Media Contact: Gretchen Rusden, Marketing & Communications Manager
Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Phone Number: 540-373-9537

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program graduated its sixteenth class during a May 19th ceremony at the University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus.

 Joe DiStefano, a graduate of LF 2014, was the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. DiStefano shared the 5 lessons he has learned as a leader. Monica Hailey with Atlantic Builders is the 2023 Class President. She shared an inspiring message to the graduates and attendees as she recounted the 2023 class’s experiences over the past nine months.

 The 2023 class was led by six faculty with extensive experience with leadership development and training: Dr. David Corderman (Academy Leadership Associates), Dr. J.R. Flatter (Flatter, Inc.), Susan Spears (FRCC), Janel Donohue (Rappahannock United Way), Cory McGookin (Sapient Training, Coaching, & Consulting), and Kimberly Young (University of Mary Washington). Over nine months the class met in different business locations throughout the region. They learned key leadership content and took two assessments. They met with community, business, nonprofit, and educational leaders, who offered the fellows insights about their personal leadership journeys. Each fellow was paired with a trained mentor from the business community who supported their progress throughout the program.

 Prior to graduation, four teams from the class of 25 presented the results of their Community Action Projects for local non-profit, STEP VA. Each team presented their deliverables during the Project Presentations at Germanna Community College on Thursday May 11th, 2023.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2023 Fellows:
Michelle Allen, RN Case Management Director – Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
George Barnick, President – Fredericksburg Technology
Latasha Brooks, CEO – A&B Creative Events
Frank A. Cirioni, Dean of Student Development – Germanna Community College
Shannon Eubanks, Community Engagement Manager – Stafford County
Matt Fox, Deputy Fire Chief – City of Fredericksburg Fire Department
Margo Frazier, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking – Atlantic Union Bank
Geoffrey Greene, Project Manager II, SimVentions, Inc.
Monica Hailey, Permits Coordinator – Atlantic Builders
Abigail Hamilton, Program Manager, Performance Improvement – Mary Washington Healthcare
Mahogany Hart, Director, Health Link Call Center – Mary Washington Healthcare
Diana Hill, Owner – USA Allstars
Tameaka Hood, Controller  – Flatter, Inc.
Melodie Jennings, Program Director – Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
Jacque Kobuchi, General Manager – Molly Maid of Stafford/Fredericksburg
Josh McDonald, Metering Foreman – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Tracy McPeck, Adult Services Coordinator – Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Johnny Puckett, Owner – Rogers Ford Farm Winery
Kathy Roscoe, Business Lender – Topside Federal Credit Union
Judy Steadman, Housing Stabilization Navigator/Case Manager – Micah Ecumenical Ministries
John Stroffolino, Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences – Germanna Community College
Jeremy Vaughn, Development Officer – University of Mary Washington
Jessica Weber, Comprehensive One-Stop Manager – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Donnie Williams, Director of Operations – HDT Expeditionary System 

Applications for the 2024 Class are available now the Chamber’s website, HERE. The application deadline is Monday, July 17th at close of business. 

Leadership Fredericksburg thanks the 2023 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2023  Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd., Atlantic Union Bank., Flatter, Inc., LifeCare Medical Transports, Germanna Community College, SimVentions and Stafford County.