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Board


Donald Knight, II, Chairman.

Donald is the Chairman for Richmond Boys Choir, a leader and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., graduate intern with the Department of Defense, writer for blog site AnointedMind.com, mentor for the Carver Young Achievers program, and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

He presently works as a labor relations graduate intern for the Defense Commissary Agency headquartered in Fort Lee, Virginia. He is an alumnus of the L. Douglas Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University where he majored in Criminal Justice under the Pre-Law program. Presently, he attends the University of Richmond where his seeking a Master's in Human Resource Management with specialization in labor relations law.

Mr. Knight's professional federal experience is relatively diverse overcoming human resource challenges involving collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, arbitrations and grievances. He has served in variety of capacities implementing strategic concepts regarding employee relations, labor relations and performance and policy. He is a proven leader in the federal sector concerning corporate planning and organizational development.

Donald's oration style and talent commanded the national stage in the Belford V. Lawson oratorical competition where he represented Virginia and the eastern region after proving to be victorious. He has been molded by a strong Christian matriarchal family which he attributes all of his success to. He constantly embraces community outreach and believes emphasizing positive alternatives for youth is critical to the future.

Robin Pope-Moss, Vice-Chairman.

 

Godfrey T. Pinn, Jr., Esq., Treasurer.

Godfrey has been on the Richmond Boys Choir Board of Directors for over a decade. Godfrey is a partner with the law firm of Harrell & Chambliss, LLP (formerly Wilder & Gregory). Before joining Harrell & Chambliss, Godfrey was a litigation associate with the law firm of McGuireWoods. Before embarking upon his legal career, Godfrey earned a degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University in 1995 and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998. Godfrey is an active member of the community through his involvement in a number of social and civic organizations and non-profit boards.

Antoine M. Green, Assistant Treasurer.

Antione M. Green is a Richmond native. Mr. Green attended Henrico County Public Schools and graduated from Hermitage High School. While attending school, he interned for Delegate John O'Bannon and Senate Majority Leader Walter Stosch. His most recent legislative experience was a legislative aide to Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey. He has a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 1998, Mr. Green was recruited to join the Richmond Crusade for Voters. In 2004, he was elected 1st Vice-President of the Richmond Crusade for Voters and in 2006; He was elected President of the Crusade for Voter and installed in January 2007 as the youngest president, at age 27, in the Richmond Crusade for Voters history. In this capacity, he was a strong advocate for greater voter empowerment in the Metro Richmond area and in strengthening the Crusade's legacy by adding new members who will continue the Crusade's proud heritage.

In addition to his former Crusade role and responsibilities, Mr. Green served as a proud board member and chairman/government relations committee for the capital city's first charter school, Patrick Henry School for the Science and Arts from August 2008-November 2011. He formerly served in the role as the school's chief executive officer in 2010.

He balances the responsibilities of his office, work, school, and community service with the duties of being a good and supportive uncle, son, and grandson. In his spare time, He is an avid reader of history, political biographies and plays basketball.

Kristopher Russell, Secretary.

Kristopher Russell is a proud member of Virginia Commonwealth University's Alumni Association and current graduate student at the University of Richmond, where he will be receiving his Master's in Human Resource Management. He works as a procurement intern at the Defense Commissary Agency Headquarters in Fort Lee, Virginia. Prior to working for the federal government he was an HR intern at Hankins & Anderson, Inc, an architectural and engineering firm in Glen Allen, Virginia.

As a product of a single parent home and Richmond Public Schools, Kristopher understands the need for alternative routes for young black males. He firmly believes that ambition, knowledge, and mentorship are vital for the progression of all people.

Tionya Wilson, PAC President.

 

C. Vanessa Christian-Garner.

C. Vanessa Christian-Garner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree. She also holds a degree in Legal Studies from the University of Richmond, a Master's degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix and a Master's degree in Counseling in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.

Ms. Christian-Garner works as a Constituent Services Coordinator and is active in the community. In addition to serving on the RBC board she is a member of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Paralegal Advisory Board and the Library Foundation Board of Directors.

Andrea C. Long Wimbush.

Andrea C. Long Wimbush is a lawyer who currently owns her own Richmond law firm, Andrea C. Long, P.C. She earned her law degree in 1985 from the University of Richmond, where she subsequently served on the adjunct faculty for two years. She holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University, having graduated in 1973 with honors in general education.

Before pursuing a law career Ms. Long was a journalist for 17 years. Her last journalism job was five years as a reporter on WTVR-TV6, Richmond's CBS affiliate.

Ms. Long is a highly-respected appellate attorney who has been recruited by the state's appellate courts to assume representation of convicted criminal defendants whose attorneys cannot continue to represent them on appeal for whatever the reason. She also is a plaintiff's attorney for personal injury cases.

In the past 17 years she has developed a specialty in family law. She donates her services to the Chesterfield and Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Protective Order projects, assisting abused family members seeking court protection, and has in the past volunteered through the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar to assist women in several battered women's shelters. For several years she helped coordinate the Old Dominion Women's Bar "Take Our Daughters to Work" project. She served six years on the board of directors of the Rosey Grier Youth Pavilion, a residential program for youth whom the state has removed from their homes. In addition to her service to the Richmond Boys Choir, she currently is a member of the advisory board of Concerned Black Men.

She is active in the music and missionary ministries of Second Baptist Church - Westend. She composes children's Christian music, having published a collection (Copyright 2004), and she serves as a clinician for children's music ministries across the nation. She is affiliated with the Richmond Chapter and the national Gospel Music Workshop of America, and manages the male youth gospel ensemble, In Season, for whose premiere CD project, "Catch The Anointing", she is executive producer.

Jeffrey M. Bourne.

Jeffrey M. Bourne serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Honorable Mayor Dwight C. Jones. In his capacity as Deputy Chief of Staff, he provides policy research, analysis, and development to both the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, Jeff was with the Morris and Morris law firm where he practiced civil litigation in areas that included premises and product liability, personal injury and governmental relations.

Mr. Bourne is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics and his Juris Doctorate.

Prior to graduating from law school, Jeff was the Senior Policy Advisor for then Governor Mark Warner. Jeff is most proud of the opportunity to have served as a legal and policy intern in the office of then Senator Barack Obama. In that role, he assisted the Policy Director in crafting proposals for in areas such as renewable and alternative sources of energy, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, worker dislocation and retraining and proposals to enhance the current workforce development system.

Mr. Bourne is married to Anedra Wiseman Bourne and is the father of a precious little girl and a newborn son.

Rodney G. Butler.

Rodney G. Butler is employed by Virginia State University as Director of Government Relations. In this position he is charged with following key legislative and budgetary initiatives and to establish and nurture relationships with elected officials and agency personnel at the local, state and federal government levels.

Before coming to Virginia State University, Butler's career included employment with Gulf Oil Corporation, Hammermill Paper, BP America and Steris Corp., where he held management roles in budgeting, university relations, industrial sales and domestic and international human resources.

Mr. Butler holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State University and a master's from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

He is a member of the NAACP, National Urban League, Tuskegee Airmen – Petersburg Chapter, Chesterfield Business Council and Omega Psi Phi social fraternity.