⋅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

Neill Caldwell, Communications Director  – Neill joined VICPP in November 2015 after 10 years as Editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate, a monthly magazine. Originally from North Carolina, he has many years experience in journalism, having started in the industry as a newspaper photographer and sportswriter at age 16. His wife, Lynne, is a United Methodist pastor who serves on the faculty at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond and director of the Johnson A. Edosomwan Center for Evangelism, Mission and Global Christianity.  neill@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. 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


⋅Fellow⋅

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!

 

 


⋅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:

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

 

Shereka Hockaday joins VICPP as a volunteer while pursuing a Masters of Divinity at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. After working more than 10 years in the private sector in various management roles, she now is focusing on a career in advocacy on social justice issues. Shereka has a heart for evangelism, community outreach and proclaiming a gospel that is inclusive to all. She is using contemporary methods to reach non-church attenders and those from all walks of life through a blog, social media and an emerging podcast to build accepting faith communities online. She loves cooking, sports, and spending time with her husband and two children.        

 

Hina Latif obtained her MA in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago. Her interests in research include human trafficking, poverty, homelessness, race/ethnic relations, and education. Her background in sociology will be helpful with her work at VICPP. Hina’s husband, Salaam Bhatti, is the Staff Attorney and Director of Virginia Hunger Solutions at the Virginia Poverty Law Center; they recently moved to Richmond from Illinois.