(X)po would never happen without the help of our great volunteer committee!
Learn a bit more about them here!
Brad Stephens, Lead Planner – Director, CoLab Roanoke
Brad Stephens is the Director of the CoLab. He has spent the past several years working with the social change and entrepreneurship community in Roanoke and helping build innovative community solutions. Along with being the founder of Big Lick SOUP, a co-founder of Noke Codes and helping put on CityWorks (X)po, he is always looking for new community development projects that can help improve the lives of the people that call this community home.
Ariel Lev, Executive Team – Principal, Treehouse Collaborative
Ariel Lev has been volunteering with (X)po since she moved to Roanoke in 2014. She is an entrepreneur and is currently working on multiple projects as a business consultant under the alias Treehouse Collaborative. In addition, she started and manages Roanoke Weekly and runs side hustles like a small weaving business and many time-consuming yet entertaining instagram accounts. You can find more by following them all: @a_lev_ @woven4mutts @eat.rke @roanokeweekly @treehouse_collaborative
Matt McKimmy, Executive Team – Systems + Operations Manager, RideAmigos
Matt’s passion is helping to build sustainable, socially-aware, and outward-focused communities using his strengths in leadership, administration, creativity, and relationality. Matt is a member of this year’s (X)po Executive Committee and also serves as the chair of the member board for the CoLab. His primary gig is working as Systems & Operations Manager with RideAmigos, a tech company helping organizations shift commuter behavior for the common good. Matt’s leadership experience also includes placemaking work in the areas of local food, bicycle advocacy, and poverty alleviation.
Lynsey Wyatt, Executive Team – Owner, Circus Arts Roanoke
Antwyne Calloway – Community Services Manager, Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
Courtney Campbell – Financial Education Programs Coordinator, Freedom First Credit Union
Courtney Campbell is a Roanoke native with passions for politics, pandas, and Premier League soccer. She has spent most of her career in community development and currently works at Freedom First Credit Union delivering workshops and one-on-one coaching to empower people in their financial lives. She likes to be outside as much as possible, which is probably why she was so excited to plan the outdoor recreation field trip for this year’s conference!
Cassady Craighill – Communications Specialist, Greenpeace
Cassady Craighill manages communications and media for Greenpeace USA focusing on energy and climate change. An expert in rapid response communications, she is regularly quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Associated Press along with live television interviews. With Greenpeace, she has also led digital initiatives to “turn the Internet green” advocating for technology companies to power their data centers with renewable energy. A graduate of Georgetown University’s Communications, Culture and Technology M.A. program, she now lives in Roanoke, Virginia and served on the board for this year’s CityWorks Xpo.
Gary Crawford – Principal, The Crawford Agency
Aaron Fallon – Planner, Total Action for Progress
Aaron Fallon is excited to be part of the (X)po team because he believes in the power of words and ideas to continually fuel the good work of making places better, more democratic, and more human. He lives in Roanoke where he works as a grant writer for TAP, and an occasional weekend wine and beer salesman at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University and a Bachelors in English from The College of William and Mary. This is his fifth (X)po.
Stephanie Fallon – Adult Education Manager, Taubman Museum of Art
Stephanie Fallon is a Houston native who is very proud to have attended Beyonce’s alma mater, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she majored in studio art. She has taught visual arts, art history, and art criticism to Kindergarten-adults in Houston, Baltimore, and Roanoke. Stephanie has been the Adult Education Manager at the Taubman Musuem of Art since November 2015.
Nathan Flinchum – Supervisor, Roanoke Public Libraries
LeAta Jackson – Technical Business Analyst
LeAta has volunteered for several years in the background for (X)po. She enjoys event planning and meeting the great people who attend (X)po. Originally from DC, she has a degree in Computer Science, was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and a degree in Culinary Arts from Virginia Western.
Ryan LaFountain – Team Leader, Blue Eagle Credit Union
Ashley Marshall – Executive Director, Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Laura Murphy – Refugee Resettlement Supervisor, Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Jacob Paysour – Teacher & Basketball Coach, Roanoke County Schools
Joanna Paysour – Pastor, Cave Spring United Methodist Church
Scott Tate – Associate Director, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
Scott Tate serves as Associate Director of the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. In that role, he leads economic engagement initiatives for the University and conducts research and planning projects for communities and businesses. He has a master’s degree in business management and a doctoral degree in political thought from Virginia Tech. Scott has taught planning, public policy, community involvement, and business leadership. He co-edited the 2015 Routledge volume titled, Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas. Scott and his family live in Roanoke.
Peter Volosin – Urban Planner
Peter lives in Roanoke with his husband, Malcolm Quigley, and their dog, Rula, who they rescued while living in Mozambique. Peter’s mother, Fran Figari, taught at Cave Spring and Oak Grove Elementary schools and his father, Jimmy Volosin, is the proprietor of “Jimmy V’s” restaurant in Roanoke. Peter is an avid swimmer and qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Trials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and urban studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in regional planning from Georgetown University.