John Madera AICP, Principal Planner
John provides primary technical support for the Win-Fred MPO and rural transportation planning program. He is responsible for the care, feeding and use of the metropolitan travel demand model and facilitating its transfer to the MPO from VDOT; coordinating the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee; and overseeing consultant contracts for on-call work and the MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Study. John’s 25 years of experience in government and consulting includes more than a decade at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Philadelphia PA/NJ area MPO. His expertise covers traffic safety, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, Context-Sensitive Design and Solutions, transportation demand management, and project management. A life-long avid bicyclist and instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists, John has taught adults and adolescents how to bicycle safely and confidently on and off the road. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, John holds a B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University; and has studied city and regional planning at the graduate level at Clemson and at Rutgers University.
Alexandria Schweiger, Community Development and CoC Coordinator
Alex joined NSVRC is 2010 and is the primary staff contact for the HOME Investments Partnerships Program, addressing affordable housing in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Region and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a foreclosure mitigation effort. As CoC Coordinator, Alex manages the regional planning process for coordination of human services in the Northern Shenandoah Valley with a goal of ending homelessness. Alex is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional of the National Development Council, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington (2010), and earned Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Kent State University (2013).
Michelle Owens, Director of Finance and Administration
"Shelley" joined the NSVRC in August of 2006 with over 12 years of experience in municipal government. As the Director of Finance and Administration, Shelley is responsible for directing the internal financial aspects of the organization including financial planning and administration, budgeting, development of accounting procedure, financial reporting, grant compliance monitoring, and payroll/benefits processing. Shelley graduated from Sanford Brown College in Des Peres, Missouri in 1988 with Certifications in Accounting and Business Administration. Prior to coming to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, Shelley served as the Deputy Town Clerk of Luray, Virginia and Human Resources Director and Executive Assistant to the Council and Mayor of the City of Union, Missouri.
Becky Sandretzky, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Becky is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. She is responsible for the RideSmart commuter assistance program. She is in charge of keeping our website up to date, and advertising important information on our social media pages. Becky is a Clarke County native and currently resides in Winchester. She graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College with her Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences.
Amanda Kerns, Regional Planner
Amanda joined the NSVRC as a Regional Planner in December 2019 after interning with the organization for six months. She was born and raised in Winchester, and has also spent time in South Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). During her time at FAU, Amanda worked as a research assistant with the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, and served as secretary and president of the Planning Society. As a research assistant she worked with municipalities such as Downtown West Palm Beach and the City of Fort Lauderdale conducting community planning and economic development related projects. At the NSVRC Amanda provides technical assistance in traditional planning areas; and is gaining experience in zoning ordinance development and administration, as well as comprehensive planning. In addition, Amanda provides creative and design support on a variety of staff projects.
Christina "Tina" Alley, Fiscal & Administrative Assistant
Christina “Tina” Alley, of New Market, joins the team with over 25 years of administrative, budgeting, and purchasing experience in both the public and private sectors, including time spent with Loudon County Fire and Rescue, and Civilian Police International. Tina will provide support to the Executive Director, Finance Director and the Commission staff. She will be the initial contact for visitors and callers.
Brandon Davis, Executive Director
Brandon has served as NSVRC’s Executive Director since February 8, 2016. Prior to joining the Commission, he spent 10 years in service to Virginia local governments, most recently as the Director of Community Development for NSVRC member jurisdiction Shenandoah County. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University in Public Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech. Brandon is a Bedford County, Virginia native and currently resides in Shenandoah County with his wife and three children.
Ashley Shickle, Strategic Planner
Ashley comes to the NSVRC with two years of economic development experience with the Frederick County Economic Development Authority. She will lead the NSVRC through the development and maintenance of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, assist community partners with Go Virginia applications, and provide project support as needed. Ashley earned a Master of Business Administration from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland; as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Ashley has also completed the Virginia Institute for Economic Development from Virginia Tech.
Karen Taylor, Senior Project and Operations Manager
Karen is currently the Senior Project and Operations Manager for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. She manages the day to day operations of the Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the RideSmart commuter assistance program and various other programs within the NSVRC. Karen's specialties include project management, grant administration and subcontractor supervision. Karen earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Lord Fairfax Community College. Prior to working for the Commission, Ms. Taylor worked for Warren County, Virginia.
John Crockett, Regional Planner/GIS Coordinator
A Northern Shenandoah Valley native, John was born and raised in Clarke County. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography from Radford University, and holds several years of experience utilizing GIS and other geospatial technologies. With passions involving conservation and sustainability, John is an advocate for safeguarding the exquisite natural beauty of our region. Through use of effective planning techniques, John hopes to continue to maintain and develop the qualities that make our region extraordinary.
Gretchen Henderson, Fiscal Officer
Gretchen joined the NSVRC in August of 2021. She is support staff to Shelley Owens, Director of Finance and Administration. Having worked the first 24 years of her professional as a high school Social Studies teacher, she chose to pivot to Business. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University in 2015. She has worked in both private and governmental accounting environments prior to joining the NSVRC. In addition to performing general NSVRC administrative bookkeeping duties, she is specializing in financial management of grant prgorams.