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.
Dean McKnight has explored several artistic mediums. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in English and Psychology. Dean has practiced many different forms of writing, including the arts of fiction, rhetoric, and songwriting. He has also studied under novelist and playwright, David L. Robbins. Dean's work has been published across several mediums, including a VCU textbook, online journals, pop culture sites, and collections of musical compositions. Dean organizes and oversees the execution of the program curriculum on-site. He has released two albums of music that he writes, records, and performs.