Born and raised in Roanoke, Peter Volosin has spent his life in the service of others fighting for fair wages and benefits, providing life-saving emergency care, and building stronger communities. Peter helps improve communities across the globe as a regional planner. His work as a planner has helped build healthier neighborhoods, reduce poverty in developing communities, increase economic development, reduce disaster risks related to climate change, and increase the sustainability of both urban and rural areas. Peter lives in Roanoke with his husband, Malcolm Quigley, and their dog, Rula, who they rescued while living in Mozambique. Peter’s mother, Fran Figari, taught at Cave Spring and Oak Grove Elementary schools and his father, Jimmy Volosin, is the proprietor of “Jimmy V’s” restaurant in Roanoke. Peter is an avid swimmer and qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Trials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and urban studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in regional planning from Georgetown University.
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Georgia offers years of experience with local non-profit's and is very active in the MCC Blue Ridge Choir. She lives in SouthEast Roanoke and is a dedicated ally within the LGBT community.
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Rachel is a mother, a designer of exhibits and immersive environments, and a birthing attendant. Through strategic thinking, effective fundraising and a vibrant approach, Rachel is dedicated to not only serving the needs of the Roanoke Diversity Center, but impacting the local economy through creative place-making.Since 2016, she has served as the Executive Director for the Science Museum of Western Virginia. She previously served as the Vice President of Development for Center in the Square and led the development of the popular Roanoke Pinball Museum.Before relocating to Roanoke in 2012, Rachel lived abroad for 10 years, both in Leipzig, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands.“Many people have asked why Roanoke? It was love at first sight! I am captivated by Roanoke’s pristine and nostalgic beauty, not to mention the limitless potential.”
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