Personality: Dr. Cynthia O. Richardson

Cynthia Owens Richardson, president of the Petersburg Area Art League, wants the nonprofit to be a mecca for people to explore, experience and be inspired by art.

Personality: Brian Palmer

Richmond-based journalist Brian Palmer, whose career has taken him around the globe, has won a prestigious Peabody Award, which recognizes and honors the most enlightening and powerful stories, documentaries, radio and television shows and podcasts about pressing social issues of ...

Personality: Vanessa Myers Mason

She was grief-stricken when her mother passed away two years ago. Now Vanessa Dale Myers Mason has wiped away her tears and come up with a positive way to honor her mother.

Personality: Evette Roots

Three years ago, a small group of philanthropic-minded women wanted to make a significant impact in the lives of black women and girls. That was the beginning of SisterFund, created with a spirited responsibility, coupled with dollars, to change and ...

Personality: Shelly McKee-Sutton

The loss of a child is one of the most horrific times for parents and their families who suffer grief, sorrow and, sometimes, guilt.

Personality: Joyce Woolridge

Joyce Woolridge is an advocate for people to have their annual health checkups and cancer screenings. “Cancer checkups are not to be run from,” she says. “They are to be run to, especially women. It is also important for men ...

Personality: Mary R. Sadovszky

Mary R. Sadovszky, chair of the Bags & Bourbon Benefit, a live and silent auction to benefit CancerLINC, is working weekends and nights to make this charitable event Richmond’s most memorable spring fundraiser.

Personality: Zion C. Neverson

For 72 years, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year program has honored the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people and encouraged them to lead, succeed and inspire. Zion Caliq Neverson joined the local Southside Boys & ...

Personality: Kimberly Battle

A small, low-key group of women is working hard to address education issues in the United States and abroad by working with women, youths and the disadvantaged in local communities and in developing countries. “We are small … but mighty,” ...

Personality: Jamon K. Phenix

Jamon K. Phenix, president of Virginia Union University’s Student Government Association, takes this position as a student leader and one of the gatekeepers of his university.

Personality: Shelia S. Fitzgerald

Shelia Scott Fitzgerald is president of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which serves Greater Richmond, the Tri-Cities, the Peninsula and Hampton Roads. The Richmond native became involved with BBBS nine years ago because its mission resonated ...

Personality: Kenneth M. Dye

For many students from low-income families, a college education is out of reach. GRASP, the Richmond-based Great Aspirations Scholarship Program Inc., may be the answer.

Personality: Martha E. Hancock-Carter

Martha E. Hancock-Carter, president of the Richmond Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc., is dedicated to preserving the vision and legacy of the national organization’s late founder, Mary McLeod Bethune.

Personality: Stephan A. Hicks

“Men are the greatest resource in our city. However, services focusing on men in Richmond are severely lacking. When it comes to helping men get on their feet, there is little offered.”

Personality: Kevin Watson

“A lot of high school and college athletes see themselves as the next LeBron James-level professional athlete. But many falling short of that dream have to learn who they are and their skills and passions.”