Rev. Darren Utley is a minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He lives with his wife and two children in Hanover County, VA. Darren’s early experience with the Jesus of the Christian Gospels, set him on a path toward seeking all the goodness of God for all people. While living in Grand Rapids, MI, he became active in community organizing in both the Black and Latino communities. Darren spent two years as the Executive Director of The Coalition for Community Reinvestment, working with the city, banks, churches and other organizations to help revitalize communities primarily through homeownership and the rehabilitation of housing.
Danita Rountree Green (R Satiafa) is an author and trauma healing facilitator, conducting workshops addressing community trauma and race related issues. A trained therapeutic art and restorative language specialist, Danita uses storytelling to unravel self-defeating narratives, helping people move through personal, community and historical trauma. As co-convener of Coming To The Table – RVA, she facilitates the constructive yet clumsy conversation on race and the legacy of the American Slave Trade.
Martha, grew up in Martinsville, VA, attended Duke University and graduated with degrees in religion and teaching. In the early seventies she and her husband, Randy, worked with neighbors in Richmond’s Carillon area to fight racially discriminatory real estate practices, thereby helping their community become and remain a diverse neighborhood stabilized by a culture of friendship.
Brian lives in south Richmond and tries to stay involved in community and regional activities. He uses his museum display and botanical garden experiences somewhat differently today and creates seasonal displays and interior designs for museums, churches and hospitals that carry varying themes of history and culture, or for a special occasion. As the coordinator for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care within the Crater Health District, he advocates for the well-being of children and hope that youth everywhere understand when signs of abuse may show up in their lives.
Tina Slaughter shared her IT and organizational skills with Coming To The Table-RVA helping us develop our website, our brand and our organizational communication. Additionally she took our newsletter to a better and more consistent format and trained a volunteer to edit and send out on a regular schedule. Additionally she began the set up of our donor data base, developed proceedures for maintaining our mailing list, assisted in development events including the Table of African- American Fusions held at the Warsaw.
Bill Tattersall hails from Charleston, West Virginia. He is a graduate from West Virginia University and from the Marshall- With School of Law at William and Mary. He worked in real estate development in Florida and Texas before retiring in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently President of the Sauer Garden Neighborhood Association and on the board of Monument Park. He devotes time and energy to social justice and equality causes in the Richmond area.
Allison Thomas is a film and theatre producer and entrepreneur. In the area of film, Allison was a lead producer of “The Tale of Despereaux,” a CG-animated movie, an executive producer of “Seabiscuit” (nominated for Best Picture – 2003) and a co-producer of “Pleasantville.” She is currently producing “RFK” with Benedict Cumberbatch.