Top 40 Under 40 2010 

The young men and women transforming Richmond.

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Richmond loves wondering what's wrong with itself, and how to make it right. Even more so, we like talking about it, often paying heavily for it, and binding our thoughts into pretty, hard-bound reports. That is, until we get the urge -- or a grant -- to talk some more. Naturally, a lot of the talking is by a lot of the same people.

Too bad those people don't turn more often to the people whose actions speak louder than words. The people who are perhaps too young for country club backrooms, too busy for closed-door powerfests, too interested in the trees to wonder how to amass bigger forests.

These are the people we look for every year to fill the new class of Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40. They are the voices to which Richmond should listen more carefully. They're paying attention to the changes truly needed in the community. And we hope you're paying attention to them. — Jason Roop

Click on the pictures below for more info about each Top 40 recipient.

On the Air
Click here to see Ryan Nobles interview Chris Barras and Osita Iroegbu on NBC12.
Click here to watch Sam Brock interview recipient Lori Pasternak on CBS 6.


Osita Iroegbu, 30
PR and Marketing Manager
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority Tom Lappas, 33
Henrico Citizen Lawson Wijesooriya, 30
Executive Director
Blue Sky Fund Christian Munson, 38
Account Supervisor
CRT/tanaka Alan Hutson, 36
The Monument Group Adria Scharf, 38
Executive Director
Richmond Peace Education Center Andrew K. Clark, 35
LeClairRyan Billy Christopher Maupin, 30
Actor, Director, Publications Manager
Theatre IV Christina Cain, 37
New Visions New Ventures Daniel JosAc CustA"dio, 32
Poet, Teacher
Richmond Public Schools Angela W. Patton, 38
Camp Diva Blue Crump, 36
Founder and Principal
Cityspace Construction and Urban Grid Solar Jessica Braum, 30
Echelon Event Management Chris Barras, 34
Lead Pastor
Area 10 Faith Community James Ricks, 36
Artistic Director
Henley Street Theatre Company Dia Nichols, 36
Chief Executive Officer
HCA-John Randolph Medical Center Emily Ferlis, 30
Program Development Specialist
VCU's Literacy Institute Jennifer Miller, 35
Communications and Training Manager
AECom Corey Widmer, 33
Associate Pastor, Third Presbyterian
Co-Pastor, East End Fellowship Jamie Radtke, 36
Richmond Tea Party Lori Pasternak, 37
Veterinary Surgeon
Helping Hands Veterinary Surgical
and Dental Care Dr. Danny Avula, 31
Deputy Director Richmond Health District
Virginia Department of Health Jack Brandt, 31
Disability Policy Specialist
Partnership for People with Disabilities, VCU Stacy Hawkins Adams, 39
Author, Columnist, Speaker
Claywork Enterprises LLC Jonah Holland, 37
PR and Marketing Coordinator
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Peter Farrell, 27
Founding Member
Recast Energy LLC Meghan Ely, 29
OFD Consulting Joe'i Chancellor, 38
Activist, Founder
The Links Randy Lee Wilson, 29
Business Development Specialist
National Counseling Group Ryan N. Burnette, 32
Alliance Biosciences Kysha Banks, 34
Mental Health Therapist
The Daily Planet Michael J. Cassidy, 39
Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis Rosalinda Rivera, 38
Executive Director
New Life For Youth Kevin Clay, 27
Founder and Editor Nicole Pries, 38
Trauma Response Program Manager
ChildSavers Vincent Ellis White, 30
Benefits Specialist
Richmond Department of Social Services John Fernandez, 34
Chief Executive
Daystar Desserts
Tabatha M. Spurlock, 30
Coordinator, Henrico Country Public Schools
Founder, Spark of Life Amanda Davis-Holloway, 30
Armstrong High School Chris Mooney, 38
Men's Basketball Coach
University of Richmond


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