Leadership Hanover Announces Class of 2022-23

Beginning this September, the Hanover Chamber Foundation will begin its premier certificate program – Leadership Hanover! A class of rising leaders will gather across 9-months before graduating in May 2023.

Sessions will focus on leadership philosophy, self-awareness, effective communication, delegating and teamwork, long-range planning, efficient networking, and community and civic engagement. The Leadership Hanover class will learn from, and be mentored by, an accomplished and diverse faculty of established leaders from across Hanover and the RVA region.

Leadership Hanover is intended for individuals who are transitioning into their next level of leadership or those who seek to better position themselves to lead and serve our community. The 2022-23 class brings a rich variety of experience and industry background to the program.

The Hanover Chamber Foundation is proud to announce the following rising leaders, listed alphabetically, accepted into the 2022-23 Leadership Hanover program:

Amy Crichton, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Nathena Haddrill, Rogers-Chenault, Inc.

Michael Helbig, Ashland Police Department

Jacob Hollingsworth, Journey Business Solutions

Josh Kegel, R-CI Builders

Todd Kilduff, Hanover County

Danielle Kollman, RBI Services

John Krug, Oasis Senior Advisors

Adrienne Long, Virginia Farm Bureau

Tricia Reagan, Syncroz Language Solutions

Jesse Smith, Chick-Fil-A

Deanna Turner, Anton Paar

Emily White, Shipp & Wilson Landscaping

Amelia Wright, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

“We are excited for the second year of this program and the competency shown by each newly accepted LH participant,” says Kenny Janes, Foundation Board Chair. “Congratulations and welcome, leaders!”

The Hanover Chamber Foundation's mission is to champion the enhancement of Hanover County, Virginia through leadership development, philanthropy and community support programs.

2022 Graduate Testimonials

"I am so grateful to have been a part of Leadership Hanover! The program was extremely well organized from start to finish and session topics were relevant and applicable to my career.  I made great connections with students, steering committee and speakers that I look forward to continuing even when the program is over." - Catherine Sydnor; Kimley-Horn

"I had a wonderful experience with Leadership Hanover! The program was very well put together by the hardworking Hanover Chamber Foundation staff who were truly invested in each of our careers and eager to assist us with our leadership skills. The guest speakers brought in were strategically thought-out and brought a great balance to the curriculum. I highly encourage anyone in Hanover who is looking to improve their leadership qualities and invest more in themselves to partake in this excellent program!" - Bobby Broyles; Blazer Heating and Air

"As a growing professional, Leadership Hanover provided a vast amount of skills, techniques, thought provoking opportunities and personal connections. It was an honor to learn among a strong group of classmates/professionals and be taught by some of the most accomplished business personnel from the local area. It has been enlightening to apply the strategies learned, not just in my career, but also in my personal life. LH is a great building opportunity all around." - Niki DeSantis; Pixel Factory

Overview: LEADERSHIP HANOVER 2022-23

Leadership Hanover is an interactive and informative program to encourage and guide individuals for the betterment of their participation in business, communal and civic efforts. Participants have the opportunity to learn from proven professionals and leaders across industries, build a phenomenal network and develop themselves as stronger leaders from philosophy to life and business skills. The first year was amazing and we cannot wait to see who's in the next class!

The 9-month program will include monthly sessions, group activities and a graduation dinner. LH is intended for those in a transitional phase of their careers, individuals who are emerging into a leadership role or transitioning into/desiring their next level of leadership. The class size is limited for optimal learning and relationship-building.

Curriculum Snapshot

Orientation - September 2022, 5-7pm, Location and exact date to be announced

Session #1 Self-Awareness and Personal growth - October 11, 1-5pm

Session #2 Leadership Philosophy - November 8, 1-5pm

Session #3 Effective Communication - December 13, 1-5pm

Session #4 Delegation, Accountability and Time Management - January 10, 1-5pm

Mid-point Activity - To Be Announced

Session #5 Visioning and Long-Range Planning - February 7, 1-5pm

Session #6 Social Media and Networking - March 7, 1-5pm

Session #7 Community and Civic Engagement - April 11, 1-5pm

Final Presentations & Graduation - May 2023, 5-7pm, Location and exact date to be announced

Download the 2-page 'Leadership Hanover' Overview


Dates & Participation The program will begin in September 2022. Participants are required to attend 10 events over a 9-month period - to include orientation, monthly sessions, a group activity, final presentations and graduation. 

The monthly sessions will occur on the second Tuesday of each month from 1-5pm. Orientation and Graduation will take place on evenings to be announced.  Locations and dates will be shared with the class in the summer; all locations will be within Hanover County.

Tuition & Fees A tuition fee is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by an individual or an employer. Tuition is $1,195 per person for Hanover Chamber members and $1,595 for non-members. A $50 non-refundable fee is due at application; the tuition balance is due by August 31, 2022.

Faculty Participants will learn alongside our accomplished and diverse faculty of business and academic leaders from across Hanover and the region. The 2022-23 faculty list will welcome back some of our past guests and include others! More below.


Partners of Leadership Hanover receive promotion prior to and throughout the 9-month program. Opportunities range from $750-5,000+. A sponsor packet will be available soon; please send any inquiries to Melissa Haley. *Your donation to this program, hosted by our 501c3 organization, may be tax deductible!

2021-22 Graduation Celebration

The Hanover Chamber Foundation is proud to announce the 2021-22 Leadership Hanover graduates.  In its inaugural year, Leadership Hanover consisted of an orientation dinner, 9 monthly classes, a mid-session activity, and a graduation celebration dinner.  The classes featured 25 outstanding established leaders who served as presenters and panelists, focused on a variety of leadership topics.  The classes included the topics of personal growth, leadership philosophy, effective communication, delegation, accountability, time management, long-range planning, social media, networking, and community and civic engagement.  A special thanks to the Leadership Hanover program sponsors David W. Fuller and UBS Financial, Vice President Kenny Janes; session sponsors AdviCoach, Atlanta Union Bank, Blazer Heating and Air, McCandlish Holton PC, RCI Builders, RichWeb, Shaffer Coaching and Consulting; promotional sponsor It’s A Breeze Specialties; and the location sponsors Hanover Tavern and Covenant Woods. 

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Leadership Hanover graduates!

Jamie Allgood - Bowen Ten, PC

Jason Babin - Cobb Technologies

Bobby Broyles - Blazer Heating & Air

Julia Clark - Wings of Hope Ranch

Brian Copeland - Timmons Group

Niki DeSantis - Pixel Factory

Mary Kay Hacker - Edward Jones Financial

Brittany  King - CodeBlue Technology

Grady Larsen - Richweb, Inc.

Octavia Marsh - Hanover Cares

Matt Nuckols - VA Farm Bureau Federation

Brian Peay - R-CI Builders

James Shelhorse - Ashland Police Department

Catherine Sydnor - Kimley-Horn

Troy Szalay - R-CI Builders

Brittani Vickers - Connects Federal Credit Union


Participants will learn alongside our accomplished and diverse faculty of business and academic leaders from across Hanover and the region. We are pleased to announce many of our faculty will return in 2022-23, with new guests as well!

Presenters, Panelists & Facilitators in 2021-22

(Listed Alphabetically)

Pedro Arruza; Head Football Coach, Randolph-Macon College

Todd Bradberry; CEO Parallel Management Group

J. Dontrese Brown; Executive Director, EDGE Center for Career Development, Randolph Macon College

John Budesky; Administrator, Hanover County

John Dwyer; Former CEO, Covenant Woods

Toni Gorveatt; President, Cobb Technologies

Patricia Green; Executive Director, Patrick Henry YMCA

Bernard Harkless; Principal, Lynx Ventures

Rhu Harris; Former Hanover County Administrator

Trey Hayden; Owner, CodeBlue Technologies

Julie Hill; Senior VP of Business Development, Primis Bank

Debbie Lennick; CEO and Co-Owner, Creative

Robert R. Lindgren, JD; President, Randolph-Macon College

Cary Moore; Publisher, Best Version Media and Atlee Neighbor Magazine

Teresa Mueller; President and Owner of Closet Factory

Sagle Purcell; Owner, CT Purcell Excavating Inc.

Stewart Roberson; President/CEO of Moseley Architects, Former superintendent of the Falls Church City and Hanover County Public Schools

Ben Rogers; Team Leader, Rogers-Long Team Hometown Realty; Founder TBL Coaching

Todd Rogers; Founder, RCI Builders

Leigh Sewell; President, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Rappahannock General Hospital

E. Linwood Thomas, IV; Director, Hanover County Economic Development

Wayne Waldrop; President, Lending and Community Impact, Virginia Community Capital

Doug Walters; Executive Director of Camp Hanover

Dr. Jamelle Wilson; Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond, Former Superintendent of Hanover Public Schools

Dr. Thom Wright; CEO of Covenant Woods

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Troy Forehand; Executive Leadership and Business Coach, AdviCoach

David W. Fuller; President, Historic Polegreen Church Foundation

Michael H. Gladstone, Esq.; Director, McCandlish Holton P.C. 

Kenneth Janes; Vice President of Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

J. Mark Lea; CEO, Richweb, Inc.

Melissa Miller Haley; Executive Director, Hanover Chamber of Commerce

Janeen Shaffer; Leadership Coach, Shaffer Coaching + Consulting

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