⋅Staff⋅

Kim Bobo, Executive Director – Kim is a nationally known promoter of social justice who literally wrote the book on faith-based organizing. She began work as the new Executive Director for the Virginia Interfaith Center on Feb. 10, 2016, coming to Virginia from Chicago, where she founded and served as the 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 she was national organizing director for Bread for the World and an instructor at the Midwest Academy. Born in Cincinnati, Kim attended Barnard College. She was married for 31 years to Stephen Coats, who died unexpectedly in 2013. She has twin sons, Eric and Benjamin, who are recent graduates from this year.  kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Rev. Rodney Hunter,  Co-Director  – Rev. Hunter was approved as co-director in April. He has served as pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, in the East End neighborhood of Richmond, since 1986. He has been very involved in community service, both nationally and internationally. Rodney has worked with the Parenting Is Basic Program through Richmond Public Schools, the Board of Richmond Habitat for Humanity, CARITAS, Richmond East Team Board, Chair of the Richmond Juvenile court volunteer programs, coordinator of the SHARE Food Program for Richmond and vicinity, co-founder of the Jubilee Assistance Program – an alternative, low interest loan program for persons who otherwise would use predatory lenders – and serves as president of the Richmond Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. rodney@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Lana Heath de Martinez, Welcoming All Coordinator – Lana just completed a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. Her background is primarily in immigrant rights advocacy. She has been the Virginia chapter president of American Families United,  grassroots organizer with Virginia Organizing and Organizing For Action, and a past Public Policy intern for VICPP. Lana and her husband, Alfredo, just welcomed the birth of their third son, Carmelo, on May 10, 2017. lana@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Liz Denison, Administrative and Financial Manager – Prior to joining Virginia Interfaith Center, Liz worked at SunTrust Bank, where she started her career as a small business loan underwriter. She also worked as a Financial Manager at East End Fellowship and The Martin Agency. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with a degree in Business Finance. In addition to her financial responsibilities, 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 3-year old son, 2-year old daughter, and husband.   liz@virginiainterfaithcenter.org


⋅Fellows⋅

VICPP’s team this year includes a year-long ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow…

Amanda Silcox: A native of Ohio, Amanda is the inaugural ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow, focusing on hunger and engaging Lutherans and young people on the work of 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

 

and a healthcare expansion advocate:

Bryan Walsh: Originally from Iowa, Bryan is focusing on advancing healthcare for Virginia, primarily working on Medicaid expansion. Joining VICPP from the world of campaigns, Bryan got his start organizing for Secretary Clinton in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. He then followed the campaign out to Western Colorado for the general election. He came to Virginia to work for Delegate Mike Mullin in Williamsburg and Newport News as his Deputy Field Director. He is a graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a degree in political science. In his spare time, he often hikes the mountains of Shenandoah telling everyone he sees that the John Denver song “Country Roads” is not about West Virginia. bryan@virginiainterfaithcenter.org

 


⋅Student Interns⋅

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

Stuart Seelman, Union Presbyterian Seminary – A recent transplant to Virginia by way of Texas, Stuart is a second-year seminary student at Union Presbyterian Seminary working with the Virginia Interfaith Center for the summer. Stuart is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, where he studied International Politics and Diplomacy, was involved in Presbyterian campus ministry and interfaith work, and a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Sensing a call to parish ministry, Stuart is passionate about the potential for religious institutions to engage in faithful advocacy.  stuart@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⋅

Bill Kallio – Bill is VICPP’s healthcare policy advisor. For many years Bill served as the Virginia State Director for AARP, and prior to that was the coordinator of education and advocacy for a six-state region for AARP.  bill@virginianterfaithcenter.org

 

 

 

 

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