Hope is the well that can nourish our community, renewing minds and opening doors that break the cycle of poverty in Virginia’s Southside Region.



Our dedicated staff members live at the heart of our organization, operating behind the scenes to develop effective services, tap into diversified revenue streams, and build capacity while also working directly with the youth in our programs.

Executive Director Kathryn Thompson and Board Treasurer Steven Benham

Kathryn Thompson
Executive Director

Jennifer Taylor
Youth Program Leader

Jane’T Johnson
Youth Program Assistant

David Thompson
Youth Program Assistant

Justin Wright
Youth Program Assistant


Board of Directors


With continued guidance, expertise, and support from our board members, STORY has a heightened ability to set and achieve goals, expand the reach of our programs, and create effective partnerships within the community that positively impact our mission.

Herbert Bragg

Alison Noble
Vice President

Steven Benham

Mike Streitel
Board Member

For professionals interested in joining STORY’s board, please contact Kathryn at kathryn@storyva.org. We are always seeking dedicated members who have experience with accounting, law, marketing and social media, grant writing, community relations, and program development to join our team.