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ConnectVA Spotlight: Gabrielle Jones, Community Idea Stations

Tell us about yourself I'm Gabrielle Jones, Digital Marketing Manager at the Community Idea Stations. My educational background is in journalism and I worked in marketing and management for a for-profit company in Washington, DC before coming to the Community Idea Stations almost three years ago. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in Raleigh/Durham, NC, Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC. I'm happy to call Richmond my new home and love having the opportunity to go to work on this city's Sesame Street each day.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Patricia Bradby, Leadership Metro Richmond

Tell us about yourself My name is Patricia Bradby and I am the Communications and Events Manager for Leadership Metro Richmond. I grew up in New Kent County just outside of the city and moved away to New York City for college where I began my career in the live music industry. I have a B.M. in Music Business from New York University as well as an M.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin.  Since moving back to RVA in the fall of 2015, I have found many fun and exciting ways to utilize my skill sets for the betterment of the community. Outside of my work at LMR, I also lead the community team for TEDxRVA (we launched TEDxRVASalons in January 2017) and I have my own small business (Miss Priss Tea) which encourages face-to-face intergenerational communication over afternoon tea. My specific knowledge around live music event production has also been utilized to help the Richmond Symphony produce three of their Big Tent festivals in Jackson Ward and the East End.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Charles Dyson, The Community Foundation

What do you find most rewarding about your work? I love challenges, and there’s never a shortage of those in nonprofit work. I also love the wide breadth of experiences that a nonprofit professional automatically gets through wearing all of the hats we wear. I’ve been intentional in my career about seeking positions that give me a well-rounded perspective. I’ve managed a program, served on marketing teams, engaged in donor stewardship, sat on nonprofit boards, and done these in both small and large organizations. Finding solutions to larger community needs from the viewpoint of a funder, or leading the work of a direct-service agency affecting individual’s lives, are both challenging. I’m passionate about working toward solutions at all those levels and love that I get to do that in my current role.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Stephen Allen, International Rescue Committee

Tell us about yourself: Stephen Allen, Site Manager – International Rescue Committee in Richmond; Stephen will celebrate 10 years with IRC in March and moved to Richmond shortly after the IRC in Richmond opened in October, 2015 as a sub-office of IRC in Charlottesville. Stephen worked with IRC in Phoenix for 8 years, starting as a volunteer in 2008. Stephen has a Master of Science in International Development Studies.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Jacki Quinlan, Sports Backers

Tell us about yourself My name is Jacki Quinlan and I am the Director of Community Outreach at Sports Backers. Armed with a B.S. in Psychology and a MEd. in School Counseling, I spent the first 11 years of my career working with individuals with disabilities in a sheltered employment program and serving youth with mental health disorders in Title 1 schools. As I moved into a management position I decided to start a run club at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School to fulfill my need to continue having a direct impact on youth. The experience of giving back through physical activity was more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined, certainly more fulfilling than my personal running accomplishments. Now I have the opportunity to support youth run clubs all over the Richmond Metropolitan Service Area and facilitate fitness programs in underserved communities to combat the health inequities that exist in our region. I was born and raised in Richmond so it is a dream come true to work for a nonprofit that serves my hometown. This position allows me to combine my passion for active living with my program management experience while giving me the opportunity to improve the health and wellness of the communities I care so much about.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Kathy Perun, St. Joseph’s Villa

Tell us about yourself My name is Kathy Perun, and I am honored to serve as the Director of Community Engagement at St. Joseph’s Villa. I have over 25 years of experience in volunteer engagement and human resources management. For the past four years I have been engaging the community with programs at the Villa that change the lives of children and their families. In addition, I teach nonprofit classes through The Community Foundation. I love teaching and coaching others that have a passion for volunteers and the nonprofit community. Since 2003, I have been Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) credentialing program. I am a long-standing member of the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration (GRAVA) and past-president of the board of directors.

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ConnectVa Spotlight: Betsy Bilharz, Virginia Mentoring Partnership

Tell us about yourself. My name is Betsy Bilharz and I am part of the Program Services Team for Virginia Mentoring Partnership, a state-wide nonprofit organization that supports mentors and mentoring programs by providing training, consulting, and capacity-building services to enhance the quality of mentoring programming and relationships. Having received my bachelor’s degree in economics and data analysis from Hamilton College and, more recently, a master’s degree in public administration, program and policy analysis from VCU, I have always been interested in working with volunteer and community organizations to apply an analytical and research-based lens to nonprofit practices. I was drawn to VMP’s work promoting evidence-based quality standards to maximize impact in the mentoring field.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Katina Williams, United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

Tell us about you (include name, position, organization, background) My name is Katina Williams and I am Director of Community Impact: Income Area with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. I started working with United Way in July 2016. I am a native of Petersburg, VA and I worked for 13 years in homeless services with St. Joseph’s Villa. Through my work with St. Joseph’s Villa I gained a love for systems, how they work and how they can be changed to fit the needs of those most affected by a community issue. I believe in the power of individuals and their ability to create a path to success for themselves and their families when resources are made available.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Heather Farber, Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN)

Tell us about yourself. My name is Heather Farber and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates, a program of Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). SCAN is working to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area through services that promote positive parenting, strengthen families and help create a community that values and cares for its children. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization and in 2009, Richmond CASA merged with Greater Richmond SCAN and became one of their five programs. CASA assigns volunteers to advocate for children who are involved in child abuse and neglect cases in the Richmond City Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Terence Barber, Prevention & Outreach Specialist, The James House

Tell us about yourself. My name is Terence Barber and I am the Prevention & Outreach Specialist for the James House. I have a B.A. in Mass Communications and a M.A. in Media Management from Virginia State University. Prior to starting this position in February, I worked with citizens in the community and helped connect them to resources that would assist them in becoming self-sufficient. I also planned community events and connected with other organizations to help provide services to those clients.

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