Collective Members

 
Shannon Bass is a native of Richmond, Va and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a full-time graphic designer and visual strategist for the past 12 years with experience in higher education, government and corporate environments. Currently, Shannon serves as the lead designer for John Tyler Community College.   In addition to her career as a designer, Shannon is the owner of Ryano Graphics, a small design firm specializing in brand development and visual identity.  Outside of design, Shannon has a passion for working with women of color. In 2018, she founded the HER collective with the help of Jenaé Harrington and Dionne Henderson.

Shannon Bass is a native of Richmond, Va and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a full-time graphic designer and visual strategist for the past 12 years with experience in higher education, government and corporate environments. Currently, Shannon serves as the lead designer for John Tyler Community College.

In addition to her career as a designer, Shannon is the owner of Ryano Graphics, a small design firm specializing in brand development and visual identity.

Outside of design, Shannon has a passion for working with women of color. In 2018, she founded the HER collective with the help of Jenaé Harrington and Dionne Henderson.

Shannon Bass

HER Role:
Founder • Marketing Chair • Social Media Lead

Graphic Designer
Owner, Ryano Graphics
ryanographics@gmail.com

Alia Chambers is s 32-year-old mother, friend, partner, sister and daughter of a beautiful tribe of people. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Richmond, Va. but currently lives in the Southside of the city. Alia considers herself a steward of the land, quitting her job of 10 years to pursue a career in urban agriculture. She is the owner and head farmer at the first urban commercial farm in RVA, Sun Path Family Farm. Sun Path Family Farm is a bio-intensive farm using organic growing practices to grow vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers.  Alia is also the owner of Divine Boheme, LLC a women’s wellness organization that focuses on mental, energetic, and emotional healing. She uses this brand to share her own journey to self-love and self-healing.  Additionally, she hosts a podcast entitled, “Let’s Be Queens” where she shares her everyday struggles and triumphs. Alia considers herself an herbalist practitioner-in-training as she grows her own herbs and studies their benefits and how they can be used medicinally. She enjoys reading, writing, working on the farm, traveling, listening to music (mostly old school R&B), DIY projects, and doing anything creative.

Alia Chambers is s 32-year-old mother, friend, partner, sister and daughter of a beautiful tribe of people. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Richmond, Va. but currently lives in the Southside of the city. Alia considers herself a steward of the land, quitting her job of 10 years to pursue a career in urban agriculture. She is the owner and head farmer at the first urban commercial farm in RVA, Sun Path Family Farm. Sun Path Family Farm is a bio-intensive farm using organic growing practices to grow vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers.

Alia is also the owner of Divine Boheme, LLC a women’s wellness organization that focuses on mental, energetic, and emotional healing. She uses this brand to share her own journey to self-love and self-healing.

Additionally, she hosts a podcast entitled, “Let’s Be Queens” where she shares her everyday struggles and triumphs. Alia considers herself an herbalist practitioner-in-training as she grows her own herbs and studies their benefits and how they can be used medicinally. She enjoys reading, writing, working on the farm, traveling, listening to music (mostly old school R&B), DIY projects, and doing anything creative.

Alia Chambers

HER Role:
Service Chair

Urban Farmer
Owner, Sun path Family Farm
aschambers85@gmail.com

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Angela Rhodes

HER Role:
Finance Chair • Logistics Co-Chair

Secondary Math Teacher
acrhodes629@gmail.com

Devon Copeland considers herself to be an educator. But not in the conventional sense with a classroom and textbooks. While she shares a teacher or professor’s passion for learning and helping individuals achieve their potential, as a writer with an extensive background in public relations and marketing, she focuses on raising awareness and highlighting the tales of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied Mass Communications.  Devon started her career as a K-12 education reporter with The State newspaper, South Carolina's largest newspaper. It was there that she learned about the social challenges that families balance when sending their children to school. For some children, school is where their most consistent meal comes from. For others, behavior problems are how they express a need to be pushed more academically.  Over the past 13 years, she's handled PR at a public, residential high school for students gifted in math and science; served as director of marketing and communications for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University; and she returned to the Richmond area in August 2017 to work as the Senior Communications Associate for Virginia529, the state's college savings plan agency.  She is also co-owner of Alice's Table RVA, a lifestyle business that partners with restaurants, shops and bars to host flower arranging events. She has a Regent's Bachelor's Degree in English

Devon Copeland considers herself to be an educator. But not in the conventional sense with a classroom and textbooks. While she shares a teacher or professor’s passion for learning and helping individuals achieve their potential, as a writer with an extensive background in public relations and marketing, she focuses on raising awareness and highlighting the tales of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied Mass Communications.

Devon started her career as a K-12 education reporter with The State newspaper, South Carolina's largest newspaper. It was there that she learned about the social challenges that families balance when sending their children to school. For some children, school is where their most consistent meal comes from. For others, behavior problems are how they express a need to be pushed more academically.

Over the past 13 years, she's handled PR at a public, residential high school for students gifted in math and science; served as director of marketing and communications for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University; and she returned to the Richmond area in August 2017 to work as the Senior Communications Associate for Virginia529, the state's college savings plan agency.

She is also co-owner of Alice's Table RVA, a lifestyle business that partners with restaurants, shops and bars to host flower arranging events. She has a Regent's Bachelor's Degree in English

Devon Copeland

HER Role:
Events/Logistics Chair

Marketing/Communications Professional
devoncopeland06@gmail.com

Janna M. Hall graduated from James Madison University in 2010, and spent the following years in New York City building her digital marketing expertise at boutique agencies and large non-profits. In 2015, she quit her dream job and spent her last paycheck backpacking across Europe, where she gained the inspiration to live life on her own terms. Seven countries later, Janna returned to her hometown of Richmond, VA to pursue her dreams of entrepreneurship.  In February of 2016 she launched Leap Innovative Group (LIG), a digital marketing and brand development agency that services small businesses, mission-driven organizations, and personal brands. In addition to her role as CEO, Janna is a public speaker, educator, mentor, and Board Member of the Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce.  Her passion for championing aspiring entrepreneurs inspired her to launch Funemployed, an initiative that educates dreamers and doers on how to monetize their passion and do what they love full-time. With her platform, Janna pays it forward by reaching back to our Richmond youth, teaching them employable skills, and planting seeds of entrepreneurship. Above all, Janna believes that success should be measured not by societal standards and pressure, but by our willingness to take the leap and cultivate the life of our wildest dreams.

Janna M. Hall graduated from James Madison University in 2010, and spent the following years in New York City building her digital marketing expertise at boutique agencies and large non-profits. In 2015, she quit her dream job and spent her last paycheck backpacking across Europe, where she gained the inspiration to live life on her own terms. Seven countries later, Janna returned to her hometown of Richmond, VA to pursue her dreams of entrepreneurship.

In February of 2016 she launched Leap Innovative Group (LIG), a digital marketing and brand development agency that services small businesses, mission-driven organizations, and personal brands. In addition to her role as CEO, Janna is a public speaker, educator, mentor, and Board Member of the Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce.

Her passion for championing aspiring entrepreneurs inspired her to launch Funemployed, an initiative that educates dreamers and doers on how to monetize their passion and do what they love full-time. With her platform, Janna pays it forward by reaching back to our Richmond youth, teaching them employable skills, and planting seeds of entrepreneurship. Above all, Janna believes that success should be measured not by societal standards and pressure, but by our willingness to take the leap and cultivate the life of our wildest dreams.

Janna Hall

HER Role:
Events/Logistics 2nd Chair • Social Media Lead

Digital Marketing Strategist
Owner, Leap Innovative Group
janna@leapinnovativegroup.com

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Jenaé Harrington

HER Role:
Co-founder • Self-care Advocate

Higher Ed Professional
jdeeharrington@gmail.com

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Dionne Henderson

HER Role:
Co-founder • Partnership/Advocacy Co-Chair

Non-Profit Professional
dionne.wheeler@gmail.com

Kendra Hughes is a native of Hampton, Virginia. In 2008, she moved to Richmond to pursue her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a Professional School Counselor for over four years, and has been in Education for ore than 10 years.   Kendra is an advocate for inclusion, diversity and mental health awareness. She facilitates trainings for educators and organizations on the topics of diversity, inclusion, mental health awareness and communication skills.  During her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and children.

Kendra Hughes is a native of Hampton, Virginia. In 2008, she moved to Richmond to pursue her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a Professional School Counselor for over four years, and has been in Education for ore than 10 years.

Kendra is an advocate for inclusion, diversity and mental health awareness. She facilitates trainings for educators and organizations on the topics of diversity, inclusion, mental health awareness and communication skills.

During her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and children.

Kendra Hughes

HER Role:
Membership Chair • Events/Logistics 2nd Chair

School Counselor
moorekl523@gmail.com

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Samia Minnicks

HER Role:
Social Chair

Photographer
Owner, Samia Minnicks Photography
hello@samiaminnicks.com

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Sha Rich

HER Role:
Records Co-Chair • Marketing 2nd Chair

Graphic Designer and Photographer
richmethods@gmail.com

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Shante Stevens

Programs Analyst, Entrepreneur
Shante.s87@gmail.com

Lauren Stokes is a Richmond native and lover of education. Currently is a Second Grade Educator for the young minds in Richmond City Public Schools. Lauren is a life long learner who values her position to inspire and ignite children to want to learn. During her career as an educator Lauren obtained her Master’s in Education for Educational Leadership. Although she possesses quality leadership and administration skills, her heart lies in the classroom. She appreciates the relationships she is able to build with her students year after year. Every year they teach her something new about her job and herself.  During her months off you will often find her exploring new museum exhibits, hiking a trail, lounging on a beach, or hoping on a plane to create a memorable experience. Lauren knows now more than ever that it is time to come together as beautiful black women and make a change for the better. A change that will give hope to little girls and women that we are the change. We simply have to know our worth and come together!

Lauren Stokes is a Richmond native and lover of education. Currently is a Second Grade Educator for the young minds in Richmond City Public Schools. Lauren is a life long learner who values her position to inspire and ignite children to want to learn. During her career as an educator Lauren obtained her Master’s in Education for Educational Leadership. Although she possesses quality leadership and administration skills, her heart lies in the classroom. She appreciates the relationships she is able to build with her students year after year. Every year they teach her something new about her job and herself.

During her months off you will often find her exploring new museum exhibits, hiking a trail, lounging on a beach, or hoping on a plane to create a memorable experience. Lauren knows now more than ever that it is time to come together as beautiful black women and make a change for the better. A change that will give hope to little girls and women that we are the change. We simply have to know our worth and come together!

Lauren Stokes

HER Role:
Recording Co-Chair • Logistics Co-Chair

Educator
la.stokes08@gmail.com

Monic Wilson a is an engineering-minded environmental scientist, biophilic, and green building professional turned social entrepreneur who’s done quite a bit of work in the field. Her work includes recycling and treating municipal wastewater, turning food waste into compost on farms, protecting our National Parks, monitoring stream water quality, and designing smart architectural spaces for better livelihood in the built and natural environment.  Monica is passionate about the ways in which cities are planned and developed, technology, improved environments that can change one’s life’s trajectory, and the products, materials, and food that can impact our health.  She is a first-generation college graduate and alumna of the University of Virginia. Monica is a native of Portsmouth, VA and began her environmental career 5 years ago in Richmond.   https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicarwilson/

Monic Wilson a is an engineering-minded environmental scientist, biophilic, and green building professional turned social entrepreneur who’s done quite a bit of work in the field. Her work includes recycling and treating municipal wastewater, turning food waste into compost on farms, protecting our National Parks, monitoring stream water quality, and designing smart architectural spaces for better livelihood in the built and natural environment.

Monica is passionate about the ways in which cities are planned and developed, technology, improved environments that can change one’s life’s trajectory, and the products, materials, and food that can impact our health.

She is a first-generation college graduate and alumna of the University of Virginia. Monica is a native of Portsmouth, VA and began her environmental career 5 years ago in Richmond.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicarwilson/

Monica Wilson

HER Role:
Partnership/Advocacy Co-Chair

Environmental Consultant
Owner, Oath & Aura
wilson.monica14@gmail.com