as a full-time working adult and takes great pride in her achievement.