Announcing 2023 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 Honorees

02/22/2023 1:33 PM | Anonymous

Arlington, VA – The Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax are pleased to announce the 2023 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 honorees. These individuals demonstrate exceptional and impactful leadership in their professional and personal spheres. The 2023 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 honorees will be celebrated during a virtual event on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and later that evening at an in-person reception for honorees only.   

“The Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 event serves as both a celebration and an annual reminder of the need for leaders who work daily to effect change, collaborate with others, and create a positive impact within their community,” said Lisa Fikes, President and CEO of the Leadership Center for Excellence.  

CEO and President of Leadership Fairfax, Karen Cleveland, stated, “We are beyond thrilled to recognize these amazing and inspiring leaders, and I am in awe of what they have accomplished at such a young age. Please join us to celebrate our honorees and prepare to be inspired.” 

2023 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 Honorees  

Elena Agaragimova, Horizon Industries Ltd/Elena Agar LLC 

Kathleen Ambroso, The Journey 

Alyssa Batchelor, Office of Delegate Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Virginia House of Delegates 

Lauren Bealore, Prosperity Now 

Shayna Bergman, Shayna Bergman Coaching, LLC 

Adrian Chadwell, Carahsoft Technology 

Michael Chiappa, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) 

LeVar Crooms, M&T Bank 

Paul Davis, Office of Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, Fairfax County Government 

LaMarcus Davis, Phenom Surgical 

Chelsi Dildine, Edward Jones Investments 

Erika Dyer, Curley Company 

Marilyn Dyess, Blake Willson Group 

Jamie Ergas, Carpenter's Shelter 

David Farajollahi, Dominion Energy 

Mandi Fisher, Northern Virginia Family Service 

Michael Forehand, Inova 

Myja Gary, Zoom Video Communications  

Mahwish Hamlani, Accenture 

Mike Hemminger, NAACP Arlington 

Stephanie Hopkins, Department of Human Services, Arlington County Government 

Cara Howard, Department of Emergency Management and Security, Fairfax County Government 

ArbenIstrefi, CYDEO 

Claradith Landry, Educators and Cultural Consultants LLC. 

Jake Mages, Guernsey Inc. 

Diego Mariscal, 2Gether-International 

Eric Miller, Inova  

Natalie Monkou, Town of Vienna 

Jessica Peters, Insight Memory Care Center 

Anika Rahman, Office of Delegate Michelle Maldonado, Virginia House of Delegates 

David Schneider, Holland & Knight LLP 

Genaro Stewart, Department of Defense 

Jennifer Toussaint, Animal Welfare League of Arlington  

Alejandra Underwood, Columbia Pike Partnership 

MawuliVodi, Financially Present dba Growve Solutions LLC 

Phyllis Weech, Inova 

Kimberly Whipkey, White Ribbon Alliance 

Chelsie White, Deloitte & Touche  

Spencer Wood, Fairfax Economic Development Authority 

Shane Ziegler, USI Insurance Services 

To learn more about and register for the 2023 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 virtual event honoring these leaders, please visit

About Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax 

The mission of the Leadership Center for Excellence is to connect, develop, and inspire leaders for personal growth, civic engagement, and community impact. For more information, visit or call (703) 528-2522.  

Leadership Fairfax develops, connects and inspires leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences to engage in building a better community. To learn more, call (703) 752-7555 and visit 



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