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Yvonne Mastromano
Yvonne MastromanoCEO
Yvonne Mastromano joined the Virginia Voice team in January 2022 as the Chief Executive Officer. Although she now feels that her feet are firmly planted in Virginia soil, Yvonne is an upstate New York transplant. She attended Ithaca College, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and a minor in voice. After graduation, Yvonne was recruited to be the Assistant Director in the museum where she spent her summers during college as a tour guide and three years later was promoted to Executive Director of a museum in Yonkers, NY.
After moving to Virginia, Mastromano decided to make a career change to broadcast television and was hired by the local NBC affiliate, WWBT-12. Yvonne had the opportunity to become the first person in Richmond to do live traffic reports and quickly earned the moniker of “Traffic Lady.”
In 2012, she returned to non-profit work as the Executive Director for the Innsbrook Foundation, where she remained for nine years before being drawn to the mission of Virginia Voice. She is currently focused on expanding Virginia Voice’s reach to serve more individuals with blindness, vision impairment and other disabilities, raise awareness, increase funding, and build brand identity.
Yvonne is a 2020 Leadership Metro Richmond graduate and serves on several local non-profit boards. When not working in the community, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons at the family restaurant and at home walking their two fur babies.
Kenneth Wene
Kenneth WeneOperations Manager
Kenneth Wene joined Virginia Voice in August 2013 as Administrative Assistant, and was promoted to Office Manager in July 2017. Kenneth spent almost ten years as a Retail Systems Consultant for IBM and CapGemini. Prior to that, he worked for many decades in the retail industry designing and managing merchandise distribution systems. Ken was also a volunteer reader for many years starting in 2006, reading for the Science Today program and doing the live read of the Saturday Richmond Times-Dispatch, “retiring” as a reader at the end of 2018. In January 2022 he was promoted to Operations Manager, in recognition of the fact that he is in charge of managing all of the administrative operations of Virginia Voice.
Alex Childress
Alex ChildressStudio Manager
Alex Childress joined Virginia Voice as the Studio Manager in January 2008. Alex has a BS in Technical Theatre from Radford University. Outside of the studios he can occasionally be spotted at one of the local breweries or playing disc golf. Otherwise he enjoys meeting friends for board games or curling up with a good book next to his wife and their two tiny dogs.
Savada Robinson
Savada Robinson Development and Community Engagement Officer
Savada Robinson joined the Virginia Voice team in June 2022 as the Development & Community Engagement Officer. Savada is a Connecticut native who recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2022 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Savada is the eldest of three children to Yvonne and Mark Robinson. As a D1 college athlete, she ran track for the United States Naval Academy for five years and specialized in the 400 meter and 200 meter. She also is a young entrepreneur. She and her siblings are the owners of a 12-year-old small business YACK (Young Entrepreneurs Cotton Candy) that sells carnival concession food at airshows along the east coast. When Savada is not working diligently to raise awareness for philanthropic purposes, she can be found roller blading, trying great local restaurants with friends, and traveling abroad.
Tara Mastrangelo Smith
Tara Mastrangelo SmithProgram and Volunteer Manager
Tara Mastrangelo Smith joined Virginia Voice as the Program and Volunteer Manager in October 2022. She is an alumna of both the University of Virginia (BA in history) and James Madison University (MA in history). Her career has been spent in non-profit organizations, including nearly a decade of living and working at a boarding school in Pennsylvania. Tara enjoys exploring Richmond’s art, history, and cultural venues as well as relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and their two pets.