Angela W. Patton,
a native of Richmond, Virginia, CEO of Girls For A Change and the Founder of CAMP DIVA. The wife of a supportive and committed husband, Re (her rock) and the mother of two loving children, Imhotep and Asani (her inspiration), Angela says that nothing would be possible without the support of her family, and practicing 'family first.'
During her years at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, Angela worked for Playmates Daycare Center, and as a Nanny on the weekends. After high school, she attended John Tyler Community College and Nursing School at Richmond Memorial Hospital. After a few years of nursing, Angela discovered her passion for supporting people outside of the medical field. She then became a Residential Manager for Richmond AIDS Ministry, working with individuals with HIV and AIDS. After two years of case management work, she decided to return to her first love.working with children. She served as the After School Director for the YMCA for five years, worked as Program Manager for ART 180 in Richmond, and was the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In her variety of experiences, she saw a need for programs for African American girls in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. During her planning process for a camp to fulfill this need came the tragic death of five-year-old Diva Mistadi Smith Roane, the daughter of a close friend. Angela found a way to turn this tragedy into triumph, as well as an opportunity for healing for Diva's mother, by establishing CAMP DIVA in Diva's memory. Angela volunteered as Acting Director of the camp for the first five years. Then, in 2007, CAMP DIVA received a full grant, which enabled Angela to continue her service on a full-time basis. Since then, she has continued as Acting Director. In 2011, Angela was voted one of the Top 40 Under 40 community leaders in the Richmond Metropolitan Area by Richmond's Style Weekly Magazine. She also received the Chesterfield County Outstanding Youth Awards' "Quiet Heroes" Award from the Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development.
Angela has dedicated herself to the continuation and expansion of CAMP DIVA. She plans to increase opportunities through the camp, continue to foster partnerships, and start CAMP DIVA chapters in other cities. Angela has degree in Business Administration from ECPI Technical College - Innsbrook Campus in Glen Allen, Virginia and plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Diva's Spirit lives on in our hearts and in CAMP DIVA.
Ashe, (meaning be with us)
"It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Girls For A Change and Camp Diva will combine our shared vision and values for girls as we join forces to enrich and expand programs and services. Separately, we are dynamic. Combined, we will be unimaginable."
Read: Letter from Girls For A Change New CEO: Angela W. Patton