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Neville Named to Top 10 Under 40

DUMFRIES, Va. — The woman who plans and oversees community events in Dumfries is one of Virginia’s top 10 under 40.

Cydny Neville is the Driector of Community Services in Dumfries and is fresh off planning and executing the town’s Easter Egg Hunt, and is planning for other events in the town including the 4th Annual Multicultural Festival on May 4. But this month she’s been recocnized by the Virginia Leadership Institute, an organization charged with increasing the number of black elected officials in the state.

More in a press release:

“The Virginia Leadership Institute is proud to honor young African-Americans in Northern Virginia who are raising the bar in their professions and in the community,” said Virginia Leadership Institute founder and CEO Krysta Jones. “Our honorees are entrepreneurs, elected officials, military veterans, executives and community leaders. Not too long ago some Blacks avoided moving to Virginia because of the long-held stereotypes associated with Virginia’s role as a slave state. These honorees prove that young African Americans are actively working to make the commonwealth a better place for all Virginians to live and work.”

Since its inception, VLI staff and volunteers have trained over 200 future candidates and campaign professionals in skills ranging from fundraising, communications, field operations and constituent research.

In addition to being director of community services, Neville is a mother and entrepreneur who has her own company, Spirit Catcher Productions. A former secondary education teacher, Neville holds degrees from Virginia State University and University of Phoenix.

VLI’s 2013 Top 10 Under 40 are:

John Chapman- educator and Alexandria City Council member (Alexandria City)

Howard A. Foard, III-Army veteran and community leader (Fairfax County)

Erica Jeffries-Army veteran and senior executive (Fairfax County)

Monte Johnson –corporate executive and candidate for VA House District 10 (Loudoun County)

Cydny Neville-entrepreneur and community leader (Town of Dumfries)

Ryane LeCesne- program director and philanthropist (Alexandria City)

Rahman Parker- Non Governmental Organization founder and professor (Fairfax County)

Joshua Porter-entrepreneur and public servant (Prince William County)

Terron Sims, II- Iraq war veteran and author (Arlington County)

Dana Taylor- entrepreneur and organizational leader (Arlington County)

The VLI Top 10 Under 40 will be held from 6:30pm to 8 p.m. at Kora Restaurant (2250 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Email or call 703-969-9647 for more information.

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