About the YWLA


Launched in January 2015, the Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA) is the YWCA Richmond’s young women’s professional board, with members between the ages of 25 to 35 who are dedicated to advancing YWCA Richmond’s vision. YWLA connects, equips, and inspires the next generation of leaders in RVA.

YWLA’s 2021 Application Period is currently closed.

Applications for YWLA are open from December to mid-March each year.  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 ngooray@ywcarichmond.org.

Current Members

  • Lindsey Dombert, YWLA President, Community Volunteer
  • Rachel Johnson, YWLA Past-President, Capital One 
  • Kelsey Croston, YWLA Vice-President, Richmond Association of Realtors
  • Shannon Smith, YWLA Secretary, Richmond Ambulance Authority
  • Ashley Balamuta, VCU – Oncology Nurse
  • Nia Bentall, Swing Left
  • Amanda Campbell, Sassy Jones
  • Megan Claar, Truist
  • Elizabeth Creasman, Sheltering Arms
  • Shannon Hagginbothom, Capital One
  • Katie Harrell, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Belen Ishizaki, Let’s Clean, LLC
  • Shannon Kapadia, Eckert Seamans
  • Emily Koci, Goochland Cares
  • Octavia Marsh, Hanover Cares
  • Katie Moody, Plan RVA
  • Natalie Moore, Ruff Canine Club
  • Micah Morris, EveryAction
  • Saher Randhawa, VCU
  • Emily Sanfrantella, Waukeshaw Development
  • Alyssa Schwenk, Bellwether Education
  • Maggie Shaw, Bonfire
  • Leah Stiegler, Woods Rogers PLC
  • Hannah Updike, Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
  • Taylor Venter, Kimley-Horn Associates
  • Sara Lee White, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • Whitney Wilson, Richmond Public Schools
  • Alle Witt, Virginia Health Catalyst
  • Holly Zajur, Connect Wellness



The Young Women’s Leadership Alliance’s signature event, Conversation Piece provides an opportunity for community members to attend a unique, live art event and get a glimpse into the creative process of each participating artist while supporting the work of YWCA’s early childhood education program. This event will allow guests the opportunity to explore the evening’s theme of empower RVA through live art creation, dynamic conversations, and interactive exhibits highlighting the organization’s work to empower children. Artists will create pieces live throughout the event around the Empower RVA theme, which will be available at the end of the event through a silent auction.

All proceeds from this event benefit YWCA Richmond’s early childhood education program, The Sprout School, and emphasize the importance preschool and early education can have on a child. Join us for a night filled with food, drink, and live entertainment as we celebrate YWCA Richmond and focus on the art of empowerment to impact our youngest community members. More details about this year’s Conversation Piece event to come!