Personality: Dr. Abraham Teklu

Dr. Abraham Teklu, a geriatric physician and chairman of Richmond Ethiopian Community Services, is intent on doing his part to help both his local and international kinsmen get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Personality: Vicki L. Neilson

How do you throw a Thanksgiving feast for 3,000 people in the midst of a pandemic?

Personality: Chris L. Booker-Carlisle

Chris L. Booker-Carlisle assumed the role of president of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. in May 2019, taking on a new position in an organization she’d been a part of for 19 years.

Personality: Corey Stuckey

For Virginia students, the last year has been filled with sudden changes amid a period of upsets and unrest. For 17-year-old Corey Stuckey, his year has been one of big ambitions, both for his educational future and for his work ...

Personality: Luise ‘Cheezi’ Farmer

Being elected to lead a group in the midst of a pandemic would be a sizable burden for anyone. But for Luise “Cheezi” Farmer, board chair of Diversity Richmond, it’s a welcome opportunity to show her commitment to the cause ...

Personality: Deborah D. Jackson

In 2008, Deborah D. Jackson was part of a door-to-door campaign to help educate women in the city’s underserved neighborhoods about breast health. That was part of the annual Gift for Life Block Walk conducted by the Sisters Network Central ...

Personality: P. Muzi Branch

While COVID-19 has led to theaters and performance ven- ues closing around the world, those in the arts have worked to adapt to this new paradigm. That includes members of the Black American Artists Alliance of Richmond.

Personality: Genevieve A. Roberts

The presence of COVID-19 hasn’t slowed down YWCA Richmond, which is preparing to celebrate 40 years of recognizing women leaders in education, volunteerism and more with its Outstanding Women Awards on Friday, Oct. 16.

Personality: Judith ‘Judy’ W. Pahren

In the lingering aftermath of the 1918 flu pandemic, Children’s Memorial Clinic was established in 1924 in response to the growing need for accessible mental health services for children who were born into or lived through the chaos and upset ...

Personality: Debora B. ‘Deb’ Wake

The 2020 general election has begun, and for Virginians voting by absentee ballot, there is one less hurdle this year, thanks to the work of the League of Women Voters of Virginia and its president Debora B. “Deb” Wake.

Personality: LaToya Gray Sparks

LaToya Gray Sparks’ digital story map of how Richmond’s first master plan impacted Black residents contains a wealth of information.

Personality: Hamilton Glass

If you’ve been in Richmond for any amount of time, you’ve likely seen some of muralist Hamilton Glass’ distinctive work — large, colorful murals outside Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the East End; Refuge for Men hair salon ...

Personality: Dr. Luisa A. Igloria

It was in early May when Dr. Luisa A. Igloria learned she was on the short list for consideration to be named poet laureate of Virginia.

Personality: Jennifer R. Kostyniuk

From a childhood in the Girl Scouts to becoming chair of the board of directors for Rx Part- nership, Jennifer R. Kostyniuk has long known the value of community service.

Personality: Ollie Harvey

It has been more than 20 years since Ollie Harvey began her work to ensure no one in Virginia goes hungry, and the experience has been extensive, occasionally challenging and life-affirming.