Our Leadership

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 five grandchildren.


Dr. Patrick Graham, Executive Advisor, Part-time

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. Formerly with the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building as Sr. Policy Advisor, Patrick currently serves as the Chief Executive Director of WeBuild Concord, an affordable housing and resource organization in Concord, North Carolina. He has served on dozens of national and regional boards that advocate for talent development and equitable policies. Patrick is married and is a proud father and outdoor enthusiast.


Janette Sivells-McGrady, Partner and Member Services Manager

ReWork Richmond welcomes Janette Sivells-McGrady to the team as our Partner and Member Services Manager. She comes to ReWork from the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building where she served as an Engagement/Barrier Navigator Specialist for the past six years. Janette is a certified National Workforce Development Professional and has 20+ years of experience in the labor relations and workforce development fields. A native of New Jersey, Janette has worked for organizations in the Greater Richmond area such as the Unemployment Commission, the Capital Region Workforce Partnership and ResCare Workforce Services. She is passionate about maximizing the success of individuals and connecting with partners in the community and workplace stakeholders. Janette is married and has one son and one grandson.


Josh Rockett, Career Pathways Director

Most recently Community Engagement Manager at Caritas in Richmond, Josh has held strategic management and volunteer development positions with a number of organizations including Charlottesville's Local Food Hub, ACTS RVA, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Richmond. Josh holds a Master of Divinity Degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, a Certificate of Executive Nonprofit Leadership from Notre Dame's Mendoza Graduate School of Business and a B.S. Degree from Kuyper College. Josh, and his wife Abbey, moved to Richmond five years ago from the Chicago area and reside just a few blocks from ReWork's office.


Chantel Cox, Member Services and Volunteer Coordinator

Chantel brings strong experience from the financial services sector where she distinguished herself as a consumer and business relationship expert serving a broad range of housing, government and banking clients. Chantel's education and training includes graduate certificates from VCU's Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Women's Entrepreneurship, Bank of America/Cornell University and the Creative Center for Leadership Development.

Our Board

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

Mike Koschak, Treasurer
Retired Operations/Finance Management Director

Mark Franko
Mark Franko Custom Building

Reginald E. Gordon
CEO Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

Nancy Harrison
Retired Banker and Community Volunteer

Wayne Johnson
Analyst, Maconit Inc.

T. Justin Moore III
Managing Partner, T.J. Moore, PLC

Pamela O’Berry
Attorney, Sands Anderson

Nancy Rowsey
Retired Human Resources Executive

Frederick Thompson
Communications Collaborative

Diahann Whittington
Executive Director, St. James’s Children Center

Contact Us

ReWork Richmond is located in  Richmond’s East End at
2123 Fairmount Ave., Richmond, VA 23223
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