Young Women’s Leadership Alliance

The Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA) is YWCA Richmond’s young women’s board with members between the ages of 25-35. YWLA is dedicated to connecting, strengthening, and investing in a diverse group of young women to promote personal and professional opportunities that inspire future leaders.

Signature Events

Mariah Williams 2022 ROWA

Meet Mariah Williams, 2022 ROWA winner

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Mariah Williams is an urban planner, storyteller, and researcher dedicated to highlighting the experiences of…


commUNITY for change

YWLA Invites You to Celebrate Leadership and Community Save the Date: commUNITY for change A Cocktail Event with Silent Auction presented…

YWCA Rising Outstanding Woman Recipient v2

Meet Amanda Eaddy McKeithan, the 2021 ROWA winner

Amanda Eaddy McKeithan is an educator, storyteller, writing coach, creative consultant, and teen girl advocate in Richmond, VA. She is the founder of…


YWLA’s 2022 application is currently closed

Applications for YWLA’s 2023-2024 membership will open from January to mid-March 2023.  YWLA membership terms are two years, and new members start in July.  A Recruitment Meet & Greet for interested individuals to meet with members of the YWLA Membership Committee will be held in September of each year.  If you are interested in learning more about YWLA, please email Nadia Gooray at

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Current Members

  • Kelsey Croston, YWLA President, Richmond Association of Realtors
  • Lindsey Dombert, YWLA Past-President, Self-Employed, Real Estate
  • Alyssa Schweck, YWLA Vice-President, Bellwether Education
  • Katie Moody, YWLA Secretary, PlanRVA
  • Kaitlin Cottle, Williams Mullen
  • Allison Dubinsky, VCU Health
  • Paula Fallas, Navis LLC
  • Shannon Hagginbothom, AMS
  • Katie Harrell, Richmond Public Schools
  • Rachel Johnson, Amazon Web Services
  • Shannon Kapadia, Amazon Web Services
  • Cassie Knight, Flaunt Creative
  • Emily Koci, NAMI Virginia
  • Octavia Marsh, Henrico Area Mental Health and Development Services
  • Maggi Marshall, WTVR-CBS 6 News
  • Courtney Mills, Hanover County | Lakeside Printing Company
  • Natalie Moore, Ruff Canine Club
  • Maggie Paynter, Bonfire
  • Katelyn Roberts, Scott’s Addition Animal Hospital
  • Leah Stiegler, Woods Rogers PLC
  • Shante Stevans, Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Taylor Venter, Kimley-Horn Associates
  • Sara Lee White, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • Sara Woznicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
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