HOBY alumni are those OUTSTANDING people who have participated in at least one HOBY program: the Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW), the Leadership Seminar, the World Leadership Congress (WLC), the Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) or an International Tour. Since our start, VA HOBY has reached over 8,500 sophomores from throughout the Commonwealth. Whether you attended a HOBY leadership program last spring or thirty years ago, you are part of the family of fellow HOBY alumni!

Top 5 Signs You Are Part of HOBY Alumni
1. You always spell OUTSTANDING correctly.
2. You could wear a HOBY t-shirt every day for two weeks without doing laundry.
3. No matter where you go, you find other HOBY alumni and bond immediately.
4. Service is a way of life for you.
5. You are a leader!

Alumni Association

The HOBY Virginia Alumni Association shall seek to:
• Serve as the voice of HOBY Virginia Alumni
• Unite and promote alumni relations and connections
• Promote the mission of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and spread its mission to alumni and potential alumni
• Coordinate reunion events and service projects for alumni and other
• Promote leadership development opportunities for alumni
• Strengthen and extend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Alumni Association of Virginia.

Alumni Association Board


Jacob Pfeiffer
Ambassador Year: 2017
As I arrived to the HOBY VA 2017 Seminar, I had no idea how much it would impact my volunteer experiences. After the seminar concluded, I knew I wanted to do more, so I immediately registered for the WLC, which turned out to be life-changing for me. Fast forward two and a half years and I returned as a volunteer at HOBY VA in 2018 and 2019, WLC in 2019, and hopefully the upcoming VA and WLC in 2020. HOBY inspired me to not only expand my service and leadership, but also to make it more meaningful. I want to continue the HOBY spirit and community after the seminar ends, which is why I joined the AA, first as Reunion Coordinator and now as President. HOBY has been tremendously impactful in my personal life. Because of that, I wish to give other kids the same experience I was fortunate enough to have back in my ambassador year. 

Vice President

Jackson Sirbaugh
Ambassador Year: 2018
I started my HOBY Journey as an Ambassador in 2018 who had no idea what the impact this seminar would have. The three days opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on the importance of leadership and service in my community, it gave me life-long friends, and it empowered me to stay involved with this life-changing organization. I returned to HOBY VA as Junior Staff in 2019, and I loved every second of screaming my favorite cheers on stage. Now, I can’t wait to continue to spread this OUTSTANDING message to new ambassadors by serving as the Vice President!


Chesney Whitmore
Ambassador Year: 2018
My HOBY journey began in 2018, when I was an ambassador to the Virginia State Seminar. While there, I had an amazing time, expanding my leadership skills and making new friends. After attending this, I knew that I was wanted to be involved in more HOBY. This led me to attending the Word Leadership Congress (WLC) in 2018. There, I met (and still keep in contact with) many HOBY ambassadors from almost every state and various countries around the world! In 2019, I served at the Virginia State Seminar as a Junior Staff member! Leading cheers and helping with behind-the-scenes items were so much fun! I wouldn’t trade my HOBY experience for the world, and I am so excited to be serving as the Alumni Association Executive Board Secretary!


Koby Greene
Ambassador Year: 2019 
When I was selected to attend HOBY VA as an ambassador in 2019, I had no idea how impactful it would be on my life. Not only did we discuss how to improve our personal leadership styles, we talked about improving our immediate communities. When I arrived home, I knew I wanted to stay connected with HOBY, and help this organization succeed. Thus, I returned in 2020 as a co-facilitator, to help guide ambassadors through this memorable experience. I am forever grateful for everything HOBY has awarded me, and am enthusiastic to continue engaging fellow alumni with the Alumni Association!

Public Relations Lead

Casey Barker
Ambassador Year: 2016
When I was chosen to attend the HOBY VA seminar back in 2016, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. What I later found out was that that was going to be one of the most influential weekends of my life and that I wanted to be involved in whatever way I could. Because of HOBY, I’ve made some of my best friendships, learned so much more about what being a leader truly means, and learned a lot more about myself. I’m so happy to have served with HOBY VA in so many ways, and I can’t wait to see where this amazing organization takes me!

Reunion Co-Coordinator

Sarah Bazemore
Ambassador Year: 2018
My HOBY journey began in June of 2018 at HOBY VA. Prior to HOBY, service and leadership had always been an important part of my life, but when I attended HOBY the importance of both was reinforced. I made so many great friends and had the hardest time saying “see you later” when the seminar was over. I left HOBY desperate to come back with the energy that the staff shared with us as ambassadors. With that being said, in 2019 I returned as a Junior Staff member. I had the opportunity to meet so many great ambassadors and staff. We had so much fun leading cheers and sharing our leadership skills with the new ambassadors. In my day to day life, I love to take my HOBY spirit with me! I am so excited to serve alongside all the OUTSTANDING AA Executive Board Members as Reunion Co-Coordinator! 

Reunion Co-Coordinator

Taylor Body
Ambassador Year: 2017
Hey HOBY! These past few years have been amazing with the awesome connections and life-long friendships I’ve made while working with HOBY. I’m a 2017 HOBY VA alum; I returned as a member of Junior Staff in 2018 and as an apprentice to the Director of Junior Staff in 2019 as a part of Team Alumni. Each year, the seminar reminds me more and more why I keep coming back to such a powerful group of individuals who value service as much as I do.

Alumni Advisor

Ryan Mahoney
Ambassador Year: 2012
I started with HOBY in 2012 and have gone back to volunteer as staff every year since. I was a very involved student in high school, but was not sure how to utilize my leaderships skills. HOBY gave me the skills and methods to exploit my leadership skills in my community. Being an effective leader is one of those traits that will follow you throughout your life. It is not one of those skills that slips away after high school. My role on the Alumni Association is to have these young adults continue their HOBY knowledge into their collegiate lives. The program will enhance leadership skills along with cheerful service, while reflecting on the ideals that Hugh O’Brian established.

Apply for the Alumni Association

Are you a high school or college-aged student, interested in joining the Alumni Association? Reach out to Alumni Adviser, Ryan Mahoney at ryan.mahoney@vahoby.org, for more information and ways to get involved with our board!