OUR STAFF

Jay A. Langston, Ph.D.
Executive Director

(540) 421-6461  |  email  Jay


Jay A. Langston, Ph.D., has over 30 years of extensive experience in economic and business development, strengthening community engagement, and developing entrepreneurial initiatives. Jay joined SVP in December 2018 where he leads efforts to expand and relocate business to the Shenandoah Valley region. Most recently serving as the Managing Director of Business Retention and Expansion at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Jay also served as Senior Business Manager/Senior Advisor in Competitive Initiatives and Senior Research Manager. Prior to working at VEDP, Jay was the Executive Director of Virginia’s Gateway Region, a regional economic development organization, and Senior Business Development Representative for Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development. Jay received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also received accreditation from the Virginia Executive Institute and National Center for Economic Gardening and received the 2010 Virginia Economic Developers Association’s Cardinal Award, the highest award for economic development leadership, career accomplishment and service.

Jen Weaver
Administrative Manager

(540) 568-3100  |  email  Jen


Jen Weaver is the Administrative Manager for the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. Jen is a native of Augusta County and graduated from Bridgewater College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. She brings to SVP over 25 years of office experience, primarily with small construction and telecommunications companies. Having lived and worked in Baltimore for nine years, it was Jen's love of the Shenandoah Valley that eventually brought her back to this area. Jen supports critical functions and her strong administrative and accounting background are instrumental in SVP's success.

Olivia Wright
Business Development Manager

(540) 394-8001  |  email  Olivia


Olivia Wright is the Business Development Manager for SVP. In her role, she works in business recruitment and lead generation, and serves as a liaison between member localities and the business community. Olivia brings experience in project and program management, and most recently served as the Housing Program Manager for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission. Additionally, Olivia worked with UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies, where she conducted manufacturing research. She is passionate about the intersection between regional economic growth and improving quality of life in the Valley. Olivia received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bekka Harsh
Marketing and Communications Manager

(540) 568-3106  |  email  Bekka


Bekka Harsh, SVP's Marketing and Communications manager, coordinates and oversees marketing, communications and branding strategies that promote the mission of SVP. Bekka has more than 15 years marketing and communications experience in both the non-profit and for profit sectors. Her past roles includes Marketing and Communications director at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and marketing director for a commercial real estate firm in Charlotte, NC. Bekka is a native of the Valley and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from James Madison University. She is on the Board of Directors for Explore More Discovery Museum and serves as a member of the Shenandoah Valley Community Air Service Task Force and the Virginia Business Roundtable for Early Education.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership Board of Directors guides the organization in fulfilling its mission to facilitate regional and local economic development efforts through and in support of member jurisdictions, private partners and strategic alliances.

Locality
  • Ms. Pam Carter Board of Supervisors, County of Augusta
  • Mr. James M. Halasz City Manager, City of Lexington
  • Mr. Greg Hitchin Economic Development Director, City of Waynesboro
  • Mr. Robin Sullenberger Economic Development Authority, County of Highland
  • Mr. Casey Armstrong Assistant County Administrator, County of Rockingham
  • Mr. Peirce Macgill Assistant Director of Economic Development, City of Harrisonburg
  • Ms. Jenna French Director of Tourism & Economic Development, County of Shenandoah
  • Ms. Brandy Flint Director of Economic Development, County of Rockbridge
  • Mr. Mike Bender Economic Development Director, County of Bath
  • Mr. Jason Tyree  City Manager, City of Buena Vista
  • Mr. Mark Stroupe Board of Supervisors, County of Page
  • Ms. Amanda Dimeo Economic Development Specialist
Non-Locality
  • Mr. Chris Ellis Middle Market Banking, Truist
  • Mr. Brad Cornelius CEO, Farm Credit of the Virginias
  • Mr. Lucas Cade Economic Development Manager, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Mr. Keith May Owner, Cottonwood Commercial Realty
  • Mr. Greg Godsey Commercial Market Executive, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Ms. Lisa Botkin Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Airport
  • Ms. Mary Mannix President & CEO, Augusta Health
  • Mr. Chris Weaver President & CEO, Lantz Construction Company
  • Mr. Charles Hendricks Principal, The Gaines Group
  • Mr. Andy Vanhook Imaginative Producer, Appeal Production
Partners
  • Ms. Bonnie Riedesel Executive Director, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
  • Dr. Nicholas Swartz Dean, JMU School of Professional & Continuing Education
Executive Committee
  • Mr. Charles Hendricks, Chair Principal, The Gaines Group Architects
  • Mr. Andy Vanhook, Vice Chair Imaginative Producer, Appeal Production
  • Mr. Greg Godsey, Secretary/Treasurer Commercial Market Executive, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Ms. Amanda DiMeo, City Economic Development Designee Economic Development Specialist, City of Staunton
  • Ms. Brandy Flint, County Economic Development Designee Director of Economic Development, Rockbridge County
  • Mr. Keith May, Past Chair Owner, Cottonwood Commercial Realty
  • Dr. Nicholas Swartz, James Madison University Representative Dean, JMU School of Professional & Continuing Education
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