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May
17
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Bennie Herron, Class of 2016
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Bennie Herron, LPW Class of 2016 

Fairfax County Department of Family Service
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Bennie Herron, Father Engagement Specialist,

Fairfax County Dept. of Social Services

 

Tell us a little about your job:

I am a Father Engagement Specialist III. I organize and teach Dads Parenting Groups for fathers. I assist practitioners and community partners on best practices around engaging men and fathers.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

I recently published my third poetry collection titled, “Music Made Me (Us) Do This.” I also sit on the board of directors with Words Beats and Life, a non-profit organization that uses Hip Hop and arts to empower and strengthen the youth and communities.

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

The team-building activities. They challenged me in a healthy way.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

I have a new confidence about myself. I feel like I can connect with people more effectively.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

It means that you are always willing to learn and take risk.

 

Any final thoughts?

LPW is Awesome!

Apr
15
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Cydny Neville, Class of 2013
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Cydny A. Neville, MAEd, LPW Class of 2013 (Lean, Mean 2013)

Member, Dumfries Town Council ~ 7th Grade English Teacher ~ Entrepreneur

Cydny Neville, Member, Dumfries Town Council & English Teacher

 

Tell us a little about what you do:

As a Councilwoman, my duties include: creating policies, setting tax rates, approving the annual budget and enacting ordinances to carry out those policies. To date, I’ve championed the following policies that were approved with support of the Council:

  • Updating the Town’s nondiscrimination policy to include protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation;
  • Moving the Town’s Election Day from May to November;
  • Making the November Election Day a holiday for Town Staff;
  • Co-championing the Town’s resolution regarding Coal Ash;
  • Championing a means for Town PD to work with PWC PD, to better serve citizens with disabilities;
  • Championing a Business Resolution, to support existing Town business, and help those interested in starting a business in Town, to navigate the process!

As a teacher, I facilitate lessons to help my students master the 7th grade Standards of Learning.  I also take great pride in shaping the minds of the leaders of tomorrow!  I whole-heartedly believe my students have the potential to be, and achieve, whatever they wish in life.  I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach the next president, next Forbes business owner, next Oprah, the next Poet Laureate, and future <insert title here>!

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Well, when I was participating in LPW, I was the Director of Community Services for the Town of Dumfries.  I now have been elected by the citizens of the Town, to represent them on the Town Council. I’ve also become an empty-nester, and strive daily to be the best empty-nester I can be, and find someone to bring my trashcan around on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! LOL!  I’m truly blessed!

 

What is your favorite LPW memory?

This is a difficult question, because there were many favorite LPW memories.  I developed relationships with amazing leaders in Prince William through my class – truly the “leanest, meanest of them all!” I enjoyed the human services session, and helped lead my team to victory by finding a very frugal lunch for team #FlowerPower (I think that was our name), with $5. I also enjoyed our session with Parks and Recreation, where we provided insight on a park design.  Collaborating to volunteer at SERVE after graduation was always awesome! However, the greatest impact has been the bonds that last beyond graduation.

 

How has Leadership Prince William helped you get to where you are today?

I applied to LPW, because…let’s be frank, I’m a little nosey.  I viewed the program as one that would truly help me learn and understand the inner workings or Prince William County, and how all of the moving pieces interacted in order to establish and maintain the wonderful community in which we all live, work, and play.  Leadership Prince William definitely did that and more!

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is being brave enough to act upon something that is much greater than yourself, to: guide, direct, impact, inspire, motivate, and/or create something for the greater good of others-despite adversity.  Leadership is the state of being absolutely FEARLESS in your pursuit of a purpose; a vision that a higher power has emblazened on your heart.  Leadership is selfless; its rewards have no monetary value, but  those who authentically possess it are spiritually wealthy.  Leadership is also being brave enough to “move” alone, with confidence that others will eventually follow.  #OwnYourPOWER

 

Any final thoughts?

I’d like to share that I managed to get a bill, “Jo’s Law” (HB2474) passed that will be a blessing to many in the Commonwealth. I’m eternally grateful to those who made the magic happen by contacting their representatives, and to my delegate, his team, co-patrons, and all state representatives for passing it unanimously.

Thank you, LPW, for making me the April Spotlight!

Mar
27
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Leadership Prince William Seeks Applicants for Class of 2020, this Year with New Scholarship Program
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Press Release

Date:  March 27, 2019

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director

Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org 571-765-7568

 

Leadership Prince William Seeks Applicants for Class of 2020, this Year with New Scholarship Program

 

Manassas, VA-  Leadership Prince William (LPW) is pleased to announce that they have received a grant from Potomac Health Foundation which enables them to offer up to five full or ten partial scholarships for their Signature Program Class of 2020. Those eligible for these scholarships will be people of color who live or work in one of the thirteen zipcodes serviced by Potomac Health Foundation. Scholarship recipients must also apply for and be accepted to Leadership Prince William’s Signature Program.

From their first class in 2008 to today, the strength of Leadership Prince William’s adult program has been rooted in participation representing all aspects of the greater Prince William community–various professions, industries, ages, demographics, neighborhoods, experiences and skills.  Their alumni run small businesses, work in the technology sector, the arts, education, health care, government, human services, public safety and more. In order to be eligible to participate in the Class of 2020, candidates for the Leadership Prince William Signature Program must have lived or worked in Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park for at least one year by September 1, 2019.

The Leadership Prince William Signature Program exposes emerging and established community leaders to the many facets of Prince William County and Greater Manassas, from History and Government to Health and Human Services. It can be a life-changing experience for many; allowing participants to look behind the scenes at how their community functions. At the same time, class members are discovering their own strengths and how their leadership may be needed in their workplace and beyond.

Says Leadership Prince William Executive Director Andrea Money, “Through this new scholarship program we are enabled to more actively pursue program participants and graduates who espouse diverse perspectives; crucial to ensuring that the leadership in the local business, government and not-for-profit communities accurately reflects and celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity of the people in the greater Prince William community. We have been a majority minority community since 2010.”

 Applicants for the scholarship funds must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are a person of color (May include the following: mixed race, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latin American, etc.);
  • You live or work in the Potomac Health Foundation service area (represented by the following zip codes: 22125, 22079, 22191, 22026, 22135, 22554, 22556, 22134, 22172, 22025, 22193, 22192, 20112)

Selection for these scholarships is contingent upon selection as a member of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2020. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for those who do not meet these criteria. 

Applications for both the Leadership Prince William Signature Program and the Scholarship for Persons of Color became available on January 31, 2019 and will close June 28, 2019. Applications are available online at leadershipprincewilliam.org. For more information on the program and scholarships, call Leadership Prince William at 571-765-7568.

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About Leadership Prince William:
Leadership Prince William is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals, organizations and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership. Our 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!

 

May
29
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John & Ernestine Jenkins to Receive Vision Award
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Press Release

Contact: Andrea Short, Leadership Prince William

Phone: 571-765-7568 // Email: andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org

 

May 29, 2018

Leadership Prince William to Recognize The Honorable John & Ernestine Jenkins

 

Prince William, VA- On June 22, Leadership Prince William (LPW) will recognize the Honorable John D. and Ernestine Jenkins with LPW’s highest honor, theVision Award. This award will be presented during the organization’s annual Evening of Excellence Gala.

According to Executive Director Andrea Short, “The Vision Award honors an individual — in this case a pair of individuals — who live or work in Prince William County, the City of Manassas or the City of Manassas Park. The recognition is for innovative, strategic or bold leadership that has had a positive impact on a significant portion of our community.” She went on to note that the magnitude and scope of the impact are primary criteria for the award, making the long-serving County Supervisor and his dynamic wife an ideal choice.

Supervisor John Jenkins, Neabsco District

The Jenkins’ will join these past winners: Retired Didlake CEO, Rex Parr; the late Senator Charles J. Colgan; Youth for Tomorrow CEO, Dr. Gary Jones, and Todos Supermarkets Founder, Carlos Castro. 

Mary Colgan Finnigan, the Chair of LPW’s Board of Regents, added, “Together John and Ernestine Jenkins have crafted a lifetime of service to their country, their family and their local community. They embody a vision of tireless service and set an example for all to see what leadership means; igniting and inspiring everyone in their presence to join them in bettering our community.”

Neabsco Supervisor John D. Jenkins and his wife Ernestine moved their family to Dale City in 1973, where they still reside today. Together they have raised a large family while continuing to lead this community.

John was a two-tour Vietnam Veteran, who earned the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. He then worked in the Fairfax County Public School System until his retirement in 2003.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins have been active in community affairs in Dale City since 1973.  Together, while raising their children, they have served in the Dale City Little League, the Dale City Sports Club, the Boy Scouts of America,the Dale City Civic Association, the Gar-Field Senior High School Athletic Boosters Club and several veterans’ organizations including Dale City VFW Post 1503.

Mrs. Ernestine Jenkins

 

In 1982, Jim McCoart resigned from the Board of Supervisors and endorsed John Jenkins for the vacant Neabsco Supervisor’s seat.  Mr. Jenkins was appointed by the Board of County Supervisors to fill the vacancy in October of that year.  Supervisor Jenkins has served eight consecutive, four-year terms, making him the most senior member of the Board of County Supervisors in length of service and the longest serving Supervisor in the history of Prince William County, twice serving as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, twice as State President of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, once as State President of the Virginia Association of Counties, and twice as Chairman of the Virginia Railway Express Operations board. Governor Mark Warner appointed Mr. Jenkins to serve as a member of the Virginia Geographical Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board in 2002.  He was reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. In addition, Supervisor Jenkins has served on numerous boards and steering committees:the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties, and the National Association of Counties; he also represented the County on the Quantico Marine Corps and Fort Belvoir Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) advisory committees.  He currently serves as a member of the Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board, the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board, and is past Chairman of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

During their active-duty military career Ernestine, affectionately known as Ernie by her husband and all her know her well, was active in many NCO and Officer Wives’ clubs. She became widely known in army circles for her social activities and service in leadership positions for programs and activities relating to the support and welfare of army troops wherever they served.She currently serves(and has for many years) as Chairman of the Dale City 4th of July Parade Committee; Chairman of the Dale City Civic Association Awards Banquet Committee; Education Co-Chairman of the Bel Air Woman’s Club; life member of American Legion Post 364 Ladies Auxiliary; Vice Chairman and Board of Directors member for Project Mend-A-House; and member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.  She enjoys working as a youth mentor, a proponent of literacy campaigns,a community activist, and preparing and serving meals at the River Run Senior Home in her community.

Ernie’s service has not gone unnoticed. She received the Prince William County Human Rights Community Service Award in 2003; the Catherine Spellane Dale City Civic Association Citizen of the Year Award in 1993; and the Dale City Civic Association’s Life Time Volunteer Achievement Award in 2005.

The public is invited to join with Leadership Prince William in celebrating the contributions of John and Ernestine Jenkins. Tickets for the Evening of Excellence are available for purchase online at leadershipprincewilliam.org or by calling 571-765-7568. 

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Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.

Sep
25
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Leadership Prince William Announces Class of 2018
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Leadership Prince William Announces Class of 2018

 

(9/25/2017 – Manassas, VA) Leadership Prince William is pleased to announce the Class of 2018, the program’s 11th adult class. The Class of 2018 is comprised of 38 leaders from the business, public and non-profit sectors of the Greater Prince William Area.  The class members will spend the next 10 months learning about local issues and opportunities, enhancing their personal and professional leadership skills, and connecting with other community leaders.

As Leadership Prince William celebrates its 11th anniversary, the Class of 2018 will join Leadership Prince William’s alumni of more than 330 engaged leaders representing all areas of our community. Program topics include History & Government; Economic Development & Tourism; Open Space & Environment; Public Safety; Education; Arts & Culture; Health & Human Services; Communications and more. The Class of 2018 will also complete a community service project in the Greater Prince William Area.

Aditya Ashoka
BAE Systems

Greg Ballard
Greg Ballard Coaching

Vicky Castro
Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action

Dan Cook
Prince William County Office of Tourism

Tony Dawood
City of Manassas

Jennifer Decker
Hampton Inn Manassas

Silke Duke
ImagiNation Learning Center

Ana Escamilla
Todos, Inc.

Matthew Esmacher
Washington Gas

Candy Fenn
Federal Housing Finance Agency

Amanda Gannon
Lake Manassas Health and Rehabilitation Center

Colby Grant
George Mason University

Rod Hall
K&L Gates, LLP

Chris Hehr
Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Vol. Fire Department

Rosani Hernandez
New York Life

Lexi Jewell
Compton & Duling, L.C.

Paul R. Jones
FirstLight Home Care of Woodbridge

Katy Keegan
Manassas City Public Schools

Peggy Kimmey
Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Brian Larkin
Manassas City Police

Susan McNamara
Manassas City Public Schools

Brian Misner
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue

Brandy Moss
Matthew’s Center

Jarad L. Phelps
Prince William County Police Department

Florence Pullo
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Madelyn Ramos
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)

Vishnu Ravula
Micron Technology

Eric Reeves
Leidos

Jane Reynolds
Law Offices of J.M. Reynolds, PLLC

Bob Schneider
OmniRide

Briana Sewell
Office of Congressman Gerald E. Connolly

Olaun Simmons
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Ann Slebodnik
Matthew’s Center

Alison Thimblin
Northern Virginia Community College

Amanda L. Thompson
Prince William County Sheriff’s Office

Aaron Tolson
R&K Cyber Solutions, LLC

Jeanne Underwood
Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

John Windley
Prince William County Schools

 

Leadership Prince William is an independent 501(c) 3 organization. Its alumni include CEOs, entrepreneurs, elected officials, directors, vice presidents, veterans and dozens of community leaders who shape the communities of Prince William County, City of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Our mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. To learn more, contact Sarah Poole at 571-765-7590, visit www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org or email Sarah@LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org.

 

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Sep
17
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Leadership Prince William Announces Class of 2017
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Leadership Prince William is pleased to announce the Class of 2017, the program’s 10th adult class. The Class of 2017 is comprised of 37 leaders from the business, public and non-profit sectors of the Greater Prince William Area.  The class members will spend the next 10 months learning about local issues and opportunities, enhancing their personal and professional leadership skills, and connecting with other community leaders.

As Leadership Prince William celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Class of 2017 will join Leadership Prince William’s alumni of more than 290 key decision makers representing all areas of our community. Program topics include History & Government; Economic Development & Tourism; Open Space & Environment; Public Safety; Education; Arts & Culture; Health & Human Services; Communications and more. The Class of 2017 will also complete a community service project in the Greater Prince William Area.


 

  • Dave Beavers
    Prince William County Schools
  • Kim Buckheit
    Manassas City Public Schools
  • James Carr
    Prince William County Police Department
  • Tina Coates
    Tina M. Coates, CPA
  • Jennifer Decker
    Hylton Perfoming Arts Center
  • Christine DiModica
    Prince William County Schools
  • Dan Durham
    Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Bryan Foster
    City of Manassas
  • Ryan Gandy
    City of Manassas Park
  • Kelly Goff
    WineShop at Home
  • Yvonne Grieve
    BAE Systems
  • Emily Guerrero
    Imagine, Inc.
  • Willie Hardeman
    Prince William County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crishna Hill
    Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Melodie Hogan
    Youth For Tomorrow
  • Bebe Holt
    NH UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
  • Evette Hyder-Davis
    Northern Virginia Community College
  • Kathie Johnson
    Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Thomas Joseph
    Micron Technology Virginia
  • Kayne Karnbach
    Benedictine Sisters of Virginia
  • Annemarie Landry
    Woodbridge HUGS
  • Steve Liga
    Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)
  • Molly Lynch
    Northern Virginia Community College
  • Joanne Mann
    Battlefield Wealth Planning/Ameriprise Financial
  • Lisa McAllister
    PHI Air Medical LLC
  • Neda Mcguire
    Aging Matters
  • Stephanie Morbeto
    City of Manassas Police Department
  • Ross Osborne
    RTO Consultng, LLC
  • Sean Porter
    Loveless Porter Architects
  • Dan Radtke
    REMAX Gateway
  • Stephanie Rogers
    24/7 Bail Bonds LLC
  • Jason Shriner
    City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Nicole Smith
    City of Manassas
  • Carla Spinelli-Moraski
    Kaiser Permanente
  • Bill Wides
    The Manassas Law Group, P.C.
  • Mike Wooten
    District of Columbia Government
  • Mark Yingling
    MP Copiers, Inc.

 

Mar
29
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Apply Now for Summer Youth Academy
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We are now accepting applications for the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy!
July 11-22, 2016
Host: Leadership Prince William
Location: Youth For Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Drive, Bristow,VA
Time: Drop-off 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Pick-up 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Academy Participants are rising 6th through 9th graders; Leaders In Training are rising 10th through 12th graders.

Download LPW Youth Academy Flier 2016 here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis until June 10, 2016 or when the Academy is full.

Click here to apply for the Summer Youth Academy (rising 6th thru 9th graders)
Click here to apply as a Leader in Training (rising 10th thru 12th graders)
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7
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June 10 – Deadline for Applications
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June 10, 2016 is the deadline for applications for Leadership Prince William’s Signature Programs:

  • Summer Youth Academy CLICK HERE to learn more and apply!
  • 2016-17 Adult Program Click here to learn more and apply!
Jun
15
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LPW’s First Annual Evening Of Excellence
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Rex Parr, CEO of Didlake Inc., received the 2014 Leadership Prince William Vision Award.

Rex Parr, CEO of Didlake Inc., received the 2014 Leadership Prince William Vision Award.

Celebrates Nominees and Winners of 2014 Leadership Awards
Photos by RedBlack Photography/Chris Lehto
Kathy Ellington Leadership Award honors a Leadership Prince William alumnus who has used their leadership, skills and talents to accomplish something notable that has positively affected Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park.

The 2014 Winner of the Kathy Ellington Award is Molly Grove of George Mason University. Molly has served our community in many capacities, including Programs Director for Leadership Prince William, Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William and Chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
Other nominees were:
Rebecca Barnes, Prince William Living Magazine, Leadership Prince William Class of 2008
Sharon Henry, Prince William County Schools, SPARK, Class of 2010
Debbie Jones, Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2010
Denise McPhail, Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC), Class of 2013
Earnie Porta, Mayor, Town of Occoquan, Class of 2009

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May
13
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Leadership Prince William Announces Hiring of New Executive Director
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Board of Regents Chairman Bennett C. Whitlock announced Thursday that Leadership Prince William had hired Kathy Bentz as the organization’s new executive director.

Bentz said she is excited to start working in her new position.

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’m a graduate of the program. I have a personal interest in it, and I feel like it’s really a program that gives back to the community,” Bentz said.

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