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VNRLI Leadership Event – October 14th

Join us for a day of leadership and learning on October 14th! This your chance to network with alumni and hear from some of Virginia’s exceptional leaders.

Where: The Hilton Garden Inn at 1793 Richmond Rd. in Charlottesville (the Pantops area, off of 250 and I-64)

When: Tuesday October 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration and informal networking with refreshments will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m – Short, dynamic “TED-like” talks on a variety of leadership topics by VNRLI alumni

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – lunchtime presentation of the McCarthy Award honoring John Tippett recently retired Executive Director of the Friends of the Rappahannock

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – leadership panel featuring Jane Dittmar (Chair, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors), and Scott Moore (Corporate Aviation Manager, Luck Stone), and Toan Nguyen (Founder, C’ville Central and Co-Founder, Community Investment Collaborative). Scroll to the bottom of the this page for more information on our panelists.

The registration fee is only $15, which includes lunch, refreshments, and materials. Click here to register online or you can send your payment to VNRLI at PO Box 400179 Charlottesville, VA 22904 (if you mail your check, please include your name, contact information, and dietary restrictions). If you would like to attend the afternoon leadership panel only, there is no registration fee, though we ask that you register and check the box next to “afternoon session only.”

This event is open to the public – family, friends, and colleagues are all welcome to attend! All participants can register online or by mailing a check to the above address.
If you have questions about the event you can contact Program Manager Kelly Altizer at 434-924-6569 or

Many thanks to our event sponsor, Merck & Co, Inc.

Leadership Panelists

Jane Dittmar – Jane is Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and a Partner at Positive Solutions Group, an alternative dispute resolution firm in Charlottesville, VA. She is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator and serves as court coordinator for the courts of the City of Charlottesville, and the Counties of Albemarle, Greene, and Louisa. Jane is President of DeSimone, LLC, a consulting firm, and a former President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School, and holds certificates in economic development and public administration from Virginia Tech. She received her certification in Supreme Court mediation from George Mason University.

Scott Moore – Scott is Aviation Department Manager at Luck companies, an organization committed to igniting human potential through Values Based Leadership (VBL). VBL is a philosophy and model that encourages our associates to live, work, and lead in alignment with their personal core values, principles, beliefs, and purpose to in turn, ignite the extraordinary potential of those around them.

Scott graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Chemistry, and then served 24 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, and is a Certified Aviation Manager. He joined the Luck Companies team in 2005. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association, a national non-profit aviation organization.

Toan Nguyen – In 2013 Toan co-founded C’ville Central, a benefit corporation with the mission of harnessing the region’s economic power and channeling it to small, women, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. He is also the co-founder of the Community Investment Collaborative which aims to provide education, capital, and mentoring to anybody who cannot access these resources through traditional channels, and Chief Executive Officer of C’ville Coffee.

Toan received the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the 2013 prestigious People’s Navigator Award for leadership in entrepreneurialism in the community from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and Darden Business School.

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Class of 2014


Front Row (L-R): Kelly Altizer, Liz Ronston, Alycia Crall, Carol Heiser, Kelly Ramsey, Martha Walker, Bill Conkle, Martha Warring, Sheila Barnett, Jay Pinsky, Dave Close, Selena O’Shaughnessy, Lara Browning, Patrick Puglisi, Mike Foreman.

Second Row (L-R): Brian Fuller, Graham Simmerman, Lance Gregory, Dan Goerlich, Clairborne Woodall, Dennis Slade, Tanya Denckla Cobb, David Kriz, Ben Leach, Patrick Vincent, Ty Duncan, Dan Goldstein, Robert Clarkson, Frank Dukes. Not pictured: Kelly Wilder, Geoffrey Hensley


Class of 2014 Photos

Front Row (L to R): Sheila Barnett, Carol Heiser, Martha Warring, Kelly Wilder, Andrew Brown, Tanya Denckla Cobb, Ben Leach, Frank Dukes. Second Row: Ty Duncan, Claiborne Woodall, Brian Fuller, Liz Ronston, Selena O’Shaughnessy, Lance Gregory, Dan Goerlich. Third Row: Robert Clarkson, Alycia Crall, Lara Browning, Martha Walker, Kelly Ramsey. Back Row: Dan Goldstein, Dennis Slade, Rob Alexander (regional session participant), Geoffrey Hensley, David Kriz, Patrick Vincent, Patrick Puglisi, Graham Zimmerman. Not Pictured: Dave Close, Jay Pinsky, Bill Conkle

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Class of 2013

Outcomes from Class of 2013:

Class of 2013 Photos
VNRLI 2013 Cohort Aspirations
Essence of Leadership speech by Ben Thompson
VNRLI Class of 2013 Slideshow Video

Front Row (L to R): Kevin Landry, Marian Carroll, Rick Crofford, Melissa Keywood, Brian Irvine, Jennifer Feese, Jen Jenkins, Jeanie Grandstaff, Grace LeRose. Middle Row: Frank Dukes, Chris Bradshaw, Jason Fisher, Matt Landes, Nelson Dail, Kay Hamlin, Ann Jurczyk, Mike Ellerbrock, Mark Miller, Mike Foreman, Meade Anderson, Clay Bernick. Back Row: Terry Lasher, Greg Frey, Brian Fuller (regional session participant), Neil Clark, Stacy Horton, Ben Thompson, Leanne Nurse (alum), John Hickman. Not pictured: Duff McCully.


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Class of 2012

Outcomes from the Class of 2012:

Class of 2012 Photos

Jay S. Banks, Jacob Allen Bauckman, Sara Benghauser, Jenny Biché, Tisha Ann Blackwell, Brian H. Bond, Carol Lee Davis, Ralph James Echols, Karen Wilson Forget, Laura Thomburg Grape, Carrie Fehl Hagin, Paula Anne Hamel, Brandon Todd Herbert, Jeffray Jones, Jill Keihn, Adrienne Freed Kotula, Janit Llewellyn, Michael Miller Neese, Antonia Noreika, Patricia Fannin Nylander, Zachary Habern Olinger, Margaret L. Sanner, Angela Michelle Sheldon, Kim Elizabeth Thurlow, Kevin Graeme Vaughn, Michelle M. Virts, Robert Williams.

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Class of 2011

Outcomes from the Class of 2011:

THE VNRLI Leadership Network of People

Frederick B. Abbey, Melanie Allen Lunney, Amy Arnold, Wendy Bachman Shields, Anne M. Baird, June Barrett-McDaniels, P.E., Joe Bonnell, Littleberry Darby, Robert Davie, Rebecca Davis, Trey Davis, Amy DeHart, Roger Everton, Robert Farrell, Jennifer Gagnon, Jewell E. Hairston, Galon Hall, Scott Johnson, Laura Kaplan, Maggie Lewis, Amy Mallette, Cathryn McCue, John A. McGee, Alison Meehan, Kelly Miller, Nicole Sandberg, Matthew W. Strafford, Sarah Stewart, Robbie Talbert, Ron Wood.

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Class of 2010

Outcomes from the Class of 2010:

“The VNRLI Year in Photos” by Francine Kennedy Class of 2010
Reflections by the 2010 VNRLI Fellows
Class of 2010 Photos

Jennifer Allen, David Bearinger, Barbara Burton, Marcus Comer, Anne W. Darby, Guinevere Nissa Dean, John David Harper, Jr., Kimberly Hodge Cowgill, Angela Jenkins, Francie L. Kennedy, Stewart T. Leeth, Luke McCall, Stacy A. Overby, Robert Ragos, Russell Rice, David Richert, Suzanne Schwartz, Robert Slusser, Bob L. Smith, David B. Spears, Emily Woodall, Kimberly B. Woodwell.

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Class of 2009

Outcomes from the Class of 2009:

Photos from the McCarthy Award and VNRLI 2009 Graduation Dinner

Standing back row: John Ignosh, Kelly Vanover, John Eustis, Mike Steen, Josh Didawick, May Sligh, Lenny Dupuis, Marek Smith, Gene Crabtree, Mike Liberati, Mike Foreman, Tanya Denckla Cobb. Middle row: Kelly Hitchcock, Gwynn Crichton, Jennifer Morgan, Chris Moore, Noah Hill, Jonah Fogel, Caroline Wilkinson. Kneeling in front: Mitch Wapner, Michelle Prysby, Erin James, Adele MacLean, Susan Garrison, Abbe Kennedy, Sean Sheppard.

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Class of 2008

Outcomes from the Class of 2008:

The VNRLI Year in Photos

Back row: Preston Smith, Corey MacKnight, Steve Reeser, Todd Janeski, Paul Revell, Blaine Delaney. Middle row: Conrad Spangler, Jenny Salyers, Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Amy Gilmer, Mike Gerel, Christy Gabbard, Eric Bendfeldt, Ann Duff. Front Row: Sarah Richardson, Faren Wolter, Bill Hayden, Nesha Mizel, Tamara Ambler, Lisa Moerner, Heather Barrar, Renee Clark, Mitch Thomas.  Not pictured:  Robert P. Hare, Jr.

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Class of 2007

Outcomes from the Class of 2007:

“Thank God I’m A NRLI Grad” Lyrics and Live Recording
The VNRLI Year in Photos
Class of 2007 Photos 

Abigail C.V. Convery, David Leonard Davis, Karen Louise Drake, Rebecca K. Gwynn, Barry Donal Harris, Kelly Bray Henshaw, Patrick M. Hughes, Sandra René Hypes, Kimberly Gayle Joyner-Banty, Hunter Mohring, Ashley Orgain Morgan, Farrell Anthony Owens, Dan J. Poteet, Donald Eugene Riggleman, Michael A. Santucci, Eliza Savage, Llyn Sharp, Shawn Elise Smith, Margaret Long Stephenson, Nancy N. Stremple, Joseph John Tannery, David Scott Tiller, Charles L. Turner, Jeff Walker, Christine F. Watlington, Leslie Watson, James L. Wilkinson, Sylvia Hoehns Wright, Ed Zimmer.

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Class of 2006

Back Row (L to R): Buck Kline, George Janek, Julie Hawkins, Alice Corey, Gary Moore, Andrea Krochalis, Heather Schinkel, Rochelle Garwood, Marcy Schnitzer, Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka, Denise Ambrose, John Merriner, Katharina Merkel (visiting from Sweden), Rick Linker, James Adams, Monica Esparza, Dave Slack, Chip Ray, Caroline Wilkinson. Front Row (Kneeling): Tanya Denckla Cobb, Will Moore, Doug Bement, Tom Benzing, Erica Jeter, Lynn Crump, Elena Conzalez, Kim Watson Steika, Shayla Simmons, Frank Dukes.  Not pictured:  Nina Luxmoore and Kerri Nicholas.

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Class of 2005

Outcomes from the Class of 2005:

Class of 2005 Photos

Back Row (L to R): Pat Calvert, Steve McMullin, Frank Dukes, Dennis Jones, David Miles, Dennis Jones, John Simkins, Cliff Miller, John Muse Middle Row: Helen Ross, Barbara White, Nicole Vachon, Joe Loschiavo, Connie Hill Galloway, Bev Hunter, Mark Slauter, Tim Stern, Rob Krupicka, Lloyd Arnold, Charlie Becker, Mike Foreman Kneeling: Martha Shickle, Dale Lehnig, Jan Ferrigan, Jim Browder, John Zeugner, Tanya Denckla Cobb, Amy Owens, Chuck Epes, Caroline Wilkinson. Not pictured:  Henry Harris

Back Row (L to R): Jim Browder, Mike Ellerbrock, Cliff Miller, David Miles, Dennis Jones, Steve McMullin, John Simkins, John Muse, Bill Jones, Frank Dukes. Middle Row: Joe Loschiavo, Tim Stern, Bev Hunter, Rob Krupicka, Mark Slauter, Tanya Denckla Cobb, Charlie Becker, Barbara White, Chuck Epes, John Zeugner, Martha Shickle, Mike Foreman. Front Row: Helen Ross, Lloyd Arnold, Jan Ferrigan, Pat Calvert, Nicole Vachon, Connie Hill Galloway, Dale Lehnig, Amy Owens, Caroline Wilkinson.  Not pictured:  Henry Harris.

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Class of 2004

Anne Meade Beals, Brian L. Benham, Robert M. Bisha, Karl E. Bren, Herman William Cook, Melanie Ann Frisch, Carl E. Garrison, III, Teresa Ann Harless, Catherine M. Harold, Daniel Ryan Holmes, Robert Bruce Hull, Ann Fortenberry Jennings, Marcia Kirkpatrick, Kelley Anne Kline, Brad Jonathan Kreps, Loretta Allene Markham, Stephanie L. Martin, Lucile Swift Miller, Matthew M. Poirot, Carol Greishaber, Brian Scott Reed, Anthony Cary Scott, Brennan B. Snyder, Julie T. Stein, Shawn Patrice Tiggs, Patricia Hall Tyrrell, Bradley Stephen Veach, Bud Watson, Jennifer K. West, Wilfred D. Woode.

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Class of 2003

Outcomes from the Class of 2003:

Class of 2003 Photos

Back Row (L to R): Ridge Schuyler, W. Keith Boyd, Scott Bedwell, Ben Caldwell, Bob Luce, Carey Whitehead, John Murphy, Peter deFur, Mike Ellerbrock, Ed Stoots, Frank Dukes. Middle Row: Pat DeZern, Samantha Pitts, Mary Ellen N. Hodges, Patti Jackson, Rosemary Wallinger, Jerry Pruyne, Anne Bedarf, Tanya Denckla, Bob Miller, Karen Terwilliger. Front Row: Scott Reed, Marian Morgan, Chris Anderson, Judy Okay, Caroline Brennan, Kent Ruffin. Kneeling: John Horne, Chris French.  Not pictured:  James R. Cromwell, Jr., William C. Porter, Jr., Jeffrey Rodgers and Cathy Taylor.

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Class of 2002

Outcomes from the Class of 2002:

Class of 2002 Photos

Back Row (L to R): Frank Dukes, Jim Hurley, David Carr, John L. Johnson, Don Orth, Georgiana McCabe, Brad Fuller, Paul Howard, Jack McCambridge, Gavin Sanderlin, Wade Biddix, Khalil Hassan, Scott Richardson, Charlie Newton, Tom Hoy, Mike Ellerbrock, Mike Foreman. Third Row: Diane Dunaway, Pat O’ Bannon, David Powell, Chuck Hutsell, Bob Dunn. Second Row: Donna Williamson, Ellen Shephard, Tanya Denckla, Desiree Lopasic (standing), Susan Cable, Alison Teetor. Front: A-J Wangner.

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Class of 2001

 Outcomes from the Class of 2001:

VNRLI Van Tour Script
Letter to the Bolling Commission

Class of 2001 Photos

Back Row (L to R): Greg Winston, Mike Ellerbrock, Mike Roberts, Ken Carter, Ed Daley, Susanne Haas, Bob Radspinner, Jerry Ruhlen, John Deuel, Steve Mallette. Middle Row: Anitra Webster, Steve Talley, Angela Harper, Rachel Bagby, Jim Lawrence, Leanne Smith-Nurse, Ron Southwick, Rudy McCollum, Leslie Middleton, Rich Olin, Ursula Lemanski, John Carroll. Front Row: Dean Bailey, Kay Slaughter, Jim Fulcher, Tanya Denckla, Bettina Ring.  Not pictured:  Richard C. Rich

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