Lindy M. Bumgarner is proud to call Church Hill North her home. Lindy has presented on panels and workshops at national conferences, including the annual Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University. She is the former Special Programs Director for the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. A North Carolina native, she holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a guest lecturer and professor of writing, rhetoric, speech, and education at VCU, Northeastern University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Suffolk University. Lindy was a graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program in 2015. Lindy has been a Program Quality Coach for three years and an External Assessor for four years for the Weikart Center Youth Program Quality Intervention at the VCU Mary and Frances Youth Center and United Way. She is a Community Fellow at VCU ASPiRE.
Vicki, MSW, has lived in the Richmond area for the past eight years, completing her BA in Political Science, BSW, and MSW at VCU and her Volunteer Management Certificate at the Non-Profit Learning Point. While a student, she worked as a social work peer mentor and a cultural adviser for VCU OMSA. Dedicated to working in the community, Vicki has volunteered as a Podium mentor for Armstrong High School, with the Science Museum of Virginia, and the National Organization for Women. She has also led several initiatives with the Urban League of Greater Richmond, Planned Parenthood, and Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Currently, she is proud to be back at Podium as Programs Director, and at VCU, is an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department and field instructor for the School of Social Work.
Kayleigh is a programs intern, turned social media manager, turned full communications manager for Podium. She is graduating with her B.S. in advertising from VCU in May 2018. Kayleigh writes content, designs meaningful graphics, and leads teams of creative peers for promotional and fundraising projects for Podium. She began to love all things communication when she placed 1st in an Optimist oratorical contest at the age of 8. Through Podium, Kayleigh has expanded her love for writing and community involvement. If you’re looking to collaborate on an event, Kayleigh is the one to talk to!
Kate Bishop has been part of the RVA community her entire life and is proud to be able to work within the city she calls home. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Social Work and Psychology. Previously she has worked with school age youth in daytime childcare and pre-school settings where she performed developmental evaluations and assisted with instruction. She joined the Podium team in August of 2016 as the assistant to the program's director where she found a love for working with Richmond's middle and high school youth. She has also used creative writing as a primary means of self-expression since 2006 and was published in her own high school's literary magazine numerous times. Kate organizes the curriculum for Podium’s programs and works with program assistants, teachers, and administrators to ensure that youth have the best possible experience with Podium after school. Kate is passionate about achieving equal opportunity to quality education for all students, she feels that Podium provides essential support for young people to realize their own potential and both writers and individuals, as well as a platform for them to have their voices heard.