David Poole

Executive Director


David Poole founded VPAP in 1997. He is a Florida native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He worked as a newspaper reporter from 1983 to 1997. His last assignment was state capital correspondent for The Roanoke Times and Virginian-Pilot. He commutes two miles by bicycle from his Fan District home. He and his wife, Clare Tilton, have a son, Tucker.

Katy Johnstone Hurtz

Marketing Director


Katy Johnstone Hurtz joined VPAP as the Marketing Director in September 2012. She is a 2010 graduate of Sweet Briar College, where she double-majored in English & Creative Writing and Anthropology. Previously, she worked as the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Updegraff Vision, a LASIK surgery center in Tampa Bay. Katy and her husband, Nathan, live in Carytown with their two cats, Finn and Bing.

Ric Arenstein

Director of Development


Ric Arenstein joined VPAP as Director of Development in November 2014. He is a Richmond native and graduated from the University of Miami (FL). He served in state government for two administrations and has been active in the real estate development business, as well as in extensive fundraising initiatives for non-profits throughout the greater Richmond community and beyond. He resides in western Henrico County with his wife, Rhona, and their Golden Retriever, Gracie.

Jason Kostyk

Data Developer


Jason Kostyk joined VPAP in July 2016 as a Data Developer. Academically, he graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in International Studies and extensive coursework in biological/physical sciences. His professional background is rooted in Information Technology, specifically on SQL development, database administration, and data analytics. Jason lives with his wife, Lizzie, and their rescued pup, Lana, in Williamsburg.

Richard Borean

Associate Director


Richard Borean joined VPAP as the Associate Director in September of 2016. Previously, he held the title of Communications Director for the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax policy research group in Washington, DC. He holds a BA from George Mason University, where he studied linguistics.