About GO Virginia Region 8

Regional Council

Region 8 consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester; and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission serves as Region 8’s leading support organization, with additional support from the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership.  These support organizations collectively provide administrative services and fiduciary oversight for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 8.

Regional Council Members

Council Member Affiliation Sector Represented Committee(s)
Chris Kyle Shentel Large Business Executive (Chair)
Joanie Eiland Elk Trucking, Inc. Small Business Executive
Dr. Kim Blosser Laurel Ridge Community College Higher Education Grant Review
Jon Alger James Madison University Higher Education Nominating
Devon Anders InterChange Group Large Business Grant Review
Emily Marlow Beck Marlow Auto Group Large Business Nominating (Vice Chair)
Janet Clarke Clarke Consulting, LLC. Small Business TBD
Robin Crowder Retired K-12 Superindendent K-12 Education Growth & Diversification
Dr. John Downey Blue Ridge Community College Higher Education Nominating
Ashley Driver AD Engineering Large Business Grant Review
Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons Shenandoah University Higher Education Grant Review (Chair)
Mike Goertzen Serco, Inc. Large Business Grant Review, Growth & Diversification
Conrad Helsley NSVRC Board Regional Planning Entity Nominating
Diar Kaussler Abrahamic House Non-Profit Grant Review
Lai Lee High Meadow Strategies, LLC Small Business Grant Review, Growth & Diversification
Connie Loughhead Des Champ Technologies Small Business Executive, Growth & Diversification, Nominating, Region 8 Representative for GenEdge Advisory Board
Keith May Cottonwood Commercial Large Business Executive
Mary McDermott Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors Non-Profit TBD
Mark Merrill Retired Valley Health System Large Business Executive (Vice Chair),Grant Review, Nominating
Kathy Moore Moore Public Relations Small Business Growth & Diversification
Doug Moyer Sentara RMH Medical Center Non-Profit TBD
Yolanda Shields Yesbuilds Workforce Development Growth & Diversification (Vice Chair)
Jeff Stapel Shickel Corporation Workforce Development Nominating (Chair)
Robin Sullenberger

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