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The NSVRC office is located at 400-E Kendrick Lane, Front Royal VA
Email address for general inquiries is info@NSVregion.org

Phone 540-636-8800
Fax 540-635-4147

Normal office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. The Commission meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 5:00 pm at the NSVRC office in Front Royal. All meetings are public and accessible.

Martha Shickle, Executive Director

Martha Shickle is the Executive Director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC), one of 21 regional planning organizations established by Virginia Code.  Previous positions at NSVRC included Community Development Program Manager and Director of Development Services.  Martha also served as the Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development for the City of Winchester prior to joining the NSVRC team. Martha has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary with a Concentration in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University, concentrating in State and Local Government. 

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.

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 administrative operations of the Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Rural Transportation, the RideSmart commuter assistance program and various other programs within the NSVRC.  

Karen has an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Lord Fairfax Community College.  Prior to working for the Commission, Ms. Taylor worked for Warren County, Virginia. 

Jill Keihn, Natural Resources Program Director

Jill is responsible for management of the Commission's natural resource programs including regional water supply and air quality initiatives, solid waste planning, and hazard mitigation programs.  She has over thirteen years of environmental and public outreach experience in consultant and government positions including management and preparation of Environmental Reports and Assessments; intensive interaction and negotiations with permitting agencies; coordination of public meetings with community groups and the general public. She also has eight years of teaching biological and ecological principles to college and high school students as well as outdoor education to elementary and middle school grades.
Jill holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Biology from George Mason University, a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, and has earned numerous awards and certifications in environmental resource management. 

Rhonda Turman, Marketing Communications Manager

Rhonda is the Commission's first Marketing and Communications professional, and as such  is tasked with improving and expanding the public communications of the Commission in general, serving as NSVRC's primary media contact, and specifically working to reinvigorate the marketing of the RideShare program. Rhonda works with NSVRC program managers to write and design communication vehicles to suit program needs, and takes on special projects for the jurisdictions under the Commission's Technical Assistance programs.

Rhonda brings substantial experience in marketing organizations and creating communication programs from her previous positions in resort marketing, events management, and public relations. She is a native of Virginia with degrees from Virginia Intermont College (BA) and the College of William & Mary (MBA).

Gail Crigler, Executive Assistant

Gail is the Executive Assistant for the NSVRC and shoulders the responsibility of greeting visitors and providing support to commission staff on a variety of projects. Gail received a degree in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary. Since leaving the Loudoun County School System she has worked at Perkin-Elmer Corp., US Bankruptcy Court and George Mason University in various administrative positions.

Tyler Klein, Community Development Planner

Tyler is the current Community Development Planner with the Regional Commission providing technical assistance to member jurisdictions on a variety of community and development programs. This includes projects utilizing CDBG and HOME funding, affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization, and other programs relating to the Consolidated Action Plan. Tyler also provides support on Commission initiatives including local and regional planning, public hearings and project implementation. He joined NSVRC in May of 2011. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Virginia Tech (2009) and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (2011). Prior to joining the NSVRC staff in 2011 he worked for the City of Charlottesville, City of Richmond, and the State of Virginia.

John Madera, Senior Planner for Transportation

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.

David Cooper, GIS Manager

David is a graduate of George Mason University where he studied Geography. Formerly employed in the private sector, David has experience managing multiple projects requiring data collection, analysis and map development. Since joining the NSVRC staff early in 2013, David has been working to update the Commission's GIS database, and on other projects for natural resources, transportation planning, and local technical assistance programs.

Kerry Keihn, Project Coordinator

Alex Schweigner, Project Coordinator