The idea for the World U.P. Foundation developed out Liz’s passion for helping others, thirst for travel, and deeply rooted belief that exposure to new people, places, and experiences are an essential component to achieving peaceful diversity. Growing up in a rural community in upstate New York, Liz saw the many challenges faced by those living in poverty and was drawn to volunteering from an early age. With her eclectic personal and professional background, she hopes to develop World U.P. into an effective and trustworthy organization on which the community can depend.
Alexander’s passion for providing learning opportunities to those who do not readily have access to them brought him to World U.P. Originally from NY, Alexander attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan, NY. Peter Cooper, born into a poor family, was unable to afford the cost of higher education. It was his belief that “education should be as free as air and water”; that it be accessible to all who wanted to learn. It was during Alexander’s time at this school where he embraced these values by meeting many talented and diverse first-generation college graduates with a love for learning. Alexander Gerofsky is a Chemical Process Engineer with AdvanSix, Inc. in Chesterfield, VA.
Victoria loves bringing people together who might not have otherwise connected. In university, she served as the President of Students Helping Honduras and the Volunteer Coordinator of Camp Kesem, where she learned much about how different nonprofits function. Her travels to Honduras and Mexico were both eye-opening experiences in many ways but especially by how travel can teach one about themselves but also about the world and everyone around them. Victoria is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Spanish and a certificate in Global Education.
Jamal is a Richmond native and Varina High School alum. Through various jobs, Jamal has focused on aiding those less fortunate and remains dedicated to improving visibility and access to resources for underrepresented communities. His long-term vision is to start his own non-profit to help youth, young adults, and families in the Northside/Highland Park area.
Kendra’s heart and focus is on the bettering the community through the elevation of children and their families. Kendra is a Richmond transplant from Texas who has grown in love with the city. A preschool teacher since 2013, she is currently working for MCV’s Childcare Unit. In Texas, she’s interned with Communities in Schools, worked with immigrant families and children at Any Baby Can, and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. She is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelors in Family and Child Development.
Member, Board of Directors
Nick is dedicated to helping charitable organizations meet their annual giving and prospect research needs. Previous to joining the Episcopal Church Foundation, Nick formed The Sollog Group. He got his start in development as a phonation caller for his alma mater Lynchburg College where he raised between $10,000 and $30,000 a semester for the Annual Fund. He is a graduate of Lynchburg College and has received certificates from the University of Richmond’s Institute of Philanthropy in Grant Writing & Management, Fundraising & Development, and Nonprofit Marketing.