Prabir Mehta - Chair
Prabir Mehta is the president and CEO of The Great Big Everything, a consulting firm based out of Richmond, VA. As a consultant, Mehta has developed relationships with dozens of local arts and culture organizations including The Science Museum of Virginia, WCVE 88.9FM, Maymont, The Richmond Symphony, Petersburg Area Art League, Gather, and Classical Revolution RVA. From organizing annual events like The Mozart Festival to the weekly science updates during Morning Edition, Mehta has found creative ways to help grow and develop brands as they work to fulfill their missions.
Prabir has been an integral part of Gallery5 since helping to found it in 2005. He was the founding chairman of the Board of Directors, and a board member until 2010. He returned in 2016 to work with new staff, build a new Board of Directors, and move the organization into the next phase of its life.
Katie McBride is an illustrator, designer, and artist, based in Richmond, VA.
In addition to her illustration work, she has worked as a graphic designer for over a decade, and is currently a senior designer at the University of Richmond. She also served as co-chair of the Richmond Illustrators Club. She taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for seven years, where she returned as the illustrator-in-residence in the fall of 2017. She has shown artwork in local and regional galleries over the last 15 years, including at Gallery 5, and has served as a juror for shows at VSU, Studio 23, and Art Works.
Katie has been involved with Gallery 5 since its inception, having shown work in one of the first group shows in 2005, and just recently curating and showing work in another, in January 2018.
Lauren DeSimone works at the intersection of community engagement and business development. She uses design thinking methods to comprehensively understand a community’s culture, identifying both its opportunities and obstacles, to inform best practices for engaging community stakeholders. Her work managing non-profit teams, scaling startups, and mentoring entrepreneurs has spanned many sectors and provides her a multi-faceted lens by which to evaluate the economic needs of business owners and their communities.
Lauren got to know Gallery 5 in the beginning as an intern while in school at VCUarts. She is pumped to return to Gallery 5, this time as a board member, to lend the tricks she's learned since then to imagine a future for Gallery 5 that is as sustainable as it is ruckus-making.
Trieste Lockwood studied integrative arts at the Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. She later received a Juris Doctor and a Public Policy Program Certificate from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. She now works in the environmental policy field, and enjoys the intersection of law, politics, and policy. In 2017 she was selected to be a member of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Political Leadership Program.
Trieste is passionate about Gallery 5's mission and its constant ability to foster creativity in Richmond.
Brionna Nomi taught for Richmond Public Schools for 10 years and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a community organizer, focused on issues in and around Richmond city, and a leader of Richmond Teachers for Social Justice, a local grassroots organization. Brionna most recently proposed, assembled, and has begun to facilitate the Mayor's Teacher Advisory Council, a group of RPS teachers that will advise the mayor's office for the next year.
Brionna has been a supporter of Gallery 5 since its early years with her husband, Mickael Broth, a local artist and muralist. Brionna was one of Richmond Public School's Top Ten Teachers of the Year. She is excited to increase Gallery 5's educational programming, as well as partnerships with local organizations in order to provide unique educational experiences in the gallery.
An employee of Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Ryan is primarily responsible for reviewing compliance work and managing relationships with partners of the firm. He has worked closely with corporations in their compliance efforts, as well as advised partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations, privately-held corporations and high-net-worth individuals.
Ryan spent the majority of his youth in the performing arts. His life in the "real world" sent him a different direction, but he is honored to use his skills to aid an organization supporting something he loves.
Evan graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech and received his MBA with distinction from Virginia Tech in 2009. In 2010, he completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine without distinction. While at Virginia Tech, he was a projectionist and manager at non-profit theater called The Lyric.
Currently he is Director of Development at Hourigan Development. Prior to Hourigan he was a partner at UrbanCore Construction, a small construction and development company focused on historic renovations in Richmond. When not eating pizza and beer he enjoys popcorn and movies.