Young Professionals Board

Our Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a coalition of enthusiastic young professionals (under 40) in the Richmond area who seek to inspire radical inclusion through fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer involvement. The YPB is tasked with raising the visibility of the organization and building new programs through fundraising. 


  • Support SOVA's fundraising efforts through annual giving, participating in signature fundraising events and developing new programs 
  • Advocate the Special Olympics movement and educate young professionals in the Richmond area to increase their involvement with the organization 
  • Connect and engage with like-minded young professionals on the YPB and in the community through social, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities

To learn more about the YPB requirements, click here.

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Social: Interested in joining the YPB for our next term? Come out to an interest meeting to learn more! 

Thursday, May 17 | Travinia Willow Lawn | 5:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20 | Home Team Grill in the Fan | 5:30-7 p.m.

Fundraising: Join us in taking the  SOLAR Plunge for Special Olympics Virginia on June 9 at University of Richmond! 

Volunteer: We're volunteering at the James River Regional Swim Meet on May 13 at SwimRVA.  Help us out!

Current Members

Marybe Assouan, Ernst & Young, LLP*

Bryce Cocke, RMC Events, Inc. 

John DeMarzo, Keiter

Ellie Engquist, Virginia Repertory Theatre

MegAnne Ford, Be Kind Coaching

Jamie Glomb, The Frontier Project

Weslie Green, Ameriprise Financial*

Cara Hageman, Fidelity National Financial*

Catherine Hyland, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Chelsea Jackson, VDOT

Makenzie Kirk, Liberty Mutual*

Molly Korte, Project: Just Like You

Justin Maitland, Mid South Marketing 

David Mustian, AssuredPartners

Rick Palmieri, Williams Mullen 

Sarah Pennington, Virginia529

Katy Phillips, Dunmar Moving

Nicole Rappaport, McCandlish Holton Morris

Shurman Riggins, GoCanvas

Alex Saffran, Graduate Student - VCU School of Medicine

Alec Schleicher, Virginia Commercial Finance

Casey Zahn, River City Consulting 

*Denotes Executive Committee Member 


Want to get involved? We are now accepting applications for the upcoming term: August 2018-July 2019. Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining. We will follow up with each applicant!

Questions? Email may also contact Aly Truesdale, Director of Development, at Special Olympics Virginia by email or phone: (804) 726-3023. 

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