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Meet the ELBows

We are a group of young professionals who are beginning to make their mark in Hampton Roads in a number of different industries. We currently have accountants and finance professionals from large companies, communication experts from Fortune 500 companies, educators in the arts, educators in our school systems, we have PhDs, and are nonprofit and local government professionals just to name a few. In short, this capable group of millennials has an important bond, we are PBS and NPR nerds who are spending their time giving back to public media.

Meredith Arndt
Orchestra pal, fashion enthusiast, and world-class dilly-dallyer.

Sam Black

Sam Black
Fan of Norfolk, coffee, food, tennis. Mktg & Digital Manager @ Downtown Norfolk Council. Everything is funny if you look at it the right way.

Yu Chen
Father & Husband. Illini Alum. Home cook & Foodie. Aspiring Traveler. NPR Nerd. Forever learning. “Change is the only constant”.

Zoë Hardy
Zoë is a Virginia Beach native, UVA grad, dog mom, an avid baker and, of course, NPR nerd. Zoe also serves on the board of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach. 
Sonia Gopal
Proud Shipbuilder at HII-NNS. VCU Alum, local foodie, gardener, toddler son chaser, Traveler.
Rhena Hicks
30(s). Norfolk 4ever. Mother. VA Politics. If you don't have Diet Coke, I will take a margarita.
Brion Humphrey
ENFP, passionate father, practicing musician, self-proclaimed foodie, and lover of politics! CTK Cougar, Smith Tiger, and Proud NSU Spartan!
Ashleigh Maggard
GMU Dance. SCAD Grad. Fundraiser. Bravo fangirl. Loves cooking, long walks, mystery shows, old houses, and beach days. Most likely to be found watching This Old House or America’s Test Kitchen with my husband and cat.
Rachel Martin A
nnual Fund Manager @ VA Arts Festival Local musician / proud #GirlBassPlayer @ Symphonicity. Certified classical music & bluegrass junkie. “Mom” to a senior pitbull+2 rescue kitties. Queen of 757 restaurant recommendations :)
Sarah McCrea
Bleeds Scarlet & Grey. HR Strategist. Connector of Dots. Technical translator. Champions STEM ed., early childhood dev., and women’s health reform. Believes diversity is a vehicle for harmony and understanding. Family & friends – foundation of community.
Andrew Nissman
Chix beach dog dad. Brewery and board game connoisseur. Hampton Roads native and advocate.
Khristian Ortiz-Ortega
Proud library card carrier, movie geek, artist that dabbles in various mediums, passionate about helping communities thrive, perpetually curious.
Alli Pereira
Dir of PR for Va Arts Festival by day, dance instructor by night. Loves all things dog, esp her daschund Bailey. Fav band= Wood Bros. Longwood Univ. alum

Tameika Serrano
Community Troop Manager #GirlScouts. Uber Recycler. Leslie Knope=Goals. History Degree Holder ECU Pirate. Seinfeld Aficionado. Trying to make OV a thing.
Amanda Shortt
Grateful mom. Partner at Consociate Media. CNU alum. (Potentially overly) enthusiastic volunteer. Music lover. Dog petter. Positive vibes only.

Hannah Sobol
Audio producer for Truth Be Told. Actor, Writer, Teacher, Documentarian—Believer that a good story can be a powerful unifier. Haphazard horticulturist and a mother x2
John Wiley
VA Native. History Nerd. D.E.I. Facilitator. Son of Bladwin. Plant Fanatic. Vinyl Enthusiast.