Senior VP, Civic Innovations at the Community Foundation and Co-founder of HandsOn
Vanessa's work in the community has been focused on helping youth and adults engage in community by finding citizen solutions to critical community issues. She oversees programmatic direction and helps facilitate strategic partnerships of regional relationships. She has served on the HandsOn Network Affiliate Advisory Council, as a commissioner on the Virginia Governor's Advisory Board, Valentine History Center's History Makers Selection Committee, the University of Richmond's Bonner Center Advisory Council, and the RVA Engage Catalyst Council.
Past positions include Director of VCU's service-learning program facilitating partnerships between faculty and community organizations and Assistant Director of Northwest Service Academy's Portland, OR, office overseeing the daily operations and training and supervision of over 200 AmeriCorps service members. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and a masters in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
What has been your favorite volunteer experience?
I like tree planting. I like the digging in the mud, helping spread their roots out, patting down the earth...the rest is up to them.
What do you do when you're not working for HandsOn?
I love spending time on my bike riding the Capital Trail or on the river flatwater kayaking with my family. I have two elementary aged children and we like to spend time on the front porch playing board games and reading.
Corporate Program Manager
Caroline oversees and implements all of Altria's corporate volunteer programs, including building relationships with nonprofit and community partners and traning corporate teams on volunteer and project management. She handles all project scoping, planning, supply acquisition, vendor relations, day-of execution, and data management of small and large scale projects.
She is a graduate of St. Margaret’s School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Caroline has worked in the Annual Fund Offices at St. Margaret’s School, Virginia Tech, and Norfolk Collegiate. She has also worked in conference planning at Kingsmill Resort and enjoyed a part time job at JCREW for over 9 years. Caroline joined HandsOn in March 2016 as Project Support and transitioned to Corporate Programs in September 2016. She is an active member at St. James Episcopal Church and had the opportunity to chaperone their youth mission trip.
What has been your favorite volunteer experience? Gleaning potatoes on the mission trip on the Eastern Shore for the Foodbank. It was exhausting, dirty and meaningful to work alongside middle schoolers all day.
What do you do when you're not working for HandsOn? I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my teenage children and husband of almost 20 years. Reading at the pool or beach is a day in paradise!
Gail will support volunteer engagement efforts, program outreach and development, communication and resource development, and RVA Engage.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, and has years of experience as a management consultant and a financial manager. Gail has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader and project manager in corporate, non-profit and community organizations.
What has been your favorite volunteer experience? My favorite volunteer experience was leading a community activist group to preserve the integrity of our collective neighborhoods. It was rewarding to see that the collaborative efforts of multiple neighborhoods and the county government resulted in a beneficial solution for all.
What do you do when you're not working for HandsOn? I love spending time with my three children and husband: playing games, traveling or attending and enjoying their many activities. My favorite pastimes are tennis, reading and watching UVA sports.
Part Time Support
Corporate Program Assistant
Kathryn supports Corporate Programs with project research, planning and logistics, execution, procurement, inventory, and onsite needs from set-up to wrap-up.
Kathryn graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2003 with a B.S. in Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with an option in Dietetics. She has spent the last 12 years working in various roles for J.Crew that include Personal Shopper, Stock Support, and Visual Merchandising Manager.
What has been your favorite volunteer experience? HandsOn Day 2014. I brought my 6 year old daughter with me to volunteer for the first time. It was a wonderful bonding opportunity for the two of us and it helped to give her a better understanding of what I do at work and why that work is so important.
What do you do when you're not working for HandsOn? I can also be found taking care of my three children, husband, and Bernese mountain dog, Moose. I enjoy baking, interior decorating, cheering on the Hokies and Vols., planning and hosting social events and organizing.