Bridging RVA

Connecting individuals, groups & causes to advance common good in our community.

Bridging RVA is officially incorporated with the state of Virginia and is a listed 501c3 charitable organization with the IRS. All donations are tax-deductible.

Our Team

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Lee Ann Sawyer - Executive Director
Lee Ann was sold on the need for and the development of Bridging RVA ever since her husband John said, “I have an idea”. She has served in many capacities from the conception of the organization and has recently made the decision to use her 25 years of business leadership experience to further the organizations goals as Executive Director.

“I am passionate about helping people in need and creating a space where everyone is welcomed to make a positive impact on our community.”


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Dan Gecker - Board Member
Favorite TV show as a kid: Coming soon
Favorite subject in school: Coming soon
Dan's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Coming soon


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Ilya Grossman - Board Member

Favorite TV show as a kid: Twilight Zone
Favorite subject in school: Band/Music
Ilya's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: ) Eisenstein, Bob Marley, and Gandhi


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Austin McDaniel - Board Member - Ideation Labs

Favorite TV show as a kid: Coming soon
Favorite subject in school: Coming soon
Austin's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Coming soon


Tom O'Donnell - Board Member

Favorite TV show as a kid: Hogan's Heroes
Favorite subject in school: Statistics
Tom's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Jesus. Abraham Lincoln and G.K. Chesterton


Ginger O'Neil - Board Member - Newsletter

Favorite TV show as a kid: Hart to Hart
Favorite subject in school: Tie: English and History
Ginger's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Pop(My Grandfater), Maya Angelou, and Iovanya, a woman I met years ago at Freedom House


John Sawyer - Founder and Board Chairman
Favorite TV show as a kid: Gilligan's Island
Favorite subject in school: Science
John's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Martin Luther King Jr., Mohammed and Jesus


Ellen Thornhill - Board Member - Treasurer

Favorite TV show as a kid: Coming soon
Favorite subject in school: Coming soon
Ellen's dream dinner party guests, any three people, dead or alive: Coming soon