Speaker Date Topic
Joanna Ajex (The Women's Initiative) Aug 27, 2019
Mental Health Services for Charlottesville's Refugee Community

Joanna Ajex, Therapist & Education Coordinator 
The Women's Initiative

Joanna Ajex will join us to discuss the mental health needs of Charlottesville’s refugee community. As a therapist for The Women’s Initiative, Ajex partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide individual counseling to refugees. She has also co-facilitated trauma-informed, cross-cultural psychoeducation workshops with refugee leaders.

The Women’s Initiative provides vital mental health services regardless of their ability to pay. Through counseling, social support and education programs, they serve over 4,000 women annually. The agency works to break down barriers to care by having free walk-in clinics five days a week; child care; services in multiple languages; a diverse team of therapists; and partnerships with many other community organizations. Their goal is to create a safe and welcoming place for women of all backgrounds to heal.

Sharon Stone (The Free Book Bus) Sep 10, 2019
Books for Free, Impact beyond Measure

Sharon Stone, Co-Founder
The Free Book Bus

Bob Luck (CFA Institute) Sep 24, 2019

Bob Luck, Director of Society Advocacy Engagement 
CFA Institute

Justin Straight (Thriving Cities) Oct 08, 2019
What does it mean for your city to THRIVE?

Justin Straight, Chief Operating Officer
Thriving Cities Group

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Oct 22, 2019
The Southwood community revitalization project

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build and rebuild homes and communities while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing. The Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity is conducting transformational efforts toward sustainable neighborhood revitalization, including holistic, resident-centric redevelopment at Southwood, along with investigating new opportunities for neighborhood-scale partnerships.


Club Social Event at Commonwealth SkyBar Dec 03, 2019
Holiday Party, featuring CHS Orchestra Dec 10, 2019
Stephanie Carter & Amanda Jay (CATEC) Jan 28, 2020
Mock Interview Volunteerism at CATEC

Stephanie Carter is the Director of Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education (CATEC). CATEC serves high school and adult students within the Charlottesville community, training them in high-demand career fields. Stephanie has been an educator for 15 years and has previously has led the City of Charlottesville’s career and technical education program. She is an empathetic and innovative school leader who also helped to open the city’s Lugo-McGinness Academy and to launch the division’s virtual education programs.


Amanda Jay is the Career Development Specialist at Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). Amanda has instructed hundreds of students over the last 10 years on workplace readiness skills, providing support to students who are launching their careers in their industry areas. Professional behaviors that are emphasized in the program include strategic resume writing, marketing oneself the workforce, and facilitating interview experiences, including mock interviews for CATEC students who are entering the Charlottesville community upon graduation.