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FDA ANNUAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH 7:00 pm

Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main St.

Join us for fellowship, drinks and dessert!


Please note, your FDA membership must be in good standing to participate. You may check your membership status, join, or renew, by logging in. To request an absentee ballot, email vicepres@fandistrict.org. To view all of our most recent financials, click HERE.

Hope to see you there!


MEET THE SLATE OF CANDIDATES FOR NEXT YEAR'S FDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Kim Vullo - Vice President

Kim's career has taken her all over the country. When she moved to Richmond 10 years ago, she wanted to live in an area that didn't look like the homogenized tracks of land that occupy many of the places she'd visited during her travels.  

So, when her husband Paul Benson and she, along with their Calico cat Shirley, began looking for a house to buy there was only one choice. They found their home, a labor of love as all old homes are, and moved to the Fan nine years ago.   

They enjoy the uniqueness of the Fan and the events - the Monument Avenue 10K, Easter on Parade, Halloween on Hanover, and especially the FDA Holiday House Tour.

She is often struck by the many people over the last 100 plus years who have looked into the mirrors over the original fireplaces of their home on Stuart Ave. A reminder that we are caretakers of history, and preservers of this area so that others can enjoy it for the next 100 years. A privilege, indeed.  


Rad Tollett - Communications Chair

(Completing Rebecca Keller's term)

Rad Tollett and his wife, Anne Hulcher, have been living and raising their two daughters on the 1900 block of Hanover Avenue since 2007.

After decades on the road as an executive with a number of advertising agencies, he established his own practice focusing on digital, content, and marketing strategy on the 2000 block of Monument Avenue. Liking to get his hands dirty, he has been active in a number of park cleanups both in the neighborhood and citywide.




Greg Holzgrefe - Infrastructure Liaison

(Completing Ted Theofanos' term)

Greg is best known for the baby sculpture in his front window and his wife, Sally. The  Baby, by Adam Caldwell, has a large following on Instagram.

For 33 years, Greg and Sally have lived in three homes on Hanover Avenue and raised one daughter, three dogs, two cats, and a hamster. Greg is an architect, biker, gardener, RVA researcher and tour guide, and a hobby artist.  After graduating from Virginia Tech College of  Architecture, Greg worked for several architectural firms in RVA, the last of which was GlavĂ© & Holmes. Currently he is a project architect for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in charge of the historic renovation of a 200-year-old plantation home, a home of the enslaved, an 1880’s railroad hotel and orphanage into a ten-room boutique hotel, and the upgrade of the 90-year-old log cabins at Douthat and Fairy Stone State Parks.

Greg is excited about the changes in RVA and the Fan and embraces both innovation and preservation of the historic character of the neighborhood.


Kimberly Hitchens - Safety Liaison

(Completing Stephen Caudle's term)

Arriving in RVA in 1995, fresh from graduating a year before, Kimberly had no idea just how much she would love the River City. During her college years, she served on the Student Government's Safety Committee and helped advocate for and participate in the installation of the campus wide emergency phone network.

The desire to help people live safe, healthy, and happy lives continued during her 18 years as an insurance broker. Now, as a veteran Richmonder/Realtor and Fan resident since 2014, her interest in the safety and wellbeing of her community continues to be just as important. She hopes to  become more united and engaged in the efforts to keep Richmond a safe and welcoming city for all. 



RETURNING BOARD MEMBERS


Rebecca Keller - President

(Formerly Communications Chair)

Rebecca and her husband, Brian, moved to Stuart Ave in the fall of 2017 from western Hanover County.  They chose the Fan for its vibrancy, walkability, and historic charm.  They enjoy the theater, restaurants, and shopping all while leaving their car parked.  They love the convenience and the sense of community.

Rebecca originally joined the FDA to get to know her neighbors.  For the past two years, she has served on the FDA Board as the Communications Chair, creating the weekly newsletter.  She is looking forward to meeting many more of you in the time to come.



A. Ian Kim

Treasurer

Ian has lived in the Fan for more than a decade.  He lives on Park Ave, with his wife and two young boys. 

He joined the FDA out of concern for his neighborhood, and to ensure that all his neighbors’ voices could be heard.



Julie Seward

Secretary

A Fan District resident for over 30 years, Julie still marvels at the beauty of our intergenerational neighborhood.

She is an active participant in many civic endeavors and especially appreciates FDA's work at preserving the character of the Fan in an ever-changing city.



Lacy Williams

Membership Committee Chair

Lacy Williams has lived in the Fan since 2009 in two different houses.

She is a Realtor with Joyner Fine Properties and is married to Bill White. She loves the Fan for its neighborhood feel and its historic charm.



Chris Morem

Parks & Alleys Committee Chair

Chris has been a resident of the Fan since 2017. You will find him helping out in the seven parks across the neighborhood and coordinating the Spring/Fall Park Clean Ups. Yes, he is the one who is putting those neon door hangers on your doors looking for park volunteers!  :)

Reach out if you would like to be more involved with the Parks. Some really cool programs are getting started to help get more community members involved with the parks!



Christy Lantz

Program & Events Committee Chair

Christy Lantz has lived in the Fan for 11 years. She is the studio arts teacher at Riverside School. Christy and her husband, Michael, enjoy walking and admiring the diverse and beautiful architecture of the Fan!


Ted Theofanos - Schools Liaison

(New Board position) 

Ted Theofanos moved back to the Fan in 2008 with his wife and, at that time, two young children.  Ted is in the IT field and has been for almost 25 years and works mainly from home for a large government contractor in the DC Metro area. 

He and his wife Stephanie have been proud to send their children, Stamate and Olympia, through RPS schools from pre-k onward.




Melissa Savenko

Zoning & Code Enforcement Committee Chair

Melissa is a native of Richmond and grew up in historic homes in Bellevue and Ginter Park.  She attended college at the University of Virginia, moved to New Orleans for several years, and returned to Richmond to attend law school.  She has lived in the Fan continuously since 1999, when she bought her first home on North Allen Avenue.  At that time the Fan was considered rather gritty, and many people questioned the wisdom of raising a toddler so close to Floyd Avenue.

Melissa practiced corporate healthcare law before leaving the practice of law for real estate.  She is currently a full-time real estate agent with Long & Foster.

Melissa loves the Fan for the historic architecture and the eclectic community of artists, students, native Richmonders, and transplants. She hopes that the rapid changes in Richmond's built environment can successfully meld innovation and development with respect for the rich architectural history.


Fan District Association
208 Strawberry Street
Richmond, VA 23220

The Fan District Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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