Jefferson College of Health Sciences Celebrates Winter Commencement with Speaker Ms. Jeannie S. Armentrout

ROANOKE, Va. (November 13, 2017) — Jefferson College of Health Sciences at Carilion Clinic will celebrate the Winter 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place in the Berglund Special Events Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke.

A total of 126 Jefferson College students on the masters and bachelors degree levels will accept their diplomas and become alumni of the College during the event. These students will graduate from eight different academic programs at the College.

Jefferson College proudly welcomes Jeanne S. Armentrout, M.S., Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer at Carilion Clinic, as our Winter Commencement Speaker.

Throughout her tenure with Carilion Clinic, Ms. Armentrout has held a variety of leadership positions. In her current position, she is responsible for Organizational Integrity and Compliance, Business Consulting, Facility Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Marketing and Communications, Planning and Community Development, Home Health and Hospice and Wellness.

Prior to that, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer. Her background in organizational development has given her the opportunity to speak at many national conferences, and she has authored publications on leadership development, employee engagement and positive cultures.

She currently serves on several Carilion Boards and committees and also the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Board of Directors. In 2011, she was appointed to the Virginia Governor’s Workforce Board, and in 2015, she began chairing the Advanced Technology Committee of this board. In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe named her to the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired. She is a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and is on both the Hollins University and the Roanoke College President’s Advisory Councils. Jeanne is a past recipient of the CUBIC Leadership Award from Corporate Learning Network.

More information about Ms. Armentrout and the 2017 Winter Commencement ceremony may be found on the Jefferson College website at:

About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at

OpX Solutions Offers New Leadership Programs

Opx SolutionsOpX Solutions is now offering a Leadership for Women program which will begin January 11, 2018.  It will meet monthly in 2018.

We’re also excited to announce we have expanded to other markets! We now have lean process improvement and leadership development associates in four locations – Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond and Hampton Roads.

For other leadership programs starting in January in Roanoke and our other locations, please see

Woods Rogers Recognized as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News-Best Lawyers©

ROANOKE, Va., (Nov. 6, 2017) — Woods Rogers offices in Roanoke and Charlottesville are ranked in the 2018 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Receiving a tier designation reflects the level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities based on the firm’s abilities, professionalism and integrity. Woods Rogers is ranked as follows:

Metropolitan Tier 1 / Roanoke
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law – Management
Insurance Law
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Real Estate
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law

Trusts & Estates Law Metropolitan Tier 1 / Charlottesville
Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 2
Antitrust Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Railroad Law

Metropolitan Tier 3
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise

Woods Rogers PLC is the 9th largest law firm in Virginia (Source: Virginia Lawyers Weekly), and provides legal solutions in 19 practice areas to businesses and individuals across Virginia, throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and beyond. The firm’s offices are located in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond, and Danville. The firm is a member of the global Interlaw network. For more information, visit

Chamber weighs in on proposed repeal of federal historic tax credit

On November 7, the Chamber submitted a letter to Congressman Bob Goodlatte in response to the recently released House tax reform bill. The package includes a provision that would eliminate the federal historic tax credit, which serves as a major economic development tool in our region.

Historic tax credits (HTC) have spurred economic activity in the sixth district, resulting in strong returns on investment, job creation, business development, and community revitalization. In total, approximately $100 million in HTCs were awarded for 206 projects from 2002-2016. Development costs for those projects exceeded $603 million and created 4,107 construction jobs and 9,360 permanent positions.

Historic tax credits have transformed communities within the sixth district. Downtown Roanoke, for example, is nearly unrecognizable compared to 15 years ago. In 2002, 11 people lived downtown. Today, over 2,500 residents enjoy more than 70 dining options and nearly 50 retail shops. Many of the residential and commercial spaces that now represent Roanoke’s thriving downtown community were revitalized through the use of federal HTCs.

Click here for detailed information on the significant impact of federal historic tax credits on our regional economy.

Family Service of Roanoke Valley offers unique training experience

You are invited to take advantage of the immersive training experience offered by international leadership expert Jill Hufnagel, Ph.D. for the first time in Roanoke!

Based on the Harvard Kennedy School’s framework, IGNITE: Adaptive Leadership welcomes participants from for-profit, non-profit, and government agencies committed to an immersive program. If your organization has a strong approach to leadership challenges–yet not strong enough given the pace of change–this is for you!! The workshop will take place on Nov. 29 and 30 at the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Green Room in downtown Roanoke.

 You’ll leave with:

  • consultation on your toughest current challenge
  • a deeper understanding of yourself and your own leadership development
  • a sense of how to navigate politics within your organization
  • a strategy for dealing with seemingly intractable issues
  • an action plan for next steps
  • a network of colleagues with a shared leadership language

Please visit to register and submit any questions to Karen Pillis, or 563-5316 x3030. If you are with a non-profit or would like to register 3 or more persons from your organization, you are eligible for a discount and can contact Karen to register.