PRESS RELEASE - November 15, 2021

The first year of Leadership Hanover is off to an amazing start!  Leadership Hanover is an interactive and informative 9-month program to guide individuals through concepts and further develop skills for the betterment of their participation in business, communal and civic efforts. Leadership Hanover’s core content is for those in a transitional career phase, emerging into a leadership role or desiring their next level of leadership.  This year’s Leadership Hanover class includes eighteen participants representing a variety of Hanover businesses.

Each Leadership Hanover session has a concentrated theme of study.  Thus far, the content has focused on self-awareness and leadership philosophy while students and faculty gathered for orientation at Hanover Tavern’s Coach House and two sessions in Covenant Woods’ Lodge.  The students have been joined by esteemed guest presenters including Dr. Stewart Roberson, President and CEO of Moseley Architects and Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond.  They have also participated in a DiSC workshop (personality and leadership assessment) led by Todd Bradberry, CEO of Parallel Management.  Leadership Hanover sessions to date have included special guest panelists John Budesky, Hanover County Administrator; Toni Gorveatt, President of Cobb Technologies; Debbie Lennick, CEO and co-owner of Creative; Leigh Sewell, President of Memorial Regional Medical Center and Rappahannock General Hospital. 

The Hanover Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to team with area businesses, as well as our sponsors (presenting sponsors David W. Fuller and UBS Vice President Kenny Janes; session sponsors AdviCoach, Blazer Heating and Air, McCandlish Holton P.C., RCI Builders, Shaffer Coaching & Consulting; promotional sponsor It’s A Breeze Specialties), to offer this phenomenal opportunity and grateful to experienced leaders who are sharing their time and talent to enhance the growth of leaders in our community.

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PRESS RELEASE - June 22, 2021

Leadership Hanover Announces Class of 2021-22

Beginning this September, the Hanover Chamber Foundation will launch its new premier program – Leadership Hanover! A class of rising leaders will gather across 9-months before graduating in May 2022.

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 2021-22 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 2021-22 Leadership Hanover program:

Erin Acors, RBI Services

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   

Alison Guess, RBI Services

Mary Kay Hacker, Edward Jones Financial

Jessica Hartness, Hanover County Economic Development

Catherine Hyland, Kimley-Horn

Brittany King, CodeBlue Technologies

Grady Larsen, Richweb, Inc.

Octavia Marsh, Hanover Cares

Matt Nuckols, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Michael Parrish, Electrical & Lighting Solutions, Inc

Brian Peay, R-CI Builders

James Shelhorse, Ashland Police Department

Troy Szalay, R-CI Builders

Brittani Vickers, Connects Federal Credit Union

“We couldn’t be happier with the response to this new program, nor the competency shown by each newly accepted LH participant,” says Kenny Janes, Foundation Board Chair and Leadership Hanover Co-Chair. “This will be a robust program and I can’t wait to get started. Congratulations, leaders!”

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

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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 our faculty list, to date.

Presenters, Panelists & Facilitators

(Listed Alphabetically)

Pedro Arruza; Head Football Coach, Randolph-Macon College

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

John Budesky; Administrator, Hanover County

John Dwyer; CEO, Covenant Woods

Toni Gorveatt; President, Cobb Technologies

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

Christopher K. Peace, Esq.; Attorney, Former Virginia House of Delegates, 97th District

Sagle Purcell; Owner, CT Purcell Excavating Inc.

Stewart Roberson; President/CEO of Moseley Architects, Chair of the University of Virginia K-12 Advisory Council, 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

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

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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


Leadership Hanover, presented by the Hanover Chamber Foundation, is an interactive and informative program to encourage and guide individuals through leadership philosophy and skills for the betterment of their participation in business, communal and civic efforts. The 9-month program will include monthly sessions, group activities and a graduation dinner. The program 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.

Curriculum Snapshot

Orientation  (September 2021)

Session #1 Self-Awareness and Personal growth

Session #2 Leadership Philosophy

Session #3 Effective Communication

Session #4 Delegation, Accountability and Time Management

Mid-point Activity

Session #5 Visioning and Long-Range Planning

Session #6 Social Media and Networking

Session #7 Community and Civic Engagement

Final Presentations & Graduation  (May 2022)

Download the 2-page 'Leadership Hanover' Overview


  1. Complete the Leader Application. Download: LeaderApplication2021.doc; LeaderApplication2021.pdf
  2. Submit your application by email to no later than May 31.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee, through our event portal, on the day you submit your application. You will be invoiced the tuition balance upon acceptance. 

Did you miss the application deadline? We will be allowing a wait list. Interested persons can still send their completed application to until otherwise noted on this webpage.

Dates & Participation Applications for leaders (participants) are due by May 31, 2021. Acceptance notices will be shared by June 30, 2021. The program will begin in September 2021. Participants are required to attend 10 events over a 9-month period - orientation, monthly sessions, a group activity, final presentations and graduation.

The monthly sessions will occur on the second Tuesday’s of each month from 1-5pm. This will be (2021) October 12, November 9, December 14, (2022) January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12. The Orientation will occur on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6-8pm. The final session with Graduation will occur on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 3-8pm. Locations 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, 2021.

Faculty Participants will learn alongside our accomplished and diverse faculty of over 20 business and academic leaders from across Hanover and the region. A faculty and panelists list will be shared in the weeks to come.


Partners of Leadership Hanover receive promotion prior to and throughout the 9-month program. Opportunities range from $750-5,000+. Please confirm your sponsorship by August 1, 2021 to ensure best visibility. Payments are due by August 31, 2021. *Your donation to this program, hosted by our 501c3 organization, may be tax deductible!

Download the 'Leadership Hanover' Sponsor Packet

Special Appreciation to Our Steering Team

Co-Chairs: Troy Forehand of Advicoach VA; Kenny Janes of UBS Financial Services

Team: Dave Fuller; Michael Gladstone of McCandlish Holton PC; Melissa Haley; Mark Lea of Richweb; Janeen Shaffer of Shaffer Coaching 

Hanover Chamber Foundation | Mechanicsville, Virginia

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