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ConnectVA Spotlight: Sarah Williams, UnboundRVA

Tell us about yourself. My name is Sarah Williams and I’m the Executive Director of UnBoundRVA.  I have a BBA and MBA from The College of William and Mary.  I grew up in Halifax, Virginia where giving back and the importance of small businesses for creating generational wealth were ingrained in me. The first business I started was at age 12 selling candy and drinks at my brother's baseball games. I served for six years on the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence Board- now part of the Community Foundation - with RVA superstars like Kathie Markel, Ted Chandler, Sherrie Armstrong and Kevin Allison - that set the bar high for excellence by our nonprofit sector.  My work with small business owners has been what I have loved as a banker and an investment advisor and for four years as Chairman of the Board of UnBoundRVA.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Maggie Smith, CodeVA

Tell us about yourself. My name is Maggie Smith, and I am the Director of Children’s Programs at CodeVA. My background is in arts education and curation. My career had been focused on fine craft from involvement in the creation of the organization of Cabbage Town Clay & Glassworks, a neighborhood community art center in Atlanta to curating an exhibition of recycled jewelry from a program called The Radical Jewelry Makeover; I have always enjoyed learning and teaching about craft. CodeVA has given me the opportunity to combine my love for craft and education by providing me the challenge of creating arts integrated computer science curricula. Computer science is a craft in the sense that people are creating a "thing" that is useful for other people and enhance daily life.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Sarah Hale, Executive Director, Urban Hope

Tell us about yourself. My name is Sarah Hale, and I am the Executive Director of Urban Hope. For most of my career, I was in residential interior design. What I loved most about that work was the ability to improve the everyday lives of families through effective design, and it left me longing for a deeper, broader impact. We all understand the power of home, for better or for worse, and I came to Urban Hope with the intent of helping our city improve the prospects of home for those who need better.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Beth Roach, James River Association

Tell us about yourself. My name is Beth Roach, and I’m the Grants Manager for the James River Association, the only nonprofit solely dedicated to protecting the James River watershed from the headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay. My conservation career began back in 2004 with Virginia State Parks; over the course of 7 years, I served as volunteer, seasonal interpreter, conservation intern, park ranger, chief ranger, and environmental programs manager. After my park work, I gained skills in exhibit design, volunteer management, and most recently, nonprofit accounting and administration. I am an enrolled member of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA and serve on the Tribal Council. As a Councilwoman, I’m a storyteller and I manage environmental programs. Recently, I was elected Vice Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. I have a degree in History with a concentration in Public History from James Madison University.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Julie Adams-Buchanan, Executive Director, The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR)

Tell us about yourself. My name is Julie Adams-Buchanan and I am the Executive Director at The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR).  I have been at TSCOR over 10 years and have been its director for almost four of those years.  I was the Coordinator of Client Services previously, overseeing transportation and other assistance provided by volunteers to seniors in Richmond.  I have a B.S. in Sociology/Anthropology and M.S. in Sociology from VCU.  I obtained a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in 2013, solidifying my belief in the immense importance of contributions made by volunteers.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Monica Callahan, Director of Workforce Programs, ChamberRVA

Tell us about yourself. My name is Monica Callahan I am the Director of Workforce Programs at ChamberRVA. I have been in this role since September 2017. Prior to moving over to the Chamber, I most recently served as the Director of Outreach and Development for Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond an LLC of ChamberRVA that focuses on the earliest end of the workforce pipeline, children 0-5.  Prior to that, I was the Community Engagement Director for Richmond 2015, the organization responsible for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

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ConnectVA Spotlight: Matt Morgan, project:HOMES

Tell us about yourself. My name is Matt Morgan, I am the Deputy Director of Neighborhood Revitalization at project:HOMES. I started as an intern at project:HOMES about five years ago, and have held a variety of positions at the organization. In my current role, I manage the rehabilitation section of our Neighborhood Revitalization program, where we provide critical home repairs to low-income families in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Norfolk. Our project managers assess the needs of a homeowner, ensuring that the home is safe, warm, and dry. I also work on pre-development and closings for the real estate side of our department, where we build up to 25 homes a year which are sold to low-income families. I graduated from VCU in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in History, and got a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from UVA in 2014.

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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: 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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