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 CenterCEORichmond
2017GeorgeAnasRockingham County, VirginiaAssistant County AdministratorShenandoah Valley
2017JenniferBoaThe University of Virginia's College at WiseAssistant Director of Annual GivingSouthwest Virginia
2017RobertBohannonHunton & Williams LLPDirector, Government AffairsRichmond
2017KarinBowlesVirginia Early Childhood FoundationDirector of StrategyRichmond
2017ArlynBurgessUniversity of Virginia, Data Science InstituteAssociate Director for Operations and Strategic InitiativesShenandoah Valley
2017ThomasCapozziPort of VirginiaChief Sales OfficerValley
2017GeneCouchVirginia Highlands Community CollegePresidentSouthwest Virginia
2017BenjaminCrawfordVirginia Utility Protection Service, Inc.Director of OperationsShenandoah Valley
2017GermanCulverGerman P. Culver, Jr., CPA, PCCPA/PresidentNorthern VA
2017JillDrozeFaneuil, Inc.Director of Call Center OperationsSouthern Virginia
2017BrianFieldsNewport News ShipbuildingVice President - Integrated Planning and Production ControlHampton Roads
2017KennethGillieCity of DanvilleDirector of Community DevelopmentSouthern Virginia
2017JenniferGiovannittiFederal Reserve BankRegional Community Development ManagerRichmond
2017MichaelGrayCommonwealth Partnerships GroupPartnerRichmond
2017FrankHaislipUnion Bank & TrustRegional President, Hampton Roads RegionHampton Roads
2017JaneHelfrichRichmond Metropolitan Habitat for HumanityCEORichmond
2017HowardHoegeThe Mariners' Museum and ParkPresident & CEOHampton Roads
2017MichaelLundbergVirginia Health InformationExecutive DirectorRichmond
2017SheliaMinorMinor and AssociatesOwnerRichmond
2017MarkMorrowCrossWalk ChurchPastorHampton Roads
2017CarolineNoweryVirginia Community CapitalVice President, Community InvestmentsRichmond
2017MeaghanO'BrienDraper Aden AssociatesProgram ManagerRichmond
2017PhyllisPalmieroThe Collegiate SchoolVice President for Finance and Administration/CFORichmond
2017StephaniePetersVirginia Society of Certified Public AccountantsPresident & CEORichmond
2017MollyPlautzDominionFederal Affairs ManagerRichmond
2017SharonPrezzyStrategy and Management ServicesBusiness Service ManagerNorthern Virginia
2017PatriciaQuarlesWells FargoRegional Marketing ManagerShenandoah Valley
2017RobertRawlingsVirginia Hospital & Healthcare AssociationVice President and General CounselRichmond
2017SylviaRosa-CasanovaState Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)Director of Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary EducationRichmond
2017WendyShieldsAltriaManager, Corporate CitizenshipRichmond
2017JenniferSicilianoInova Health SystemVice President, Government RelationsNorthern Virginia
2017ValerieSpencerDidlakeDirector of Business Development 
2017ElizabethStiffNative CollaborationFounder/Co-OwnerRichmond
2017ElizabethStinnettMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development CorporationInterim Director of TourismSouthern Virginia
2017GeorgeUrbanGeorge Urban + Co.Managing PartnerShenandoah Valley
2017GabrielVenturiInmarsat GovernmentChief Commercial Officer 
2017ScottWeimerVirginia Tech- Outreach and International AffairsInterim Director of Strategic Partnerships and Program Development, Office of EngagementShenandoah Valley
2017MatthewWellsWestRockSr. Regional Manager, State Government RelationsShenandoah Valley
2017VanWilsonVirginia Community College SystemAssistant Vice Chancellor, Student ServicesRichmond
2017SamuelYoungAstyra CorporationPresidentRichmond
2017AnnPhillipsSelf-Employed Consultant A.C. Phillips, LLCPrincipal/OwnerHampton Roads
2017SusanLarsenColumbia Gas of VirginiaDirector, Business PolicyRichmond
2017ChristopherFairchildNational Filter ServicePresidentShenandoah Valley
2017KellyThomassonOffice of the GovernorSecretary of the CommonwealthRichmond
2017PhillipWoodyardWGL Energy ServicesChief Operating OfficerNorthern Virginia
2017MelanyStoweNew College InstituteAssistant Director of Academics and CommunicationsSouthern Virginia
2017LibertyWilliamsonAccentureManaging DirectorRichmond
2017NathanFrostDominion EnergyManager, New Technology & Renewable Energy ProgramsRichmond