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 to work three miles by bicycle. He and his wife, Clare, have a son, Tucker.

Kathy Cashel

Web Developer


Kathy Cashel has worked on since 2001. She is a full-stack developer, working mostly with nonprofits. Kathy grew up in the DC area and is a graduate of the University of Rochester. She's also a musician long active in the DC punk scene. She and her husband, Greg, live in Mount Rainier, MD.

Ric Arenstein

Major Gifts Officer


Ric Arenstein joined VPAP 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.

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 engineering.

Ali Mislowsky

VaNews Coordinator


Ali Mislowsky joined VPAP as the VaNews Coordinator in December 2016. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Richmond's Byrd Park.

Michael Stanley

Data Analyst


Michael Stanley joined VPAP in September 2018 as a Data Analyst. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in economics and philosophy, and has previous experience in economic research. He lives with his wife Kharis in Richmond.

Max Lee

Visual Developer


Max Lee joined VPAP in December 2020 as a visual/web developer. He has previously worked as a reporter at the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg and received a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rachel Shannon

Office Manager/Grant Writer


Rachel Shannon joined VPAP as the Office Manager in September 2021. She had previously been an intern for VPAP in 2014. Rachel graduated from University of Virginia, and currently lives in Richmond with her dog, Dot.