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First class named for Leadership Randolph program

ELKINS — The inaugural class members have been named for a new Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce program designed to develop local leaders.

The inaugural Leadership Randolph Class of 2023 will begin with an orientation on Aug, 29. The once-a-month sessions will start in September and conclude in June.

Lisa Wood, executive director of the Chamber, said, “The Chamber and the Leadership Randolph ambassadors are excited to announce our first class. We feel they represent a diverse group of professionals from our community.

“The ambassadors team will work to develop and prepare these leaders to move Randolph County forward. Congratulations to them and thank you to all of this year’s applicants.”

The inaugural class includes:

Heidi Bray, Carte-Hall Professional LLC; Erin Brown, Agency LMC; Adriana Channell, Davis Trust Company; Angela Daniels, Tygart Valley United Way; Jordan Godwin, Valley Health Care, Inc.; Jeremiah Jasper, Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church; Jace Kyle, Luttner Financial Group; Colin McFadden, Pegasus LLC; Matt Osborne, Citizens Bank of West Virginia; Samantha Peet, Randolph County Tourism; Tammie Rizzio, Youth Health Services; and Brandy Wildman, Davis Health System.

Leadership Randolph “seeks to develop and prepare leaders to move Randolph County forward,” a Chamber press release states. “The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors of Leadership Randolph, that includes the City of Elkins, Citizens Bank of WV, Davis Trust Co., Mountaineer Insurance, the Randolph County Development Authority, Common Door, Davis & Elkins College, Davis Health System, Vandevander and Nypl CPAs, the Randolph County Housing Authority, and Woodlands Development & Lending.”

Topics for the nine monthly sessions are Tourism, Economic Development, Housing, Healthcare, Education & Youth, Workforce & Hardwood Manufacturing, Government, Nonprofits & Volunteerism, and Agriculture. The program will conclude with a dinner and completion ceremony.

The Leadership Randolph program is managed by graduates of Leadership West Virginia residing in Randolph County and the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber. These “ambassadors” worked during the past six months to create the program’s mission and curriculum.

“They were also given the daunting task of overseeing the class selection process,” the press release states. “There were a large number of applicants, and the group is pleased to announce the final 12 members of the Leadership Randolph Class of 2023.”

For more information about the Leadership Randolph program, contact the Chamber at 304-636-2717.

The mission of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce is to advocate, educate and network to enhance business opportunities in Elkins and Randolph County.

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