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Our 2022 Program

Session 1 - Southside Virginia

The Bee Hotel - Danville, VA

May 12, 13, & 14

Local Partners

Session 2 - Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck

St. Margaret's School - Tappahannock, VA

July 14, 15, & 16

Local Partners

Session 3 - Southwest Virginia

Jackson Park Inn - Pulaski, VA

September 15

Western Front Hotel - St. Paul, VA

September 16 & 17

Session 4 - Shenandoah Valley

Blackburn Inn - Staunton, VA

November 17, 18, & 19

Our Mission

The Mission of the Virginia Rural Leadership Institute (VRLI) is to retain, attract, and develop rural Virginians into innovative, responsible, and civic minded leaders who build strong communities.

Our Cohort



Meet Our 2022 VRLI Cohort

Listed in Alphabetical Order by Last Name

Richelle Alexander

Lexington, VA

Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation, Assistant Property Manager

Luke Allison

Pulaski County, VA

Aggregate Capital LLC, Project Manager

Garrett Blaize

Wise County, VA

Appalachian Community Fund, Grants Manager and Regional Organizer

Neva Bryan

St. Paul, VA

University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA Wise), Senior Director of Academic Enhancement & Coordinator of National Awards and Fellowships

Rebekah Castle

Augusta County, VA

Augusta County, Director of Economic Development and Marketing

James Clements

Prince George County, VA

University of Richmond, Full-Time MBA Student

Stacey English

Hopewell, VA

Prince George County, Interim Economic Development and Tourism Director

Jenna French

Shenandoah County, VA

Shenandoah County, Director of Tourism & Economic Development

Jessi Fritz, MBA

Abingdon, VA

Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Regional Business Manager (Talent Solutions)

Lydia Gilmer

Pulaski County, VA

Pulaski County, VA, Small Business Solutions Manager (Economic Development)

Shannon Hair, Ed.D

Danville, VA

Danville Community College, VP of Institutional Advancement & Development/Executive Director of DCC Educational Foundation, Inc.

Debbie Irwin

Staunton, VA

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, Executive Director

Michelle Johnson

Charles City County, VA

Charles City County, County Administrator

Lisa Jordan, Ph.D

South Hill, VA

Southside Virginia Community College, Professor - History and Political Science, Coordinator - Campus Within Walls

Zachary King

Harrisonburg, VA

Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative LLC, Sales Associate & Business Analyst

Lachanda Lee

Dinwiddie County, VA

Dinwiddie County, Director for Human Resources

Maggie Beal Longest, M.S.

Ashland, VA

Downtown Ashland Association, Executive Director

John Matthews

Wytheville, VA

Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Deputy Director

Joseph Mengedoth, M.S.

Henrico County, VA

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Regional Economist

Allison Moore

Pittsylvania County, VA

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Manager of Public Relations & Communications

Hope Mothershead

Richmond County, VA

Richmond County, VA, Director of Planning and Zoning

Julia Pilipenko

Augusta County, VA

Dominion Energy, External Affairs Representative

French Price

Woodstock, VA

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Value Chain Coordinator

Billie Roberts

Bluefield, VA

Virginia Community Capital, Community Innovation Advisor

Joy Rumley

Abingdon, VA

New River Valley Regional Commission, Senior Planner

Logan Ryan

Mechanicsville, VA

Covintus, Inc., Director of Community Engagement

Lauren Stuhldreher

North Chesterfield

VA - U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Economic Development Representative for Virginia

Wendy Welch

Wythe County, VA

Graduate Medical Education Consortium of SWVA, Executive Director

James Werth, Ph.D

Bristol, VA

Tri-Area Community Health, CEO

Please Contact:

Chris Atkins

Program Director


(540) 333-0190

2022 VRLI Sponsors

Dominion Energy
Tobacco Commission
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