As Executive Director, Katie manages the Onward NRV team and promotes Virginia's New River Valley as a premier destination to live, work, and do business. Originally from Blacksburg, Katie earned a B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College in 2009 and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Katie spends her free time reading, gardening, and exploring the NRV with her family.
Director of Business Engagement
As Director of Business Engagement, Samantha works alongside our investors, local employers and educational institutions to support business attraction and retention. She promotes the NRV Experience to area employers as an effort to attract and retain world class talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. As a Christiansburg native, Samantha earned her B.S. in Communication from Radford University. She loves spending time with her family either hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or camping on the New River, and they appreciate the opportunities to enjoy nature that making their home in the New River Valley provides.
As Office Manager, Christy is our team's organizer, responsible for maintaining the working order in the Onward NRV office. Originally from Nelson County, Christy graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from New River Community College. In her spare time, Christy enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying all of the amenities that Virginia's New River Valley has to offer.
As Marketing Manager, Rachel manages branding, websites and social media platforms for Virginia’s New River Valley and Onward NRV; promoting the region as a premier destination to live, work and do business. Rachel has a varied background in management and television, bringing a variety of skills to the team. She was born in Northern Virginia, went to school in Central Virginia and now lives in Radford. While having lived abroad, she returned to the New River Valley for all that it has to offer for work, for family, and for the region itself. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and exploring the area.