HARRISONBURG — The panel charged with selecting the winners of the 2013 Daily News-Record Leadership Awards is set and ready to get to work.
Education, business and community leaders from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have been named to the committee.
The DN-R Leadership Awards are given annually to one senior from each of the public high schools in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The winners will receive $10,000 each. Harrisonburg, Turner Ashby, Spotswood, Broadway and East Rockingham high schools have nominated four students each for the award, which was established in 1955 by former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr.
Byrd was publisher of the Daily News-Record from 1941 until 2001, when his son, Thomas T. Byrd, succeeded him.
The awards committee will review the 20 applications and interview the students before selecting a winner from each school.
The panel selects the students who “best exemplify a combination of excellence of character, qualities of leadership and devotion to duty,” according to a description of the award. Winners will be announced at school assemblies later this year.
While the students are encouraged to use the money to further their education or get a head start on their career, there are no restrictions on how they may spend it.
After this year, nearly $675,000 will have been awarded.
Last month, the DN-R announced that Frank Tamberrino, president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, would serve as chairman of this year’s Leadership Awards committee. Committee members are selected by Peter S. Yates, editor and general manager of the DN-R.
The following six people have been named to the panel and will join Tamberrino in selecting the winners.
Richard Baugh has been an attorney with Harrisonburg firm Hoover Penrod since 1994. He serves on the Harrisonburg City Council and was the city’s mayor in 2011 and 2012.
Baugh’s work in the community includes serving as a deacon and moderator at Harrisonburg Baptist Church, former president of the Harrisonburg Lions Club and former president of the Harrisonburg Bar Association.
Cory Davies recently became executive director of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation after working there for five years
Davies has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at JMU and as an outreach coordinator for the Collins Center.
His work in the community includes serving as a member of the board of directors of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors for the Rockingham County Rotary Club.
Kim Haines is director of development for the Massanutten Regional Library system.
She serves as secretary of the board of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Haines previously worked at the RMH Foundation and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic.
Donna Harper became vice president for access and enrollment management at JMU in October and has been working for the university since 1977.
A JMU alumna, Harper is president of both the Rockingham Educational Foundation and Shenandoah Valley chapter of the Duke Club.
Her work in the community also includes serving on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Task Force.
J. Douglas Light
Doug Light is an associate vice president and investment officer of Graves-Light Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.
He is a past chairman of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission, on which he continues to serve, and is also a member of the James Madison University College of Visual and Performing Arts Executive Advisory Council.
His work in the community also includes serving as treasurer on the boards of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County chapter of the American Red Cross and the Arts Council of the Valley.
Susanne F. Myers
Susanne F. Myers has been vice president and general manager of VerStandig Broadcasting since 1992.
Myers has had roles in several professional organizations, including stints as president of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Her work in the community includes serving on the boards of the United Way, RMH Foundation and the Harrisonburg Educational Foundation.