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Building Leaders. Growing Community.

Leadership Louisa fosters leadership potential in the local community to ensure positive growth and development of the Louisa County Region.

Leadership Louisa encourages participants to develop the skills and access resources needed to provide the leadership to address community needs.

Leadership Louisa enhances understanding of the complex issues facing the Louisa community through:

  • Educational programs designed to broaden knowledge of the area, and increase awareness of community processes, programs and problems.
  • Exposure to local government, economic, social and political organizations, as well as the local education system, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Introductions to community leaders and local decision makers.

Leadership Louisa will prepare community leaders for positions of responsibility by:

  • Providing leadership skill-building, including self assessments, teamwork, communication, decision-making, & more!
  • Hosting workshops about relevant & unique leadership challenges & demands.
  • Visiting various economic, social & political organizations that provide services and benefits to the community.
  • Acquainting participants with community processes, programs & problems.
  • Developing of a network of new talent for service with public & private commissions & organizations.
  • Creating opportunities to engage newly-obtained skills & knowledge through a comprehensive community service project for a local non-profit.

Apply for the Class of 2024


  • Willingness to commit to attendance
    at six full-day sessions once per month January through June & all work required outside of class.
  • Employed for more than 1 year by current employer & seeking professional growth.
  • A demonstrated capacity for leadership within the individual’s own organization.
  • Sincere concern about the future of our community & commitment to help shape its future.


  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • If selected, $950 ($750 for Chamber members)

Required Schedule

WORKSHOP #1: January 18, 2024
Values Based Leadership & Insights

WORKSHOP #2: February 15, 2024
Receiving and Giving Feedback

WORKSHOP #3: March 21, 2024
Leading by Building Trust

WORKSHOP #4: April 18, 2024
Leading Through Conflict

WORKSHOP #5: May 16, 2024
Leadership & Effective Conversations

WORKSHOP #6: June 20, 2024
Commnity Action Project & Graduation

2024 Planning Committee

Rodney Redd
Program Chair
Louisa County High School


Karen Welch
Honorary Chair
Louisa Arts Center






  • Sarah Brooks, Dominion Energy - North Anna Power Station
  • Rebecca Burtram, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP
  • Cody Clarke, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Jennifer Garrett, Chiles Enterprises, LLC
  • Stephen Judy, Lake Anna Nursery
  • Naomi Luehrmann, Grace Integral, LLC
  • Daphne MacDougall, Shaw MacDougall Realtors at Joyner Fine Properties
  • Liz Nelson, Town of Louisa
  • Ophelia Payne, Louisa County Public Library


  • Kyle Barmoy, Mid Atlantic Watersports
  • Michael Bickel, Bluegreen Vacations
  • Candice Black, Bluegreen Vacations
  • Quiana Bolling, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Breanna Burkhead, Louisa Police Department
  • Jennifer Christian, Louisa Arts Center
  • Nicole Copeland, Louisa Arts Center
  • Philip Gould, Blue Ridge Bank
  • Clifton Gregory, MassMutual
  • Eric Groome, Dominion Energy
  • Doug MacDonald, Mid Atlantic Dock Builders
  • Jon Nafziger, Child Health Partnership
  • Corey Noel, Chiles Enterprise
  • Rodney Redd, Louisa County Public Schools
  • April Thompson, Shenandoah Crossing Resort
  • Emma Wood, Lake Anna Tractor & Hardware
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