Lisa Cox, 36 

click to enlarge lisa_cox019.jpg

Director of Infant and Child Development Services
Greater Richmond ARC

Lisa Cox has adored children ever since her first job baby-sitting. After completing her undergraduate studies at James Madison University and a master's degree at the University of Virginia, she jumped right in with the children, taking a position with Children's Hospital of Richmond as a feeding specialist for five years.

As director of Infant and Child Development Services for the Greater Richmond ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), she coordinates programming that ensures, some 400-plus Richmond children a year receive specialized pediatric services. She says her daily challenges range "from funding to a shortage of professional resources in Virginia."

But her commitment to youth extends from her professional life to behind her front door. So far she's taken in two children as a foster parent for the city. Cox says she was compelled to take action because of the large numbers of children awaiting homes. The most rewarding part of being a parent? "The realization that there is so much community support," she says. "The old saying 'It takes a village' is particularly true in foster care. … Seeing how many people come alongside you when you step out to do something like this is overwhelming."

  • Click here for more winners
  • Favorite


    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

  • Re: Safety Town bites the dust.

    • For some reason, Safetytown popped into my mind this morning. Sad to see it's gone…

    • on May 8, 2017
  • Re: Richmond's Craft Beer Industry is Overwhelmingly White. How Can That Be Changed?

    • BAFGA,"scoffed at restaurants outside the city"?,I'm not sure about the "scoffing" part,but how many Denny's…

    • on May 7, 2017
  • Re: Richmond's Craft Beer Industry is Overwhelmingly White. How Can That Be Changed?

    • According to Style Weekly, the Richmond area ends at the city limits. Always has been,…

    • on May 1, 2017
  • More »
  • Latest in Top 40 Under 40

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation