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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...

Nicole Hawker Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by CIC Admin in on November 3, 2017

Nicole decided to start her business Cville Health and Wellness when she recognized that a community need was not being met.  Before coming to Charlottesville, Nicole lived in Tennessee where she was a partner for an organization that provided community wellness information. Living in Charlottesville, Nicole saw that there...

Elizabeth Raymond Entrepreneur Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Entrepreneur Profile on October 3, 2017

Growing up in the Charlottesville area, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Education from the University of Virginia.  At the same time she was finishing her degree, her family wanted to take their homemade veggie burger and bring it to...

Katie White Volunteer Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Volunteer Profile on October 3, 2017

Katie has been motivated to create change within her community from an early age.  As a public school teacher in Baltimore, Katie was placed in a socio-economically diverse school made up of both city and county students.  Subsequently, she moved with her family to Stoke-on-Trent, England and attended...

Charles Thacher Volunteer Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Volunteer Profile on August 22, 2017

Charles Thacher moved from New York to Charlottesville eight years ago. During the 1970s, he founded and ran a consulting business and worked as an actuary. The business performed consulting work with medium sized organizations and grew to include six offices across the country. Charles sold the business in the...

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