CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty-five leaders from across the state have accepted invitations to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2015. Those accepting invitations from southern West Virginia include:
- Joe Canterbury, Logan Bank & Trust Company (Logan)
- Mike Chirico, Office of Congressman Evan H. Jenkins (Huntington)
- Jerry Cook, Ace Adventure Resort (Oak Hill)
- Suzanne Higgins, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (Beaver)
- Charlotte Norris, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC (Huntington)
- Robert Sellards, Nelson Mullins (Huntington)
- Roger Topping, Princeton Health Care Center (Princeton)
- Leah Vance-Bazzilla, Leah Vance Photography (Logan)
- Mandy Wriston, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce (Oak Hill)
Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is now in its 25year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, executive director, Leadership West Virginia. “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2016 class.” Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has over 1,250 alumni from across the state.
Throughout this year members of the class will travel to eight different West Virginia communities to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership skills. The locations and topics for the Class of 2016 training program include:
March 24 – 25, Charleston -Welcome to Leadership
April 21 – 22, Eastern Panhandle – Economic Development/Education Session
May 12 – 13, Logan – Coal Session
June 16 – 17, New River Gorge – Tourism Session
July 14 – 15, Morgantown – The Justice System Session
September 15 – 16, Wheeling – Critical Issues/The Marcellus Shale Session
October 27 – 28, White Sulphur Springs – Health Care Session
November 17 – 18, Charleston – Government & Commencement Session
“Leadership West Virginia provides graduates with the skills and the knowledge in making sound, informed decisions,” added Farris.
Many of the participants serve as private citizen volunteers, and many seek and serve in public office. Among the many benefits that come with being a graduate of the program is the network of alumni throughout the state. “Leadership West Virginia congratulates the individuals who were selected to this year’s class.”