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Supervisors’ Certification Graduates Hold Reunion

On October 23, graduates and current students joined VACo President Steve Bowen and instructors Mike Chandler and Martha Walker for the Certified Supervisors’ Program Virtual Class Reunion. It was a walk down memory lane together, with alumni from the first graduating class in 2006 up to the class of 2020! Seven graduating classes were represented from diverse counties across the Commonwealth!

The VACo Certified Supervisors’ Program examines leadership from five different perspectives that can have an invaluable impact on county leaders. New and seasoned supervisors moving through the program get to know each other, and all participants bring unique contributions to the program’s success.

A theme emerged at the 2020 reunion as students shared their takeaways from the program over the years – Family, Support, Networking, Gratitude. Supervisors from all walks of life and various chapters in their careers say they form bonds with one another in this program, and that a sense of family and a community of support emerges from the experience. They have a common goal, to serve Virginia counties effectively. And they are grateful for each other, and committed to the support that they share, in this effort.

Aetna generously sponsored this gathering! Thank you, Heidi Shafer, Senior Business Consultant, and Marcus Duckworth, VP of Client Management, for joining us! As always, we couldn’t do what we do without you, and we value your support!

And, many thanks to Steve Bowen, Mike Chandler, Martha Walker and our supervisors, for sharing part of your day with us at the virtual reunion! It was a great time because you were there! We can’t wait to see everyone in 2021 for the next reunion at the VACo 87th Annual Conference on November 13-16, 2021 at the Hilton Norfolk The Main! So, please mark your calendars! VACo extends our appreciation to all those who have and continue to contribute to the success of this leadership program!

VACo Contact: Karie Walker

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