Old Dominion Electric
Kent Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, was elected to serve as chairman of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s board of directors. ODEC is REC’s primary power provider.
The following new officers were elected at ODEC’s annual membership meeting on July 30 in Williamsburg: John C. Lee, president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, as vice chairman; Jeffery S. Edwards, president and CEO of Southside Electric Cooperative, as secretary/treasurer. Each of the officers’ terms will expire in 2022.
ODEC is a member-owned generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to REC and 10 other member electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Information: www.myrec.coop.
Dawn Devine has been named executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester. She will begin her term in mid-August.
She previously served as executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester.
Devine began her career in pediatrics working in inner-city Minneapolis, and lectured on general medicine at various colleges for about a decade, specializing in cognitive development in the perinatal period from pre-birth to about age 5. Her focus has been working to improve family systems during times of crisis. She then served as a college dean opening college satellites throughout the country. She was then invited to project manage and open the first satellite Children’s Museum for the St. Paul Children’s Museum in Rochester. Through the years, she has done exhibit design, curriculum development, and worked as a consultant for various nonprofits in vision creation, strategic planning, team building and budget management.
Dr. Diane Schnoor has been promoted as associate director. She previously served as interim director and lead educator.
The museum is located at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Information: 540-722-2020 or visit www.discoverymuseum.net.
The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will hold a day-long session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Triplett Tech on the Lean Canvas method, which offers a system for entrepreneurs or existing business owners to examine a business idea and improve its chances for long-term growth.
The workshop will be led by Dale Fickett, of RVA Works, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Main Street Program and the Town of Strasburg. Participants will compete for up to $5,000 to start and grow their business. Registration, which is $25, is available at www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/RevUp.
J & L Green Farm
Jordan and Laura Green, of Edinburg, are celebrating their 10th year of full-time farming. They manage several hundred acres of pasture and forest on Swover Creek Road and produce direct to retail, forest raised pork, grass-finished beef and pastured chickens and turkeys.
Their pasture-based farrowing enterprise has pioneered techniques in rediscovering small-scale pastured pig management, which has led them to nationwide recognition for the piglets they produce. Information: 540-333-1468 or www.jlgreenfarm.com.
The Valley Conservation Council has achieved national recognition, joining a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence. VCC has helped protect tens of thousands of acres and countless miles of rivers and streams since 1990.
Valley Conservation Council provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that VCC has responsible governance, exemplifies ethical conduct, is on sound financial footing, and that its lands will be protected forever.
VCC doubled the acreage it stewards in 2018 and received a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help protect the valley’s waterways. A list of accredited land trusts can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn Winchester has completed a renovation and redesign of its 102-room hotel at 120 Wingate Drive. Updates were made to the lobby, Garden Grille & Bar and its full garden banquet space.
Owned and managed by the Aikens Group, Hilton Garden Inn Winchester is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 15 distinct hotel brands.
Lumber Liquidators Flooring Co. will open its first store in Harrisonburg on Sept. 20. The store will offer more than 400 varieties of floors in the latest styles.
The store, located at 1866-A E. Market St., will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/stores.
Larry Weiss has been named the new executive director of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Weiss, who recently retired from the position of market manager for Centennial Broadcasting, owner of area radio stations WINC AM-FM, has spent 43 years as a broadcast executive working alongside nonprofit groups of all sizes. He previously served as a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.
Weiss replaces Debbie Connolly, who recently resigned after serving the foundation for four years.
The foundation, created in 2001, serves Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties and the City of Winchester.
A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity. It enables anyone with philanthropic interests to support the issues they care about immediately or through their will. Donors can establish a charitable fund by contributing a variety of assets and may also recommend grants in their name to nonprofit groups they wish to support. Information: 540-869-6776.
Bob Greenberg, of The Little Gym of Winchester, has returned from attending the franchise’s reunion conference held July 14-17 in Orlando, Florida.
Sessions were held on strategies to increase profitability, drive new enrollments and on enhancing team culture. Fun events throughout the weekend supported The Little Gym Big Hearts philanthropic initiative, with all donations collected going directly to The Muddy Puddles Project, the official charity partner of Peppa Pig dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research.
The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. It is located at 3107 Valley Ave., Suite 102, Winchester. Information: 540-662-0411 or visit www.thelittlegym.com/WinchesterVA.
Blue Ridge Hospice
Richard Kennedy has been named interim president and chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.
In mid-2019, Kennedy left as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to work with various regional nonprofit community organizations. Previously, he served as fiscal manager for Apple Country Head Start shortly after relocating to Virginia from Southern California.
During Kennedy’s career, he has held financial positions ranging from chief financial officer, controller and financial analyst in various industries such as computer manufacturing, banking, retail, transportation and staffing.
Blue Ridge Hospice is a community, not-for-profit health care organization that has been providing hospice care to patients in the Northern Shenandoah Valley since 1979. Information: 540-313-9200 or visit www.BRHospice.org.