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SVTC Board Elections

The SVTC's Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the council (the members) holds elections in the spring of each year so that a new class of directors is elected and can be appointed by the board of directors before the end of the term on June 30th.

Our election in May 2017 concerns class I of directors. The SVTC manages the nomination and election process via its Governance and Organization Committee, and all members, who were members in good standing on May 15, 2017, are invited to vote.

A summary of what our process was/is:

  • The SVTC Organization & Governance Committee received suggestions for a new class I of directors in April 2017; this list of candidates was then evaluated, and later approved, by the Executive Committee and then the Board of Directors.
  • We will identify our members who are eligible to vote as of May 15, 2017. (If you are not a member but would like to be, and would like to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to become one by then).
  • The list of candidates and their biographies is posted below so that members can cast informed ballots.
  • Each member of the SVTC will be sent an email containing a link for voting (please note that each email and link is individually generated and can only be used once). Look for this email to arrive in your inbox on May 15, 2017.  Each link will be active until May 23, 2017.
  • Each member, whether individual or corporate, receives one vote per membership.
  • On May 25, 2017 we will have our Annual Meeting (combined with a luncheon, open to all) and any SVTC member who did not vote electronically can then vote in person. (RSVP for the May 25 Annual Meeting/May luncheon to get a pre-printed nametag)
  • Update: A board meeting was held June 22, 2017 and the board appointed three new individuals: Phil Douglas, Ed Pease, and Holly Thorne. For a full listing of board members, please view the pdf below.

Listing of the full board of directors, and executive committee, 2017-18

Candidate details for Class I | Slate of Directors | Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018


Joey Groah | DIGICO | Harrisonburg | http://goDIGICO.com/

Biography:   Joey Groah is a producer, director and writer at DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design, a video production firm located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with local, regional, national and international clients.

 A 1999 graduate from James Madison University in Media Arts & Design and English, after college Joey worked in broadcast TV including production, news direction, and managing creative services.

Joey founded DIGICO in 2003, creating video for large and small businesses including technology and healthcare companies, universities, as well as government agencies. In addition to the SVTC Joey also volunteers with other non-profits including the Central Virginia American Marketing Association, as well as producing video for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber and local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter.


Phil Douglas (*) | Dynamic Aviation | Bridgewater | http://www.dynamicaviation.com/

Phil Douglas is the Director of Engineering for Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater, Virginia.  He was literally raised all over the US, and moved to the Shenandoah Valley 6 years ago from Augusta, Kansas.  He and his wife live in Rockingham County, and have 3 children and  6 grandchildren who all still live in Kansas, Texas, and Colorado.  He attended Wichita State University and Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and graduated with a degree in Manufacturing Technology.  He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School.  With over 38 years of experience in aviation, with roles in engineering, manufacturing, and management in both areas, Phil provides the overall leadership for the mechanical, electrical, avionics, and systems engineering design functions, and FAA certifications, involving the modification and repair of aircraft owned and operated by Dynamic Aviation.  Phil joined Dynamic Aviation, in 2011 in his current role, with the direction to build a vibrant engineering group to support the company in the ever expanding role of modifying aircraft to customer specifications, and to DOD and FAA regulations.  Phil was previously employed at Cessna Aircraft, and Hawker Beechcraft, serving in various roles in Manufacturing and Engineering Management.  He is an active member of the Harrisonburg Baptist Church, and serves as a mentor for the Rockingham County High School’s Rocktown Robotics technology program.  He has served on multiple boards and advisory councils of educational institutions and non-profit organizations.  Through his church, he is involved in the involved in OIAM, which works with the Harrisonburg Rebuilding Together project, using volunteer help to build wheelchair ramps, steps, and other construction projects for those in need.


Chiedo John (*) | The Chiedo Companies | Harrisonburg | https://labs.chie.do/

Chiedo spent his early years running a variety of businesses including a recording studio, internet marketing, and even an event planning business while building websites as a freelancer. After high school, Chiedo moved to Harrisonburg to study computer science at James Madison University, fell in love with the area and dreamed that there would be opportunities to stay in the Valley after graduation. He eventually committed to the idea of starting a web development business and, in his senior year, launched Chiedo Labs hoping to bring in enough business to make ends meet. Chiedo Labs initially focused on building WordPress websites but has since expanded to specialize in custom web applications with NodeJS, Ruby on Rails and more. After much success he created Chiedo, Inc. as a parent company so that he could launch other companies to help meet the growing technology needs in the Valley. Chiedo then started Chiedo Marketing, which focuses on digital marketing, SEO, and social media. In 2017 Chiedo acquired Weaver IT Services and rebranded as Chiedo IT to provide IT and network support to businesses in the Valley. In addition, Chiedo Cyber now provides cybersecurity consulting for small businesses, startups and non profits, performs web application penetration testing services, and creates Cybersecurity tools. Chiedo feels privileged to be a part of this community.


Chip Harvill | Cadence, Inc. | Staunton | http://www.cadenceinc.com

Chip was born and raised in Staunton, and now lives with his wife, Karmen, in Harrisonburg. He has two grown sons and three spoiled dogs. He graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.  He also received management certification from the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville.

Chip has over 30 years of experience in the medical device and diagnostics markets, beginning work in 1986 as one of the first employees for a start-up company known as Specialty Blades. 

Following successful efforts in many evolving roles within a new and growing company, Chip led the launch of a new division in 2005.  IncisionTech was focused on serving the growing medical device market in new and unique ways.  As the VP of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, Chip was responsible for leading this division into many new areas of the medical device market.

In early 2011, Cadence Science, Incision Tech and Specialty Blades were combined to create a truly unique partner for the healthcare and life science markets...  This company now goes to market as Cadence, Inc. with four locations and approx. $100MM in annual revenue.


Mike Lam | Premier Technical Services Inc. | Luray | http://www.PTS-USA.com


Ed Pease (*) |
Blue Ridge Community College | Weyers Cave | http://www.brcc.edu/

Edward (Ed) Pease is the Chief Information Officer for Blue Ridge Community College. He has 35 years of experience in the Information Technology field. He earned his B.S. degree in Psychology and Sociology from Bridgewater College and an MBA from James Madison University. In 2009, he earned his Project Management Professional certification qualifications from Villanova University and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Ed started his career as the Service Department Manager for Computer Works Inc.  He then moved to James Madison University as a Personal Computer technician responsible for deployment and maintenance of personal computers. Four years and 1000 personal computer installations later, he began a 21-year career at Merck & Co., Inc. His career cumulated with being responsible for the automation of 7 factories and managing a 6.0 million dollar capital budget and a 2.5 million dollar operating budget. Retiring from Merck in 2009, he moved to Dynamic Aviation as IT Manager where he was responsible for transitioning the company to an enterprise state-of-the-art technology level company. In 2016 he moved to his current position as Chief Information Officer of Blue Ridge Community College.

He lives with his wife, Beth, in Harrisonburg and has two grown children, Jessica and Ashton. He enjoys teaching as an adjunct faculty at Blue Ridge Community College, and volunteering for community events. His hobbies include Scuba Diving, Salt water and tropical fish collecting and financial planning.  


Ron Perry | grepInnovation | Waynesboro | http://www.grepinnovation.com                                                                   

A Valley native, Ron Perry has a broad background in research, engineering, development and technology, including robotics, media production, technology education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. Having started two CAD/CAM/graphics companies, he developed and taught the Advanced Technology program for the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School (SVGS), including a very successful electric vehicle racing program. In 1995 he started CFW-nTelos’ Internet services business unit, followed in 2002 by the launch of grep Innovation LLC to provide technology strategy, web and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling and photography services. Along with grep’s client projects he currently concentrates on a variety of technology startups. An SVTC co-founder and past vice-chair, Ron is a volunteer and advisor for a variety of organizations including Blue Ridge Community College, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center.


Sandra Quigg | Friendship Industries | Harrisonburg | http://www.friendship-industries.com/

Sandra Quigg has been promoting positive social outcomes for most of her career, including her current position as Research and Marketing Director for Friendship Industries, and its affiliate Able Solutions.

Sandra has served in business development positions for over 20 years. A graduate of the University of Richmond, she worked in for-profit business development selling clinical research supplies to pharmaceutical companies and in non-profit higher education selling the benefits of a private, liberal arts education.  Her breadth of experience includes research, grant writing, project management, major gift fundraising, business development and sales.

Her work at Friendship Industries benefits the community by providing jobs and skills to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Her first job at Friendship Industries was to raise the money needed for a new facility at 801 Friendship Drive. Currently, she assists the mission by developing relationships with commercial customers, donors, and the community to strengthen and to sustain the social enterprise. With her strong appreciation for community, Sandra and her husband moved to Old Town Harrisonburg into a house that needs constant repair. She lives there with her husband (who helps repair said house), their three teenagers, and their good dog, Nick.  


Greg St. Ours| Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC | Harrisonburg | http://www.wawlaw.com


Nick Swayne | JMU College of Education | Harrisonburg | http://www.jmu.edu/coe/

Nick Swayne, LTC (R), MPA, is the Executive Director of 4-Virginia, the 4-VA Campus Coordinator at JMU, and faculty in Learning Technology and Leadership Education at James Madison University.  In his capacity as Executive Director of 4-Virginia he leads the coordination of the five partner institutions (GMU, JMU, UVA, ODU, VT) in meeting the mission to promote collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university and improve the efficiency and economic impact of higher education across the Commonwealth.  He is particularly interested in developing cutting-edge, applied courses that bring multiple disciplines and institutions together to solve real-world problems.  He is a retired Army officer with 26 years of service, the founder of the JMU X-Labs, faculty advisor for the University Innovation Fellows (UIF), the Executive Director of Virginia-DC FIRST LEGO League, a doctoral candidate in the School of Strategic Leadership, and was recently elected to his third term on the Harrisonburg City School Board where he serves as Vice-Chair. In his spare time, he reads technology, science, and automotive magazines, tinkers in the garage, and together with his wife cajoles their youngest to graduate from college. 


*Candidate is new to the board