Bishop Announces Appointments to Executive Board

News from the Diocese of Virginia, 1.20.2021
The Executive Board of the Diocese has been expanded to include three at-large members to be appointed by the Bishop. The Board expansion, approved by the 2020 Annual Convention of the Diocese, seeks to enhance diversity of board membership in many forms – race, gender, age, parish size, skillsets, and professional expertise. Bishop Goff, with the advice of the Standing Committee, selected three talented lay leaders, all of whom are active in the life of their congregations.
Cheryl Groce-Wright is Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope CollaborativeRVA, a Richmond-based consulting firm seeking to be a proactive and effective champion for racial equity and empowered communities. Cheryl is the recipient of the 2015 Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice, awarded by the YWCA. She is a member of Holy Comforter, Richmond.
Garway Bright is Genworth’s Director of Compliance in Sales, Product and Marketing. In this position, he leads and manages a team of professionals responsible for providing all facets of regulatory compliance support for the US Life Insurance Division’s sales, product and marketing functions. He is a member of Christ Church, Glen Allen.
Alda L. White, now retired, was the first woman County Attorney of Stafford County, and the first African-American local government full-time attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a member of Trinity, Fredericksburg, where she previously served as Co-Chair of the Discernment Committee.
The Executive Board will continue to have elected representatives from the 16 geographic regions of the Diocese. Three appointed members will allow the Bishop to draw on the strengths and richness of talent within the Diocese, while also tailoring the appointments to the needs and tasks anticipated for the coming year. Bishop Goff has also announced appointments to several clerical leadership positions in the Diocese.
The Very Rev. Kim Coleman, rector of Trinity, Arlington, and dean of the Arlington region, will serve as Archdean. In this role, she will coordinate activities of the 16 regional deans.
The Rev. Lee Gandiya, rector of St. Paul’s, King George, has been appointed Director of the Young Priests Initiative (YPI). YPI helps young adults to discern a call to leadership outside of the typical parish setting. Since 1999, YPI has worked with over 100 young adults, many of whom continue their ministry as ordained priests or lay leaders. 
The Ven. Deacon Holly Hanback, St. Gabriel’s/San Gabriel, Leesburg, and the Ven. Deacon David Curtis, St. John’s, Richmond, will serve as Archdeacons. They will coordinate and support the work of the diocesan vocational deacons as well as those discerning a call to the vocational diaconate.
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