Rethinking the path to meaningful employment.
Deb Lawrence, Executive Director
A native Richmonder, Deb is a co-founder of ReWork Richmond, and has been a principal architect of the organization’s innovative partnership approach to workforce development and support service sourcing. Her long history of involvement with such respected institutions as Anna Julia Cooper School and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church have earned her a reputation as a tireless policy and program advocate for concerns related to securing viable employment for East End Richmond families. Prior to Rework, Deb served as the Director of Outreach for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, leading the transformation of that program into one of Central Virginia’s most comprehensive social intervention initiatives. Deb and her husband Rick have three adult children and are proud to have four grandchildren.
Diana Vasquez, Director of Member Services
Diana has relocated to Richmond by way of Lawrence, Massachusetts. She worked in Development at Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free middle school for girls, and most recently, as Special Assistant to the Mayor of Lawrence. As Director of Member Services, she works directly with ReWork’s Members to develop their individualized pathway to family sustaining employment while promoting empowerment and inherent dignity.
Ferd has worked most of his career in the corporate risk & insurance brokerage field, moving to Richmond in 1992 with Johnson & Higgins to manage what soon thereafter became the Mid-Atlantic region for Marsh & McLennan. He left the corporate world to join ReWork Richmond in the fall of 2018. Ferd has served on a number of non-profit and private school boards, the Vestry at St. James’s Episcopal Church, and has led a Haiti Mission Ministry for over twenty years. He lives in Richmond with his wife Janet, and is blessed to have five incredible children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and identical twin grandsons.
Patrick is a social and public sector leader with over 20 years of executive-level experience. He has served as the president or director of influential agencies in the areas of youth development, housing, and workforce and economic development, including the Martin Luther King Center, Inc., Crisis Assistance Ministry, Urban League of Central Carolinas, and Charlotte Works. He currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Community Wealth Building, City of Richmond. Patrick has served on dozens of national and regional boards that advocate for talent development and equitable policies. He led and designed successful local and national human asset models such as At-Opportunity Generation, Careers4All, Bank of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, and recently, the Emergency Financial Assistance-RVA, a regional approach to eviction prevention. Patrick is a proud father and an outdoor enthusiast.
Dr. Ronald Carey, Chair
Retired Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Richmond Public Schools
Gussie Bannard, Vice Chair
Retired Head, St. Catherine’s School
Torey Edmonds, Secretary
Community Intervention Coordinator,
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Medicine/Division of Epidemiology
Healthy Communities for Youth
The Rev. Melvin Shearin II, Treasurer
Pastor, Great Hope Baptist Church
Law Enforcement Officer and Founder
of the Carol Adams Foundation
Retired Banker and Community Volunteer
Analyst, Maconit Inc.
T. Justin Moore III
Managing Partner, T.J. Moore, PLC
Delores Q. Smith
The Rev. Amelie Wilmer
Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church
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ReWork Executive Director Announcement – January 2021
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