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Participants complete the program having gained a deeper understanding of their community and where they can make a positive impact. Many of the key organizations involved in the program engage CLS alumni as thought partners, volunteers, and board members, which strengthens area ties, bolsters growth, and fosters new opportunities within the community.


CLS Alumni come from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:

  • City and County Government
  • Corporate Executives, Sales, Training and Staffing
  • Education, Teaching and Administration
  • Engineering and Land Surveying
  • Government Consulting and Contract Management
  • Healthcare Administration and Consulting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Legal Professionals
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Medical and Dental Professionals
  • Military Leadership and Command
  • Oceanography and Marine Science
  • Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Small Business Owner
  • U.S. Intelligence and Government Agencies


Participants complete the program having gained a deeper understanding of their community and the areas where they can make a positive impact.

Since 2006, a total of 128 individuals have participated in the CLS program, and they have told us it’s the best way to increase their ability to make a difference in the community. Some of our alumni shared where they volunteer:


“Education Foundation Programs and Teaching Awards Committee.”  JL, ‘16

“Historic Jamestown Visitor Center and the Colonial Heritage Foundation.” DW, ‘08

“Williamsburg House of Mercy.” CW, ‘18

"Osher at W&M." RS, '08

“Peninsula Agency on Aging, and Colonial Williamsburg.” TJ, ’08

“Sentara Hospital Concierge Desk.” JW ‘12

“Williamsburg Symphony and the James City County Williamsburg Master Gardener Association” MH, ‘08

“SCORE and VITA.” RB, ‘16


Note: We were unable to hold a class in 2022 due to conflicts arising from the pandemic.

 Class of 2020  Class of 2018

Front Row (left to right): Ed Odachowski, Barbara McFarland, Debbie Gurcsik, Cindy Devore, Dennis Stanzione, Marion Reef, Denise Nugent, Sue Shaver, Susan Carron

Back Row (l eft to right): Larry Perlow, John Cryer, George Entin, Bruce Gurcsik, Larry Sipos, Jim Taverna, Wendell Griffin, Clay McEldowney, Mike Carron

Class Gift: The Class of 2020 Donated $1000 to the Williamsburg House of Mercy and $1000 to the Williamsburg Music Club Scholarship Foundation.  The CLS Operating Committee made a matching donation of $500 to the Williamsburg House of Mercy.

Front Row, kneeling (left to right): Kirk Lubbes, Ralph Abrams

Standing (left to right): Lisa Craft, Tom Klingel, Melinda Morgan, John Morgan,
Scarlett Huang, Dennis Branden, Colleen Woodard, John Tomczyk, Richard Laczynski,
Jo Ann Gora, David Rand, Nancy O’Reardon, Larry Foster, Barb Ramsey, Eloise Branden,
Debbie Abrams

Class Gift:  The Class of 2018 donated $1,000 toward the purchase of a 3D printer for use in the Makerspace program at D.J. Montague Elementary School.

Class of 2016


Class of 2014

Standing (left to right):  Ted Maslin, Peter Stimpson, Gail Miller, Howard Russell, Ron Johnson, Bob Bower, Dan Sherlock, Rick Short, Terry Murphy, Bob Moore, Betty Lambuth, Ann Trumble, Jan Leslie, Mike Bowers, Jack Wagner, Bob Despres

Back row, obscured (left to right):  Roy Hock, Jim O’Reardon

Front Row (left to right): Linda Mandala, Dolores Werszner, Mary Ann Hurley,
Debbie Fitzgerald, Dee May, Joyce Wilson, Louise Runyan, Jan
, Kris Saunders

Back Row (left to right):  John Miller, John Phillips, Bob Joyce, Pat Dugan, Ray Van Cott,
Walt Doran

Not pictured:  Lucy Manning; Richard Thek

Class of 2012

Class of 2010

Front Row (left to right):  Betty Cutts, Linda Eichhorn, Holly Walling, Judith Porter,
Bertie Faber, Frank Sisto

Back Row (left to right):  Bill Holland, Dennis Shea, John Wilson, Jackie Ross,
Jim Burkhardt, Bob Mandela

Not pictured:  Margaret Nelson Fowler

Seated (left to right): Mary Jane Miller, Iola DiIorio, Diane Bender

Standing (left to right): Bronwyn Anderson, Hans Schwartz, Cheri Crane,

Tim Runyan, Richard Eichhorn, Bob Zoglman, Paul Brown, Mark Reardon, Hank Vernon,

Class of 2008 Class of 2006

Front Row (left to right): Ella Bartlett, Bob DiIorio, Clai Bachmann, Eric Shaver, Margene Hartsough, Barbara Hood 

Middle Row (left to right): Jim Smith, Ted Juraschek, Andy Bachmann, Chris Gramling,
Litterest, Anne Grossman

Back Row (left to right): Bruce Landefeld, Virginia Hopkins Jones, Rafael Garcia

Front Row, Seated (left to right): Carol Small, Robert Spencer, Joseph Burkhart, Terry Tyler Sr., Roy Femenella

Middle Row (left to right): Eleanor Wade, Claudia Pearson, Nancy Marsh,
Cutts, Joan Peterson

Back Row (left to right): David Willey, Judith Woods, Raymond Westfall, George Spalthoff,
Robert Blake, Carol

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