Beloved Community Cville is a grassroots organization that provides resources, opportunities, and a platform for those working to create social change and equity within the Charlottesville area. Our initiatives inspire learning, increase awareness, and spark action within our community. Beloved Community Cville is about the power of embodying our values and highest ideals.
Elizabeth Shillue, Founder and Director
Photo credit: Eze Amos
Elizabeth Shillue has a BA in English, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University, and is certified as a Heart Rhythm Meditation teacher. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including detained refugees, elderly & disabled people, caregivers, dementia patients, prisoners, veterans, people with mental health challenges, and meditation students. Elizabeth's work is faith based and her commitment to racial justice issues and equity within Charlottesville is central to it.
Michael Cheuk, Assistant Director and Facilitator
Michael Cheuk, Photo Credit: Eze Amos
Michael Cheuk is one of the founding members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, an interfaith group of leaders committed to establishing, developing, and promoting racial unity within the faith leadership of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Region. Michael has also worked as a campus minister, and a pastor and interim minister at various churches in Virginia. He is an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified coach. He has provided consultation and facilitation services to CBFVa staff, BGAV Executive Board, churches, and organizations in Virginia.
Don Gathers, Organizer
Don Gathers, Photo Credit: Eze Amos
Don Gathers is a prominent Charlottesville community activist and co-founder of Charlottesville Black Lives Matter. He’s been a member of many city committees, including the Charlottesville Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces and the Police Review Board. He's currently an organizer with the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) and on the Unity Days committee.