Some of the names in our list are current volunteers. Some are folks not serving now but who were with us intensely for a season. Each person has helped Richmond to become "a more just and truthful community. " CTTT-RVA is grateful.
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Hayat Bain has been on fire about Coming To The Table since the Fall of 2016. After the first CTTT dinner gathering she attended, she volunteered to facilitate conversations from the next meeting onward. Hayat is now co-convener of Richmond’s third Tuesday dinner and a member of CTTT’s Leaders and Facilitators Circles. In 2017, she initiated a 6-month CTTT Healing Circle. Hayat is currently supporting CTTT-RVA in the areas of communications, outreach, hospitality, event planning, and coordination. She is developing a Deepening Circle series to co-facilitate in the Fall of 2019.
For the past 40-plus years Dr. Bonnie Dowdy has worked as a consultant, educator, group facilitator, researcher, and program designer/evaluator. She has advocated for honest conversation about difficult social and cultural issues, for an increased awareness of the essential role of diversity in organizations and communities, and for the importance of evaluation in advancing program development and mission integrity.
I am Cheryl Goode and I am from Richmond, Virginia. My first Coming to the Table encounter was on the third Tuesday of December 2016. Trump had just been elected president, black men were continuously being murdered by police, there were daily debates over flags, statues, Klansmen, and also over who could truly be considered a racist. And in the mist of these dark days CTTT-RVA offers a safe place for all who are interested in acknowledging and healing from the harms of our racial past.
Marsha Summers grew up in Southern California, but has lived in the Southeast for her entire adult life, with the last 19 years being in Richmond, VA. She has degrees in German, Education, and Vocal Performance, and has been employed as a singer, voice teacher, and pre-school director and teacher. Marsha is married to the Rev. Dr. Charles Summers, has three grown children and three grandchildren. She has been associated with Coming To TheTable-RVA almost from the beginning and served as Food Team Coordinator, Facilitator, and Book Circle co-leader before coming on as Co-CEO, Operations. She shares her CTTT journey below.
I have lived in Richmond, VA for the past 70 years . Was born in Farmville, Virginia VA, where schools were closed rather than integrate. Currently serves as the Movie Circle Coordinator , a Facilitator and a Member of the Leadership Team. I saw an article in a newspaper about a meeting of CTTT at a Church close to where I live and decided to attend my first meeting on December 16th, 2016. At my first meeting I was impressed with and was in accord with the mission of the organization and the four legs of the organization. As a member of CTTT for the past 3 years , I feel that I have developed some very lasting relationships and developed a sense of trust with persons of very diverse backgrounds. My motto at this age is "Learn today , like you are going to live forever". I continue to participate in CTTT activities, events and trips because in addition to learning, I am also able to experience a wider circle of family love from my new relationships.
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.
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.
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 procedures for maintaining our mailing list, assisted in development events including the Table of African- American Fusions held at the Warsaw.