Staff & Board

Our Staff & Board

Get to know the team at C4K.

We are dedicated professionals committed to providing local youth with a rich community for lifelong learning.


Kala Somerville

Executive Director

Kala has been C4K’s Executive Director since its inception. She has maintained a commitment to best practices, research-based services, and innovative curriculum development that has led to recognition at local, state, and national levels. Kala’s long-term relationship in Charlottesville’s tech, education, and nonprofit industries has led to 60+ important community partnerships and collaborations that increase C4K’s programming capacity.

Colin Learmonth

Director of Operations

A member of our Board of Directors for over 16 years, Colin brings a wealth of experience and true commitment to C4K’s success as Director of Operations. He drives key operational and administrative functions, supporting C4K’s robust infrastructure with a clarity and efficiency that lets the focus fall on the youth members who need it.

Previously, Colin led Broadband Network Services Inc. as President and Chief Operating Officer. His broad experience working with large and small teams in Charlottesville and beyond positions him to bring more and better programs to C4K.


Tricia Howell

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator

Tricia joined C4K in 2015 after years of outreach and community service in both Haiti and Guatemala. Tricia uses her diverse professional experiences, including service as a former elementary school teacher, to help youth build the relationships, skills, and knowledge necessary to achieve personal confidence and career choice. Tricia holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Flagler College.

Sam Wright

Clubhouse Coordinator

Sam graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned his B.A. in Sociology. As Clubhouse Coordinator, he is responsible for overseeing our mentoring program and the out-of-school learning space. With his experience in mentoring as a mentee, along with being motivated by our mission and commitment to equity, Sam exemplifies ambition and dedication to building brighter futures.

Niedia Washington

Member Communication & Data Manager

Niedia is currently an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University completing her general education studies while deciding on a major focus. A graduate of C4K, she brings a wealth of firsthand experience to the team. As the Member Communication & Data Manager, Niedia wears quite a few hats. She is responsible for inputting data from workshops and cataloging contact information for members. In addition to mentoring at C4K herself, Niedia works with members and mentors to facilitate their learning sessions and keeps them informed of upcoming workshops at C4K.

Our Board of Directors

The C4K Board is deeply rooted in the local community and provides invaluable support to our mission.

Jim Loder

Lodestone Consulting, LLC

Vice President
Lily Garcia Walton

The Work Expert, LLC

Ckalib Nelson

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Clarissa Hoffman

Hantzmon Wiebel

Members at Large
Preston Brown


Terah Johnson

Charlottesville City Schools

Katie Kellett

Retired Non-Profit Professional

Karin Little

Karin Little Consulting

Malarie Mirsky


Karl Quist


Julie Rutherford

TorchLight Hire

Raquel Suarez

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Walker Swain


Carlos Vega


Meredith Richards

(Director Emeritus)
Cville Rail