Rydell Payne has been our Executive Director since September 1999 when he brought new ideas and energy to Abundant Life. Rydell and his wife Hope have three boys and are members of Christ Community Church. He has a passion for seeing the Body of Christ “unleashed” in ministry in the local community. Prior to CALM, Rydell served at-risk youth for 12 years with the City of Charlottesville’s Community Attention Therapeutic Foster Care Program. A native of Fluvanna County, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University. Email Rydell
Anne Baker Brown joined CALM this spring to tackle many of the day-to-day operations of Abundant Life, including staff supervision and support, communications, and a wide-range of administrative duties. Anne and her husband are members at First Baptist Church, Main Street. Email Anne
Rebecca Goodwin Feldmann has served with CALM in various capacities since its founding in 1996. She has also run a part-time bookkeeping business during that span. Before CALM, she spent a year with New Song Urban Ministries in West Baltimore. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Email Rebecca
Dylan Rosenthal came to CALM in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA and has served as Director of Boys Programming since 2010. He coordinates the 5/8 Club (biblical life skills for 5th-8th grade boys) and Strive (goal setting and accountability for 9th-12th grade boys). He hopes to see the boys he works with become Christian leaders and active church members who give back to their community, graduate from high school and successfully go on to college and/or careers, and become responsible husbands and fathers. Newly married himself, Dylan holds a B.A in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, where he and Krishtine can often be found passionately cheering on UVA teams.
Symia Tabron joined CALM as the Accountant/Bookkeeper in January 2015. Before taking on this role, she was an accountant for a trade association management company that worked with various non-profits. Symia graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in Economics and minor in Sociology. In her spare time, you can find her participating in various sports like running, softball and flag football. Email Symia
A native of New York who relocated to our area at age seven, Tiffany Davie already had friendships with many of our children due to her prior work at the Boys and Girls Club. Her professional experience includes serving as a foster parent advocate, coaching advocate, and outreach worker. Passionate about serving youth and women, Ms. Tiffany also collaborates with the Spencer Perkins Fellows regarding our teen girls programs. Email Tiffany
Susan Wunderlich grew up in a single parent home with a hard working mother of five. She learned a few things, including life is hard. The Lord developed in her a heart of compassion for children; to help raise the next generation became her mission. Susan taught preschool for 15 years after home schooling her own children. She earned a degree in Anthropology/Education from JMU late in life. “Never stop learning!,” Susan says. She worked for AmeriCorps while off in the summer and now helps the tutoring program at Walker, because children are worth it! Email Susan
Treatrous Jackson is a former participant in and graduate of the FIDA Program she now leads. She went on to attend college, purchase her first home, and start her own small business. She is also serving as a mentor with Jobs for Life. In October 2013, Treat was named AmeriCorps Member of the Month for the state of Virginia! Email Treatrous
Our Educational Consultants:
Like all our Educational Consultants, Melville is a behind-the-scenes hero at CALM’s after-school tutoring program. She writes dozens of tutor-tutee lesson plans every week, targeting each child’s developmental level in reading and spelling based on detailed assessments she administers, and based on input from the child’s daytime teacher as well as the afternoon tutor. Melville sings in her church’s choir, loves gardening, dogs, and the woods at Wintergreen. She and husband, Mark, have two grown sons and several grandchildren. Email Melville
Christine recently retired from teaching but is already putting her skills to work on behalf of CALM’s tutored children. Christine writes specific reading lesson plans for the 2nd-4th grade tutor-tutee pairs, adjusting them each week as the children improve their skills. Tutors’ written feedback and Christine’s personal observations help her keep students motivated and engaged. She and husband, Caruso, are active members at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. [\toggle]
Carole earned a masters degree in reading in her 50’s and worked at The Learning Center, tutoring children and some adults with learning disabilities. When Abundant Life started she began helping out its tutoring program also, before eventually focusing solely on CALM. Carole worked with CALM’s first two tutoring coordinators, Dequeta Anderson and Tonya Howard, at the former Blue Ridge Commons (Greenstone on 5th). She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren, who are all wonderful. She and husband David celebrated their 50th anniversary in December 2015.
Judi came on board in 1999 as a tutor at CALM following her retirement from a career teaching grades 5 6, and 7, mostly in math. After two years, at Amy Sherman’s urging, Judi increased her involvement, becoming the Math Lesson Planner for CALM’s 2nd-4th graders. While she first served with CALM in Blue Ridge Commons (Greenstone on 5th), she fills many shelves with math games, manipulatives and flashcards in our Johnson Elementary space. An artist and painter, Judi enjoys art shows, gardening, and tennis. Long-time members at Trinity Presbyterian, Judi and husband Mike are eager to spend more time visiting grandchildren and traveling. JUDI IS READY TO TRAIN ANOTHER MATH-INCLINED PERSON TO TAKE OVER THE EXCELLENT LESSON-PLAN-SYSTEM SHE BUILT FOR CALM TUTORING! Email Judi