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YNPN RVA Announces Great Nonprofit Awards Finalists

YNPN RVA (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA) is excited to announce the finalists for the upcoming Great Nonprofit Awards 2018 in three categories:

  • Rising Star: A nonprofit professional with fewer than five years of career experience making significant contributions to the RVA nonprofit sector.
  • Great Nonprofit Boss: A nonprofit manager who has gone above and beyond to promote a great work environment for their staff.
  • Outstanding Organization: A great nonprofit organization that fosters a nurturing and empowering environment for young nonprofit professionals.

The many nominations were scored by a panel of young nonprofit professionals from the YNPN RVA Leadership Team.  The winner in each category will be announced at the November 7th event.


In no particular order, here are the finalists:

Great Nonprofit Awards Finalists:

Rising Star

  • Jackie Washington, Center Director, 6 Points Innovation Center, Storefront for Community Design
  • Erica Babcock, Marketing and Communications Officer, Better Housing Coalition
  • Matt Morgan, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Revitalization, project:HOMES
  • Audrey Trussell, Director of City and Schools Partnership, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Great Nonprofit Boss         

  • Linda Whitaker, VP of Administration and Human Resources, ChildSavers
  • Erica Mann, Regional Director of Community Based Services, UMFS
  • Nadine Marsh-Carter, CEO, Children’s Home Society of Virginia

Outstanding Organization

  • Blue Sky Fund
  • Children’s Home Society of Virginia
  • Lynnhaven Academy

Congrats to the above finalists and all of our nominees:

Great Nonprofit Awards Nominees
  • Jesse Anderson, Senior Campaign Manager, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Alissa Aronovici, Chief Development Officer, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
  • Art for the Journey
  • Tommy Joe Bednar, System Manager, Homeward
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
  • Children’s Home Society of Virginia
  • Verenda Cobbs, Program Director of High Schools/ PLC’s, Communities In Schools Of Richmond
  • Lynnelle Ediger, Founder and Director, GreenSpring International Academy of Music
  • Kelly Elias, Director of Development, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield
  • GreenSpring International Academy of Music
  • Alden Gregory, Director of Development, The McShin Foundation
  • Lauren Gwaley, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Northstar Academy
  • Casey Hitchcock, Head of School, Lynnhaven Academy
  • HomeAgain
  • Ami Kim, Vice President of Digital Operations, Community Idea Stations
  • Cindy Paullin, Deputy Executive Officer, Art for the Journey
  • Christie Smith, Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc.
  • Caroline Snell, Campaign Assistant, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • STORY-Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth
  • The Faison Center, Inc.
  • Brantley Tyndall, Community Engagement Manager, Sports Backers-Bike Walk RVA
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
  • Randy White, Founder & CEO, Love of Learning Inc
  • Alex Wiles, Senior Commonwealth Circle Liaison, Community Idea Stations (WCVE)
  • Sheba Williams, Executive Director, Nolef Turns Inc.

Read more about our Finalists in part 1 of our “Spotlight”.

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