Alexa has always been called to help others. In grade school, she helped other young people learn the craft of writing. She served the residents of the State of New York in the Senate office of Kirsten Gillibrand. Even now, in addition to her work at Catchafire, she volunteers as the Chief Marketing Officer of a community health service learning organization called Lori's Hands. When Alexa isn't working, you'll find her curled up with a good book, spending time near the water or hanging out with her family and friends.
Senior Product Designer
With a background in Graphic Design, Alexa has always had a passion for creativity. She is driven by better understanding user needs, and creating both seamless and accessible experiences that serve them. When she's not working, Alexa is out and about with her loyal pup sidekick or working on a new crafting project at home.
Senior Associate, People Operations
Angelissa was born with a strong sense of mission, duty, and a pretty serious dog addiction. She has given her skills and talents to nonprofit start-ups for the last few years, working to empower people, uplift teams, and increase the good in the world. She's thrilled to be a part of Catchafire and the ripple effect it's having today. Born in New Jersey but raised in San Francisco, Angelissa considers herself bi-coastal. When she's not working, you can find her out for a stroll or sharing laughs and a good TV show with friends.
With a passion for building community wherever she goes, Betsy strives to make others feel at home and to make a positive impact on the world. To that end, she spent the first 14 years of her career as a fundraiser in the non-profit sector, working with Foundations and Corporations to help organizations scale their programs and expand their impact. She’s excited to now help organizations meet their needs through Catchafire! As evidenced by her love for Halloween costumes, Betsy approaches life with energy and excitement, and invites others to join her. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys riding her bike with her kids perched (safely!) on the handlebars, watching documentaries, and doing HIIT workouts in her living room.
Program Delivery Associate
Cameryn is committed to helping create a more kind, patient, and inclusive world, one in which we all root for each other to thrive! She is passionate about investing in individuals, inspiring others to step into their power and own their worth. With experience interning and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, she has witnessed the real change that happens when talent, passion, and opportunity connect. Cameryn is excited to join Catchafire and help expand the reach of social good organizations in a meaningful way! When not working, you’ll find her painting anything from terracotta pots to canvas tote bags, reading on her Kindle, or soaking up the sun.
Associate, Customer Success
Having recently graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology, Carly is determined to create a positive social impact at Catchafire through a human-centered approach. With a passion for anthropology, Carly seeks to empower rather than “save” marginalized populations and believes that solutions for the world’s most pressing issues must always begin with the communities affected. Having worked in the nonprofit sector, Carly is also excited to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and discover how it can be applied to produce positive social change in an innovative way. When she’s not working, you can find Carly watching a documentary (ask her about her list of recommendations), brushing up on her soccer skills, or daydreaming about her next tattoo!
Cesar Del Valle
Sr. Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement
From a young age Cesar developed an affinity for travel and cultural exploration. He grew up jumping back and forth between Mexico and the United States, and feels fortunate to have lived in 6 countries throughout his life. He loves meeting new people and exploring new cultures. He brings several years of entrepreneurial, startup, and non-profit experience to Catchafire, and is ecstatic about the opportunity to aid social good organizations in tapping into skills-based volunteers and maximizing their social impact. When not at work you can find Cesar dangling off the side of a cliff, exploring and evolving his passion for rock climbing.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Chandler believes in the power of using compassion and mindfulness as a lens for creative problem-solving. She comes to work each day with the goal of making the communities around her (and the world more broadly) more connected, joyful, and welcoming. She is deeply curious, is motivated by learning and growth, and loves to work with others who share this perspective. She finds great joy in drinking far too much coffee, listening to classic rock, the month of October, and meditating after a long run.
Manager, End User Operations
Corey is passionate about social enterprises using technology to shape civic engagement and social innovation. He comes to Catchafire having worked as an urban economic development consultant and nonprofit program manager. Corey is guided by the idea that "you make a living by what you get, but make a life by what you give." A disciple of Bay Area sports and USC Trojan football, you can find him practicing his ambidexterity or crowdsourcing travel adventures both near and far.
Impact Manager, Foundation Partnerships
Prior to joining Catchafire, Divya spent time consulting for nonprofits, coordinating logistics for the Obama White House, and developing policy for a rideshare startup. She believes that, when used responsibly, business can be a powerful tool for creating positive social change in our communities. She’s super excited to join the talented and impact-minded team at Catchafire in helping nonprofits maximize their impact within the communities they serve. Outside of work, Divya enjoys a good hike, exploring new music and TV shows, and brushing up on dinosaur trivia with her niece and nephew.
Manager, Partner Marketing
Dylan is a native Californian and natural born designer. After leading the design on a variety of commercial projects including package design, marketing strategy, and ecommerce website design, he felt a yearning for a more mission-driven design challenge. In true serendipitous fashion, Catchafire found him, and it’s been a perfect fit to apply his design and marketing skills towards a cause that improves lives, not bottom lines. When he isn’t playing around in Photoshop he’s usually making music, cuddling with his dog, Buster, or perusing museums and art galleries.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Product Officer
Product guy by trade and musician by heart, Ed strives not to BE someone, but to DO something. He joined Catchafire to spend more of his time and energy on things that matter. Ed believes in diversity & inclusion, leaving no trace, the ever-looming dangers of Moore's law and that there should be more posters of Neil deGrasse Tyson (and less Justin Bieber) hanging on kids' walls. The poet in Ed leaves you with this quote… "People don't remember what you say or did... only how you make them feel." The musician in Ed leaves you with this one: "Your left hand is what you know and your right hand is who you are."
Manager, Program Delivery Operations
Emma comes to Catchafire with a background in education program management and experience across a variety of social sector organizations. With a passion for strategy and community, she is energized by creating partnerships that foster collaboration, build capacity, and drive social impact. Having grown up in Miami Beach, when not at work you’ll find her trying to soak up the sun outdoors or finding her way to the nearest beach.
Sr. Director, Strategic Partnerships
Gerard works hard, but he does not play hard. He plays easy. Why would you play hard? As someone who has constantly sought to find challenging and innovative opportunities, he was excited to join Catchafire where he combines his past experience serving the nonprofit and public sectors with more recent entrepreneurial and innovation focused endeavors. Gerard grew up in Connecticut and has made his home in the Lower East Side of New York for over 10 years where he spends his non-work hours perfecting his pour over coffee process and recipes through which he secures friends.
With a background in product, design, and innovation, Greg’s curiosity drives him to always keep learning and solving problems both in and out of the office. He comes to Catchafire to use his career to make an impact — something he tries to accomplish through many facets of his life including coaching at a hockey-is-for-everyone program in Harlem. In his free hours, he stays busy woodworking, traveling, playing hockey, and eating his way through Brooklyn, where he lives with his pet rabbit.
Head of Revenue Operations & Strategy
Heather comes to Catchafire after working in operations and communications at startups and nonprofits. She really enjoys figuring out how to build good systems and is known for always telling really bad jokes. In her free time, she loves to find awesome travel deals to cool places, discuss her latest philosophical musings, and try new breweries. You can typically find her in the park with a book or cheering on NYCFC and the New York Rangers.
Head of Revenue; Head of Strategic Partnerships; and Head of Finance, Strategy & Operations
Hefei is deeply curious and a thinker. She loves to dissect problems and has a knack for understanding and improving complex systems, whether at high levels advising companies on strategic initiatives as a consultant, in the weeds building a machine learning based news service as an entrepreneur, or everywhere in between helping to drive Catchafire's strategies as it redefines philanthropy. She also loves to cook and experiment with new ingredients.
Senior Associate, Events & Engagement
Hijrah is a life-long learner. Whether through a class or a chat, they are always ready to know more. A professional interpreter for over a decade, Hijrah highly values interpersonal communication and understanding. They are very excited to apply their passion for accessibility, equity, and inclusion to work each day to improve outcomes for individuals, organizations, and the communities they create. Outside of work, Hijrah enjoys good television, bad movies, and watching their houseplants grow.
Sr. Director, Strategic Partnerships
Ilana (she/her) is energized by the ways technology can enable positive change in the world. With a background in establishing partnerships with Corporations, she’s particularly inspired by the opportunity that Catchafire enables; to extend innovative solutions to those who could greatly benefit from access, all within the purpose-driven world of Philanthropy. She is a native New Yorker, who considers Chicago as a second home. Additionally, Ilana is a natural-food evangelist, and an aspirational urban farmer. You may find Ilana hiking, swimming, cycling, or attempting to maintain her youth through sports...whenever possible!
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Jake comes to Catchafire from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Baltimore, MD. He brings with him a passion for learning and understanding the behavior of individuals, organizations, and communities that he applies to his research every day. As a new resident of New York City, Jake can be found walking left when he should be walking right, taking the subway uptown instead of downtown, and trying every restaurant he possibly can along the way.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Jamie is a small-town Michigander turned New Yorker who started her career with Teach For America. She used her creative eye to recruit thousands of incredible college grads and career-changing professionals to teach in a high-need community, believing deeply that equity begins with education. Jamie loves to use design and stories to connect top talent with social-good organizations and will always be a mission-driven marketer. Her obsessions include, but are not limited to: puppies, college football, the dentist, and any/all ice cream. She's also very passionate about never running a marathon again.
Jared likes coding, kitties, Dungeons and Dragons, helping the homeless, studying 1st century Christianity, philosophy, scaling startups, leading software teams and muay thai. This leaves him well positioned to write software and run the Tech Team, and not so well suited to write biographies like this one.
Jay Grey (They/Them)
Manager, Nonprofit Engagement
Jay Jean Grey's top priority in life is to be as empathetic and welcoming as possible to others, particularly the least advantaged. From educating people on social justice issues, to supporting nonprofits through development and management, Jean is committed to community, inclusion, and understanding. They joined the Catchafire team to amplify their impact in the nonprofit sector. When Jay isn't working, they're dancing and teaching adults Latin dance through a consent and gender inclusive lens.
Manager, Customer Success
Jessica comes to Catchafire after many years of working with nonprofits that focus on girls' education and empowerment. In each of her roles, she had a knack for building systems to untangle operational bottlenecks and for strengthening team collaboration. Hailing from the South Bronx, she's no stranger to hustle and is passionate about working to expand equity for historically marginalized people. She's excited to contribute to Catchafire's impact by building out scalable systems wherever possible and connecting people along the way. When Jessica’s not working, you can catch her watching a powerful movie, playing fetch with her beloved dog, or reading in the sun.
Senior Software Engineer
After 20 years working at for-profit internet media companies, Joe decided to change gears and use his skills to improve people's lives. It was a "Back to the Future" moment, since two decades earlier Joe spent two-and-a-half years in the peace corps teaching science and math in Africa. When not coding for Catchafire or coding pro bono, Joe enjoys amateur astronomy, which is just a grown up way of saying he's a giddy kid dreaming about the stars.
Jordan is a native New Yorker with a passion for helping to grow and support organizations. He spent the last eight years in Georgia, between studying finance at the University of Georgia and working in financial consulting in Atlanta. He is thrilled to bring his financial acumen and problem solving skills to Catchafire, where he supports the financial operations of an innovative platform that empowers nonprofits. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing the bass guitar and watching his favorite New York sports teams.
With many years of experience in software development, José is our committed and enthusiastic Software Engineer from Perú. He also works as a teacher in the Department of Computer Science at a Peruvian University. He has worked in several projects involving very large databases and high performance web applications. Interested in world history and sociology (and also in Pokémon and Dragon Ball), he likes to work for social causes trying to satisfy his compromise to make the world a better place.
Senior Frontend Engineer
Residing in the great state of Ohio with my wife and three children, I made the natural transition from a degree in animation to.... web development. When I'm not pushing pixels around on a screen as Catchafire's senior front-end developer you can find me in my wood shop making dust.
VP, Strategic Partnerships
Juliette reminds herself daily that she has the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce. A lifelong public servant, Juliette has helped raise over $50 million for nonprofits including UNICEF, Pencils of Promise, Make A Wish Foundation, PBS and the American Red Cross. She joined Catchafire because her firsthand experience that few things are more powerful than the impact the right volunteer can make at the right time, which is what Catchafire helps nonprofits discover every day. She is a native born Washingtonian, child of Texas, and chosen Brooklynite.
VP, Brand & User Experience
After a decade of working in digital advertising, Kate decided to come to the light and use her powers of exceptional user experience design for good. Kate's passion lies in uncovering user needs and finding answers to them through elegant and efficient digital interactions. She is a mom of two boys and when she's not working, she can be found serenading her sons with the help of a ukulele, hiking in the woods or building the next iteration of the ultimate pillow fort in the living room.
Chief People Officer & Chief of Staff
Kathy is the ultimate utility leader and is thrilled to help accelerate Catchafire’s growth and impact. Navigating seamlessly across industries (finance, media, commerce) and functions (business operations, marketing, sales, product and tech), she is a connector and an amplifier of the people around her. Doing good has always been a passion, and now at Catchafire, it’s her daily mantra. Outside of work, she’s an aspiring health nut, and cherishes each moment with her two precocious children and her talented husband.
Senior Associate, Email Marketing
Latesha developed a passion for communications at a very young age. Growing up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania as a person of color presented a unique lens for which she viewed and navigated through the world. Throughout her professional career she has used this lens to bridge communication gaps as a small business consultant and within community and non-profit organizations. When she is not working, she can be found relishing time with her husband and children, ridiculously committing to her daily living room workouts, cooking or enjoying a glass of wine (or cooking while enjoying a glass of wine).
Being 30 minutes from Dracula's castle, Liviu is the self-learning vampire from Transylvania. With a deep experience in Python, and a hobby in programming, he is polishing the tools for Catchafire's changemakers as he learns more about how volunteering changes the world.
Senior Software Engineer
Luis has been doing software engineering for more than a decade and is very passionate about creating technology that solves real human problems. He is also interested in astronomy, education, mental health, science, and the environment. When not coding, you’ll find Luis spending time with his wife and friends, playing the guitar, practicing chess, reading a book or improving his cooking skills.
Quality Assurance Lead
Madhumitha (Madhu) studied engineering and project management in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary focus for the past many years has been around software coding and quality assurance. Madhu strongly believes that "software code is your house and you have to live in it". Madhu believes that the customer is the most valuable asset and is driven by the unrelenting pursuit of customer-driven focus and user experience. She loves her kids, watching movies, cooking, and exercising.
Megan is driven by the need to always understand why, and the satisfaction of a problem elegantly solved. With her background in public relations and education technology, she is a wizard at untangling complex challenges and she thrives on delivering products that help people do their most critical work more effectively. In her free time, she enjoys applying the discipline of product management to raising her beautiful and funny little daughter, with decidedly mixed results.
Content & Engagement Strategist
A natural born storyteller with a passion for helping people, Morgan has found her perfect match working with the marketing team at Catchafire. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Communications and Consumer Psychology because of her fascination with people’s motivations and how to improve human experiences. In her free time, she volunteers at The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, UPenn’s hub for research to improve our nation’s health and health care system. When she’s not working you can find her exploring the many different neighborhoods of NYC, painting, and trying to do more yoga.
Senior Frontend Engineer
Before joining Catchafire, Naeem spent years writing front-end code for corporate behemoths. Feeling jaded, he packed his proverbial backpack, and went on a nomadic journey through startup world until he found a rewarding position with Catchafire. When not entrenched in coding mayhem, he can be found online, engaged in the ultra-competitive world of full contact speed chess. He is also a cross-fit addict, closet writer, and autodidact of random disciplines.
Nava Friedman (She/Her)
Director, Strategy & Innovation
Exploring the nooks and crannies of the social sector — and figuring out how to make it better and more efficient — is Nava's jam, and what motivates her to serve Catchafire's users every day. After solidifying her passion for international development and social enterprise at Princeton, Nava worked for non-profits in Washington D.C. and Kampala, Uganda, doing everything from communications and donor reporting to research and event planning. Now, she's excited to be pursuing her conviction that business approaches can and should be major drivers of social change. When not trying to evolve Catchafire's platform and services to better serve its community, Nava is on the lookout for the best vegetarian recipes, novels and bike paths, and thinks wearing bright colors should be mandatory, always.
Leaving Scotland to chase waves around the world, Nikita settled on New York City as her new home base. Nikita was eager to bring her flair for events, communications, and partnerships to Catchafire, having first-hand experience of the challenges faced by the nonprofit sector. Nikita is a passionate advocate for our ocean, waves, and beaches as seen through her role as Chair of Surfrider Foundation NYC, a grassroots environmental activist organization. An avid believer that we should protect what we love, when Nikita's not in the water, she dedicates her time to preserving our natural resources.
Rather than paying attention at school, Paolo was always drawing and doodling. He later realized that he wanted to be a web and graphic designer, which led him to work on different design agencies. But he could never learn enough, and he knows that he will learn a lot at Catchafire while helping to change the world. Paolo also enjoys singing opera, playing video games, reading, cooking, practicing yoga and astronomy.
Peter is an empathetic learner whose passion revolves around amplifying voices that have historically been muted by social, racial, and economic inhibitors. A politics enthusiast turned interdisciplinary strategist, Peter has paired his experience working on a presidential campaign with tactics gained in the corporate sector to create meaningful change within underprivileged communities. When not working, you can find Peter enjoying a hot cup of ginger tea by a lake, dunking a basketball with his siblings, or watching Avatar the Last Airbender.
CEO & Founder
The one quote that Rachael hangs by her desk says, "Be truthful, gentle, and fearless." She wants to leave this earth known as a leader who empowers others to be better than her. Rachael is described by others as gritty, hungry to learn, humble and visionary -- but her passion is what truly defines and elevates her. Whether she's talking about how amazing the spoken-word artist she saw last week was or a new social enterprise she just heard about, she can't help but gush. She's one of the lucky ones to be born with fire, and she works daily to channel it for good.
Senior Software Engineer
Passionate about learning, teaching, motorcycles and Brazilian music, Rafael spent the last decade writing software and teaching about it around Brazil. Before this, he spent his days volunteering in orphanages and with homeless groups. He found his dream job at Catchafire where everyday he gets to do what he loves while helping others.
As an organizer from the Bay Area, Regan strives to uplift and center marginalized communities. At University of California Berkeley, she studied Data Science with a focus inequalities in societies. Leveraging her technical background, Regan is a storyteller who weaves compelling narratives together with data to best support those in the margins. Outside of Catchafire, Regan can be found listening to music (from post-punk to funk), jamming on her roller skates, or scaring the wits out of herself with horror (her namesake is from ‘The Exorcist’)!
Senior Associate, People Operations and Recruiting
Rekha’s personal mission is to simply help make the world a more kind and just place for all, a mission which can be summed up through one of her favorite quotes, “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” Before joining Catchafire, Rekha worked as a Visual Arts Teacher in an elementary school and founded their Art & Activism program. After four meaningful and transformative years teaching, Rekha’s passion for social justice led her to pursue a Masters in Organizational Change Management and Civic Service Design at The New School. Working to solve complex problems through creative and collaborative approaches excites her. When Rekha is not working, you will find her either painting, filming music videos, or chilling in one of NYC’s gorgeous parks.
Ronald is our front-end guy, coding with love a big part of everything you see and click. Since a child, he's always been into computers and electronics, and made his way into web development early on. Besides computer-stuff, his other skills include juggling, glowstringing, and playing drums. He's also a big fan of astronomy, science, psychology and eating pizza.
Senior Associate, Graphic Design
Spending the majority of her formative years in Seattle, Washington, Sahm moved to New York City for the unmatched creative community. In broad strokes, she is interested in the intersection of design and the social sector. Outside of work, she can found listening to music, going on quick runs, or sipping on black coffee.
Nonprofit Engagement Manager
Seán (he/him) is a highly skilled professional with over ten years’ experience of program management, strategic development, and innovation for mission-driven non-profit organizations of all shapes and sizes, all over the world. He is a proud non-profit nerd, passionate about strengthening the sector and building a more just, sustainable, and empathetic society. Seán has been immersed in a diversity of cause areas including education for social change, environmental justice, dialogue facilitation and mediation, community organizing, and mobilizing faith-based and cultural organizations. He loves Broadway musicals, obscure museum galleries, traveling to far flung destinations, and chocolate chip cookies.
Director, Volunteer Engagement
For as long as she can remember, Séverine has been passionate about making the world a better place. Prior to joining Catchafire, she spent six years working in strategy and operations with One Acre Fund, a nonprofit social enterprise, in Rwanda. Séverine brings particular expertise in user-centered design and project management and is thrilled to be helping deliver the best volunteer experience to all the generous individuals giving their time and talents through Catchafire. In her spare time, Séverine is either out enjoying all the many activities New York City has to offer or is planning her next travel adventure with family and friends.
Sr Director, Strategic Partnerships
Sha-Kim joins Catchafire with over 20 years experience as a sales executive. She has built her career being a client advocate and trusted advisor for mid-size to large organizations across the globe. She is the founder of Helen’s Hands, a non-profit organization that advocates for Alzheimer caregivers. Sha-Kim received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University, MBA from University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership. A native New Yorker from Long Island, Sha-Kim now resides in Atlanta, GA with her Rottweiler Kimmie, and her Bull Terrier Nino. She enjoys travel, hiking, and volunteering her time with the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Women In Revenue.
Associate, Customer Success
As a recent graduate from the Macaulay Honors program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Sneha is deeply committed to issues of race equity and women’s rights. Driven by a desire to help marginalized groups, she’s excited to be a part of the Catchafire team and cultivate real social impact. When she’s not working, Sneha can be found visiting a NYC pop-up/gallery, binging a new Netflix show, reading a book, or creating Bollywood Fusion choreography.
Coordinator, Program Delivery
With a background in public policy, Sonia brings to Catchafire a passion for helping organizations that so often help push forward the work that current policies fail to address - whether this be for the climate, communities in need, racial equity and so much more. Drawing on her experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sector, she is eager and excited to work with Catchafire's partners to maximize the impact of their programs. When not working, you can find Sonia attempting to follow every political Twitter thread, reading books on behavioral economics, trying out new workout classes and exploring NY with friends.
Account Director, Strategic Partnerships
After a brief foray into finance, Stephanie focused her career on building sustainable partnerships in the international development space. Over the last eight years, Stephanie developed foundation partnerships to support innovative and scalable programming with UNICEF and CARE USA. She is excited to bring her experience working with social justice organizations and foundations to Catchafire, democratizing access to robust and flexible capacity for nonprofits both in the U.S. and around the world. When Stephanie is not at work (or working from home), you'll find her doting on her dog Cali, perfecting her gnocchi recipe, or re-watching the Office and scheming about how to befriend Mindy Kaling.
Sr Director, Strategic Partnerships
One part Change-Maker and three parts Relationship-Builder, Ty has spent the last 10+ years working in the social impact space connecting do-gooders to those in need. His expertise in developing strategic relationships combined with his passion to make the world a more kind place is the single recipe that consistently drives his appetite for making people smile. When not creatively working to analog all things cooking, he spends his spare time on his motorcycle and ordering from Door Dash because he hates to cook.
Principal Product Evangelist, Events & Engagement
Tyler (he/him) grew up on a sheep farm in Western New York before graduating with a degree in Philosophy from The University of Buffalo. After two years with Americorps, he became the Marketing Director of a Food Justice organization that focused on Youth Education and Food Access. As Catchafire's Principal Evangelist, Tyler leads events and educational content for our funding partners and nonprofits. When he's not working, Tyler is either cooking huge meals for friends, playing the mandolin, or cheering/crying for his beloved Buffalo Bills.
With a history rooted in the western villages of Cameroon, Ulrich draws from the story of his origins to inform a lifelong quest to develop and reinforce his "Ikigai". His love and respect for people, cultures, and their stories:- his curiosity and persistence in understanding complex social issues:- and his passion for developing technology solutions for underserved communities. He comes to Catchafire with a background in Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Development, and Product Development. When not working, you can find him at the closest tacos stand.
Senior Director, People Operations
An impossibly cheery morning person, Zoë greets the day with 2 eggs and motivated to do something that matters. Packing her knapsack with her sneakers, a snack, and a true love of nonprofit capacity building, Zoë relishes in the challenge of turning positivity into practicality and being a part of a team focused on building meaningful and lasting impact. Zoë is originally from Richmond, VA, and will tell you all about it the first chance she gets.