Personality: Dawn-Marie Bey

Stories on the plight of the homeless and marginalized can inspire feelings of sadness, empathy and solidarity. For attorney Dawn-Marie Bey, an article she read on social media sparked her to create Period Patch in 2015, an organization that provides ...

Personality: Kelly King Horne

For Kelly King Horne, the coronavirus pandemic is just the latest challenge added to the stack that she deals with daily. As executive director of Homeward, the 22-year-old nonprofit planning and coordinating group for homeless services in the Richmond area, ...

Personality: Patrice A. Beard

There are millions of people managing mental illness in America, with 25 percent of adults and 20 percent of children diagnosed with a mental health condition. For the thousands in Central Virginia currently living with a condition, they have a ...

Personality: Jacqueline C. Presley

As she nears the end of her two-year tenure as president of Altrusa International Capital City of Virginia, Jacqueline C. Presley remains excited “just to be a part of a worldwide organization” dedicated to making the community a better place.

Personality: Quanda Lashun Baker

Almost five years ago, Quanda Lashun Baker was among the charter members of the Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, establishing a branch of the women’s nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in ...

Personality: Barney Cobb

Barney Cobb, renowned for his exceptional speed, is sprinting straight into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. The former John Marshall High School track and field champion will be formally inducted April 26 during a ceremony in Charlottesville.

Personality: Robert M. Lester

An invitation from a friend and fraternity brother brought Robert M. Lester to Club 533 in 2012, offering him the opportunity to meet and listen to members from across decades. That night sparked Mr. Lester’s interest and desire to be ...

Personality: Kay Tyler

It has been more than a decade since Kay Tyler started volunteering with Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now, and she is still finding new ways to contribute to its mission of a safer future for Richmond youths.

Personality: Dr. Kelli Williams Gary

Dr. Kelli Williams Gary knows how important and precious the human brain is. She is a survivor of brain injury, a researcher of the condition and is president-elect of the board of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, the commonwealth’s ...

Personality: Dr. Patricia Herrera

Dr. Patricia Herrera was in college when her sense of self was expanded.

Personality: Edward G. Hamlin Jr.

An award from one of Richmond’s oldest African-American organizations would be an extraordinary honor for just about anyone. For Edward Ganon Hamlin Jr., his award reaffirms his close connection to a group that has helped him “define what a man ...

Personality: Dr. Rodney P. Gaines

Most college professors start their spring semesters re-energized from the holiday break with memories of family gatherings and stories of whirlwind vacations. Dr. Rodney Perry Gaines is heading back to Hampton University with something quite unique under his belt: The ...

Personality: Savon Shelton Sampson

As 2020 begins, Savon Shelton Sampson is readying for an “exciting” new year serving as president of the Junior League of Richmond.

Personality: Shawn A. Cosby

It has been almost two months since author Shawn A. Cosby won the prestigious 2019 Anthony Award for Best Short Story during the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Dallas.

Personality: John H. Brown III

“We wanted to give back to the community in memory of my son.” Following the murder of Jomond A. Lightfoot in 2009, John H. Brown III sought to take his 25 years of experience in the building trade industry and ...