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Larry Pope

As director and founder of WHOA, Mr. Larry Pope is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization. It is his goal to ensure that each individual who receives services from WHOA excels and succeeds personally and academically.

Growing up in the city of Richmond has allowed Larry to see the ins and outs of an inner city, and how that environment can negatively or positively affect the youth. As a child, Larry attended J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, T. H. Henderson Middle School and John F. Kennedy High School. Larry always knew that he wanted to be able to give back to the community that molded him into the person he is today.

After attending Norfolk State University, Larry knew his calling was with his community. Always the charismatic, people person Larry worked his way up to become a Vice President at Bank of America in the business banking division. Over his 13-year span with Bank of America he worked with many businesses covering the east coast.

In his spare time, Larry enjoys volunteering with the youth, as well as spending time with his family and mastering the art of taekwondo.


James Dandridge

As a member of the Board of Directors for WHOA, James Dandridge is responsible for providing leadership assistance and operational guidance for the organization. James strongly believes that those receiving services from WHOA will be inspired to reach their fullest potential both intellectually and socially.

James is a native of Louisa, Virginia and moved to Richmond, Virginia to attended J. Sargent Reynolds University shortly after graduating high school. Currently, James is Vice President of Bank of America Merchant Services where he has excelled for the past 6 years in providing quality work and outstanding customer satisfaction.

Following James’ move to Richmond, he began attending St. Paul’s Baptist Church. As an active member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, James was elected as a member of the Trustee Board, co-founded the New Life Victorious Group for recovering drug addicts, and served on the male usher board. Throughout James’ endeavors, he remained true to his upbringing and exhibited his traditional values by embracing everyone he meets. It has been through James’ life experiences and his Christian journey that he is easily relatable and spiritually inspiring.

For leisure, James enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, attending church and live music events.


Kristi Jackson

Kristi Jackson works for the General Counsel at Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority where she takes pride in serving the community by providing quality affordable housing. Kristi earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at VCU and a Masters of Business Administration at Averett University. She recently completed her Six Sigma certification at VCU.

Kristi enjoys and is passionate about Art. In 2013, Kristi started her own business, Kreativ Studio, where she creates custom artwork based on the needs and requests of her clients. She also enjoys sharing her passion for art with kids who are underserved and or lack the resources to express themselves creatively. Kristi is a volunteer at WHOA, assisting with various art projects and community events.