Board of Directors
Lane Pearson, Chair
Crystal Taylor, Secretary
Maritza Mercado Pechin, Vice Chair
Keith Sheehan, Treasurer
Ernst & Young
Kristin Caskey, VCUarts
Nick Cooper, HKS
Bernard Harkless, Fountainhead Properties
Lauren Licklider, Baskervill
Preston Lloyd, Williams Mullen
The Hon. Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, 7th Voter District, City of Richmond
Burt Pinnock, Baskervill
Allison Powell, BCWH
Alan Todd, Barton Malow
Amy Rein, Genworth
De'Nisha J. Wilson, East District Family Resource Center
Jennifer Wimmer, JIW Architecture
Emily Winn, Glave & Holmes
Ryan manages Storefront’s Community Engagement programs, design education, and the mOb + Storefront design studio collaboration with VCUarts. He received his Bachelors degrees from the University of Richmond and his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to returning to graduate school Ryan spent 4 years working as the Director of Grassroots Education for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy where he learned the importance of community organizing. In 2013 Ryan was named as one of Greater Richmond’s “Top 40 under 40” by Style Weekly Magazine. Ryan resides in the Byrd Park neighborhood and he can be found spending his down time swimming and fishing at the James River.
Center Director at the Six Points Innovation Center
Jackie earned her master's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University focusing on community engagement, revitalization and cultural resilience. Her view is that being a connector is a powerful way to empower communities. She coordinates programming at the Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC) in Highland Park. She works to connect the communities with design assistance. She also facilitates group dialogue around community issues. Lastly, she researches socially just ways for Storefront to enter and continue to be present in Richmond communities. She is excited to be working with Storefront to create a higher quality of life through putting design and community engagement tools in the hands of the youth and community members.
Design Session Program Manager + Graphic Designer
Adele directs Storefront's Design Session Program and manages Storefront's partnership with the Middle of Broad studio, coordinating projects larger in scope with an interdisciplinary groups of bright undergraduate designers. She handles in-house graphic design work at Storefront. Additionally, she is the co-founder of a community art space and publication for women-identifying artists called Corner Office. She holds a Bachelors from Scripps College and a MFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kimberly Gomez is the Resource Mentor at Six Points Innovation Center where she works to support youth and young adults with a culturally responsive and healing-centered approach. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She hopes to use her previous experience with mental health support and re-entry coordination to provide creative wrap-around care including families and the community. Her passion lies in empowering people through supportive education and holding space to allow healing conversations.
Social Work Intern
Will is currently completing their master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University and assists in volunteer coordination and community outreach at both Six Points Innovation Center and Storefront. Will has specific interests around community empowerment, facilitation, and organizing through a lens of mutual aid. They are focused on facilitating solutions to issues that are driven by the will and and collective strengths of the communities that experience them. Will received their bachelor’s degree in applied anthropology from Appalachian State University.
Storefront's partners at mOb (Middle of Broad) enlist design students from VCUarts to take on community-based projects
Associate Professor Fashion Design
Associate Professor Graphic Design
Associate Professor Interior Design