How long have you lived in Richmond?
Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?
I am a commercial real estate attorney at a small firm, FutureLaw, L.L.C.
Other service you are involved in?
Over the years I have volunteered in many different ways at my children’s schools, and currently sit on the School Advisory Council for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. I also volunteer at our church- St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
What was your path to Impact?
Several of my friends have been involved for several years, and I had been wanting to learn more. I therefore invited my friends Talley Baratka and Cheryl Woodward to come speak to our church’s women group, and I made the decision to join that night. They were both very inspiring!
What was the first Impact 100 event you attended?
The Open Join at Art 180 last year.
Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved. Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?
I liked the whole idea of collective giving, and the ability to make an impactful contribution to a local organization, and to know how exactly that money would spent, as well as the opportunity to participate in a hands-on way in the grant decision-making process.
Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most?
Well I have a particular fondness for Groundwork RVA- I was on the Environment Committee last year, and we were all so inspired by the work they are doing and the 6PIC facility overall. We initially were so disappointed when they did not receive one of the 2 grants last year (so technically they may not be a winner for this question!), and then just so happy when they received a separate grant as an outgrowth of the Impact 100 process just a short time later.
Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
Not yet, but I hope to do so!
Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
I met lots of new people on the Environment Committee last year, and we all formed a nice connection. I’m looking forward to seeing the group again this year when the grant process begins again.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
Making homemade paella! I was in Spain this past summer and took a paella class, bought all the necessary ingredients and a paella pan, but have not yet made it at home!
What’s your favorite book or movie?
Little Miss Sunshine, only because I laughed so hard it hurt!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Barrie!