Leadership Academy Educating Emerging Leaders at SML The Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy is a 12-month leadership program designed to develop a diversified corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals who will assume leadership roles for Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania county organizations, both public and private, to meet the needs of the future. Class of 2022 Richard Anglin Owner Timber Loving Care Tree Service Joycelyn Bailey Assistant Community Manager Mariners Landing Chasity Barbour Community Programs Director Town of Vinton Kees Craye Operations Manager Lifestyle & Lake Realty Alyssa Eads Brand Ambassador Mariners Landing Heather Falls Insurance Agent American National Insurance Megan Huston Sergeant Franklin County Sheriff's Dept. Baylie Kelley Reservationist Casago SML Heather Kesterson Program Manager of CSA Franklin County James Little Commercial Relationship Manager American National Bank Tracy McCown Senior Director of Nursing Carilion Clinic Miranda Mitchell Drifter's Daniel Pinard Cultural & Economic Development Director Town of Rocky Mount Brandy Rosser Director of General Properties Franklin County Eric Schmidt GIS Coordinator Franklin County Justin Sigmon Major Franklin County Sheriff's Dept. Rachel Wilbourne Graphic Designer Savvy Promos, Inc. Jeff Wood Director of Audience Development LeisureMedia360 About the Leadership Academy Objectives To identify and develop potential and existing leaders in business, government, and the community and to help them better prepare for responsibility in the community. To provide these leaders with a practical, clear and simple understanding of major problems and opportunities facing our community. To facilitate access between emerging leaders and current leadership of the community. To improve the communications network among leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests. To create an avenue for persons of demonstrated commitment to the community to meet and exchange ideas. To stimulate increased participation in and commitment to the community. Mission Statement The Mission of the Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy is to develop local leaders by equipping them with leadership skills, to provide information on community issues so that the community can progress, and to evoke community action based on the presentation of these issues. Overview Each year, participants are selected through an application process. Orientation begins in early January and class days are the first Wednesday of each month with graduation in early December. In its first year, the Chamber will accept 10 participants from a diverse group of local professionals, representing various local industries and entities. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 20. For those selected, the tuition will be $750, which includes orientation, classes, networking mixers and graduation. ACADEMY BROCHURE 2022 Schedule This is a tentative schedule. More details will be distributed to the class at orientation. Most classes will be in session noon-4:30 p.m. Orientation Wednesday, January 5 History & Culture Wednesday, February 2 Regional Leadership Wednesday, March 2 Economic Development Wednesday, April 6 Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality Wednesday, May 4 Health & Human Services/Poverty Awareness Wednesday, June 1 Protective Services Wednesday, July 6 Government Affairs Wednesday, August 3 Education Wednesday, September 7 Agri-Business/Natural Resources Wednesday, October 5 Manufacturing Wednesday, November 2 Graduation Wednesday, December 7 In order to successfully complete the Smith Mountain Lake Leadership Academy program, attendance is expected at all scheduled sessions. Failure to attend all sessions may result in participant's ineligibility to graduate from the program. The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber realizes that unexpected situations may arise that result in participant's inability to attend. In such instances the Chamber’s Education Committee will evaluate the absence on a case-by-case basis.