ABOUT US

HISTORY

NextUp RVA was formed in 2013 with the name Middle School Renaissance 2020 when a group of community and business leaders collaborated with Richmond Public Schools to answer a bold question: What would it take to put more RPS teens on a path to success?

The group devised a concept of an out-of-school time system based on research and best practices to improve lagging middle school and high school outcomes.  They established NextUp to build and support a Richmond out-of-school time system focused on quality enrichment for youth, specifically middle school youth.

This system replaced a patchwork of fragmented service providers with a cohesive team of public agencies, service providers, businesses, funders, and schools. This team engages youth in high-quality learning opportunities, academic support, and enrichments through afterschool, summer, weekend, and other initiatives. NextUp emphasizes improving access for underserved youth, using resources efficiently, improving quality, coordinating efforts with schools, and delivering results.

NextUp is committed to providing opportunities for expanded learning for young people. To achieve this goal, NextUp collaborates with a network of community partners in different settings and works with RPS and the City of Richmond to coordinate out-of-school time resources in five public middle schools in Richmond and in community settings that are convenient for youth and their families.

OUR VISION

OUR VISION

All RVA youth will discover their talents and build positive relationships and skills that help them thrive in school and life.

 

OUR MISSION

To provide RVA youth a strong system of accessible and equitable out-of-school time (OST) and expanded-learning resources.

OUR CORE STANDARDS

YOUTH CENTERED

All decision-making is through the lens of, “What is best and equitable for youth?”

 

DATA
DRIVEN

We collect, analyze and use accurate data to drive decisions.

 

RESULTS FOCUSED

We have a responsibility to youth, funders and partners to have a positive impact on the future of RVA youth.

 

ACTION ORIENTED

Thoughtful analysis and planning must be followed by action. We cannot produce results without acting.

 

IMPACTFUL PARTNERS

We work collaboratively and respectfully with a wide network of partners. It is only by working together that we can affect real, positive change.

 

COMMITTED TO QUALITY

We have an unwavering commitment to quality in every aspect of our work.

 

WHAT WE DO

CREATE EQUITABLE ACCESS FOR YOUTH

BUILD PROGRAM PROVIDER CAPACITY

MAKE DATA ACCESSIBLE

PROMOTE EFFECTIVE POLICIES AND PRACTICES

NEXTUP STAFF

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CANDACE
BENN

Executive Vice President
System Operations & Analytics

2

AMIR
ELSAYED

Director
Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives

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ERIC
GARMON

Director
Systems Data & Analytics

4

TRAYMANESHA
LAMY

President
& CEO

1

KELLY
LINDQUIST

Office
Administrator

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DOMINIQUE
MENEFEE

Manager
Partnership

3

KATIE
MOORE

Vice President
Development

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BRYAN
PEERY

Vice President
Finance & Operations

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SARAH
RAMIREZ

Senior Manager
System Operations

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EMMA
SCHNEIDER

Manager
Development & Grants

SITE COORDINATORS

SHARESE
BANKS

Coordinator at Lucille Brown
Middle School

ACACIA
BOYD

Coordinator at Henderson
Middle School

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DERWOOD
GREENE

Coordinator at Boushall
Middle School

KIARA
STEELE

Coordinator at River City
Middle School

CRYSTAL
TAYLOR

Coordinator at Albert Hill
Middle School

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STEVE
ROGERS

Board Chair
Writer & Speaker

 

HEIDI
ABBOTT

Counsel
Hunton Andrews Kurth

 

FRANK
ATKINSON

Senior Advisor & Partner
McGuireWoods LLC

 

MARTY
BARRINGTON

Director Emeritus
Former Chairman/President/CEO
Altria Group Inc.

TIM
BICHA

SVP, Mortgage Operations
Truist Bank

 

CARLOS
BROWN

Governance Chair
Vice President & General Counsel
Dominion Energy

 

TROY
DYE

Development Chair
Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff
West Cary Group, LLC

 

MOSES
FOSTER

Director Emeritus
President & CEO
West Cary Group LLC

PALMER
GARSON

Managing Director
Silvercrest Asset Mgmt Group

 

KRISSY
GATHRIGHT

Finance Chair
COO – Retired
Apple Hospitality REIT

 

WILLIAM H.
GOODWIN, JR.

Director Emeritus
Chairman
CCA Industries, Inc.

MONROE
HARRIS, JR., DMD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery

MORENIKE
MILES

Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Dominion Energy 

JASON
KAMRAS

Ex Officio – Superintendent
Richmond Public Schools

 

JOHN A.
LUKE, JR.

Governance Secretary
Chairman
WestRock Company

 

THURSTON
MOORE

Director Emeritus
Special Counsel
Hunton Andrews Kurth

JOHN
MCCURLEY, MD, MHA

Clinical Professor
of Medicine

MCV Physicians

COLETTE WALLACE MCEACHIN

Commonwealth’s Attorney
City of Richmond

 

TAYLOE
NEGUS

Audit Chair
Partner, Enterprise Client Leader
Aon Hewitt

 

KEVIN SMITH

Director of Legal Operations  Dominion Energy

LEVAR M.
STONEY

Ex Officio – Mayor
City of Richmond

 

VERA
THOMS

Advisory Chair
Community Volunteer

ADVISORY COMMITTEE​

VERA
THOMS

Advisory Chair
Community Volunteer

HEIDI
ABBOTT

Counsel
Hunton Andrews Kurth

 

BECKY
CHRISTENSEN

Director of Community Partnerships 
Bon Secours Richmond Health System 

TOREY
EDMONDS

Community Outreach Coordinator
VCU Healthy Communities for Youth

HAROLD
FITRER, PH.D

President and CEO 

Communities In Schools of Richmond

CAROLYN
CHAMPION

Philanthropy Consultant
Dominion Energy

CURTIS
LEE

Manager of Civic Engagement Community Foundation of Greater Richmond

SEAN
MILLER

President & CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond

ROBIN
POPE-MOSS

SVP, Community Engmt & Outreach
Truist Bank

TAIKEIN
COOPER

Executive Director
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation

SHERRI
ROBINSON

Administrative Office Manager
Richmond High School for the Arts

NANETTE
BAILEY

Regional Community Hub Coordinator
 Richmond Public Schools

LEANNE
PETROZEILLO

Community Impact

Officer

Community Foundation

MARY DUNNE
STEWART

President and CEO
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

TY
TOEPKE

Vice President of Development 

The Faison Center

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PARTNERS

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