2023-2024 Virginia Banking Fellows
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Congratulations on being selected as a Virginia Banking Fellow. The VBA Education Foundation is excited to partner with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) for the second year of this program. We are looking forward to working with you over the coming months.

On this page, you will find all of the information you need to know during the program. 

Bank Sponsor Information

Thank you to the following Virginia banks for being sponsors of this year’s program. 

Virginia Banking Fellows Sponsored by the VBA Education Foundation  College

Sharon Deaton

Piedmont Virginia

Abilio Gamez


Justine Lockhart

Mountain Empire

Barry Pitts

Laurel Ridge

Abigail Sindelar


Carlos Umanzor

Northern Virginia
Bank Sponsored Virginia Banking Fellows Bank Sponsor College

Clara Melendez

The Bank of Clarke Foundation

Laurel Ridge

Brooke Loughry

First Bank, Virginia Laurel Ridge

Tyler Jones

Blue Ridge Bank Blue Ridge

Teunshea Morris

Atlantic Union Bank Reynolds

Karen Gomez

Chesapeake Bank Reynolds

Shonnell Rassier

TowneBank Tidewater

Roger Hubbard

American National Bank & Trust Co. Danville

VFCCE Fellows Program General Information & Important Dates

The Virginia Banking Fellows Program is part of the overall VFCCE Fellows Program. Virginia Banking Fellows will have access to the following opportunities through the VFCCE Fellows Program*:

  • Program Orientation – September 14-15, Omni Richmond Hotel
  • Leadership Discussion, featuring VCCS Chancellor Dr. David Doré and VBA President & CEO Bruce Whitehurst – November 3 at 11:30 a.m.
  • VCCS Student Leadership Conference – November 10-12, The Hotel Roanoke
  • 1st Community Service Report Due – December 4, 2023
  • Winter Program: Annual Legislative Event & Reception – January 23-24, 2024, Richmond
  • Virtual Session – Spring 2024
  • 2nd Community Service Report Due – April 22, 2024
  • Spring Leadership Finale – May 2024, Richmond

*More details about these events will be available later this year. Specific programs are subject to change.

VBA Sponsored Events

Virginia Banking Fellows will also be invited to attend the following VBA events* from September 2023 to May 2024 as a way to learn more about the industry and the career opportunities in banking.

Attendance at all of these events is completely optional! Fellows will hear from the VBA and/or their bank sponsor during the year with more information about the opportunities below and more information on how to register to attend. 

Click on the events below to learn more! Specific event details will be added as they become available. 

  • VBA State Legislative Meetings – Fall 2023
    • Richmond – 9/20
    • Danville – 9/25
    • Abingdon – 10/4
    • Harrisonburg – 10/5
    • Northern VA (McLean) – 10/13
  • VBA Leadership Conference - November 16-17, 2023, Staunton
  • Women in Banking Conference - November 30, 2023, Richmond
  • VBA Connect/Protect Experience - March 11-13, 2024, Williamsburg
  • VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program – March 2024
  • VBA Internship Program - June-August 2024

*Event details are subject to change.

ABA Course Information

As part of the Virginia Banking Fellows Program, Fellows will have the opportunity to take online training through the American Bankers Association (ABA). There are a variety of self-paced course options for different function areas of banking as well as general industry training. 

2024 ABA Course Options

Fellows will select a course to take in the spring of 2024. More information will be sent to Fellows later this fall about registering for these courses. 

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