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Speaker Bryan Phipps

Bryan Phipps

Bryan Phipps is the President and CEO of People Incorporated of Virginia. He has over 21 years of experience working in nonprofit development and management and is a Certified Community Action Professional. As President and CEO, Phipps acts as a liaison between the agency and legislative partners, units of local government, funders, organizational partners, and the National Community Action Network. He oversees a staff of nearly 300 and budget of over $38 million while providing leadership and staff support to the agency’s Board of Directors.

Phipps has 17 years of experience at People Incorporated with previous roles that include Senior Vice President and Vice President and Chief Development Officer. He has worked to increase the availability of investment capital and services to low-income communities and was instrumental in the development of the agency’s New Markets Tax Credit program in 2008. His specialties include raising and deploying investor capital, project development, program compliance and community outreach for a variety of community economic development and strategic initiatives. Phipps graduated with a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Virginia-Wise. He resides in Southwest Virginia with his wife, Bella, and their three daughters.

SpeakerLisa Mowry- CHANGE, Inc. (WV)

Lisa MowryCHANGE, Inc. (WV)

Lisa Mowry succeeded Judy Raveaux as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2022.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Liberty University in 2002, Mowry joined CHANGE, Inc. in March 2004 as Development Coordinator. For the next 14 years, Lisa secured over 350 grants, totaling more than $35 million in funding from foundations, corporations, state and federal sources to support the growth of CHANGE, Inc.’s 30 plus programs, including working alongside Raveaux and other management to obtain the HRSA 330 grant.

In 2018, Mowry accepted the position of Compliance Manager, overseeing the Risk Management, Compliance, HIPAA, and 340B Programs, as well as becoming the Manager of the Customer Resource Coordinators. Lisa is a Certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Implementer and Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP), spending the past 18 years working as an organization leader, and is excited to lead CHANGE, Inc. into the future.

Speaker Duane Yoder

Duane Yoder

Duane Yoder serves as President of the Garrett County Community Action Committee (GCCAC) located in Central Appalachia in Western Maryland. Mr. Yoder has served in that position since 1980. Previously he was employed in similar roles in Southern and Eastern Maryland. His work has primarily focused on assisting low income persons gain economic security and improve their quality of life.

During his tenure as President, Garrett County Community Action has emerged as one of the most successful rural community development corporations in Maryland and a State leader in implementing innovative early child education and family development strategies.

GCCAC was selected by the Annie E Casey Foundation to participate in a four-year study to track outcomes for low income children and families in its 2G initiative. Building on the ROMA and CSBG outcome indicators, GCCAC has focused its efforts on ways to implement strategies and measure results of its 2G model.

Duane has spent his adult life working on anti-poverty issues using Community Action has the vehicle. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and had done graduate work at the Universities of West Virginia and Maryland.

Speaker Edith White, Chief Executive Officer Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP)Newport News (VA)

Edith White

Edith White is the Chief Executive Officer, Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP) with over 20 years of experience as a senior manager of several nonprofit organizations. Prior to working at HRCAP, she was President and CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.

During her years of service, she has provided leadership and direction for organizations engaged in helping to develop human potential and community improvement. Edith has an extensive background in budget development, program management, personnel procedures, strategic planning, evaluation, staff supervision, public relations, fundraising and development has been achieved.

Edith serves on the following boards: Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, VA Center for Inclusive Communities, Smart Beginnings, Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation, Providence Bible College and Seminary.

Speaker Jennifer Wintermyer

Jennifer Wintermyer

Jennifer Wintermyer has dedicated over 20 years to the community by working in nonprofit and human services agencies. Since 2011, Jen has been working to eradicate poverty through her involvement with the Community Action Network – first as Director of Family and Social Services and now as CEO for Tri County Community Action.

Jen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and Master’s from Youngstown State University. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Cumberland, and is a nationally certified Master ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability) trainer. She sits on numerous boards and coalitions within the region, and is engaged in several work groups focused on anti-poverty initiatives. She is also a Pathways Peer Reviewer and a CCAP.

Speaker Steve Wright

Steve Wright

Steve Wright is the administrator for the Planning, Analytics, and Customer Service Unit of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. He has over 14 years of experience leading governmental performance/measurement management, process improvement, program evaluation, and strategic planning efforts. He possesses a Master of Public Administration degree, along with Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Steve is currently completing a Doctor of Public Administration degree.