Higher Achievement has assembled a team of passionate social justice advocates to lead our scholars in becoming life-long learners.

From our dedicated staff to the National Board of Directors to the affiliate Boards of Advisors, the vision we’re working toward wouldn’t be possible without the whole Higher Achievement community.

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Kortney Perry

Lead Volunteer & Scholar Coordinator, Henderson

General Inquiries

Katey Comerford

Executive Director, External Affairs

T Whitfield

Center Director, Boushall

As Center Director of the Achievement Center at Thomas C. Boushall Middle School, located on the Southside of Richmond, Tiara works with school staff and community partners to provide a safe, engaging, and inspirational extended learning space.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I’ve always wanted to provide supports and education to youth in a way that traditional education does not. As well, children inspire me and continuously remind me that anything is possible!”

Lucy Marks

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Binford

As a Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Lucy works with two very important groups of people—our scholars and mentors. She supports the implementation of our mentoring curriculum by recruiting, training, and assisting volunteer mentors. She works with scholars in several different capacities including creating meaningful programming, assisting scholars through the high school application process, homework help, discipline, and supporting scholars in any other way they might need. She works closely with the Binford Center Director to keep Center running smoothly and safely.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I understand the importance of providing meaningful, educational, and safe after school time. Our staff and volunteer mentors provide support, enrichment, and a sense of community that is impactful to our scholars both on a daily basis and in the long term. I know how much our scholars value their time with their mentors, and I’m happy that I can assist in creating and supporting those relationships.”

Amy Gelbach

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, Boushall

Andrea Archer

Richmond Board of Advisors

Neill Bellamy

Richmond Board of Advisors
Tredegar Corporation

Rachel Brock

Salesforce Administrator

Rachel leads recruitment, onboarding, training, and retention efforts for our mentors and other volunteers. She maintains relationships with university and community partners and supports center staff in planning and analysis related to mentor satisfaction. Interested in volunteering? Email her!

“I believe in leveraging the power of communities to help our young people overcome the opportunity gap and reach their potential!”

Christa Coleman

Director of Program Operations

Christa supports the center staff at Higher Achievement Richmond. She works to provide impactful and helpful resources and support to the Achievement Center teams.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe that middle school is such a pivotal time in a young person’s life. With the right support from caring adults, young people can come to believe in all that’s possible for them.”

Ronee Davis

Center Director, Binford

Mark DeBord

Richmond Board of Advisors
Community Volunteer

Jazmin Hooks

Center Director, Henderson

Sarah Gravitt Baese

Richmond Board of Advisors
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Lynn Greer

Richmond Board of Advisors

Taylor Keeney

Richmond Board of Advisors
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Stacy Haney

Richmond Board of Advisors
Haney Phinyowattanachip

Hannah Lauck

Richmond Board of Advisors
US District Court Judge,
Eastern District of VA

Mary Lloyd Parks

Board of Directors
Richmond Board of Advisors, Chair
Community Volunteer

Rob Martin

Richmond Board of Advisors
Cherry Bekaert

Christopher McGowan

Richmond Board of Advisors

Fred Morton

Richmond Board of Advisors
Former Henrico County Superintendent

Shelley Thompson

Manager of Grants

Shelley manages the grant portfolio for Higher Achievement’s Richmond and Baltimore affiliates.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe that Youth Development takes time and Higher Achievement’s program model allows us to see our impact, over the course of 4 years.”