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 
  • Build a network of like-minded young professionals in the Richmond community through social, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities

To learn more about the YPB requirements for members, click here.

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities: 

Social: TBA

Fundraising: TBA

Volunteering: TBA

Current Members

David Adkins, Commonwealth 1031 Advisors

Claire Ashur, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Julie Bowman, Self-employed

Bryce Cocke, RMC Events, Inc. 

John DeMarzo, Keiter

Chelsea Gaughran, Special Olympics Athlete & Global Messenger, ACAC Short Pump

Allison Gilman, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Jamie Glomb, The Frontier Project

Weslie Green, Ameriprise Financial*

Cara Hageman, Fidelity National Financial*

Catherine Hyland, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Chelsea Jackson, VDOT

Alex Kalyniuk, Hirschler Feischer

Kyle Kirkbridge, Keiter CPA

Tim Koch, Richmond Marriott Downtown

Drew Litteral, Breakthru Beverage Virginia

Justin Maitland, Mid South Marketing 

Katie Maurer, Virginia Family Dentistry 

Jennifer McCourt, Air Force

Corey Miles, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ph. D. Student - VCU 

Rick Palmieri, Williams Mullen* 

Katy Phillips, Dunmar Moving*

Alex Ritchie, Graduate Student - VCU School of Medicine 

Alex Saffran, Graduate Student - VCU School of Medicine

Alec Schleicher, Virginia Commercial Finance

Caroline Snell, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Jennifer Walker, Henrico County Public Schools

Emily Wright Wolfram, CrossFit Pushin Weight

*Denotes Executive Committee Member 


Want to get involved? The application period for the second term is now closed. If you are interested in joining the YPB in their third term (August 2019-July 2020) please check back next spring. In the meantime, please fill out the interest form below to be added to our "Friends of YPB" list to stay updated on engagement opportunities, such as socials, volunteering events, and fundraisers throughout the year! 

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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