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Leadership Lewis

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A journey of leadership, learning, networking, and skill-building to move Lewis County forward

Cohort 2 (Class of 2025) Applications Are Open

September 2024 - May 2025

Be part of the new tradition of leadership development in Central West Virginia.

About the Leadership Lewis Program

Leadership Lewis is a nine-month intensive leadership development program designed to build knowledge, capacity, and commitment to leadership in Lewis County and the Central West Virginia region. Participants engage in face-to-face discussions with experts and key decision-makers in areas of vital concern to Lewis County. The program begins in September with an orientation session, then once-per-month sessions throughout Lewis County (typically held during the second week of each month), and closes with a celebration dinner and graduation in May. Sessions typically include a full day commitment and an occasional evening commitment.

The Class of 2024 Cohort

Sherry Cogar
Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

James Connor

Keely Cunningham
Hope Gas

André D’Amour
Stonewall Resort

Amanda Fortney
Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

Kate Garton
Landmark Land & Resource Group

Thom Haller
Central WV HEART House

Tina Helmick
Lewis County Commission

Alexis Montagna
Citizens Bank of Weston

Eric Sherrard
The Thrasher Group, Inc.

Lesley Slaughter
Lewis County Family Resource Network

Keith Talbert, Jr.
Lewis-Gilmer E-911

Leadership Lewis is Proud to Partner with These Companies in Our Mission to Develop Local Leaders:


Citizens Bank of Weston

Community Care of West Virginia

Doss Enterprises


Glenville State University

Hope Gas

Landmark Land & Resource Group

Lewis County Economic Development Authority

Mon Health Foundation

SLS Land & Energy Development

Stonewall Resort

Unlimited Energy Services

Waco Oil & Gas

2023-24 Session Dates

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 - ORIENTATION
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - BANKING & HOUSING
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - HEALTHCARE
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - ENERGY
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 - EDUCATION & WORKFORCE
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNMENT
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - SOCIAL SECTOR & GRADUATION

Our Mission

The mission of Leadership Lewis is to identify, develop, and sustain community leaders. The program aims to develop and enhance personal leadership skills, provide knowledge enrichment of Lewis County and to develop and cultivate leadership involvement throughout our region.

The cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to our county’s and state’s future prosperity and progress. Leadership Lewis seeks to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new commitment of purpose, enthusiasm, and vitality throughout the county.

The Benefit to Employers

Leadership development combined with community engagement – simply put – is good for business. The Leadership Lewis program can benefit organizations of all sizes and their employees by promoting more active civic engagement, facilitating stronger business and personal networks. Businesses that support participation in Leadership Lewis are seen as workplaces invested in their community and the development of their people which drives talent recruitment as well as employee retention.


Developing Our Workforce

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce understands the importance of recruiting, supporting, and retaining talent – particularly young talent – in our area and across West Virginia. Leadership Lewis provides the Chamber and the business community with an ability to identify talent in the Lewis County area and provide them with resources that create stronger leaders and more well-informed citizens.

Leadership Lewis Founding Committee

Kevin Stalnaker, Mon Health SJMH

Adam Gissy, SLS Land & Energy Development

Alissa Lambert,

Chris Richards, Lewis County CVB

Jeff Jenkins, Community Care of WV

Robin Poling, Stonewall Resort

Shannon Cunningham-Snead, Central WV Community Action

Tracey Queen-Young, Citizen's Bank of Weston

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