Class Profiles

Our Program

A Diverse Group of Leaders

Each year the Lead Virginia class comprises a diverse group of approximately 50 high-performing leaders from large and small businesses, economic development agencies, elected and appointed local and state government positions, education, and nonprofit organizations across Virginia. Participants may also be volunteers or retirees.

The commonality of all participants is a willingness to contribute their time and talents effectively to meet the rapidly changing needs and challenges facing Virginia. Lead Virginia aims to cultivate their interest and statewide knowledge and to build a strong network of people with a high level of civic concern and participation.

YearF. NameL. NameOrganizationTitleRegion
2017ChristopherAccashianBon Secours St. Francis Medical CenterCEO 
2017MelissaAdamsWashington GasChief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer 
2017GeorgeAnasRockingham County, VirginiaAssistant County Administrator 
2017JenniferBoaThe University of Virginia's College at WiseAssistant Director of Annual Giving 
2017RobertBohannonHunton & Williams LLPDirector, Government Affairs 
2017KarinBowlesVirginia Early Childhood FoundationDirector of Strategy 
2017ArlynBurgessUniversity of Virginia, Data Science InstituteAssociate Director for Operations and Strategic Initiatives 
2017ThomasCapozziPort of VirginiaChief Sales OfficerValley
2017GeneCouchVirginia Highlands Community CollegePresident 
2017BenjaminCrawfordVirginia Utility Protection Service, Inc.Director of Operations 
2017GermanCulverGerman P. Culver, Jr., CPA, PCCPA/PresidentNorthern VA
2017JillDrozeFaneuil, Inc.Director of Call Center Operations 
2017BrianFieldsNewport News ShipbuildingVice President - Integrated Planning and Production Control 
2017KennethGillieCity of DanvilleDirector of Community Development 
2017JenniferGiovannittiFederal Reserve BankRegional Community Development Manager 
2017MichaelGrayCommonwealth Partnerships GroupPartner 
2017FrankHaislipUnion Bank & TrustRegional President, Hampton Roads Region 
2017JaneHelfrichRichmond Metropolitan Habitat for HumanityCEO 
2017HowardHoegeThe Mariners' Museum and ParkPresident & CEO 
2017MichaelLundbergVirginia Health InformationExecutive Director 
2017SheliaMinorMinor and AssociatesOwner 
2017MarkMorrowCrossWalk ChurchPastor 
2017CarolineNoweryVirginia Community CapitalVice President, Community Investments 
2017MeaghanO'BrienDewberry Engineers Inc.Director of Strategic Initiatives 
2017PhyllisPalmieroThe Collegiate SchoolVice President for Finance and Administration/CFO 
2017StephaniePetersVirginia Society of Certified Public AccountantsPresident & CEO 
2017MollyPlautzDominionFederal Affairs Manager 
2017SharonPrezzyStrategy and Management ServicesBusiness Service Manager 
2017PatriciaQuarlesWells FargoRegional Marketing Manager 
2017RobertRawlingsVirginia Hospital & Healthcare AssociationVice President and General Counsel 
2017SylviaRosa-CasanovaState Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)Director of Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education 
2017WendyShieldsAltriaManager, Corporate Citizenship 
2017JenniferSicilianoInova Health SystemVice President, Government Relations 
2017ValerieSpencerDidlakeDirector of Business Development 
2017ElizabethStiffNative CollaborationFounder/Co-OwnerRichmond
2017ElizabethStinnettMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development CorporationInterim Director of TourismRichmond
2017GeorgeUrbanGeorge Urban + Co.Managing Partner 
2017GabrielVenturiInmarsat GovernmentChief Commercial Officer 
2017ScottWeimerVirginia Tech- Outreach and International AffairsInterim Director of Strategic Partnerships and Program Development, Office of Engagement 
2017MatthewWellsWestRockSr. Regional Manager, State Government Relations 
2017VanWilsonVirginia Community College SystemAssistant Vice Chancellor, Student Services 
2017SamuelYoungAstyra CorporationPresident 
2017AnnPhillipsSelf-Employed Consultant A.C. Phillips, LLCPrincipal/Owner 
2017SusanLarsenColumbia Gas of VirginiaDirector, Business Policy 
2017ChristopherFairchildNational Filter ServicePresident 
2017KellyThomassonOffice of the GovernorSecretary of the CommonwealthRichmond
2017PhillipWoodyardWGL Energy ServicesChief Operating OfficerNorthern Virginia
2017MelanyStoweInstitute for Advanced Learning and ResearchDirector of Public Relations and Business Development 
2017LibertyWilliamsonAccentureManaging Director 
2017NathanFrostDominion EnergyManager, New Technology & Renewable Energy ProgramsRichmond