CARITAS Junior Board

CARITAS Junior Board of Directors What is the Junior Board?

The CARITAS Junior Board is a group of individuals in the Richmond area that represents a variety of backgrounds and/or professions.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in CARITAS and helping us further our mission and goals. We want the Junior Board experience to be enriching for anyone in the Richmond region who is enthusiastic about being involved in their community in a meaningful way.  Additionally, this opportunity allows members to gain experience in Board service.

What does the Junior Board do?

The CARITAS Junior Board meets once a month for no more than 1.5 hours, either in a traditional planning meeting or in an alternative, but productive gathering. These events include volunteering at the CARITAS Center, educational sessions with CARITAS program managers, professional development opportunities with the CARITAS Board of Directors, and much more. CARITAS Junior Board members serve 1-year terms with no limit to the number of terms as long as a member remains in good standing.  Junior Board terms follow the fiscal year that CARITAS follows, with membership beginning in July and ending in June. This Junior Board will have the exciting opportunity to help CARITAS plan and organize a new and unique signature fundraising event.

Expectations of Junior Board members during their 1-year term:

  • Represent CARITAS and advocate for our mission in the community and within your personal network.
  • Volunteer at a minimum of 1 CARITAS event and/or sign up for a volunteer opportunity. Explore opportunities here.
  • Assist in executing, planning, and organizing fundraising events by procuring sponsorships, donations, volunteering the day of, marketing the event, and recruiting your network to attend.
  • Make a meaningful annual gift within your means and/or find other ways to contribute to CARITAS financially throughout the year, including sharing giving opportunities with your network.
  • Attend a minimum of 6 monthly Junior Board meetings, with the expectation that Junior Board members will attend as many meetings throughout the year as possible in order to remain engaged and informed.

Read more about Member Expectations and Responsibilities

Applications for FY 2023-2024 are now closed. If you are interested in being notified when applications for next year open or if there is a vacancy, please email

Our 2023-2024 Junior Board Members

Chair: Blair McGee, Brandito LLC
Vice Chair: [Hidden Upon Request]
Secretary: Sara Bereika, Sara Jane Organizing
Community Engagement: Shelby Carney, Partnership for Housing Affordability and Patrick Callaway, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Membership Enrichment: Maeghan O’Brien, Henrico Doctors Parham and Leanne Pillow, Madison + Main
Morganne August, WebStrategies, Inc.
Erica Billie, Capital One
Melissa Dolan, Willis Towers Watson
John Eshler, Kinsale Insurance
Geoffrey Fontenot, Altria
Alexandra Foster, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Laurie Gray, Dreamtime Property Solutions LLC
Tomar Hill, VCU Health System
Danielle Kent, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
Melissa Love, Capital One
Maria Mulcahey, WebBank
Mary Olivia Rentner, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation    
Caitlin Richardson, Hospitality
Kate Sowers, Brandito
Jean Wu, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School                   


Please contact Ejana Bennett at (804) 887-1594 or