Meet the Team

Elizabeth Cobb | Workplace Counselor, The Women's Initiative

Elizabeth is a licensed mental health therapist working in partnership with the Charlottesville Works Initiative and The Women’s Initiative. Before moving to Charlottesville, she worked to help low-income individuals and families experiencing crisis to overcome challenges and realize their strengths. Elizabeth utilizes her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to empower her clients to seek healing and change in their lives. Elizabeth enjoys providing individual and group therapy to participants in the Charlottesville Works Initiative. In her free time she enjoys gardening, painting, and spending time in nature.

Rebecca "Becky" Payton | Adult Career Coach, PVCC

Becky has over 15 years of experience as a career counselor and job coach with high school and adult education job seekers. She can advise and provide the tools to assist a job seeker to present themselves in a professional manner for that first impression and for continued success for the career of their choosing. She recently relocated from West Virginia where she worked for 12 years as the career development consultant in an adult education program. She enjoys camping and hiking and is looking forward to exploring and getting to know the Charlottesville area and meeting you.

Sarah Mendoza | Peer Network Coordinator, PVCC

A nomad prior to moving to Charlottesville in 2014, Sarah Groom had previously resided in San Antonio, Texas. A social worker by training, Sarah has served in various sectors such as child protective services, community development, and military veterans before entering the education and workforce training field. She served in the Peace Corps from 2007 to 2009 in Grenada and describes it as “one of the best experiences of my life."

Sarah is passionate about social justice, eradicating poverty, and empowering the most vulnerable amongst us. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Edgar, traveling, meeting new people, and cooking. She hopes to one day open up her own business and build a foundation that will donate towards programs and organization that promote social justice and the eradication of poverty. Sarah currently serves as the vice president of the Virginia chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America and is a member of the Foster Care & Adoption Awareness Coalition of the Piedmont Region.

Amanda Key | Peer, PVCC

Amanda has over 11 years working in the human services field in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys working with individuals from all economic backgrounds and has a passion for working and advocating for individuals with disabilities. When not busy at work, Amanda enjoys spending time volunteering in the community and spending time with her family.

Judy Robinson | Administrative Assistant, PVCC

Judy Robinson was born in Madison County, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia. She has experience in Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance marketplace counseling, as well as in tax preparation. She can be found at the front desk at the PVCC offices in the Jefferson School and looks forward to assisting you.

Ridge Schuyler | Dean, Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, PVCC

Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and chief policy Aadvisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. In 2011, Ridge published the Orange Dot Report which analyzed the economic struggles facing a considerable portion of Charlottesville’s families and suggested solutions.

Ridge founded and directs the Charlottesville Works Initiative, a partnership between the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to implement those solutions. Ridge serves as dean of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s new Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, which uses a peer network to identify people being left behind in our economy, and provides the training and supports they need to find quality employment in our community. He connects real people to real jobs so they can realize their potential.