Coaches, External Assessors and Trainers

Our coaches are 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. They represent fellow site leads, supervisors, and managers from OST time organizations within the Richmond Region who are also involved in the YPQI process. Each participates in annual training, after which they become certified by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

External Assessors conduct assessment visits at the site level, collect research quality data, and then input the scores from the assessment into the online Scores Reporter. 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 make them valuable members of the YPQI team.

Lindy Bumgarner - Coach, External Assessor, Trainer

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.


Frank Cardella – Coach, External Assessor

Frank Cardella is the Community Services Liaison for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. He works to engage organized labor partners to strengthen communities, address the underlying causes of societal problems, and build capacity for successful United Way campaigns to have lasting impact around the issues of income mobility, education, and health. Prior to joining United Way, Frank served the public good for 20 years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, high school science teacher, education advocate, and president of one of the largest educator union affiliates in Virginia. He holds degrees in Biology and Philosophy from State University of New York at Binghamton, achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Science, and has written and spoken on educational economics and ethics.

Tina Carter - Trainer

Tina Carter has 20 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 from East Tennessee State University and a certificate in non-profit Management from VCU.

Lorie Coker - Coach, External Assessor, Trainer

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.


Melissa Derricott - Coach, External Assessor, Trainer

Melissa Derricott began her youth services work over a decade ago at William Byrd Community House, supporting youth with barriers to employment. Over seven years ago, Melissa transitioned to Higher Achievement as part of the launch team for the Richmond affiliate. During her time at Higher Achievement, Melissa has served Richmond youth in several positions, including her most recent role as the National Senior Data Analyst. In this role, through site observations and analysis of data, Melissa works with staff in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Richmond, and DC, to support high quality programming. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from VCU. 


Kinda Fernandez - Coach, External Assessor

Kinda Fernandez is the owner and director of Kindasgarden Daycare, a before and after school program in Chesterfield, VA. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and American Studies from SUNY Oswego. Kinda has served children and youth in many capacities throughout the community and her church over the last 16 years. Currently she serves as a youth planning team member for Spring Creek Baptist Church, Mega Mentors, and Little Miss mentoring group. Kinda is a wife, mother of four and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


Michelle Ford - Coach, External Assessor

Michelle Ford is a trainer/educator II with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She is certified to train teachers and administrators in GED prep, and is responsible for TABE, GED Ready, GED and CRC testing at facilities in the Central Region of Virginia. Michelle has a diverse professional portfolio, including serving as an offender workforce development specialist, child aide, head start teacher, and youth counselor. She has an associate’s in Science Education from Piedmont Virginia Community College, BA in Sociology and teacher’s licensure from Mary Baldwin College, and an MS in Human Services with a concentration in Counseling Studies from Capella University. She is currently pursuing an ED.S in Education Administration with Liberty University.

Marvin Green - 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 - Trainer

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.

Kristin Hott

Kristin Hott - Trainer

Kristin Hott 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.

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson - Trainer

Charles Johnson is the Program Manager for Richmond YPQI at the Mary and Frances Youth Center in the Department of Community Engagement at VCU. Johnson brings over 10 years of non-profit experience, including work in juvenile justice, public health and experiential education. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Ministry from Covenant Seminary and is a trainer around Trauma Informed Care issues.    

Martha Lambert - Trainer

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. 

Terri Lawson

Terri Lawson - Trainer

Terri Lawson currently serves as the Senior Director of Youth Development with the YMCA of Greater Richmond. Her passionate commitment to supporting youth and families and improving their opportunities is demonstrated through more than twenty years of dedication in diverse educational and support settings with an emphasis in at-risk and underserved communities. Terri received her BS in Sociology from VCU and her Master’s in Education from Middle TN State University.  She previously worked for the Metropolitan Nashville Public School district as the Program Specialist for Extended Learning. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Family Resource Center with the non-profit, Family & Children’s Services.


Tito Luna - Trainer

Tito Luna is the neighborhood outreach director for VCU's Division of Community Engagement. In this role, he serves as a liaison to VCU’s surrounding neighborhoods, working closely with a team of neighborhood representatives and the VCU Neighborhood Team. Luna helps link faculty, staff and students to opportunities for collaboration with neighborhoods and other community partners. Luna has a robust background in teaching, youth serving organizations, and YPQI, where he was one of Richmond YPQI's first Methods trainer and external assessor. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish from Binghamton University.


Mary Maupai – Coach, External Assessor

Mary Maupai has over 15 years of non-profit experience. She began her non-profit career with the YMCA as an Executive Director and then in 2007, switched from operations into the development world and has never looked back. She has worked for both large and national non-profits as well as small local grassroots organizations. Mary's passion is working with organizations in strengthening their annual fund through expansion of individual donor giving. In her free time, Mary enjoys reading, Bikram yoga, and scuba diving all over the world.  


Shekinah Mitchell - Trainer

Shekinah Mitchell has 10 years of nonprofit experience in youth development, fundraising and community development. Her experience ranges from database management and program development to affordable housing and quality improvement.   She is currently the Neighborhood Partnerships Manager for Virginia LISC and responsible for overseeing their Financial Opportunity Center Network, small business grant programs, community engagement efforts, youth and safety initiatives. As a Richmond, Virginia native, Shekinah also has local knowledge and community experience rooted in the Richmond region. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Radford University.

Laura Robertson - External Assessor, Trainer, Coach

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 - Trainer

Jeanine Turner is the programs manager 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.

Methods trainings are based on content developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Forum for Youth Investment, and HighScope Foundation. Recent findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a randomized experimental study, demonstrate that exposure to and use of this content improves program quality in out-of-school-time settings. Our trainers have been trained in and certified to deliver this content. Methods trainings, however, are not directly affiliated with or sponsored by any of the organizations that developed it. Nevertheless, the Weikart Center and Forum are pleased you have selected this evidence-based content to advance your program quality initiative.