September 12, 2023

September 11, 2023

[Danville, VA] – The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has accepted 35 participants into this year’s Leadership Southside class.
Leadership Southside is the Dan River Region’s premiere leadership development program for the
business, education, public, and nonprofit sectors.
In its 31st year, Leadership Southside develops participants' leadership skills to strengthen their role
as an individual, professional, and community member. From equipping participants with the
understanding of a leader’s role in developing and communicating a transformative vision for the
future to teaching them how to manage themselves and others effectively through conflict situations,
this program is designed to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership
needs in the region.
The Chamber received 50 submissions during this year’s application period and is excited to
increase the class size from 25 to 35 participants to meet this demand.
“The Chamber provides the most comprehensive leadership program in the region,” said Anne
Moore-Sparks, the Chamber’s President & CEO. “Meeting the need for leadership development in
the region and fostering the growth of leaders who will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the
region is paramount. This program creates a network of exceptional leaders capable of addressing
the current and future leadership requirements of a region that is rapidly growing and changing.”
Listed below are the names and organizations of the Leadership Southside Class of 2024:
Alex Hattwick 2 Witches Winery and Brewing Company
Ashley Smith First National Bank
Beth Shackelford Danville Police Department
Brandyn Smith Danville Fire Department
Cameron Sowers URW Community Federal Credit Union
Charisse Hairston Haven of the Dan River Region
Chris Kidd ValleyStar Credit Union
Crystal Stone Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Drew Bailey Averett University
Emily Fowler Danville Area Training Center
Hosanna Pennell Piedmont Triad Visitor Center
Jaime Muckey Caesars Virginia
Janet Davis Danville Utilities
Johnnie Walker Piedmont Access to Health Services [PATHS]
Josiah Motley River District Consulting Group
Justin Owen Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Kara Taylor Tyson Foods
Katie Aceto Animal Medical Center
Kathy Contratto Danville Family YMCA
Katy Bradshaw Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services
Kim Matthews Pittsylvania County Public Library
Lori Flanigan City of Danville
Lori Owens SOVAH Health
Luvennia Williams Negril
Mary Hammock Farm Credit of the Virginias
Megan Nipper Danville Public Schools
Melanie Kendrick SoVa Legal
Natori Neal Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Noah Parsons ServPro of Danville & Pittsylvania County
Sam Rippe Rippe's
Savannah Lind City of Danville
Shekinah Millner Epic Health Partners
Travis Koger Dewberry
Vera Vaden Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Wayne Peters Danville Community College
Leadership Southside is a ten-month program, typically meeting on the third Tuesday of each month
from August through May. Participants will graduate in May 2024 at the Chamber’s Annual Awards
Dinner.
The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Southside alumni, this year’s participants, and past
and present employers for recognizing the value of leadership development as this community
continues to evolve.
The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce accelerates business growth by connecting
its members to dynamic resources and networks. The Chamber’s number one goal is to help area
businesses of all sizes to grow and prosper.


For more information, contact:
Anne Moore-Sparks
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
150 Slayton Avenue, Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434.836.6990
Email: anne@dpchamber.org