The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF), formerly known as the Staunton Creative Community Fund, is an entrepreneurial support organization serving the entire Shenandoah Valley. Over the past 14 years the organization has expanded and innovated alongside the region’s entrepreneurs to become one of the lead conveners in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. SCCF’s ability to nimbly move throughout the region gives the organization a unique advantage in serving entrepreneurs and connecting resource providers. Since 2019, SCCF has responded to a gradual transition in the region’s entrepreneurial landscape. This shift sparked a new focus within SCCF, and the organization embraced an entrepreneurial ecosystem-building approach to economic and community development. Although SCCF’s mission has broadened, the organization has retained an emphasis on equity and accessibility and creating pathways to entrepreneurship for all communities in the Shenandoah Valley. As a result, SCCF, along with 17 partner organizations, created the first region-wide ecosystem collaboration in the Valley. Through the support of a GO Virginia grant, SCCF launched the Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V) program and continues to support entrepreneurs and business owners of all background in the Shenandoah Valley.

We understand that starting or expanding a business is challenging. SCCF can help you navigate the pitfalls, detours, highs, and lows of starting or expanding a small business. In a world of cold calculations and high-interest loans, we are a safe place for dreamers and schemers to imagine the possibilities, ask questions, and get the funding they need in order to succeed. We are your team.

While based in Staunton, we’ve continued to grow and now serve the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Through the amazing support of our staff, board members, volunteers, and donors, SCCF is able to provide programs and services that reach entrepreneurs all over the Shenandoah Valley. Each individual that works with SCCF is passionate and committed to helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

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Debbie Irwin

Executive Director

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Rachel Haddad

Program & Development Director

Rachel Haddad serves as the Program & Development Director for the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

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Alex Andrew

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder – South

Alex joins the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) after 7 years as an economic officer with t

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Ryan Hall

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder – North

Ryan Hall serves as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem builder for the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund.

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Joyel Allen

Intern

Joyel Allen is the Social Media and Communications Intern for Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCC

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Elena is a graduate of James Madison University ('21) where she earned a Bachelor's of Business Admi

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Debbie Irwin

Executive Director

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Rachel Haddad

Program & Development Director

Rachel Haddad serves as the Program & Development Director for the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF). Rachel comes to SCCF with a diversity of professional experiences. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (’07) with a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social & Cultural History. After graduation Rachel served as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Ukraine from 2009-2011 and got her first “taste” of non-profit management during that time. Consequently Rachel pursued an MBA at Seton Hill University (’13) and began her non-profit career shortly after graduation.

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Alex Andrew

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder – South

Alex joins the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) after 7 years as an economic officer with the U.S. State Department. His assignments within the Department included the Office of Central American Affairs, the Republic of Korea, and Ethiopia. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Alex was an Inter-Agency Liaison at the Battelle Memorial Institute. From 2004 to 2011, he served in the U.S. Army as a linguist, first in the 82nd Airborne Division and later at Ft. George G. Meade. Alex deployed to Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 where he led a team on protracted, remote operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Alex holds an MBA from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s in International Relations from American University and associates degrees from the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and the Defense Language Institute. He is originally from a small town outside Knoxville, Tennessee and has two sons, Elliot and Owen.

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Ryan Hall

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder – North

Ryan Hall serves as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem builder for the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund. Ryan has several years of nonprofit and marketing experience having served as the Coordinator for Marketing, Membership, and Special Events for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and Marketing Coordinator with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity. Ryan holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University and was named the institution's "Most Outstanding Graduate" in 2020. Ryan is also the fonder of the Valley Makers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to tools, equipment, and, education for entrepreneurs and craftspeople in the northern Shenandoah Valley. He and his wife live in Winchester with their rescue dog and goldfish.

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Joyel Allen

Intern

Joyel Allen is the Social Media and Communications Intern for Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF). Joyel is currently a full time undergraduate student at Mary Baldwin University, studying Business Management and Spanish. During her time at Mary Baldwin, Joyel has served the student body in many different roles, such as Resident Advisor and VITA Volunteer. Joyel has grown up seeing her grandmother work in the non-profit sector and is eager to follow in her footsteps.

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Elena Rogers

Intern

Elena is a graduate of James Madison University ('21) where she earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration majoring in Marketing with concentrations in Digital Marketing and European Business. She will be attending the University of Georgia Law School in the Fall.

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Board of Directors

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Ellen Brock

Board President

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Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia

Board Vice President

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Dalton Campbell

Board Treasurer

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Marlena Hobson

Board Secretary

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Amanda DiMeo

Board Member

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John Gorra

Board Member

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Gretchen Long

Board Member

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Sarah Lynch

Board Member

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Peyton Wright

Board Member

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Yolanda Shields

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