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As President and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), William Baker guides the CBF in its efforts to “Save the Bay.” Founded in 1967, CBF leads the fight to reduce pollution and improve water quality throughout the bay’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed. A graduate of Trinity College, William joined the CBF in 1976 and became CEO in 1982. Under his leadership, CBF received the nation’s highest environmental honor in 1992—the Presidential Medal for Environmental Excellence. In 1993, The National Geographic Society awarded CBF its annual Chairman’s Award... Read More t

Micah White has made a name for himself as a comedian, actor, and community supporter. The Birmingham, Ala., native has performed with D.L. Hugely, Bob Saget and many other comedians, as well as opened for musical artists such as Jill Scott, Beenie Man, and Stevie Wonder. His stand-up act won the regional Def Comedy Jam in Virginia Beach in 1998 and earned a place among the top 10 in the HBO Lucky 21 Comedy Competition in 2007. Micah's acting talents have earned him roles in the film Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and the television series “Army Wives."

Micah also holds himself accountable to the community that supports him. In 2013, he started RVA Has Talent, a company that pairs local entertainers with non-profits to raise money and awareness. More recently, he launched RCJC (Richmond Correctional Justice Center) Has Talent, an eight-week program helps inmates acquire job training, write business plans, and get coaching from professional entertainers... Read More t

Dr. Michael Bishop is a Richmond musician best known for his work with GWAR. In the late 1980s, Bishop started as the bassist for the shock rock band while in high school, creating the character Beefkake the Mighty. Bishop left the band to concentrate on Kepone, a post-punk group who released three records between 1992 and 2000. In 2012, he earned a Ph.D. in music from the University of Virginia, specializing in popular music ethnography and performance studies. Following the death of GWAR singer Dave Brockie in 2014, Michael became the band’s vocalist, the Berserker Blöthar. Today, he stays busy as a writer and learning strategist, a member of Kepone and a country and soul group called the Misery Brothers, and the bassist for Sarah White. He also works with composer J. William Adkins on music, stage, and animation projects... Read More t