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Nagolia “Goldie” Wells: July/August Leader of the Month

Nagolia “Goldie” Wells: July/August Leader of the Month

Nagolia “Goldie” Wells was at the very first meeting of the Portsmouth Chapter of Virginia Organizing—and she hasn’t stopped since! “Meghan, our organizer, came to one of my civic league meetings back in 2016,” said Goldie. “A few of us decided to go ...

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Tamara Cherry-Clarke: May 2017 Leader of the Month

Tamara Cherry-Clarke: May 2017 Leader of the Month

In May 2016, Tamara Cherry-Clark attended a school-to-prison pipeline community meeting with a friend from work. In the year since that first meeting, Tamara has become a leader in the New River Valley Chapter and a driving force in their local educa ...

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Jennifer and Angel Romero: April Leaders of the Month

Jennifer and Angel Romero: April Leaders of the Month

Door-to-door canvassing. Agenda preparation. Planning meetings. On March 4, all of their hard work paid off. The immigrant rights workshop was a success! Jennifer and Angel Romero have only been involved in the Fredericksburg Chapter of Virginia Orga ...

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Randi Carpoe: March 2017 Leader of the Month

Randi Carpoe: March 2017 Leader of the Month

Randi Carpoe first got involved with Virginia Organizing in August through a work study program for dislocated workers. Since then, Randi has been a faithful volunteer in the Charlottesville office — phone banking, writing thank-you notes to donors, ...

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Jill Carson: January/February 2017 Leader of the Month

Jill Carson: January/February 2017 Leader of the Month

Jill Carson, a leader in the Lee County Chapter, was a founding member of Virginia Organizing Project’s original Organizing Committee back in 1995. Since then, Jill has stayed focused on helping real people make real change. “Meet people where they a ...

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Martha Woody: December 2016 Leader of the Month

Martha Woody: December 2016 Leader of the Month

Since 2008, Martha Woody has been a strong member of Virginia Organizing. After participating in a series of meetings with legislators around predatory lending, health care, and more during the 2008 General Assembly session, Martha became active in e ...

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Lee Irvin: October 2016 Leader of the Month

Lee Irvin: October 2016 Leader of the Month

Lee Irvin first joined Virginia Organizing in mid-2015 after meeting Lynchburg area organizer Haley Wilson. Since then, Lee has worked hard to build power for change in Lynchburg and across Virginia. "Virginia Organizing provided a great opportunity ...

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Trish Philon: September 2016 Leader of the Month

Trish Philon: September 2016 Leader of the Month

Trish Philon has been a member of the Harrisonburg Chapter for many years and is particularly interested in criminal justice issues in her community. Recently, her Chapter developed a community-police relations survey to learn more about perceptions ...

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Al Willis: November 2016 Leader of the Month

Al Willis: November 2016 Leader of the Month

Al Willis first learned about Virginia Organizing through his church, and he's been a leader in the organizing drive on the Eastern Shore ever since. “I want to help people empower themselves and make their community better,” he said. Since getting i ...

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Lily Hungarland: August 2016 Leader of the Month

Lily Hungarland: August 2016 Leader of the Month

Lily Hungarland began her journey with Virginia Organizing in high school. She recently graduated and started at UVA this month. "I started learning about social justice issues and Virginia Organizing through church in middle school," said Lily. Her ...

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Odessa Hudson: July 2016 Leader of the Month

Odessa Hudson: July 2016 Leader of the Month

Odessa Hudson is passionate about voting. For years, Odessa had her civil rights stripped away because she has a felony conviction on her record. She read about another returning citizen and Virginia Organizing Board member in her local paper and got ...

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Dian Williams: June 2016 Leader of the Month

Dian Williams: June 2016 Leader of the Month

Dian Williams is a newer Virginia Organizing leader in Portsmouth who got active after learning about Virginia Organizing at a local civic league meeting. "When I heard about all the issues that Virginia Organizing works on, I thought, 'this is me!'" ...

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Nancy Carpenter: May 2016 Leader of the Month

Nancy Carpenter: May 2016 Leader of the Month

For the past four years, Nancy Carpenter has been an active leader in the Charlottesville Chapter of Virginia Organizing. She joined Virginia Organizing because she was interested in supporting a local organization that addresses how state issues aff ...

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Ronna Wertman: February 2016 Leader of the Month

Ronna Wertman: February 2016 Leader of the Month

Born to deaf parents, Ronna Wertman has been a bridge between deaf and hearing communities all her life. When her mom was in the hospital without access to appropriate interpretation services, Ronna got busy to make sure others in the deaf community ...

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Ebony Guy: January 2016 Leader of the Month

Ebony Guy: January 2016 Leader of the Month

When Ebony Guy first moved to Danville, she was looking for community and a way to make a difference. Through Virginia Organizing, she has made real change in real people’s lives! Most recently, Ebony served as a leader in the Danville Chapter’s #Bla ...

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Neal Mullins: December 2015 Leader of the Month

Neal Mullins: December 2015 Leader of the Month

Neal Mullins did not know much about natural gas hydrofracking three years ago and he had never heard of Virginia Organizing. After purchasing some land and seeing signs about potential fracking in the area, he decided to attend a Board of Supervisor ...

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Phil Grochmal: November 2015 Leader of the Month

Phil Grochmal: November 2015 Leader of the Month

South Hampton Roads Chapter leader Phil Grochmal passed away this month following a sudden heart attack. He was known for his passion for his family and politics in the community. In his Chapter, he was known for his passionate organizing for access ...

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LaKisha Mahone: October 2015 Leader of the Month

LaKisha Mahone: October 2015 Leader of the Month

LaKisha (Kisha) Mahone has been a volunteer leader with the Fredericksburg Chapter since February 2015. Kisha and her classmates were doing a research project and chose to study the school-to-prison-pipeline in Spotsylvania County when they came acro ...

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Camil Davis: September 2015 Leader of the Month

Camil Davis: September 2015 Leader of the Month

Camil Davis has been a Petersburg Chapter leader for almost a year. She is actively involved in the local food desert campaign and has a passion for getting people active in her community. "Petersburg is a food desert, which means we have little to n ...

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Ayu Yifru: May/June Leader of the Month

Ayu Yifru: May/June Leader of the Month

Ayu Yifru first became involved in the Harrisonburg Chapter of Virginia Organizing when she saw that changes were needed in her community and she wanted to raise her voice. "Virginia Organizing helps to raise the voices of traditionally silenced peop ...

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Kay Meyer: March/April 2015 Leader of the Month

Kay Meyer: March/April 2015 Leader of the Month

Kay Meyer has been a leader with Virginia Organizing for two years. In that time, she has shown a commitment to leadership development and working on the issues important to her local Chapter and community. She spearheaded efforts to communicate with ...

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Davon Miller: January/February 2015 Leader of the Month

Davon Miller: January/February 2015 Leader of the Month

Davon Miller got active with Virginia Organizing after a Charlottesville Chapter leader asked him to register to vote and he was unable to since his rights had been taken away. He decided that he wanted to help other people get their right to vote ba ...

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Elizabeth La Grua: November/December 2014 Leader of the Month

Elizabeth La Grua: November/December 2014 Leader of the Month

Elizabeth La Grua has been a part of the Augusta/Staunton/Waynesboro Chapter for many years. She first got involved with Virginia Organizing from a partnership on peace issues in her local community. Since then, Elizabeth has worked on a variety of i ...

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Daniel Willson: October 2014 Leader of the Month

Daniel Willson: October 2014 Leader of the Month

Daniel Willson is a Baptist pastor and Virginia Organizing leader in Martinsville. Daniel first got involved after students visited him to talk about Virginia Organizing, but he was already interested in learning more from driving by the local office ...

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Jan Reeves: September 2014 Leader of the Month

Jan Reeves: September 2014 Leader of the Month

Jan Reeves is a Virginia Organizing leader in her hometown of Abingdon, Virginia. She lived in northern Virginia for a time and when she moved back to the mountains about a year ago, she was appalled that the county was considering hydrofracking in t ...

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Eunice Haigler: August 2014 Leader of the Month

Eunice Haigler: August 2014 Leader of the Month

Eunice Haigler became interested in Virginia Organizing because of criminal justice work and Medicaid expansion. Eunice is one of the 400,000 people who would benefit from Medicaid expansion. She now works on many projects with Virginia Organizing. " ...

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Nicholas DeFilippis: July 2014 Leader of the Month

Nicholas DeFilippis: July 2014 Leader of the Month

Nicholas DeFilippis started as an intern with Virginia Organizing in 2011 and continued to work with the Richmond Chapter as a leader after his internship ended. The work Virginia Organizing does is important to Nicholas because he wants to see impro ...

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Ramona Sanders: June 2014 Leader of the Month

Ramona Sanders: June 2014 Leader of the Month

Ramona Sanders has been an active leader with Virginia Organizing for four years. During this time, she has worked on environmental, anti-poverty, predatory lending, and other campaigns in Harrisonburg, but she has most recently been focused on the i ...

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Yolander Davis: May 2014 Leader of the Month

Yolander Davis: May 2014 Leader of the Month

Yolander Davis began working with the South Hampton Roads Chapter on health care reform and Medicaid expansion because she wanted to share her own health care story. Yolander is an adult foster caregiver and works with adults who have mental and inte ...

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Marty Jackson: April 2014 Leader of the Month

Marty Jackson: April 2014 Leader of the Month

Marty Jackson began working with the Danville Chapter of Virginia Organizing in 2013. As a former felon, Marty understands the issues that many people face when trying to re-enter society. Marty believes Virginia Organizing’s focus on people wh ...

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Rick Chapman: December 2013 Leader of the Month

Rick Chapman: December 2013 Leader of the Month

Rick Chapman has been involved with Virginia Organizing for almost a year and has already become very active in Louisa County! Rick developed interest in various issues debating politics with a friend prior to the 2008 Presidential election, but afte ...

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Duane Edwards: November 2013 Leader of the Month

Duane Edwards: November 2013 Leader of the Month

Duane Edwards is a Fredericksburg Chapter leader who has been working hard to get the word out about the Affordable Care Act and restoration of civil rights for former felons. Duane organized a restoration of rights workshop in a local homeless shelt ...

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Renee Stone: October 2013 Leader of the Month

Renee Stone: October 2013 Leader of the Month

Renee Stone is an active Virginia Organizing leader in the Danville Chapter. Renee has been involved with Virginia Organizing for about two years. “I got involved with Virginia Organizing because I receive Social Security and I wanted to r ...

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Dell Erwin: September 2013 Leader of the Month

Dell Erwin: September 2013 Leader of the Month

Dell Erwin has been working with the Virginia Organizing Charlottesville Chapter for many years, focusing on health care and civic engagement. Dell said the best part of working with Virginia Organizing is having an opportunity to work on a vari ...

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Wendy Jimenez: July/August 2013 Leader of the Month

Wendy Jimenez: July/August 2013 Leader of the Month

Wendy Jimenez is a Fredericksburg Chapter leader who has been very active on immigration issues with Virginia Organizing and other organizations. “I met [Fredericksburg Organizer] Addie Alexander in March when I was helping to organize the ...

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Jossimar Diaz-Castro: May/June 2013 Leader of the Month

Jossimar Diaz-Castro: May/June 2013 Leader of the Month

Jossimar Diaz-Castro has been working alongside Virginia Organizing for about three years. Throughout those years, he has focused on immigrant justice issues, including supporting comprehensive immigration reform and fighting against discrimination. ...

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Lee Whitehead: April/May 2013 Leader of the Month

Lee Whitehead: April/May 2013 Leader of the Month

Lee Whitehead is the owner of Lee’s Custom Appearance and a member of Virginia Organizing in the South Hampton Roads area. Lee has been active with Virginia Organizing for over three years now.  During that time, Lee has been active on the ...

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Oscar Harris: March/April 2013 Leader of the Month

Oscar Harris: March/April 2013 Leader of the Month

Oscar Harris has been a Washington County Chapter leader for over a year. He first got involved when he started learning about hydrofracking, the process of extracting natural gas from the ground using water. Oscar went to a meeting and met our South ...

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Winston Whitehurst: February/March 2013 Leader of the Month

Winston Whitehurst: February/March 2013 Leader of the Month

Winston Whitehurst is the leader of the Affordable Health Care Coalition for South Hampton Roads. He has also been a strong voice on other issues of social and economic justice. Winston has been involved with Virginia Organizing since 2009 when he be ...

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Kevin Wilson: January/February 2013 Leader of the Month

Kevin Wilson: January/February 2013 Leader of the Month

Kevin Wilson, owner of Sticky ToGoGo in Richmond, Va., has been involved with Virginia Organizing for about a year and a half now. Kevin is most interested in health care, education, and tax fairness issues. Kevin got involved with Virginia Orga ...

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Jacqueline Lewis: December 2012/January 2013 Leader of the Month

Jacqueline Lewis: December 2012/January 2013 Leader of the Month

Two years ago, Jacqueline Lewis went to a health care forum in Fredericksburg hosted by Virginia Organizing  because she wanted “just the facts” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She was so impressed that she decided to become involv ...

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Kristy Lautenbach: November/December Leader of the Month

Kristy Lautenbach: November/December Leader of the Month

Kristy Lautenbach has been a Danville Chapter member since August 2012 and has already done so much work with Virginia Organizing!In November, Kristy was one of a small group of Virginia Organizing members to meet with Senator Mark Warner. She also d ...

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Fernando Perez: October/November Leader of the Month

Fernando Perez: October/November Leader of the Month

Fernando Perez is a Harrisonburg Chapter leader and has been a part of Virginia Organizing since the summer of 2011. Fernando had an interest in human rights and wanted to serve his local community. He has been working on immigration in Harrisonburg ...

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Maria Fornella-Oehninger: September/October Leader of the Month

Maria Fornella-Oehninger: September/October Leader of the Month

Maria Fornella-Oehninger began her work with Virginia Organizing two and a half years ago after the atmosphere for immigrants in Virginia Beach became hostile. She currently serves on the Immigration Reform and Dismantling Racism issue team of the So ...

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Catherine Fitzgerald: August/September Leader of the Month

Catherine Fitzgerald: August/September Leader of the Month

Catherine Fitzgerald is a Danville Chapter leader and has been working on numerous campaigns with Virginia Organizing. She has been an outspoken advocate for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has taken the lead on the local weatherization campaign in ...

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