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Community Leadership Program


Applications for the Community Leadership Program Class of 2023 will be accepted from May 16, 2022 through July 29 2022.

To review program requirements and/or submit an application, please click on the Application button at the bottom of this page.

Program Format

This nine-month program runs the third Friday of each month from September through May. The program begins with an orientation the third Friday in August, followed by monthly sessions studying specific topics.

Topics may include:

  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Non-Profits
  • Community Culture
  • Agriculture
  • Media
  • Government/Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Public Safety
  • Simulated Society
  • Community Problem Solving

The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. This program is designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in the City of Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County, Virginia.

To foster leadership potential in the community to ensure continued growth and development in our region. 

A maximum of thirty participants who either reside or are employed in Clarke County, Frederick County or Winchester will be selected based on information and references provided.

Attendance is strongly encouraged at each monthly session. Because of the time commitment, the support of the participant's employer is essential.

To develop the skills of the participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs.
To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing the communities of the City of Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County Virginia through:

  • Educational programs which broaden knowledge of the area and of critical issues affecting this region
  • Exposure to local government structure, education systems, businesses, and non-profit organizations
  • Introductions to community leaders and local decision-makers

The tuition for the 2022-23 program year is $750 for Chamber members, $950 for non-members.  Tuition may be paid by either the participant or the employer.  

A $25 non-refundable administration fee is required for the completed application to be processed.  Applicants will be invoiced upon receipt of application.

Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded to Chamber members based on need.  See scholarship request form button in the application field below. 

Graduates of the Community Leadership Program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. The graduates will be admitted to the alumni association, which provides regional organizations with a pool of individuals who are qualified to fill leadership roles necessary for the development of the community. The Community Leadership Program will facilitate leadership opportunities for its graduates.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Vanessa McAllister at (540) 662-4118 ext. 16 or email

Thank you for your interest in the Community Leadership Program.

2023 Platinum Sponsor

Ingenium (002)

2023 Gold Sponsors

American Woodmark
HN Funkhouser
Navy Federal CU
Tech Team

2022 Silver Sponsors

James Imoh
Edward Jones Investments, Financial Advisor

TWG-The Winchester Group

Winchester Printers

Congratulations to the Class of 2022

Marcus Adhikusuma, First Citizens Bank, now with Integrity Home Mortgage

Sandra Bosley, Preservation of Historic Winchester

Tiffany Cadoree, Valley Health System, now with Amazon

Oscar Cerrito-Mendoza, Aids Response Effort, Inc.

Vicki Culbreth, Winchester Rescue Mission

Michael Daddario, Frederick County Public Schools

Jill Edlich, Ravenwood Foundation

Kylie Feiring, Bowman Library

Jasmine Frye, Valley Health System

Rebecca Gibson, Literacy Volunteers W.A., now with Shenandoah University

Rebecca Horton, Ingenium BCS, Inc.

Will Lawrence, Edward Jones

Christina Lawson, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Kelly Menk, American Woodmark, now with Valley Health System

Amanda Neff, Fortessa Tableware Solutions

Jonathan Reimer, F&M Bank

Ben Savory, Repeatable DJ

Nancy Sawle, Navy Federal Credit Union-Winchester

Kevin Sheppard, Valley Health System

Sara Sims Valentine, Winchester Medical Center Foundation

Carly Stoliker, NW Works, Inc.

Christy Taggart, Wells Fargo Bank-Old Town Winchester

Seth Thatcher, Commissioner of Revenue

Janet Tully, H.N. Funkhouser & Co.