Our programs are made possible by dedicated interns, volunteers and mentors who give their time, enthusiasm, and creative talents to Oakwood Arts. As one-on-one mentors, they play a vital role in bringing our mission to life.

Fall 2019 Interns, Mentors and volunteers

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Dory Pressley

Dorolyne Pressley is a graduate of VCU with her BFA in photography. She is well versed in JavaScript and html coding alongside her skills with Adobe products. She loves both nature photography and portraiture, even if most of her exhibited work involves photo collages. She has exhibited in the recent thesis exhibition Photo Velvet of May 2019. As an intern for Oakwood, she commits her time to administrative work in our office. She has been an assistant mentor, photographed our costume design program and has also assisted at City Studio.


Ally Ratigan

Ally is an Art Foundation student at VCUarts with a prospective major in Photography. Her work explores familial relationships and had an exhibit at the Anderson for Diane’s Mirror in August 2018. She has social media experience with Blend Coffee Bar and The Lady Chamberlains. Her work with The Lady Chamberlains includes acting in three productions and photographing for them since January 2017. Ally is currently programs and admin support for Oakwood Arts.


Devin Griffin

Devin is a VCU graduate with a BA in Cinema. In school, he spent much of his time working on camera teams with fellow students, from handling the film itself to on set experience assisting with the technical operations of the camera. In his time as a videographer, he became proficient with Adobe Premiere editing software. He also studied screenwriting and art history, and (in addition to some amateur cat photography) he continues to practice writing narrative feature-length projects in his free time.

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Justin Smith

Justin is a graphic designer in Richmond, VA. His creative expertise is in print and digital design. He runs a blog called Afrovisualism, curating images of black visual and popular culture from the past and present. Justin went to school at Halifax Community College and North Carolina A&T University. He has his associates degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Justin began interning for Oakwood Arts designing promotional material and mentoring for our Photo + Graphic Design class at Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School this past fall.

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Sara Messervey

Sara is a dedicated activist, honors student and Bonner Scholar studying Leadership at the University of Richmond. Her passion for social justice led her to found the Spiders Against Sexual Assault and Violence organization in 2016, which has promoted necessary changes to Title IX policy and survivor prevention and support resources at the University of Richmond. She is also an active volunteer with Safe Harbor Shelter, a local non-profit organization that empowers survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the city of Richmond. Sara has a passion for writing and inspiring change, and her commitment to social justice and building equity in the Richmond community makes her a wonderful addition to the Oakwood Arts team.


Jesslyn McCartney

Jesslyn is beginning her sophomore year at VCUarts, double majoring in Cinema and Religious Studies. She mostly works as a freelance videographer and still photographer, while she also has experience on set working with film crews. In her free time, she works on side projects that reflect on womanhood, personal growth, and human relationships. Jesslyn's love for working with children and all things camera related makes her a great addition to the Oakwood Arts team. Jesslyn started volunteering with Oakwood Arts in the spring as a videographer shooting promotional material for SOLSTICE 2019 Summer Benefit Auction.

PAST Interns, Mentors and volunteers

Shannon Lowe, Photographer

Alli Madsen, Photographer

Christina Macaulay, Photographer

Noelle Manfredi, Animator

Giselle Matz, Graphic Designer 

Nicole Michalek, Creative Advertising 

Aba Mfrase-Ewur

Rehab Mohamed, Architect 

Amanda O'Connell, Graphic Designer

Dylan Reddick, Writer

Brock Saunders, Photographer

Becca Schwartz, Photographer

Gabrielle Stadulis, Graphic Designer

Pearl Steinel, Photographer

Ceejay Renner-Thomas, Sculptor

Carolyn Todd, Photographer + Anthropologist

Jennifer VanSteenburgh, Photographer + Art Educator

Polina Vetsen, Graphic Designer

Katie Xie, Graphic Designer

Marissa Alper, Photographer

Elson Bickford, Photographer 

Wyatt Buescher, Photographer

Amarise Carreras, Photographer

Kathryn Carney, Art Historian

Doug Chen, IT Specialist

Alex Coyle, Camera Operator

Mitchell Craft, Animator

Scott Csoke, Photographer

Adam Dubrueler, Photographer

John DiJulio, Photographer

Erin Edgerton, Photojournalist

Emma Gould, Photographer

Frances Grinnan, Literacy Tutor

Charlotte Haines, Photographer

Haley Harrington, Photographer

Meg Harrington, Photographer

Porcelyn Headen, Photographer

Dominic Hernandez, Photographer

Menley Hunt, Sculptor

Charlotte Laurence, Photographer

János Leitner-Wise, Animator


Interested in becoming an Oakwood Arts Intern?

Fill out our internship application and send an email with a brief statement of interest to admin@oakwoodarts.org

Learn more about mentor and volunteer opportunities with Oakwood Arts here.