WILLIAMSBURG — GuernseyTingle Vice President Stephanie Kalantarians, AIA, has been appointed as the president of the board of directors for Grove Christian Outreach Center in James City County.
Since joining GuernseyTingle in 2005, Kalantarians has devoted time participating in private and public projects across the area with a particular interest in historic renovations and repurposing older structures. She is an executive partner with the William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business where she volunteers time to coach students in problem solving, business development, and job acquisition skills.
Kalantarians assisted in the design and development of the new Grove Christian Outreach Center facility, which opened in 2013 at 8800 Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg. Inspired by the nonprofit organization’s devotion to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those living in the Grove community, she joined the Board of Directors in 2020. Kalantarians is noted for helping the organization restructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Grove Christian Outreach Center is nonprofit organization that provides free food, clothing, and financial assistance for the residents of the Grove community of James City County. Year round programs include its food and hygiene closet, clothes and undergarments closet, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodities, children’s snack bags, school supplies and uniforms, household goods, bus tickets, financial assistance, and a bike ministry.
“While James City County is one of the wealthiest areas in the Commonwealth, people in certain areas such as Grove quietly struggle to make ends meet with food and other basic necessities,” said Executive Director of Grove Christian Outreach Center Katie Patrick. “We are delighted to have Stephanie Kalantarian’s leadership on our board as we look to make an even greater impact supporting the Grove community with dignity and compassion.”
Kalantarian’s appointment is an example of the volunteerism that GuernseyTingle has come to be known for. The 38-year-old architectural firm provides full design services for its clients, including interiors, architecture, and planning. It employees 28 individuals between its Williamsburg office in New Town (4350 New Town Ave. #101) and additional staff based in Charlottesville.