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.
Kathy Cashel has worked on vpap.org 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.
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.
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 joined VPAP in September 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.
Ali Mislowsky joined VPAP as the VaNews Coordinator in December of 2016. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and a Spanish minor. She’s worked in communications and development for nonprofits in Richmond, and lives in Byrd Park.
Jay Levine joined VPAP as the Office Manager in August 2018. He recently retired from corporate life following a career spanning 35 years in business and IT operations at the executive level for several Fortune 100 companies. When not working part-time at VPAP, Jay keeps active camping in his tear-drop trailer in the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains, bicycling around Richmond in search of good food and drink, and chasing after his grandchildren.
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.