Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Regional Leadership Program Welcomes 29 Participants

Charleston, West Virginia – The Charleston Area Alliance is excited to announce the participants of the Leadership Kanawha Valley Class of 2022-23. Program participants include 29 professionals from around the Kanawha Valley. Throughout the eight-month program, the class will meet monthly to hear from guest speakers, attend exclusive tours throughout the region, and discuss community challenges and initiatives.

For over 19 years, the Alliance has offered this highly sought-after professional development opportunity and more than 400 individuals have joined the Leadership Kanawha Valley alumni network. Through community immersion and interactions with diverse leaders, Leadership Kanawha Valley cultivates leaders and ignites the advancement of the region. The following individuals are participating in the 2022-23 program:

  • Kayla Addison                  City National Bank                                                                                 
  • Luke Aliff                          Appalachian Power/AEP                                                                
  • Christopher Ansell           Frost Brown Todd
  • Ryan Boustany                 The Thrasher  Group Inc.                                                    
  • Dana Bryant                     Volunteer West Virginia
  • Leslie Carpenter               Appalachian Power/AEP                                                                
  • Leah Dunmyer                 Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia
  • Tamerra Gilmore              CAMC Foundation
  • Leah Glover                      LamDen Consulting LLC
  • Sarah Henderson             Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC          
  • Emily Hensley                  HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc.
  • Roseshalla Holmes           Four Points by Sheraton                                                                       
  • Jeff Hornyak                     American Red Cross – WV Region
  • Shea James                       West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Danny Johnson                 Belle Chemical Company
  • Bethany Kinder                 Dow
  • Joey Kutz                           Silling Architects                                                     
  • Jiro Masuko                       Kureha PGA, LLC                                                                                    
  • Sam McKown                    United Bank
  • Marissa Nortz                    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC                                                                              
  • Rekko Patton                     Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau                                                          
  • Kenya Perry                        City National Bank                                                                                  
  • Michael Raymo                 West Virginia American Water                                                                       
  • Michael Snyder                 AssuredPartners of WV, LLC
  • Derek Vance                      The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation                                       
  • Samuel Wilkes                   The Thrasher Group Inc.                                                    
  • Anduwyn Williams           West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Jessica Woods                   Thomas Health
  • Mark Wright                       Belle Chemical Company

“We continue to be impressed with the commitment that our Leadership Kanawha Valley classes show to their community and to their own growth,” said Susie Salisbury, VP of Community Development for the Alliance. “We’re grateful to these leaders and their employers for being a part of this program.”

Leadership Kanawha Valley has exposed emerging and existing community leaders to the issues that face our region while challenging and engaging participants to strengthen the community through service and leadership. The Charleston Area Alliance would like to thank Thomas Health, an affiliate of WVU Medicine, and United Bank for their continued support of Leadership Kanawha Valley. For questions about the Leadership program, please contact Susie Salisbury at

The Charleston Area Alliance is a multi-faceted economic, business and community development organization as well as the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia. The Alliance attracts and retains innovative industries and workforce, revitalizes urban spaces and improves Charleston, West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley through a unified mission and strategic goals. Learn more about Alliance programs and events at