The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ dedicated staff members bring years of experience to their work helping schools, businesses, and communities achieve success through inclusion.  Meet our team below, and contact VCIC to be in touch with a member of the staff.

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Tawyana Athey

Development & Operations Coordinator

Tawyana Athey is Development and Operations Coordinator with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. She has primary responsibility for handling daily office operations, supporting fundraising efforts, and managing VCIC’s donor database.

Tawyana brings over six years of experience working in a collegiate setting and over seven years of banking and customer service experience. Prior to joining VCIC, she worked in advancement and student development for the University of Richmond. In particular, her time with the Office of Common Ground fueled her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion.

Tawyana received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business Ethics from Old Dominion University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Strayer University.

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Paula L. Bazemore

Hampton Roads Program Manager

Paula L. Bazemore is the Hampton Roads Program Manager at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she serves as the link between VCIC and community partners through designing, facilitating, and convening diversity and inclusion workshops.

Paula has a diverse background that includes program development and implementation, partnership development, fund development, public event organizing, and curriculum development. Past employers include three different Girl Scout councils, the National Kidney Foundation, WHRO, and the American Cancer Society where she created an award winning program concept. Prior to joining VCIC, Paula served as the Executive Director for Peninsula READS, an organization that provides literacy skills for adults.

Paula is a former commissioner for the Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission and is currently working with the commission as a member of an Interfaith Community Group. She was involved in the development of a curriculum guide that accompanied a traveling exhibit designed to introduce children to the many differences among people and strategies to overcome negative experiences. She is the outgoing President of the Southeastern Association of Volunteer Administrators.

Paula received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the TCC Academy of Nonprofit Excellence.

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Charm Bullard

Director of Programs

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Charm Bullard is Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups. Charm particularly specializes in VCIC’s higher education, workplace, and community programming.

Charm has over 10 years of experience working in a collegiate setting.  Prior to joining VCIC, she worked in student affairs on collegiate campuses throughout the Southeast.  It was during that time that she found her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion.  Charm is the founder of the Connecting Women of Color Conference at the University of Richmond, which has been featured in Women in Higher Education and Essence magazines.  She has facilitated over two dozen conference presentations on varying topics throughout her career.

Charm received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Lander University and her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

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Kate Eubank

Director of Administration & Finance

Kate Eubank is Director of Administration & Finance at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she plans, organizes, and manages the operations, human resources, and financial aspects of VCIC.

Kate brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, finance, and fundraising to her work with VCIC. Before joining the organization, Kate served as the co-Executive Director of PFund Foundation, a community foundation advancing social justice for the LGBTQ community in the Upper Midwest. After moving to Richmond in 2015, Kate spent three years supporting the Hackman Consulting Group’s racial equity training work with nonprofits, schools, and businesses before joining VCIC in July of 2017.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College where she also devoted significant time to student organizing.

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Anne Gibbons

Outreach Programs Coordinator

Anne Gibbons is Outreach Programs Coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  In her role, she leads VCIC’s community programs and partnerships across Virginia, serving as a link between VCIC and partners through designing, facilitating, and convening diversity and inclusion programs.

Anne joined VCIC after many years of service to Lynchburg College, now the University of Lynchburg.  She is a 1996 recipient of VCIC’s Humanitarian Award, and she has facilitated VCIC’s signature high school and college programs over the years.   Anne has a special passion for the intersection of spirituality and social justice.  She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Augustana College and has a Masters of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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Katie Hathaway

Events & Communications Manager

Katie Hathaway is Events & Communications Manager for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner events and one-day program conferences across the Commonwealth.  She also supports VCIC’s communication efforts through graphic design and online media management.

Prior to joining VCIC, Katie was Operations Manager at Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities, where she planned and organized events, supported the organization’s communications efforts, and oversaw office operations. During her tenure, Katie managed the “Unpacking the 2010 Census” program, “The Trust Factor” Conference in Washington DC, and served as head of the Conference Operations department at an annual international conference near Montreux, Switzerland.

Katie holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, with a focus on intercultural/diversity training and consulting. She earned her B.A. in International Relations from Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland.

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Jessica Hawthorne

Director of Programs

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Jessica M. Hawthorne is Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  In her role, she designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups across the Commonwealth.  Jessica also leads VCIC’s program evaluation efforts.  She joined the organization as Youth Program Coordinator in 2012.

Active in the community, Jessica serves on the faculty of the Koinonia School for Race and Justice at Richmond Hill, and she participates on both the Juvenile Justice Collaborative Youth Violence Prevention Workgroup and the Trauma-Informed Community Network.  In the past, she has been involved in the Unpacking the 2010 Census program and the Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable, a program of Richmond SHRM.

Prior to her time with VCIC, Jessica worked for her family’s local small business as their office and social media manager. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies, concentrating in African Religions and Islam.  Jessica also earned a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University along with a Certificate in Religious Education.

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Michael Jackson

Program Assistant

Michael Jackson is Program Assistant with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  He has primary responsibility for supporting program planning, logistics management, data entry, and general administrative tasks.

Prior to joining the VCIC staff, Michael had been a volunteer for the organization for four years.  During that time, he facilitated several of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ middle school and high school programs, including Diversity Dialogue Day, the Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute, and the Prejudice Awareness Summit.  Michael also has experience as a Presidential Inaugural Fellow for the National Day of Service, and as a former Deputy Field Organizer.

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Martie O’Connell

Administration & Finance Assistant

Martie O’Connell is Administration & Finance Assistant with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  She has primary responsibility for financial documentation and reporting.

Since joining VCIC in 1999, Martie has at various points been responsible for nearly every aspect of the organization’s fund-raising and administrative functions.  She has seen VCIC through a number of name changes, worked with 2 CEO’s, interacted with several hundred State Board and Chapter leaders, organized and attended over 60 Humanitarian Awards Dinners, and coordinated 3 office relocations.

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Tiffany Patton

RVA Educational Programs Coordinator

Tiffany Patton is the RVA Educational Programs Coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, Tiffany facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for schools in the Greater Richmond area, including retreats, forums, professional development, and customized workshops.

Tiffany has over 10 years of experience in community development and youth and family programing. She has worked at Communities in Schools of Richmond, Virginia Mentoring Partnership, and the YMCA of Greater Richmond in youth development roles.  She has a passion and commitment to social justice, education, and working with individuals and families through a trauma informed care lens. Tiffany is a part of the Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network, and volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House Charities on their advisory committee and Comfort Zone Camp as a grief group facilitator.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Non Profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is furthering her education by pursuing her Masters in Social Work at VCU.

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Jonathan Zur

President & CEO

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Jonathan C. Zur is President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  Under Jonathan’s leadership, VCIC increased the number of programs delivered annually by nearly 1,000%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness.

An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity and inclusion, Jonathan was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, formed in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville in August 2017.  In 2016, Jonathan was a speaker at the inaugural White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government.  His program work with VCIC is noted in the book No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities as “the best…in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school.”  Prior to joining the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in 2006, Jonathan was a Program Manager for the New Jersey Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and founding Director of A More Perfect Union, a coalition formed in response to emerging forms of bias after September 11, 2001.

In the community, Jonathan supports a variety of organizations. He is Vice Chair and Operations Coordinator for the National Federation for Just Communities, First Vice Chair for the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, and a member of the Hope in the Cities Council and the Leadership Metro Richmond Board of Directors.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and he received a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.  For his professional work and community involvement, Jonathan received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership, among other recognitions.  Additionally, Jonathan was a finalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2015 Person of the Year, and he was named one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2009.

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