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Chris Webster Volunteer Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on April 5, 2018

Chris Webster is a civil and geotechnical engineer who has worked in both the private and public sector.  For over ten years, Chris worked for a large engineering firm specializing in geotechnical projects in which he had the opportunity to travel to Burundi and Hatti.  In these travels,...

Seth Herman Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on April 5, 2018

Brought to Charlottesville for the music industry, Seth operated his own company for years.  While here, he noticed that there was a gap in the market as people desired to buy used outdoor gear but lacked an access point.  Inspired by this observation and passion for the outdoors,...

Michele Zehr Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on February 25, 2018

Michele Zehr is the founder of We2 and The Center for Earth Based Healing, which offers programs for survivors of sexual and domestic violence through the medium of ecotherapy. They offer three, free of charge, programs that work directly with survivors. Early on in her career, Michele kept following what...

Brad Uhl Volunteer Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on February 22, 2018

During his fourth year studying economics at the University of Virginia, Brad began working at a local editorial design company. Within this role, Brad built his experience in branding. Years later and looking for a change in occupation, Brad met Brandon Wooten. Brandon worked as a freelance designer and was...

Marga Odahowski Volunteer Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Volunteer Profile on February 1, 2018

Moving to Charlottesville after attending a local Dream Conference, Marga Odahowski served on the University of Virginia’s faculty as an Assistant Director for Health and Promotion as well as the Director of studies for the UVA’s International Residential College.  After 24 years of working for UVA,...

Yvonne Cunningham Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Entrepreneur Profile on January 31, 2018

Yvonne Cunningham, owner of Nona's Italian Cucina, began to fall in love with the art of food when she spent seven years in Naples, Italy. Within her local community, Yvonne met a grandmother who only spoke Italian; however, they were able to communicate through food. Through this relationship,...

Bev Ingram Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Entrepreneur Profile on January 2, 2018

Bev Ingram has possessed an entrepreneurial spirit since adolescence; starting ventures such as a jewelry business in India. After a life change, Bev decided to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains for four months. Since then she has explored how helpful it is to feel connected to nature. This process...

Riki Tanabe Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Entrepreneur Profile on December 14, 2017

Aided by his many years of culinary and pastry expertise, Riki Tanabe saw a need in Charlottesville’s food market for casual Japanese cuisine. Growing up in Hawaii, Riki was influenced by Pacific and Portuguese cultures. These experiences created an interest in food anthropology with a curiosity of how...

Jay Lester Volunteer Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Volunteer Profile on December 14, 2017

Jay Lester’s prior experience with startups has made him an invaluable member of CIC’s mentorship program.  Before to moving to Charlottesville last year, Jay worked for three startups in distinct industries: supply chain, print magazine, and Ecommerce.  Currently, Jay serves as the Executive Director...

Jay Townsend Volunteer Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on November 6, 2017

32 years ago, Jay Townsend left his accounting job and decided to open a landscaping company with one employee.  Focusing on building success one job at a time, JW Townsend Landscapes has now grown to 75 employees working on a diverse number of projects throughout central Virginia.  Jay believes that...

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