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DeWitt & Associates, Inc., a Henrico-based nonprofit consultancy firm, recently added interim management to its range of consulting services. The firm now offers interim leadership at the president and chief operating officer or executive director level and at the director level in finance, development, marketing and communications. The goals of a nonprofit organization can suffer when the organization is doing a national search for new leadership. The service that DeWitt & Associates now offer will place someone with the right skills and experience immediately until a permanent appointment is made. For more information, call Brydon DeWitt at 364-0145 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Richmond Custom Cars, a 22,000 square feet custom car dealership, recently opened in Glen Allen, next to Tom Leonard’s in Short Pump. The founder and owner is Brad Evans, who founded Richmond-headquartered Cavalier Telephone in 1998. RCC is a dealership for drivers who don’t want to drive standard vehicles. Custom modifications include: paint and graphics; performance tire and wheel packages; grilles and body panels; leather seats and interior trim; and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Buyers will have a selection of many vehicle styles including performance, exotic, luxury, family friendly SUV’s and sedans, muscle and eco-friendly. All customized cars are for sale and on-display in the large, indoor showroom.

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The Henrico Business Council’s Henrico Café for December will be on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. Experience the “art of the mix” with a special demonstration by noted “mixologist” Bobby Kruger of Fanfare and learn how to make your own. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one free adult beverage. For details, call Debbie Jackson at 783-9316 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Board of Directors for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) recently named Jane Helfrich as the organization’s chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1. In her new role, Helfrich will lead the day-to-day operations and fundraising efforts of the organization. Prior to joining RMHFH, Helfrich most recently served as the vice president of resource development and marketing for the Better Housing Coalition in Richmond. She has also served on several nonprofit boards including Communities in Schools of Richmond, Inc., Sacred Heart Center, Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia, Inc., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A recipient of the Nina Abady award from the VAFP, Helfrich has continued her studies in nonprofit management and leadership through Nonprofit Learning Point, where she earned a certificate in 2007. Sheila Hill-Christian served as the interim CEO after the resignation of former CEO Leisha LaRiviere.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: El Tucanazo – leased 5,056 square feet at 6922 Staples Mill Rd.; County of Henrico – renewed its lease of 4,140 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; nTelos – leased 1,128 square feet at 7037-C Staples Mill Rd.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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