After Lori’s daughter Emily was shot twice and survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, she became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts in Virginia and nationwide. She has worked with law enforcement, faith, community and business leaders. Lori also works closely with the survivor community, including those families directly affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Lori has testified before the Virginia General Assembly many times and has relationships with the Virginia congressional delegation and their staffs. She and her husband (a gun owner) live in Richmond, Virginia and have two sons in addition to their daughter Emily.
Andrew Patrick is a VRGL organizer in Northern Virginia. He is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2006. Andrew previously spent six years as a staffer on Capitol Hill and has organized as a part of various campaigns. He is an avid fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Capitals. Andrew lives with his wife and beagle mix in northwest Washington, D.C.
Ryan is a VRGL organizer covering Richmond and all points west, including Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Blacksburg. He is a native of Washington, D.C., who brings with him a strong background in electoral and issue organizing. After working for two years as a campus organizer while in college, Ryan has since organized on multiple local, Congressional, Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns throughout Virginia. He has worked with activists throughout Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. to train them in issue advocacy on gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, and healthcare.
Kayla is a VRGL organizer in the Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore area. She is also a private investigator at J.M. Richard Investigations LLC. and a licensed bail enforcement agent. As a gun owner herself, Kayla has a special interest in responsible firearms ownership. She also has a passion for helping others, and volunteers as a victims assistance advocate in her community.