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Meet Our 2022 Inaugural VRLI Cohort


Listed in Alphabetical Order by Last Name


Richelle Alexander 

Lexington, VA

Rockbridge Area Housing Corp, Assistant Property Manager 

Luke Allison 

Pulaski County, VA

MOVA Technologies, Communications Manager 

Garrett Blaize

Wise County, VA

Appalachian Community Fund, Grants Manager and Regional Organizer 

Neva Bryan

Wise County, VA

University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA Wise), Director of Career Discovery and Planning 

Rebekah Castle

Augusta County, VA

Augusta County, Director of Economic Development and Marketing 

James Clements 

Prince George County, VA

The Bank of Southside Virginia, Bank Officer 

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 

Washington County, 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 

Danville, VA

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

Debbie Irwin 

Augusta County, VA

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, Executive Director 

Michelle Johnson 

Charles City County, VA

Charles City County, County Administrator 

Lisa Jordan, PhD 

Mecklenburg County, VA

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

Zachary King 

Rockingham County, VA

Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative LLC, Sales Associate & Business Analyst 

Lachanda Lee 

Dinwiddie County, VA

City of Richmond Department of Social Services, Professional Development Program Consultant 

Maggie Beal Longest 

Hanover County, VA

Downtown Ashland Association, Executive Director 

John Matthews 

Wythe County, VA

Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Deputy Director 

Joseph Mengedoth 

Henrico County, VA

Richmond Fed, 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 

Shenandoah County, VA

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Value Chain Coordinator 

Billie Roberts 

Tazewell County, VA

Virginia Community Capital, Community Innovation Advisor 

Joy Rumley 

Washington County, VA

New River Valley Regional Commission, Senior Planner

Logan Ryan

Mechanicsville, VA

Covintus, Inc., Director of Community Engagement  

Lauren Stuhldreher 

Chesterfield County

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 

Washington County, VA

Tri-Area Community Health, CEO

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