Angela Patton is an activist, native of Richmond, VA and a wife and mother of two children . She is Founder and Executive Director of Camp Diva and has been voted by Richmond's Style Weekly Magazine as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Community Leaders in Richmond.
Camp Diva was born out of a tragedy when five year old Diva Mstadi Smith-Roane was shot in a firearm accident in 2004. In remembrance of Diva, Angela founded Camp Diva in 2004. Through it's summer camp and after school programs, Camp Diva's mission is to empower girls as they grow into young women.
Read more about Angela Patton and all of the happenings at Camp Diva at www.campdiva.org.
Don Coleman, a Richmond Public Schools Board Member, has a reputation of building meaningful connections within the city. Being a community leader who passionately cares for the City of Richmond, Don is committed to promoting growth and change in his community. Don lives with his wife and two daughters in the East End of Richmond. Don can be contacted at www.doncoleman.org.
Dr. Tyrell O. Brown is pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. He has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland. In 2004, he earned a Masters degree in Biblical Studies. Dr. Brown is currently continuing his education. Learn more about him at www.virginiapreachers.com/tyrell_brown.html.
Dr. A. Lincoln James, Jr. is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. The church was established in 1906, and sixty years later, made its home at its current location on Rose Avenue in a former Catholic school and soon after built a 1,000-seat sanctuary on the grounds. In 1980, the Reverend Dr. James came to Trinity and began a vision for the future – not just to grow the faith in the hearts of his congregation, but to reach out into the community. Trinity Baptist Church's mission is to "lead all people into an ever-growing relationship with God and to transform them into Christ-like vessels." Dr. James is also the founder of Trinity Baptist Life Center. For more information, visit www.ourtbc.org.
Alexandra James serves as the Executive Director of Trinity Family Life Center (TFLC). Alexandra oversees the day to day operations of the facility while providing program management. TFLC's goal is to strengthen families and uplift communities. Their focus is to ensure the continued growth and the longevity of the community. To create a central location where all are accepted and provide an opportunity to enrich their lives and total well being. The facility offers facility rentals, a fitness center, aerobics classes, adult daycare, childcare, youth basketball leagues, adult basketball leagues, youth volleyball leagues, theatrical plays and concerts. To find out more about TFLC and their facility, visit www.tflconline.org.
Victor M. Peña is the founder and Lead Pastor of Destiny City Fellowship, a growing non-denominational multiethnic church in Richmond, VA. Together with Sonia, his wife of more than thirty five years, they form a prolific husband and wife team in shepherding the D.C.F family. Pastors Victor and Sonia hold their bachelors of Theology degree's from Grace Christian College, Moreover They are under the covering of Apostle Stephen Stells and the House of Prayer, Chesterfield VA, and are afilliated with Ministers Fellowship International (M.F.I.).
They are the parents of three children, Manny, Evie, and May Lynn, and the proud Grandparents of eight.Visit www.destinycityfellowship.org to find out more about this wonderful ministry.
Tammie is an AmeriCorps member currently serving at First Things First of Greater Richmond as a Youth and Singles Program Specialist. In this position, she facilitates youth groups in Richmond Public Schools and Juvenile Correctional Facilities on building healthy relationships, communicating effectively, conflict resolution, teen regnancy prevention and the importance of self love. She was featured on behalf of the organization in Urban Views weekly and the Richmond Times Dispatch for her work with the young women at Albert Hill Middle School. In 2007, she started a non - profit organization dedicated to mentoring and providing life skills to teen parents.
The Family & Fatherhood
This initiative will empower a broad group of community stakeholders to help boys and young men to: