Office of the Director

Matthew Gibson

Executive Director

Raennah L. Mitchell

Executive Assistant & Project Manager


Leah Esslinger

Project Manager, New Humanities

Cary Speh Ferguson

Financial Operations Specialist
Kevin McFadden

Kevin McFadden

Chief Operating Officer

Sue Perdue

Director of Grants and Fellowships/Chief Information Officer

Jennie Taylor

Office Coordinator
Cauline Yates

Cauline Yates


Ryan Zirker

Director of Finance


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Kevin Hoffer

Assistant Director of Advancement, Events

Trey Mitchell

Director of Communications
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John Rhea

Web Designer/Developer

Eric Rivers

Director of Advancement

Matthew D. Streets

Advancement Associate

Nina Wilder

Communications Associate
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Pat Jarrett

Media Specialist

Center for the Book

Aran Donovan

Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book

Garrett Queen

Book Arts Program Director

Kalela Williams

Director, Virginia Center for the Book

Education & Community Initiatives

Savannah Baber

Savannah Baber

Coordinator for Virginia Indian Programs

Emma Ito

Director of Education

Karice Luck-Brimmer

Program Associate, Community Initiatives
Yahusef Medina

Yahusef Medina

Director, Community Initiatives

Encyclopedia Virginia

Miranda Bennett

Public Engagement Manager and Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia

Kathryn Gehred

Media Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia

Peter Hedlund

Director, Encyclopedia Virginia

Patricia Miller

Managing Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia

Caitlin Newman

Special Projects Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia

Virginia Folklife Program

Katy Clune

Director, Virginia Folklife Program
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Pat Jarrett

Media Specialist


Carolyn R. Cades

Senior Associate Director, Grants Program

Adam Courville

Assistant Director of Grants and Fellowships

Sue Perdue

Director of Grants and Fellowships/Chief Information Officer

Radio Programs

Matt Darroch

Associate Producer, With Good Reason
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Lauren Francis

Associate Producer, With Good Reason
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Sarah McConnell

Executive Producer, With Good Reason

Jamal Millner

Technical Director, VIrginia Humanities

Allison Quantz

Senior Producer, With Good Reason
Dr. Beverly D. Tatum, author of the book “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” spoke with April Woodard at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, Virginia on Thursday, 5/30/19.

Undertaking the most challenging work in our history.

When what divides us may be easier to see than the values that unite us, our work brings people together and honors our shared Humanities.