Founded in 1991 in Richmond, Virginia, ROSMY’s mission is to ensure equal opportunities for success for Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth through access to support, education, and advocacy. ROSMY continues to be the only organization in the area that directly addresses the unique needs and the healthy social development of LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. It offers weekly youth support meetings, sensitivity training for professionals, educational resources, youth leadership initiatives, and a safe place where all youth are encouraged to value the diverse individuals who make our community a dynamic, exceptional place.

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Board of Directors

Alicia R. Thompson, President
P. Watson Seaman, Vice President
Tamara Orr, Secretary
W. Carter Doswell, Treasurer
Robert Acosta-Lewis
Cynthia Bullington
Julie Christopher
Lacette Cross
Bill Crowder
Rachel Douglas
Lisa Halberstadt
Chris Magee
Rev. E. Weston Mathews
Sue Ann Messmer
Wanda S. Mitchell
Pete Sharpe
Michael Thorne-Begland

Advisory Board

Katherine Busser
Alan Cohn
Marge Connelly
Jeffrey Lacker
Sen. Donald McEachin
John Sherman
Kristen Szakos
Allison Weinstein

Junior Board

Josh Walters, Junior Board President
Corden Bohannon
Charles Fields
Jo Gehlbach
Jessie Harper
David Holland
Andy Inge
Morgan Krug
Virginia Lamneck
Melanie Martin
Cameron McPherson
Stanley Moreira


Beth Panilaitis, Executive Director

Charles Dyson, Associate Director

Jessica Rathbun-Cook, Youth Programs Director

Linda McNeil, Charlottesville Outreach Coordinator