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User Spotlight: Andrea Butler, Better Housing Coalition

Meet Andrea Butler, Vice President, Resource Development & Communications, Better Housing Coalition. Tell us about you. Most of my experience for 25 years was in corporate communications and public relations for national organizations. I was public relations director for US Airways and for the National Aquarium in Baltimore; VP of public relations for Priceline.com; and…

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User Spotlight: Lori Schmiege, CARITAS

Meet Lori Schmiege, Social Enterprise Developer at CARITAS. Tell us about yourself and what you do at your organization. I started at CARITAS as a volunteer shopper (assisting clients to choose furniture for their home) four years ago before coming aboard as an AmeriCorp member in 2010. I saw a need for bed bug prevention…

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User Spotlight: Rhea George, Virginia Center for Architecture

Meet Rhea George, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects and the Virginia Center for Architecture. Tell us about your yourself and your organization. My name is Rhea George and I?m the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects…

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User Spotlight: Kathryn Thompson, Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority

This week's spotlight is Kathryn Thompson, Residential Services Manager with Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  Tell us about your background and past experiences? I graduated from VCU with a degree in Public Relations. I interned with the Hilliard House and focused on nonprofit fundraising while in college. I have a very diverse background with experience ranging…

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User Spotlight: Becky Bell, Council International Educational Exchange

Meet Becky Bell, volunteer team leader, Council International Educational Exchange "Discover America all over again through the eyes of international stu¬≠dents." Tell us about yourself and your organization. I am Becky Bell and I volunteer with CIEE, Council International Educational Exchange, working with the high school exchange program. As a team leader I recruit other…

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User Spotlight: Mike Roberts, Petersburg Family YMCA


Tell us about yourself:

My name is Mike Roberts and I am the Executive Director of the Petersburg Family YMCA. I have been with the YMCA for 18 years, nationally and internationally. I began in London, England; spent a year in Zimbabwe and recently came to Petersburg from Clearwater, Florida. I also work for the YMCA national office as a facilitator for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a cancer survivor exercise program (one we’ve just introduced to Petersburg!). 

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The fact that the YMCA has a financial assistance program that allows us to never have to turn anyone away because of their inability to pay. I have found that the YMCA is a much loved and much needed organization in this community.

How is your work having an impact on our community?

Petersburg is ranked 131 out of 131 localities in Virginia in terms of health statistics. The YMCA in Petersburg is working to improve the health and wellness of individuals and families. 

How do you maintain your own wellness?

I try and focus on the positive aspects of my work. I also make time for my own health and peace of mind.  You need to be fit and well before you help others become fit and well. 

What’s next?

We are in the middle of a capital campaign to renovate our facility. We are very close to achieving our goal to upgrade the gymnasium. Seeing over a hundred teens on our free teen nights, step out onto a new, shiny wood basketball court for the first time will be very exciting!

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