My name is Susan Weiner Adolf and I am a native of Richmond, Va. I attended Crestview Elementary School, John Randolph Tucker High School and the University of South Carolina. I am proud to be a part owner of my family’s business, Saxon Shoes. We have served the Richmond Community for 64 years. I retired 5 years ago to devote even more time to my volunteer work and to be “meme” to my grandchildren. I am married to Ronnie Adolf, owner of Adolf Jewelers for 43 years. We have 2 adult children, Jason Adolf (wife:Jaclyn) and Robin Salzberg (husband:Daniel) and 2 amazing grand daughters, Ava and Julia.
Over my lifetime I have been affiliated with many organizations including: Jewish Women International, Hadassah, the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Federation of Richmond, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Impact 100, Woman’s Investment Club of Richmond, Children’s Hospital of Richmond and Dancing Classrooms of Greater Richmond.
My passion has always been working with and supporting children. Through my work at Saxon Shoes, our business supported special projects like Shoes for the Needy and Bright Beginnings (where we donated shoes to needy children). Through the Jewish Federation of Richmond, I am involved with the PJ Library and Student Division of the Federation Campaign. The Student Division teaches our Jewish youth why it is important to support their community by devoting their time or donating money (Tzedakah) as they get older. My husband and I, through Adolf Jewelers, work to support the LGBTQ community by holding meetings and programs at Adolf’s to support their programs. This year, I am excited to start working with Dancing Classrooms of Richmond, a nonprofit organization teaching children in 5 th and 8 th grade in Title One schools social awareness and self-esteem thru dance.
Loving Richmond as I do, I feel that giving back or “paying it forward” is everyone’s responsibility. Whether rich or poor, giving of your time costs nothing but can improve someone’s life or a community in meaningful ways.
Susan AdolfDirector - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
I attended Crestview Elementary School, John Randolph Tucker High School and the University of South Carolina. I am proud to be a part ow...
Victoria Oakley retired as the Chief Academic Officer for Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia in July 2015. She oversaw the instructional programs for grades Pre-K – 12. She also served as the Director of Instruction and as an elementary school principal at Robert E. Lee Elementary and Ginter Park Elementary. Under her leadership, Ginter Park became a National Title I school. Also during her tenure, Ginter Park made full accreditation and met federal requirements. The school also received numerous grants including a Reading First Grant.Victoria Oakley currently works as an educational consultant. She specializes in school improvement, leadership and curriculum development and creating and implementing school-wide literacy plans. She attended the University of Richmond for her undergraduate studies and received her M. Ed. in reading and an endorsement in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served as President of the Virginia State Reading Association. This 5,000 strong organization promotes literacy throughout the state of Virginia. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, International Reading Association, and Richmond Area Reading Council, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Council for Learning Disabilities. Victoria was instrumenting in promoting and implementing the Dancing Classrooms in Richmond Public Schools. She understands the importance of integrating the arts into instructional programs.
Victoria OakleyEducational Consultant
Board Chair - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
Gregg Davidson retired as Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Richmond in 2015. He was accountable for leading one of Richmond’s oldest nonprofit Health and Human Services agencies, providing Care Management, Personal Home Care, Adoption and Mental Health Services to those in need in our community. Prior to that Gregg owned a small business in Richmond after serving for over 22 years in senior leadership roles through the evolution of Wheat First Securities to Wachovia Securities to Wells Fargo Advisors. He focused on technology, operations and administration functions and actively participated in multiple mergers and acquisitions during his tenure.
Gregg is currently retired and continues to spend his time volunteering within the Richmond community. His interest in serving the community began early in his career as he served for many years on the Wheat First Securities Foundation and Community Service Board and had the opportunity to lead the organization’s United Way campaign. Also during this time he was accountable for organizing the first corporate Habitat for Humanity house build in Richmond. He then went on to serve on the Habitat for Humanity board. Gregg also served as a volunteer chef instructor at the Positive Vibe Cafe, training hundreds of young adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Prior to becoming CEO of Jewish Family Services Gregg served on the Board of JFS. During that time he chaired a 3 year collaboration between JFS, The University of Richmond and the Richmond Community to create a documentary film, museum exhibitions, and academic symposium about Jewish Family Services’ resettlement of Soviet Jews in the 1980s. Most recently Gregg has provided marketing and fundraising assistance to another nonprofit Liberation Veteran Services, that provides housing, life skills and assistance to veterans in the Richmond community.
Gregg DavidsonDirector - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
Gregg Davidson retired as Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Richmond in 2015. He was accountable for leading...
David Monday is Chairman of Commonwealth Retirement Advisors, a Richmond based firm that helps those in and near retirement plan for their future and manage their assets. David completed his undergraduate education at VCU. In David received a Master’s of Science (Gerontology) from the VCU/MCV School of Allied Health Professions.
David is active in the community and serves on the board of Jewish Family Services. He is past Chairman of The Richmond Forum and Family Lifeline. David served as Chief Client Officer of a major investment firm prior to joining Commonwealth. He is also a member of Bon Air Baptist Church.
David is married to Susan Monday who is a former Chair of Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond. They enjoy ballroom dancing, reading and spending time with their three children and four grandchildren.
David MondayDirector - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
Chairman of Commonwealth Retirement Advisors, a Richmond based firm that helps those in and near retirement plan for their future and man...
Phil Sisk is District Director of USA Dance for the district that encompasses Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Delaware. In that capacity he works with chapters in all of those states to help with any issues that arise regarding the operation of a local chapter. He also emcees dance events across the country and still teaches part time, primarily to beginning dancers.
He is also an accredited judge for the International Federation of Body Builders and has judged competitions in five different countries over the years.
Phil is excited about the growth of Dancing Classrooms in Richmond and hopes to see these dancers continue their dance training after the classes end here.
Phil SiskDirector - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
District Director of USA Dance for the district that encompasses Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Delaware.
Growing up in Argentina, I was able to develop a unique perspective on the overall connectedness of our global economy. Having the opportunity to study in Rome and through other travels, I have pushed myself to have a broader perspective when it comes to an investment philosophy. I graduated with bachelor degrees in both finance and international business from Temple University. My Career in investment consulting began in 1993 when I worked at Prudential Securities, a predecessor of Wells Fargo Advisors.
I hold a Certificate in Financial Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I am part of a select group at Wells Fargo Advisors as a Fundamental Choice Portfolio Manager.
In the community I serve on the Richmond Symphony Board. I am a founding member and serve on the Board of Dancing Classrooms of Richmond, Virginia, an organization dedicated to raising confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. I have served as the President of the Virginia Center for Latin American Art, a non-profit created to provide art programs for children in at risk communities with a growing Latino population. I am Vice Chair and founding member of the Corporate Network for the VAHCC.
I enjoy all the great outdoor activities the Richmond area has to offer. You may find me on the roads cycling, running or mountain biking the trails or kayaking down the James River. I live in Midlothian with my wife Dr. Ana Raika a practicing dentist since 2001, we have three very busy boys: Navid, Ricardo and Alejandro.
Kamran RaikaDirector - Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
Growing up in Argentina, I was able to develop a unique perspective on the overall connectedness of our global economy.