Kim Bobo, Co-Executive Director – Kim is a nationally known promoter of social justice who leads VICPP’s advocacy, outreach, and development work. She literally wrote the book on faith-based organizing.  Kim joined Virginia Interfaith Center in 2016, where she mobilized a historic faith advocacy campaign and played a leadership role in the statewide Healthcare for All Virginians coalition advocating Medicaid expansion, which passed in 2018. She moved to Virginia from Chicago, where she founded and served as executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers. Prior to that Kim was national organizing director for Bread for the World and an instructor at the Midwest Academy. Born in Cincinnati, Kim has a B.A. in religion from Barnard College and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research.  She was married for 31 years to Stephen Coats, who died unexpectedly in 2013.  Their twin sons, Benjamin and Eric, are organizing for economic justice in Illinois and Ohio. Kim married David Duvall Orr, a long-time Chicago reform politician, in 2017. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir. Kim served as the choir director at her previous church for more than 25 years.  kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org  

Pastor Rodney Hunter,  Co-Director  – With decades of leadership and service to the community, Rodney has been Pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in the East End of Richmond since 1986, retiring in 2012 while continuing to serve the church part-time. He has served on the board of VICPP since 2013 and was named Co-Director in 2018. Rodney was ordained a Full Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1984 while serving Leesville UMC.  He has always been deeply involved in community service, both nationally and internationally, working with organizations including the Parenting Is Basic Program through Richmond Public Schools, the Board of Richmond Habitat for Humanity, CARITAS, and Richmond East Team Board. Rodney has served as Chair of the Richmond Juvenile court volunteer programs, counselor in the Richmond city jail, coordinator of the SHARE Food Program for Richmond and vicinity and co-founder of the Jubilee Assistance Program – an alternative, low-interest loan program for persons who otherwise would use predatory lenders. Rodney serves as president of the Richmond Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  rodney@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Yanet Limon-Amado, Administrative Assistant and Organizer –  Yanet was born in Puebla, Mexico, and immigrated alongside her parents and sister to the U.S. at the age of eight. She navigated the educational system as an undocumented student for 14 years until she became a DACA recipient in 2014. Yanet is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Political Science with a concentration in public policy. She is the co-founder and director of UndocuRams, a student organization dedicated to advocating for undocumented students. Her personal story, as well as her leadership, have been featured in several media outlets including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond Magazine, WRIC, The Commonwealth Times, NBC12, WTVR and various blogs. yanet@virginiainterfaithcenter.org 

Liz Denison, Administrative and Financial Manager – Liz oversees the financial management of VICPP. Prior to joining the Center, Liz worked at SunTrust Bank, as a small business loan underwriter. She also worked as a Financial Manager at East End Fellowship and The Martin Agency. Liz graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with a degree in Business Finance. Liz and her husband are completing training to plant a church in partnership with V3 Church Planting Movement and East End Fellowship. In her spare time, Liz spends time relaxing in Church Hill with her two sons, daughter, and husband.  liz@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 

 Benjamin Hoyne, Policy and Campaigns Director – Benjamin has over ten years of policy experience with a focus on health, international, and environmental issues. He spent a year organizing health care clinicians across Virginia to engage the General Assembly in Richmond. Prior to that, Benjamin was the Executive Director of a non-profit focused on Medicaid policy in Oregon. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy, both from American University in Washington, DC, a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Vermont. Benjamin speaks Spanish and Portuguese. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Virginia with his family. benjamin@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 

Dora Muhammad, Health Care Organizer  – Dora spearheads VICPP’s Health Care Hope campaign that works to ensure the widest implementation of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. She is an author, documentary photographer, and founder of the AWARE Project advocating for women’s and human rights. Dora brings more than 20 years of communications, public policy, and advocacy experience and loves getting behind a camera lens to document life and human interest stories, using visual art as a catalyst for advocacy. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Documentary Photography, a Master in Public Administration, and studied International Law and Human Rights. Dora received a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from the Princeton Theological Seminary. Named one of Leadership Prince Williams’ “40 Under 40” in 2014, Dora was a leading Neighborhood Team Leader and Regional Digital Director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She is a Harlem native and daughter of Indo-Caribbean immigrants from Trinidad.  dora@virginiainterfaithcenter.org   

 

Roberta Oster, Communications Director –  Roberta is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and communications professional. For two decades, she produced stories around the world for NBC, CBS, and ABC Network News on business, politics, human rights, and social justice issues. Roberta brought her journalism and PR skills to Richmond in 2006 to serve as Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Richmond School of Law. She has served on the board of the Weinstein Jewish Community Center and is currently on the advisory board of the Peace Project. She holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Roberta was a Knight Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. roberta@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 


Amanda Silcox
 – Amanda is the inaugural ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow at VICPP. Prior to joining the Interfaith Center, she was a volunteer with Young Adults in Global Mission, another program of the ELCA, in Cambodia for a year, where she worked with a rural development organization and taught English. Amanda is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton, where she studied Economics and Finance. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and staying up-to-date on the Cleveland sports teams.  amanda@virginiainterfaithcenter.org   

 


⋅Student Interns⋅

VICPP loves working with students.  If you would like to do a semester internship or volunteer in another way, please contact roberta@virginiainterfaithcenter.org.  The following students are currently working with VICPP:

Zoe Delaney, Bonner Scholar Intern – Zoe is a rising junior at the University of Richmond. She is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) with a concentration in Political Science and a minor in Health Care Studies. Passionate about health care policy, Zoe’s work at VICPP  is focused on Medicaid expansion and enrollment efforts. In addition to being a Bonner Scholar, Zoe serves on the philanthropy committee of the University of Richmond chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Richmond and trying as many new restaurants as possible. zoe@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 

Rachael Glackin, Bonner Scholar Intern – Rachael is a sophomore at the University of Richmond from Centerport, New York, on Long Island. She is studying International Business, Leadership Studies, and Spanish. Besides volunteering for the Bonner Program, she is a member of Kappa Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi and Club Volleyball. She loves sailing, skiing, running and traveling. Bonner interns will be working with VICPP for the next three years.  rachael@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Daniel Williams, Bonner Scholar Intern – Daniel is a rising sophomore at the University of Richmond. Having lived in Virginia Beach all his life, he finds Richmond a refreshing change of pace.  He plans on double majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.  After graduation, he hopes to attend law school and run for public office one day. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking and skateboarding. daniel@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 


⋅Special Volunteers⋅

 

Ron Alpern – Ron is a special advisor on corporate outreach.  He is assisting the director in connecting with businesses in the Richmond area. He has also worked on outreach to student groups around the state. His background includes work as a grant and special projects consultant for non-profit arts, educational, and community organizations. Before moving to Virginia, he was a grant officer at the University of Kentucky. Previously he served in the Detroit Recreation Department units responsible for concerts, special events, and public art installations at two riverfront parks. His wife, Pamela Knapp, is a professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine.  ron@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 

Stephanie Niedringhaus – Stephanie retired in 2016 after spending more than 20 years working for NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities included working with national media, editing NETWORK’s magazine, writing articles on social justice issues, and overseeing social media. After retiring, she joined the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and now works on projects for the VICPP. She lives in Northern Virginia, where she is a member of PAX, a Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Community. sniedringhaus@gmail.com