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
2018MelissaAdamsWGL Holdings INC/ Washington GasChief Corporate Social Responsibility OfficerNorthern Virginia
2018NathaliaArtusUnion Bank & TrustCommunity Development BankerRichmond
2018SonyaBaker Ph.D.James Madison UniversityAssociate Dean, College of Visual & Performing ArtsShenandoah Valley
2018TracyBanksVirginia Law Foundation/ Virginia CLEProgram AttorneyRichmond
2018TimothyBentley IIINorfolk SouthernResident Vice PresidentRichmond
2018KarlBrackColumbia Gas of VirginiaDirector, Communications & Community RelationsRichmond
2018KathleenBoyleVirginia Association of CountiesDirector of Government AffairsRichmond
2018KirstenCherryPrince George CountyDirector of Information TechnologyRichmond
2018CourtneyConnorThe University of Virginia's College at WiseDirector of Professional DevelopmentSouthwest Virginia
2018AmandaCoxAppalachian PowerExternal Affairs ManagerSouthwest Virginia
2018JenniferCoxLongwood UniversityDirector of Local & Community RelationsSouthwest Virginia
2018HeidiCrapolVirginia Commonwealth UniversityOffice of the President, Director, Center for Urban CommunitiesRichmond
2018JanetDonovanCapitol PostVice Director, Board of DirectorsNorthern Virginia
2018JasonEl KoubiVirginia Economic Development PartnershipExecutive Vice President Richmond
2018TerryEllisComcastVice President of Government & Regulatory AffairsRichmond
2018BethEricksonVisit LoudounPresident & CEONorthern Virginia
2018PatriciaFosterCity of RichmondDirector of Minority and Emerging Small Business Development Richmond
2018JanetGullickson Ph.D.Virginia Community College System- Germanna Community CollegePresidentNorthern Virginia
2018KemptonHaileThe Whiting-Turner Contracting CompanySenior Vice PresidentNorthern Virginia
2018SylviaHainesHampton Roads ChamberExecutive Vice PresidentHampton Roads
2018RheaHaleWestRock CompanyDirector, Public PolicyRichmond
2018RosalynHargraves Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityAssociate Vice President Richmond
2018SarahHodgesMartinsville-Henry Economic Development CorporationDirector of TourismSouthwest Virginia
2018JoshuaJusticeThe University of Virginia's College at WiseDirector of Residence LifeSouthwest Virginia
2018ElizabethKellyThe University of VirginiaDirector of OperationsShenandoah Valley
2018BrendaLecocqVirginia International RacewayDirector of Group SalesSouthwest Virginia
2018MichaelMannenFaneuilVice President of OperationsHampton Roads
2018GregoryMatheDominion EnergyElectric Transmission Communications ConsultantRichmond
2018RobertMcAdenRoanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilPresident & CEOSouthwest Virginia
2018HollyMcEntireSunTrustManaging DirectorRichmond
2018BryanPriceUniversity of Virginia Cancer CenterOutreach and Education SpecialistSouthern Virginia
2018Elaine RoopVirginia 811Director, HR & Organizational DevelopmentSouthwest Virginia
2018JosephRuddyVirginia Port AuthorityChief Innovation OfficerHampton Roads
2018AndrewRyanCommonwealth Partnerships GroupPartnerRichmond
2018JenniferSayeghMcGuireWoods ConsultingAssistant Vice President Richmond
2018ElizabethScarceDewberryMarketing DirectorSouthwest Virginia
2018JosephScarpaGenworthSenior Director, LTC In-Force Solutions and AnalyticsRichmond
2018Martha ShickleRichmond Regional Planning District CommissionExecutive DirectorRichmond
2018RachelSneadDominion Energy Electric T&D Project Manager IIRichmond
2018ChadSpanglerWells FargoVice President - Loss MitigationSouthwest Virginia
2018ValerieSpencerDidlakeDirector of Business Development Northern Virginia
2018RandallStamperVirginia's Community CollegesAssistant Vice Chancellor for Workforce DevelopmentRichmond
2018ScottTateVirginia TechAssociate Director of Economic DevelopmentSouthwest Virginia
2018DerekThomasAccenturePrincipal DirectorNorthern Virginia
2018Jill VaughanVirginia LotteryDirector of Communications & Community OutreachRichmond
2018SonyaWaddellFederal Reserve Bank pf RichmondDirector of Regional EconomicsRichmond
2018JennaWagnerCommonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development PR & Marketing DirectorSouthwest Virginia
2018CarolynWattsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichard M. Bracken Chair and ChairmanRichmond
2018JohnWestCall Federal Credit UnionVice President of OperationsRichmond
2018ThomasWright Ph.D.Virginia Community College SystemPresident - Southwest Community CollegeSouthwest Virginia