Yolanda Gray is a faith-based coach, speaker and author for the Christian professional woman who feels trapped by an out-of-control lifestyle. She works with them to take back their lives from exhausted, overwhelmed and anxious to living in God’s purpose and power, authentically and confidently.
She hosts and facilitates energizing, interactive, thought-provoking workshops and empowering restorative retreats. Yolanda earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Development, a Master’s degree in Human Relations and a certification in Professional Life Coaching through P4 Coaching Institute—an ICF accredited program.
Contact her at yolandagray.com or email: [email protected]
Chuck Hansen is an award-winning author and humorist. In addition to his books, Chuck’s writing has appeared in publications in Virginia and across the country. Chuck also speaks frequently, bringing his unique, thoughtful humor to business and community group meetings and conferences. Chuck and his wife Stacy have two adult children (Daniel and Madison) and live in beautiful Midlothian, Virginia. For more information, or to contact Chuck, visit his website atchuckhansen.com.
Karen Lacy has a Business Administration degree from Radford University and served the Commonwealth of Virginia 31 years in areas of auditing, accounting and risk management (retired 2017). DBA Carin Jayne Casey since 2012, she strives to educate and encourage people to conquer life’s challenges through her writings and podcasts. She has written 3 books and shares 2 podcasts weekly.
Guest blogger Evelyn Allen is the owner of a unique business called Hearts-R-Mending, in which she utilizes special greeting cards and messages geared to mending relationships, to encourage people to forgive, reconnect, and move forward. What a wonderful mission!
Chris Beach is the Executive Director of the Relationship Foundation of Virginia. He lives in Henrico County with his wife of 16 years and four boys. He is a life-long Richmonder and loves to help couples strengthen their relationships, encourage dads to be active in the lives of their children, and teach youth about the fears and joys of healthy relationships. For more information about the Relationship Foundation of VA, go to www.rfva.org.
Helen was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was raised in New Jersey and after graduating from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, became a professional fundraiser. She was employed by the United States Olympic Committee, working for the Olympic Council on Sports Medicine. Subsequent to that, she was the Regional Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in New York City.
Helen now resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia, with her husband of 36 years, Gene and her rescue beagle, Quinn. She has an adult daughter, Alexa, and a four-footed “grandson” Zander, an equestrian show jumper whom she is bankrolling in order to keep him in the manner to which he is accustomed.
Originally from Amelia, VA, Joyce Hill-Chamouris had her first poem published at age 13. Her works have been published in several Anthologies & magazines. Joyce worked as a freelance writer for the Richmond Afro Newspaper writing articles, poetry & editorial comments. She resides in Richmond with husband Tom.
Jennifer is a native of California who moved to Virginia as a teenager. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, Jennifer enjoyed a thirty-year career in sales in the Richmond, Virginia area. Jennifer assumed the role of caregiver to her husband of thirty years, Tom Pool, who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010 and ultimately passed away in
2013. Jennifer is currently the Sales Development and Marketing Manager for a small contracting firm that specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling. She has two adult children and one granddaughter.
Dr. Lisa Bennett specializes in optometry, the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases and function.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Optometry. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and has enjoyed living in Richmond Va since 2011.
Her website is spectrumoptometric.info and like her page on Facebook.com/Drlisabennett
Dr. Welleford has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Developmental Gerontology, Geropsychology, as well as Ethical Decision Making and Human Values.
As Associate Professor and Gerontologist for Community Voice she currently works to make our community a great place for all people to GROW older by bridging classroom and community.
Currently, Dr. Welleford serves as co-lead of the Greater Richmond Age Wave coalition with Senior Connections, Executive Director, Dr. Thelma Watson. She has been known to say, “Let’s do something that does something.” http://agewellva.com
Former Sergeant Bill Lightfoot served with the Richmond Police Department for thirty-six years. He has served as an investigator and supervisor with the Property Crimes Unit, the Robbery & Homicide Unit, The Narcotics Division, the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit. He is a graduate of the Virginia Criminal Justice Instructors School and the National Intelligence Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice.
Bill has developed training in Domestic Violence, Stalking Investigations, Elder Abuse Investigations, Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Forensic Case Studies, Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Domestic Violence in Later Life Violence Against Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence in the Work Place. He provides Policy Development assistance to Government and private agencies as well as financial institutions.
Bill also provides legislative and governmental affairs services in the Virginia General Assembly.
My expertise is in coaching individuals who are struggling with unexpected life challenges and changes: to discover clarity as well as the courage to push through the tough spaces and make the big decisions, to continue moving toward their dreams and goals.
We often wrestle with the emotional tug of decision making out of fear and anxiety, because we don’t know the outcome of the decisions we make or how we are going to feel as a result. The future is only revealed to us as we go through the process.
We all seek peace and harmony. As we navigate through the challenges in our lives, we need support, encouragement, inspiration and hope that lets us know there is light at the end of the tunnel. We all have an amazing internal potential for success. When given the right kind of support, tools and inspiration, we find that the correct solutions have been within us all along-- We just needed a beacon of light to take the first step.
Beverly Anderson is the proud mother of two and BeBe (grandmother) of two lovely girls. She and her husband Tom are looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. Beverly is very happily semi-retired. She has always enjoyed exploring and learning about the world.
Kathy Roman is the Director of Dreams at Business Owners Institute and the creator of the R.E.S.E.T. Process (TM), helping people rewrite their life stories. As a successful business coach, for the past 11 years, she has been studying, training and guiding people on how to navigate through the difficult seasons in their life. She is a native Virginian who loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling and everything outdoors. She is also a cancer survivor and is on a mission to give people hope beyond their circumstances.
Susan is the mother of two grown children and has lived in Richmond for 25 years. She is Lower School Dean of Students at the Steward School in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a Family/Life Coach with training endorsed by the International Coach Federation.
Her passion is nurturing the social/emotional health of her children at school, the joy of family and friends, and a very interesting and talented husband of 32 years with whom she now shares an empty nest.
A native of Chesterfield, currently a resident in Richmond, Michael Boykin
has enjoyed a varied career mostly in the mass communications fields. After
graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University (in the first class to go
through VCU as VCU), he worked in journalism for several community
newspapers. Later, he worked for advertising firms and operated his own public relations office, and did marketing for healthcare companies. Currently, he operates Inside Your Business offering cadre of services to his clients, but health and healthcare are his personal passions.
Rebecca Kane is a psychic medium, intuitive channel, and spiritual life coach. She helps women who are lost, frustrated, and disconnected from Source get back squarely in alignment and find their own authentic path. She launched her business, Capacity for Greatness, after realizing how much money, time, and potential was being wasted by the incredible women around her—all because they didn’t listen to their intuition or didn’t trust it enough to act on it.
When she’s not channeling, you can find Rebecca lounging in the sun on her floating home deck, writing personal development blog posts, obsessing over cooking shows and healthy recipes, or hiking through the woods with her dreamboat boyfriend.
Candice Suarez is a Life Transition Coach, working with teens and adults experiencing transition to cast a vision and create a plan to move forward. Whether you recognize the need to make a change and jump in with both feet, or a big life event threw you head first into the deep end, Candice will support your growth into what’s next. While working with high school students, Candice specializes in the process of analysis and discovery, helping teens recognize their potential for what they can do in their first step after high school. Candice has training and experience as a counselor, an educator, and a behavior specialist and brings this unique perspective and expertise to her work. You can visit her website at www.candicesuarez.com to learn more about her work and to connect.
At Propel Your Career LLC, I strive to reduce your downtime and equip you with the tools and strategies to tackle your job search and get you back to work as quickly as possible.
In 2015, I retired early from DuPont. My Information Technology career spanned software development, operations management, and global infrastructure and telecommunication process improvement and cost savings projects as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Prior to launching my business, I consulted for state agencies and Capital One. Between consulting gigs, I coached jobseekers with resume writing, optimizing their LinkedIn profiles, and conducted mock interviews. I volunteered at career readiness programs at local colleges, conducted social media training, and participated in local networking events and job fairs.
Today, I equip graduates with proven tools to get them noticed and become "top of mind" in the eyes of the recruiters and hiring managers seeking the best-qualified applicants.
I am married to Lauren for 31 years, we have two grown sons, one married and one getting married in November, and a daughter who is a senior in college.
Richard is a dedicated husband and lovely father. He likes to spend
his time learning about digital marketing and how technology can help
retirees and Baby Boomers achieve a better quality of life.
Lee Owens works for Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, where he is proud to be part of its mission to improve the lives of seniors. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Master in Business Administration from Strayer University. In his spare time, Lee enjoys going on dates with his wife, Christine, playing with his two sons, Lee (4) and Cooper (2) and walking the family dog, Peri. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact him at (804) 343-3050.
Dr. David Berv practiced over two decades as a chiropractic sports physician and acupuncture diplomate as the clinical director of a highly recognized and awarded interdisciplinary health care center in Richmond, Virginia. Chronic pain and multiple sclerosis fostered a recycling of his skills and vision in the creation of The Float Zone, a floatation therapy center, where he is the “Chief Experience Officer”. Dr. Berv has facilitated over 15 clinical research studies on the benefits and effects of sensory deprivation float tanks on various health conditions. He is frequently featured in podcasts, magazine articles and social media outlets. He can be reached at [email protected] and www.myfloatzone.com
Megan has been in the fitness industry since April 2015 with positions from personal trainer, group instructor (HIIT class called Les Mills Grit, bootcamp classes of a wide variety, boxing and kickboxing), and general manager. Her first career was in sales and business management and living the lifestyle involved with outside sales/management led her to be very unhealthy from eating habits, not working out, going out with team members, and very little and unrestful sleep. When Megan started her own fitness journey, she was able to feel good again, sleep through the night, and become a genuinely happy person. She is extremely passionate about health/fitness/nutrition and helping others on their journey. Being the General Manager of Gymguyz, a mobile personal training company, is a dream come true job for Megan because she works with a lot of people who are in similar situations to where she was and help them feel confident, strong, and happy again.
Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is Virginia's leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders. While providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, we aim to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the stigma attached to them. McShin is the only RCO in Virginia accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS).
Kristin Blalock is a “connector” at heart, which is why she enthusiastically serves as Community Coordinator for Circles RVA. Connection is the core of the entire Circles’ initiative. Together, we are building community to end poverty.
Elizabeth is the founder of The Emerald Office and the business coach behind Full Focus Entrepreneur, the dynamic membership program for mission-driven entrepreneurs and visionaries. She coaches business owners across the United States and Internationally on how to build a business custom fit to the life they want to live and the impact they want to have on the world. Her no-nonsense, simple-is-best approach has made her the go-to coach for mission-driven entrepreneurs seeking to remove the internal and external obstacles between them and their own version of success. She is specifically known for her 90 Day Launch Program which helps people launch their businesses in 3 months or less. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or through her website www.fullfocusentrepreneur.com.
Jennifer is the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Stewart Moving & Storage. She joined the team in October 2015 after spending 11+ years as a Marketing Strategist & Ad Rep. Jennifer has moved at least 17 times herself and knows how stressful moving can be. Upon her arrival at Stewart Moving & Storage, Jennifer began re-writing the customer experience: “Moving can be less miserable and overwhelming. The right moving company can provide relief during one of life’s most stressful transitions.” Jennifer has led the 215% revenue growth of the COD division at Stewart Moving & Storage. Also active in her community, Jennifer serves on the Board for Change the World RVA and the Advisory Boards for both The Women’s Business Center RVA and the University of Richmond’s Customer Experience Certificate Program. She lives in Glen Allen with John, her husband of 8 years, their daughter Alyssa and rescue dog Madison.
Lori Saitz is the CEO of Zen Rabbit and host of the podcast “FINE is a 4-Letter Word.” She’s a nationally recognized expert in using gratitude and meditation for business success. Entrepreneurial professionals hire her to help them achieve their goals faster – without working harder.
She’s created tools for moving from that place where you say everything’s fine – but it’s really not! – to fantastic.
Karen is a 60-something, retired teacher, mom of two fabulous sons, and keeper of a small yard. Over the years she's been a social worker, writer, teacher of young children, and other assorted titles. Richmond has been home for over 30 years, although originally Karen is from "up north." Writing, hiking, yoga, reading, and traveling have always been joys and escapes. As Karen enters into this next phase of life, as a newly divorced person, with a few physical challenges, she's ready to embrace/tackle whatever comes along.
A lifelong native of Richmond, Andrew Price has been a past president and member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond since 2008. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College, Andrew spent a short time as a writer for the Hanover Herald-Progress and Richmond Times-Dispatch before spending the last 15 years in the mortgage business. He currently is a sales manager at Fulton Mortgage Company, a division of Fulton Bank. For fun, he has been the color commentator for internet broadcasts for Randolph-Macon’s men’s basketball program for the last 15 seasons. He has been married to his wife Anne for 12 wonderful years and loves spending time and playing with his son, Tate, 8, and daughter, Parker, 4. Andrew can be reached at [email protected]
Jennifer Elliott owns Your CBD Store-Richmond, located in the Wellesley Shopping Center in Richmond, VA. She graduated in 2010 from Liberty University with a BS in Business Management and has taken an entrepreneurial spirit ever since. Jennifer is a veteran, spending 11 years in the Army National Guard and is now married to a Warrant Officer in the Army. She is a mom to 3 children ages 9, 13 and 16, a foster mom, and also sells Real Estate with Sentry Residential, offering cash back or credit at closing to those who serve. Along with this, Jennifer just completed another surrogacy journey; she has been a surrogate for several families on the East Coast. Your CB Store- Richmond offers education, free samples and free delivery within 30 miles of the store. For more information, check out www.yourcbdstorerva.com.
Lydia is the third child in a family of seven children who grew up in Varina. She and her husband, who grew up just across the river in Chester, have 5 children and 16 grandchildren. The daughters and 13 of the grandchildren all live west of the Mississippi. One son, after several years overseas, now lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and 3 daughters. Her youngest son is in Istanbul, Turkey for now teaching English. He loves to travel and has lived in other places and plans to continue that trend. Lydia has been a member of Altrusa International of the Capital City of Virginia for 20 years. My profession was teaching middle and high school English, the last 14 years in a Virginia Juvenile Correction Center.
Mike Lieberman is the founder of Retirement Redefinition. He created the site to help you define your retirement lifestyle and start an online business that fits it. Mike can be reached at [email protected]
Joy Whitehurst is a Richmond native who recently moved back to Richmond from New York City, and she is loving it! She attended NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she concentrated in Sociology and Visual Art. She then took a job merchandising product and fabricating window displays on the visual team at Anthropologie’s flagship in Rockefeller Center. After two years, she was ready for more mission focused work and wanted to transition to a non-profit environment. Her job at Habitat is perfect for her, because she can combine her passion for creating connections with her love of retail and DIY. She lives in the Fan, drinks way too much Lamplighter coffee, and loves to explore new places in Richmond and all over the world.
Having been through a traumatic health crisis, I began to look at ways that would help me with recovery. I am two years oral cancer free and during that time, my husband, Daryl (heart attack survivor), and I have been doing a lot of research to find ways to prevent both conditions from ever coming back. During my cancer recovery, my daughter introduced me to Young Living essential oils. And guess what, I got better! So I decided to make it my business to share what I had learned. Young Living has a 25-year history of quality growing, harvesting and distilling essential oils around the world. There Seed to Seal policy ensures customers that all Young Living products are organic and non-GMO, safe products for the whole family, including your pets. I use Young Living essential oils and products from the time I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night. It is a lifestyle change for the better and helps our family stay healthy and more active with fewer trips to the doctor and far less dependence on prescription drugs. And that says a lot for a household of ten: two grandparents, two parents and six grandchildren ages three weeks to 11 years. Let me know how I can help you stay above the wellness line and start a business that can have you earning a six-figure income in four years.
Elton started Boomers Transitions in October of 2017 after retiring from professional basketball in memory of his grandmother who passed in 2010.
The reason for starting the company was for personal reasoning. While playing basketball Elton, wasn't around to spearhead the process of downsizing or transitioning, which took a toll on his family. Instead of being with his grandmother and making her comfortable, the family was in heated debates on selling of the home, sharing items, deciding what senior community to place his grandmother in, deciding who was going to do the packing and unpacking, and the move.
Elton always felt that once basketball was finished he would love to start a company that would relieve the stress of moving while dealing with families of seniors and baby boomers. That's how Boomers Transitions was started.
Ayanna McMullen, Professional Organizer and owner of Harmony Organizing, has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and over 10 years of experience in the organizing and administrative fields. Her passion for order as a means to help others enjoy life has led her to successfully work as an educator, non-profit program director, community organizer, executive administrator and human resources manager. Ayanna’s diverse experience, varied skills and unique talents qualify her to design an organizational plan for any home, work or life.
Boomer Dee Bogetti left the corporate world to follow her passion: dogs. She is now a professional dog trainer, published author, and public speaker. She specializes in training service dogs, as well as in-home training and behavior modification for family pets of all ages. Check out the dogs she works with on her YouTube channel, website (http://www.deethedogtrainer.com/) and blog (http://browndogtales.blogspot.com/). Questions? Contact Dee at [email protected]
Jan Muscarella is the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors®/Richmond, a service that provides household and companion services to seniors who wish to age in place. She matches seniors who need help with seniors who want to help and who understand the challenges of aging. Jan’s office serves the West End of Richmond, Henrico and Goochland.
Lurene Reck is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®. She is the Owner and Care Manager at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, Chesterfield, Virginia. Seniors Helping Seniors fosters relationships between seniors seeking employment and seniors who require help with daily non-medical personal needs and household tasks and chores to continue living in their own homes.
I am easily fascinated. I look around me and I see beauty everywhere. I get a lump in my throat, my eyes get big--it excites me. Photography is a way to capture that beauty. It is immediately gratifying. I grew up in wild rural Pennsylvania, immersed in nature. I would describe myself as 50% arty and 50% country; these elements come together in me and have defined my vision. In nature, for example, I see and love to capture light and shadow, circles and other shapes, color and contrast. But nature is ephemeral, its elements changing and disappearing with the seasons, and photos are a way for me to record it before it is gone, to be replaced by something else beautiful and fascinating.
Christine launched Le Bleu Central Virginia just over three years ago in Richmond with a passion to educate consumers about the value of what they are flooding their bodies with, literally. As a consumer of Le Bleu Ultra Pure Water for many years, she left corporate America with a mission to help reform the health of Central Virginia, one sip at a time. Le Bleu Central VA is the exclusive distributor in Virginia, delivering Ultra Pure Water products to homes and businesses throughout the area. Le Bleu has been purifying and bottling water for over 30 years in Advance, NC.
Deborah Hall is the “Resource Specialist” for goodChoice Financial Stability and Family Strengthening Program at Goodwill Central and Coastal Virginia. In 2013 Deborah created and organized Goodwill of Central Virginia first food pantry. Her passion to help people led her to create and organize the first food pantry for Goodwill Central Virginia in 2013. She has written articles for Goodwill Central Virginia and other non-profit organizations.
Deborah is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she studied Journalism at the William Allen White School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Deborah Hall proudly served her country in the United States Marines for three years. She worked as a Communication Center Man, where she was responsible for reading, transmitting and guarding top secret messages.
She moved from Kansas to Richmond, Virginia in 2001 where she presently resides with her husband of 42 years and their two dogs. Deborah has one son, who is presently employed by the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.
In her free time, Deborah enjoys writing. Her first love is hearing her words live on stage. She also enjoys dancing and is often teased by her non-baby boomer friends for doing the two-step.
She hopes to join in the fight to eliminate “Sex Trafficking”.
Kevin Parks, a licensed Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator, has spent many years in the senior housing industry, serving seniors in various capacities, from Community Relations to Executive Director. As a senior advocate and active member of several organizations focused on improving quality of life for seniors, Kevin champions quality of life issues in senior housing and recognizes the importance of offering choice and involving seniors in the decision-making process when a more supportive environment is being considered.
Mary Moss is mom to two grown children, and Gammy to Lydia! She is a Project Administrator for a local Department of Transportation contract project in the Richmond, VA area. She and her husband of 42 years love living in Richmond, exploring off-the-beaten path destinations and generally enjoy anything history- or music-related! Mary is the author of two books, both titled after unnamed women in the bible, available on Amazon. Her life purpose is to help others discover how their stories connect to God’s story for their lives. She lives this out through speaking, writing, blogging and storytelling.
Julie Campbell, a writer and editor, retired in June after 15 years at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, as the editor of the university magazine and associate director of communications and public affairs. Before that, she spent eight years as editor of Virginia Cavalcade, the magazine of history and culture published by the Library of Virginia, in Richmond, and seven years as associate editor of The Journal of Arizona History, at the Arizona Historical Society, in Tucson, Arizona. She began her editing career in Denver, Colorado, with a lifestyle magazine and with trade magazines for the plastics industry. She has a B.A. (Arizona State University) and M.A. (University of Arizona), both in history, and has written a textbook, Studies in Arizona History, and The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History, which won the People's Choice Award for Nonfiction from the Library of Virginia in 2011.
DIANE ANDREWS, REALTOR®
Soon after relocating to Richmond in 2008, I realized I’d moved to a really special city. The history and culture of Richmond and its surrounding areas, complimented my love of home renovation and historic preservation. Before becoming a Virginia resident, I was a REALTOR® in Florida for 13 years. There I mastered the technique of matching buyers to their perfect home. I was able to gain experience and considerable knowledge on the home renovation process, property flipping and investing. My goal is to understand my clients’ needs and provide an ideal experience worthy
of telling all of their family and friends. When I’m not selling real estate, I enjoy sailing, gardening, traveling, and fishing. I also participate with several organizations, such as the Chesterfield Council on Aging, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Rebuilding Together Richmond, Byrd Theater Foundation, the Richmond Chamber and Osher at the University of Richmond. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with all of your real estate needs.
“My goal is to understand my clients’ needs and provide an ideal experience worthy of telling all of their family and friends.”
For 20 years, Susan Campbell has worked with seniors and their families during difficult transitions. She is a pioneer in the senior move management industry and now uses her compassion and training to work with families and professionals during the end-of-life celebrations and transitions. Susan is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Dignity Memorial in Richmond, VA. Dignity Memorial provides funeral, cremation, and cemetery services for a “Life Well Celebrated.”
Sue moved to Richmond in 1996; she has also lived in New York, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Indiana. She worked in the banking, distribution, retail, manufacturing and mortgage industries, spending most of her career in the area of business software systems implementation, specializing in the areas of training and writing user documentation and procedures manuals. The creation of the first chart that she discusses in her blog came about as a result of realizing that both she and her husband had too much critical information to remember individually, much less for both of them. She created these charts for her husband, her parents and herself. Sue’s husband passed away in 2009 from cancer. About a year ago she became the proud parent of a four-legged son named Charlie who will celebrate his 7th birthday this month. Charlie is a rescue dog in training to be a therapy dog.
I have lived in Richmond, VA all my life, and I love it. I am the 5th of 6 kids. It was not easy, but I grew up with loving and caring, nurturing parents. We were taught to behave, to work hard, and appreciate what we had.
I attended J. R. Tucker High School, where I graduated with honors, then attended VCU and graduated with a Business Administration degree. I then went back to VCU to get my teaching degree, but after student teaching, I decided it was not for me. Selling and helping people was in my blood.
I have been in sales for 26 years: first with Circuit City then Cobb Office Products. I also worked with banking, fundraising, and educational companies. After being laid off three times, I decided to work for myself. I obtained my real estate license in 2006, and I worked for Vector Security at the same time. My real calling was when I obtained my life, health, and annuity license in 2015. I have not looked back. I am driven and passionate to help people more than ever.
Gene Garner is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and family man. He served in Berlin, Germany as an Electronic Intelligence Officer, and went on to manage the Home Oxygen program at McGuire VA hospital for 15 years. Gene is now an independent insurance broker and Vice-President at John Pate & Associates, a Richmond-based brokerage with over 200 agents, licensed and appointed in 12 states and the District of Colombia, and contracted with over 30 different Insurance carriers. Gene lives in Glen Allen with his wife and 2 cats, and is active in his church and the community.
Joel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Virginia Tech Alumnus with a multi-sport background in baseball and track. He's competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting, with an interest in bringing an high-skill product to the general population.
His work with Jacob's Chance, a Richmond-based non-profit, provides sports, fitness, and social activities to children with special needs and their families, and has most recently helped develop this program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Since then, he's developed an internship program benefiting the students of VCU's Exercise Science department.
Joel has helped a wide range of individuals reach Rehabilitation-specific goals, fat-loss totals, and lifestyle changes. Sports Performance training is a passion, but he understands that not one specific program design fits all individual needs.
His studies have taught him that movement is a gift, and every person should reach the best of his or her abilities with it.
Kaisha McCrea, Career Consultant and Coach, is the owner of Growing Perspectives Career Consulting LLC. She has 20+ years of experience working in Corporate America. Her career consists of job assignments in Manufacturing, Sales, Continuous Improvement, Operations and Consulting. She is trained in Change Management and provides Coaching and Consulting to Career Professionals. She has held various leadership roles and is experienced in developing and facilitating team training. She previously served as Co-leader of a Corporate Women's resource group for several years. She has a passion for helping people reach their goals and aspirations.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves history, music and travel! She is a member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. She is a Board Member of the Richmond Chapter of ASCM (Supply Chain) and participates in the Alumni chapter of NC A&T and PTSA of Monacan High School. Kaisha is a graduate of NC A&T State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and MBA from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware. She currently resides in Midlothian VA with her husband and two sons.