Virginia Voice Staff
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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 where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and a minor in voice. After spending her summer breaks as a tour guide in a local museum, Yvonne realized that working in the community and making a difference was where she wanted to grow her career. After being the spokesperson for two different museums in New York, Mastromano moved to Virginia for family reasons and had the opportunity to utilize her public speaking and communications skills at NBC12. She quickly earned the moniker of “Traffic Lady” while reporting daily from a variety of live locations throughout the Richmond region. Yvonne found her chance to return to non-profit work when she was hired as the Executive Director for the Innsbrook Foundation in 2012. In Innsbrook, she worked with a talented team to create and manage a large number of events that benefited many local charities throughout the region. When Yvonne is not working to raise awareness, funds, and brand identity for Virginia Voice, she is enjoying time with her husband and their two sons at the family restaurant or at home walking their two little fur babies.
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 system. Ken was also a volunteer reader, starting in 2006, reading for Science Today and doing the live read of the Saturday Richmond Times-Dispatch, “retiring” as a reader at the end of 2018.
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.
A Virginia Voice volunteer since 2017, Teresa joined the staff in 2021 to support our slate of programs and volunteers in providing consistently interesting, relevant, and engaging listener experiences. In doing so, she draws on 25 years in marketing and communication, client services, nonprofit leadership, volunteer management, and law—for firms and organizations ranging from Averitt Express and United Way to Impact 100 RVA and Heartland Horse Heroes. Alongside her MBA and JD from Southern Methodist University, Teresa holds a BA in technical writing. She serves on the board of Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library and volunteers as a transcriber of historical documents for the Library of Virginia.
Nicolas Macotto joined Virginia Voice in October 2021 as a Studio Assistant. He is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. His passions lie within all aspects of mass communication and media production, such as writing, film, music, journalism, editing and photography. Virginia Voice may be his first job out of college but the goal has resonated with him as it provides beneficial and necessary services for communities.
Sassy Rychalski joined Virginia voice as the program coordinator for the Live Audio Description program in early 2018 and has rejoined in an expanded role as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Sassy comes from a theatre background and has always wanted to make it more accessible. Before joining the Virginia Voice team, Sassy was working backstage for Mary Poppins at Virginia Repertory Theatre, where she first heard about the Live AD program. Sassy also worked on the production team at Cadence Theatre Company as a stage manager.
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. To name a few of Savada’s long list of accomplishments, she was 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.