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Jessica Rathbun-Cook is the youth programs director at ROSMY, an organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. As the only organization of its kind in Central Virginia, ROSMY creates a space where young people can safely articulate who they are, gives them the opportunity to explore that identity, and celebrates the diversity of personalities that make a community unique. As a queer person currently in the process of ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Jessica is drawn to conversations about the gap between the “queer” world and the “church” world, and is deeply invested in ways we might create spaces where those worlds overlap... Read More t

Ryan Abrahamsen started his first web development and video production company in 2002. Looking to personalize his work and merge his passion for the outdoors and photography with his career in web development, Ryan launched Terrain360.com in 2012. The website offers 360-degree image maps of hiking trails all over the United States.

In partnership with the James River Association, Ryan and Andy Thompson, a local outdoor journalist, floated the 343-mile James River in a custom pontoon raft in the summer of 2014. The resulting map – now online at Terrain360.com and jrava.org – is the first 360-degree image map ever created of an entire river... Read More t

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