Our Quality Coaches represent a diverse group of seasoned youth development professionals who care about the quality of programming youth are experiencing in our community and have a desire to support site teams as they participate in each phase of the continuous quality improvement process. A newly implemented feature of the 2015 - 2016 YPQI process, our team of coaches participate in annual training, after which they become certified as external program assessors by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.
Judy Bice holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in music from VCU. Her career path has included classroom teaching and piano instruction in both public and private schools. Most recently Bice was director of enrichment at St. Andrew's School where she developed and managed the after school program.
Lindy Bumgarner is the executive director and co-founder of The Podium Foundation. She has a bachelor's degree in English and Geography from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master's degree in Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has guest lectured and taught classes on writing, rhetoric, speech, performing arts and education at VCU, Northeastern University, Boston College, Tufts University and Suffolk University. She is a 2016-17 Community Fellow with VCU ASPiRE and serves on the board of the East District Family Resource Center in Richmond’s historic Churchill neighborhood. Bumgarner has participated in the YPQI process as a site lead and site administrator through the Podium Foundation.
Lorie Coker, Ph.D, has more than a decade of youth development experience and believes that the quality of program delivery is a key aspect of a programs achieving their desired outcomes. Coker utilizes reliable research-based assessment tools to provide consulting sessions to guide and support program staff on improving quality and culture of programs. Coker provides one-on-one technical assistance to organizations by working with staff to address gaps in their program design and delivery. Coker has worked as frontline staff, administrative staff and a consultant with youth development programs, so she understands first-hand the realities of working in a youth development program environment. Her goal is to meet program staff where they are and work with them to achieve their program goals and outcomes.
LaToya Harvey-Harrington has years of experience as a middle and high school teacher, college instructor and career coach. Harvey-Harrington earned a bachelor's degree in community health education from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master's degree in secondary education from Liberty University, a Virginia teaching license in career and technical education and certification as a Virginia career coach. She has previously served as a youth workforce specialist and a group facilitator with Greater Richmond SCAN.
Kristin Hott is the assistant coordinator for Youth Program Quality Improvement (YPQI) within the VCU Mary and Frances Youth Center. She has a diverse background in education and service that includes both youth and adult programming in Greater Richmond. Over the past 17 years, she has worked for local adult education and non-profit organizations, including a year of service as an AmeriCorps Team Leader, a Milk River Arts board member and the Community Outreach Collaborator for Richmond Young Writers. Most recently, she was the academic coordinator in a community college program serving first generation GED to college students. She holds a Master of Adult Learning degree with a specialty in Adult Literacy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education.
Natisha Knight has been an educator for 15 years and is passionate about ensuring positive learning experiences for all children. She has worked as a first and second grade teacher and Title I math teacher for Richmond Public Schools. In 2013, she began her career in the nonprofit sector as the director of education at Peter Paul Development Center, where she manages a robust after-school program as well as a summer program for youth in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood.
Rebecca Parks is a seasoned facilitator and coach, having worked with many non-profit organizations throughout the Richmond region, bringing more than a decade of teaching experience in both private and public schools settings. She has extensive experience writing and managing grants, running programs through both the Attorney General's Office and Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Rose Marie Wiegandt
Rose Marie Wiegandt has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years, with an emphasis on program development, evaluation, management and community engagement. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Wiegandt worked in the staffing industry for ten years, and after volunteering at the William Byrd Community house, she found working with youth was her true calling and began her nonprofit career. At William Bryd Community House, Wiegandt implemented the We Mean Business program that allowed middle and high schools students to develop and run their own businesses. She worked with Challenge Discovery’s Say it With Heart (SIWH) program, a violence and bullying prevention school based program. Wiegandt assisted in developing the SIWH curriculum and facilitated the program in several Richmond elementary schools. Most recently, Wiegandt worked with Communities in Schools of Richmond where she held many roles, including school site coordinator for Henderson and Thompson Middle School, service coordinator for the Performing Learning Center, an alternative program for high school students and program director of elementary schools.
Our Methods Trainers facilitate the ten Youth Work Methods trainings designed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The majority of our trainers manage youth development programs or centers in our local community. Their expertise and experience, matched with the intensive training provided by the Weikart Center, make them valuable members of the YPQI team.
Marco Malik Callender is the director of branch operations for the Chester Family YMCA and a certified instructor and active member of the professional development committee for the Emerging Leaders Resource Network for the YMCA of the USA. He also serves on a committee for the state chapter of the Association of YMCA Professionals. A native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Callender is a graduate of Virginia State University where he earned a degree in music education. He taught for several years in Chesterfield County, Prince George County and Petersburg Schools. In 2004, Callender began working for the YMCA. During his tenure, he has created and enhanced several programs serving youth in the Tri-Cities including the development of teen mentoring programs and a wellness and nutrition curriculum. He also collaborated with area partners to develop the YMCA’s 21st Century Community Learning Center in Chesterfield County.
Tina Carter has more than 18 years of experience working in nonprofit and education. Prior to becoming the director of VCU’s Mary and Frances Youth Center in January 2010, she managed two school-based afterschool programs in Rhode Island, serving more than 200 students daily. Her previous experience also includes directing AmeriCorps programs, coordinating service-learning initiatives, volunteer management and team building facilitator. Carter manages the daily operations of the Youth Center and Lobs & Lessons program, which includes development, curriculum planning, community relations, evaluation and volunteers. She earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor of science in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from East Tennessee State University and a certificate in non-profit Management from VCU. Carter has also been engaged in YPQI for over 10 years as both a site lead and an administrator and is a Weikart trained external assessor and methods trainer.
Marvin Green has spent nearly two decades supporting and equipping youth in the out-of-school time sector throughout the metro Richmond community. He has served as a program director, teen director, Strengthening Families facilitator for the City of Richmond Police Department, human relations commissioner and more. From child abuse prevention and behavioral health, to family supports and program development, Green has robust experience serving youth and families across the region. He currently serves as the club director for the Capital One Boys & Girls Club in the Northside of Richmond.
Bekah Holbrook serves as the director of community impact for education at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. She has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Richmond, previously serving as the director of programs for the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. She has taught writing at VCU and John Tyler Community College. Holbrook received her bachelor's degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2005 and her Master of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. She is a registered yoga teacher with 500 hours of training and currently serves as chair of the board of Project Yoga Richmond, a nonprofit that makes yoga affordable and accessible to more people in the Richmond community.
Damon Jiggetts, MPA - also a YPQ Quality Coach
Damon Jiggetts serves as executive director of the Peter Paul Development Center, an outreach and community center serving Richmond’s Church Hill community. Prior to joining Peter Paul, Jiggetts worked for Communities In Schools of Richmond for seven years, most recently serving as vice president of operations. Jiggetts' professional career in youth development and advocacy began with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond and Roanoke Valley. He earned a master's degree in public administration from VCU and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Learning Point – Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program and member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Class of 2015.
Martha Lambert has more than 24 years of experience in prevention education, community collaboration and staff supervision. She is currently the coordinator of community education at Hanover Community Services. Lambert is a certified prevention specialist with a specialty in alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention (P.S. - ATOD). She has a special passion for program development and implementation, service delivery, evaluation, grant writing and staff supervision. Lambert also brings significant experience in all phases of youth development, youth programming and training.
Edie Patterson is an experienced facilitator, trainer and teacher, and has worked in the out-of-school time area as a volunteer, staffer and board member since 2003.
Patterson's professional experience includes working in development and community facilitation with the National Civic League in Washington DC, strategic planning and facilitation with private clients in Washington, D.C., Charlottesville and Richmond, and serving as executive director of the Virginia Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Her extensive volunteer experience began in Washington where she served on the board of the Junior League of Washington, and has continued as a long-time volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs and on the Leadership Council of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST). She is the principal of Nonprofit Diagnostics, a firm in Richmond.
Laura Robertson is the adolescent development specialist for the Hanover County Community Services Board, where she is a mental health first aid-youth instructor and a facilitator of the Strengthening Families Program. Robertson began her career working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence before moving into prevention services. She brings nine years of experience working with youth and has worked in the human services field since 2005.
Jeanine Turner is the program coordinator for NextUp, an afterschool initiative for middle school students in the Richmond Public School district. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and began her teaching career as a ninth and tenth grade English teacher at Highland Springs High School in 2001. She returned to VCU to earn a master's in education degree in educational leadership and over the next eight years, served as the assistant principal and later principal of Thomas H. Henderson Middle School of Richmond Public Schools. Turner has transitioned into the field of youth development, serving clients as an education/out of school time consultant, providing support to organizations that wish to implement quality academic and enrichment programming for students beyond school hours.