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Business News: Sept. 18 | Nvdaily | – Northern Virginia Daily

Regional job fair

A virtual regional job fair for the Shenandoah Valley will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Register at

Book signings

Two book signings for the new children’s book “The Little White Horse That Wanted To Be Brown” by Rebecca Lillis have been announced. They will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 2 at the Winchester Book Gallery on the Loudoun Street Mall and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Richard’s Fruit Market at 6410 Middle Road, Middletown.

Extension water testing

The Virginia Cooperative Extension office is offering residents the opportunity to have their water tested in October for common contaminants.

Drinking water clinics give people with private water systems access to affordable water testing, help with interpreting testing results and information about possible treatment options.

The cost is $60 per sample kit. Financial assistance is available for people with an annual household income of $50,000 or less. Information about financial assistance is available by calling 540-665-5699.

Online registration, which is required by Oct. 14, with payment, is available at

Further information is available by calling any of the following Extension offices: Clarke County, 540-955-5164; Frederick County, 540-665-5699; Page County, 540-778-5794, Shenandoah County, 540-459-6140; Warren County, 540-635-4549.

F&M Bank

F&M Bank has announced the appointment of three board members, Daphyne Saunders Thomas, John Willingham and Hannah Hutman.

• Daphyne Saunders Thomas served as the endowed Adolph Coors Professor of Business Administration chair until her retirement and is currently a professor emerita at James Madison University. A graduate of The Washington and Lee University School of Law, she joined the College of Business faculty in 1981. She teaches graduate classes at James Madison University for the Executive Leadership MBA and for the Master of Accounting programs. She was a co-founder and co-director of the CyberCity Summer Program, a nationally award-winning summer technology program for middle and high school students from underrepresented populations. Thomas also previously chaired the Harrisonburg Electric Commission and is a former chair of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Services Board. She serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including Sunnyside Communities, Explore More Children’s Museum, Community Services Board Halfway House, JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Board, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Child Daycare Center and the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham Grants and Scholarship committee. Previous gubernatorial appointments include service on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, Outstanding Virginian Day, and the Selective Service System Board. She serves on the audit and ORC committees of the F&M Corporate Board.

• John Willingham is president of Stoneridge Companies, a multi-faceted real estate development, construction and realty company based in Winchester. He is also president of Total Remodeling, a regional sunroom and outdoor living contractor. Previously, Willingham was a business banking manager and senior commercial lender for Wells Fargo, CFO of a publicly-traded community bank, and was in public accounting with Yount, Hyde and Barbour PC and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He serves as chairman for the Frederick Winchester Service Authority and is a member of the board for Grafton Integrated Health Network. Previously, he served 12 years as a City Councilor for the City of Winchester and was president of Council for five years.

• Hannah Hutman is a partner at the law firm of Hoover Penrod PLC in Harrisonburg. Her practice includes representing creditors, trustees and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency-related matters. She has represented national and regional banks in all aspects of commercial loan transactions and collections, including restructuring obligations, asset liquidations and dispositions, and foreclosure. She is a member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Western District of Virginia. In addition, she provides legal counsel and services in entity formation and governance matters, financing transactions, contracts, and business asset transfers. She is a former chair of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Law Section for the Virginia State Bar. Hutman has routinely been listed in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, selected as a member of Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” and was included in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2018 class of “40 under 40.” She received her juris doctorate from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Matt, and two sons.


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