Meet the CARs

Khalil Ali, Ed.D., M.P.A., is the community services and branch manager for the North Avenue Library. His expertise is in nonprofit organization development and community engagement. He is excited to be a CAR, primarily because of his strong faith that God has given each of us the responsibility to be keepers of one another. “It’s easier to build strong men and dads then it is to fix broken ones. Raising strong men and dads starts before conception.” CAR since 2011.

Rosalind M. Battle is a native of Richmond. She is a representative of the Faith Community with a background in criminal justice. Her primary focus is on re-entry services for ex-offenders and their families. CAR since 2011.

Tony Boatwright believes in offering a hand up, not a handout. He lives this through his partnership with the Richmond City jail, which he uses as an avenue to reduce recidivism through a peer-based program. He is also the director of transitional housing for those recovering from substance abuse and/or recently released from incarceration. CAR since 2011.

The Reverend Dr. J. Elisha Burke is the Director of Men and Health Ministries for the Baptist Convention of Virginia. In this capacity, he offers leadership training and development of men’s fellowships and groups throughout Virginia. Elisha leads the ministry of men and provides training in responsible fatherhood programs, outreach to young males, marriage and couples ministry, parenting and emergency preparedness. Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Teressa Burrell is a longtime resident and respected member of the Fulton community. She is active in her church and is seen as the go-to person for a listening ear, sounding board or referral. She is currently working to re-establish a neighborhood association in her immediate community. CAR since 2011.

Claudia Claros is a student at John Tyler Community College studying early childhood education. She is interested in getting more involved in her community. She attends church in Richmond’s Southside where she serves as a children’s Sunday school teacher and usher. Claros also conducts outreach at Sacred Heart, a nonprofit organization in Richmond and at the Petersburg Federal Prison. CAR since 2011.

Fernando Cordero is the Regional Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. He is responsible for fundraising and coordinating events such as the annual Richmond Epilepsy Awareness Walk and meetings with state legislators during the General Assembly. Previous to this, Fernando worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in more than two-dozen countries. He also teaches Spanish and English in a number of Richmond area schools.Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Joe Craig is the Program Coordinator with Community Futures Foundation (CFF) based in Richmond. The CFF provides long-term community-based support services to individuals with brain injury in Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. CFF involves two clubhouse programs – the Mill House in Richmond, the Denbigh House in Newport News and a long-term case management program in Richmond. Joe is responsible for the operation of the Mill House, a program for people who experience disability following a brain injury. Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Frank Fox is the Clinic Case Manager of the Daily Planet, a nonprofit charitable organization serving the homeless population in Greater Richmond since 1969. Founding CAR and served from 2009-2011.

Reverend Margaret Herndon is an Assistant Classroom Instructor for CrossOver Ministry’s Lay Health Promoter Program. She is responsible for managing the classroom and making sure that students are properly prepared so that classes can be facilitated without disruption. She gives instructions regarding faith-based issues and provides devotional mediations for each class. She also instructs the parenting class for the Lay Health Promoters and conducts workshops at various times of the year. Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Marion Jones is the tenant council president for the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority community of Idlewood. Apart from her involvement in her own community, Jones is on the board for several other community groups, including the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, the Randolph Community Group and the Richmond Christian Center Senior Group. She also organizes the Idlewood annual community day and national night out. CAR since 2011.

Edward Judkins is Director of Operations of Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter, or CARITAS, the largest and most inclusive emergency shelter in Central Virginia. Edward is responsible for coordinating actions that solidify the agency’s mission in mobilizing Greater Richmond through its congregations to protect individuals and families in crisis and to empower those who strive for housing independence. “We take people where they are and wrap our services around them. Every guest who comes through our doors is taking the first step in a journey that will help them back to self-sufficiency.” Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Charlita Lemons is the site manager for the Fifth Street Baptist Church One Stop Resource and Missions Center. The One Stop Center provides access to online job searches, assistance with writing resumes, practice with interview skills, links to other social agencies and information regarding education and training programs. It also provides access to their Impressive Start Clothes Closet and to the Food Pantry. CAR since 2011.

Charles Lee is the Chronic Disease Supervisor with the Richmond City Health District. He supervises the daily operations of the Chronic Disease Division, which consists of primary and secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke, cancer, obesity and children’s and teen’s health. Founding CAR and served from 2009-2011.

Solomon Luckett, Jr. is the Clinical Research Manager for the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA). As the Lead Temporary Satellite Advocate for Research, or Lead TSAR, Solomon helps advertise and organize research activities and offers input into research-based curriculum content and how it should be provided. Founding CAR and Lead TSAR; CAR since 2009.

Yolanda McDuffy is an outgoing go-getter who puts her feet to the plow. She is people-driven, asking what, where, why, when and how she can be of service. She says the transformation of the mind is very important to her because wherever the mind goes, the body is soon to follow. “Together, we can do anything. Apart, we can do nothing.” CAR since 2011.

Kathy O’Hara is Vice President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia – Central Virginia Chapter (EFVA-CVC) and serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation State Chapter. The EFVA-CVC) is a nonprofit volunteer organization that embraces and empowers individuals and families affected by epilepsy. She works full-time as an Epilepsy Nurse Clinician in the Department of Neurology at the VCU Medical Center and has been there for 25 years. Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Wendy Mathis Parker is Managing Editor of The Village Mill, the Brandermill community newspaper serving more than 12,000 residents in Midlothian, Virginia. She frequently writes about people in her community who must deal with serious health issues. In addition, Wendy writes for a number of publications including Scarab, the MCV alumni magazine, covering topics related to health care and health care practitioners. Founding CAR; CAR since 2009.

Thomas Victory is President and Chief Executive Director of the Urban League of Greater Richmond. The Urban League’s objective is to be an advocate for underserved American citizens residing in Richmond and Petersburg. His responsibilities include public relations, grant writing, fundraising, administration and planning. Founding CAR and served from 2009-2011.

Dorella Winston is an advocate for homeless veterans, which has led her to create her own nonprofit organization, Sarah Anne Sheltering Arms. Sarah Anne Sheltering Arms provides guidance for its clients in search of various social services agencies in the Richmond area. CAR since 2011.