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.

Executive

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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 has increased the number of programs delivered annually by 1,500%, more than tripled the size of the staff, nearly tripled the size of the budget, 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.”

In the community, Jonathan supports a variety of organizations. He is currently appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Commission on African American History Education and the Virginia Complete Count Commission, and he serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion for Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Advisory Council of the Asian & Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central Virginia, and the Program & Evaluation Committee of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.

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, he 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.

Programs

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Paula 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 was among the first group of staff members trained to be Diversity Facilitators in the American Cancer Society’s Mid-Atlantic Division.  She is a former commissioner for the Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission, is the past President of the Southeastern Association of Volunteer Administrators and is currently on the board of the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads.

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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Tally Botzer

Educational
Programs Coordinator

Tally Botzer is 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, Tally facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for schools across the Commonwealth, including retreats, forums, professional development, and customized workshops.

With almost a decade of nonprofit experience, Tally has spent the last 6 years in formal and informal education in Richmond. Most recently, Tally managed youth and family programs at the American Civil War Museum, where she researched, developed, and implemented programs primarily for students and educators on diverse topics, including the complicated roots and legacies of race and racism in the United States. She has presented at local and national conferences for educators–like the National Council for History Education and the Virginia Conference for Social Studies Educators–on topics including teaching difficult subject matter and countering historical bias. As a member of the Virginia Social Studies Leadership Consortium, she helped open pathways for partnership among school districts and local nonprofit organizations throughout the state in an effort to ensure honest and equitable history education is available to all students in Virginia.

Prior to her time at the museum, Tally was a classroom teacher in Richmond Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in writing and her Master of Education in Elementary Education, both from the University of Mary Washington.

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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.

Since joining the VCIC team in 2016, Charm has had the opportunity to conduct over 300 workshops across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is particularly know for her warmth and humor as a facilitator. Prior to joining VCIC, Charm spent 11 years working in various student affairs roles on collegiate campuses throughout the Southeast. It was during that time that she found her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion. One accomplishment she is particularly proud of is founding the Connecting Women of Color Conference at the University of Richmond, which was featured in Women in Higher Education and Essence magazines.

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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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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Jacquie Johnson

Professional
Development Coordinator

Jacqueline “Jacquie” Johnson is Professional Development 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 designs, coordinates, delivers and evaluates diversity and inclusion programs conducted for VCIC’s workplace clients across Virginia.

Jacquie has a diverse background that includes workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), cultural competency, instructional design, organizational development, and underrepresented community outreach and engagement. Jacquie is especially interested in how DEI practices, adult learning events, and inner self-work help build and sustain workplaces and broader communities where everyone thrives. Prior to joining VCIC, she managed special projects and training programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation; American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity; and Morgan Lewis, an international law firm.

Jacquie received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her Master’s degree in Anthropology from George Washington University in Washington DC.

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Christina Manikus

Educational
Programs Coordinator

Christina Manikus is 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, Christina facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for schools across the Commonwealth, including retreats, forums, professional development, and customized workshops.

Christina has 5 years of experience working in nonprofits in Richmond in program administration, curriculum development, volunteer administration, public relations and communications, and development. Most recently, she was the Adult Education Programs Coordinator at Sacred Heart Center. She is the Public Relations board chair of Greater Richmond Association of Volunteer Administrators (GRAVA) and is a recent graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program.

Before Richmond, Christina lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 7 years where she got her certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and ran her own English teaching business. There she became bilingual in Spanish and learned basic conversation skills in Korean.

Christina has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Media Arts & Design with a minor in Theatre focused on lighting and set design. She has worked on two movie sets, one TV pilot, and one TV channel.

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Tiffany Patton

RVA Educational
Programs Coordinator

Tiffany Patton is 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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Nelson Reveley

Outreach Programs
Coordinator

Nelson Reveley 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 this role, Nelson develops community partnerships and programming focused on cultivating diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Nelson has a broad background building community partnerships and collaborations. He was a co-founder of RVA Rapid Transit, a nonprofit dedicated to educating, organizing, and advocating for frequent and far-reaching public transportation throughout the Richmond region. He also helped found Virginia Community Voice, a nonprofit that equips neighbors in marginalized communities to realize their vision for their neighborhoods and prepare institutions to respond effectively. Nelson currently serves on the boards of Virginia Community Voice, RVA Rapid Transit, and the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust.

Nelson has also taught high school, college, and graduate level courses in religion, ethics, leadership, and public service across a variety of schools and institutions. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well, serving as a parish associate at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA.

Nelson received his A.B. in Religion from Princeton University, his M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, with a focus on theology, economic and ecological ethics, and flourishing.

Administration & Fund Development

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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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Kate Eubank

Fund Development
Consultant

Kate Eubank is Fund Development Consultant for 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 supports VCIC’s development efforts primarily through proposal, appeal, and report writing.  She also offers strategic counsel related to the organization’s fund development priorities.

Kate brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, finance, and fundraising to her work.  From 2017-2019, she served as VCIC’s Director of Administration & Finance.  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.

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

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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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Jasmine Lewis

Director of Administration & Finance

Jasmine Lewis is Director of Administration and Finance 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 at VCIC, Jasmine plans, organizes, and manages the operations (including Board and Chapter support), human resources, and financial aspects of VCIC. 

Jasmine has over 10 years of experience working in a collegiate setting and over 4 years of nonprofit experience. Prior to joining VCIC, she was Director of Operations at UVA’s Madison House, where she managed the financials, human resources, and oversaw the office operations.  

Jasmine received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a 2017 graduate of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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