Building the fundamental
element of community.

The Relationship Foundation of Virginia, formerly First Things First of Greater Richmond, recognizes that the strength of our community and the future of our city lies in the health of the family. 

When our families and relationships are healthy, life is richer and more fun. Without strong families, marriages and lasting relationships, life can be harder, feel emptier and lead to more challenges – not only for us, but for our communities. 

As our name suggests, Relationship Foundation of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building the fundamental element of strong communities: healthy relationships, marriages and families.

For individuals – single or in long-term relationships and marriages – we offer coaching and lead engaging programs to create awareness and provide the practical tools to pursue and sustain strong and fulfilling relationships.

For new and expecting dads, we equip them with the skills to be active, committed fathers for life. We provide all with the confidence and strength to thrive. For current dads, we give opportunities to become more active in their families lives and learn from the fatherhood community.

By understanding the complexity and joys of relationships, we help everyone we serve be more successful, which makes our community a better place to live.


Chris Beach

A native Virginian, Chris spent the first part of his career teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. Inspired by his students, he coordinated fundraisers that helped shed light on the challenges they were facing. After several successful events, it led him out of the classroom and into the non-profit world. More than ten years later, Chris draws from his experiences as an educator, a father to four boys and a loving husband to lead the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.

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Rebecca Blackwell

Rebecca has been in Richmond long enough to call it home; she is a transplant from Virginia Beach since graduating from VCU. Her career has taken her in many directions which has given her a strong focus on what is important in life – Family! She has been working with couples in various capacities for over 15 years and she is a Marriage & Relationship Coach with certifications in several programs. Rebecca has been married over 24 years and has a son and two daughters and knows from experience that raising a family is not for the faint of heart but also enjoys the rewards it brings in the long run!

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Our approach to programs and outreach.

RFVA stands on four foundational pillars. These core elements guide how we communicate and act as an organization. They shape the way we teach our programs and develop relationships within our community. Upon these pillars, we help build our community into one rooted soundly in relational wellness, strong youth, and stable families.

  • Purpose-driven

    We take a holistic approach, knowing that by creating more healthy relationships we build a stronger community.

  • Proactive

    Our approach focuses on building, strengthening and preparing individuals for healthy long-term relationships.

  • Practical

    We provide tools, education and experiences that are accessible, relatable and applicable to today’s modern world.

  • Playful

    The nature of our work is engaging and fun, reflecting the idea that although relationships may take work, they are rewarding and a source of joy.

Board of Directors

Sam Anderson, Board Chair
Enso Media Firm
Vickie Coleman, Vice Chair
Front Porch Partners, LLC
Dan Chamberlain, Treasurer
37th Parallel Properties
Caleb Boyer, Secretary
Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville
JJ White, Past Chair
Dale Carnegie Training
Cherie Blazer
Company B Communications
Gerald Escobar
Marsh and McLennan


Board of Directors

Andrew Hicks
James Martin
Joerns Healthcare
Todd Mawyer
TK Promotiions
Cory Nichols
Yes Life Financial, LLC
Sam Poole
Chesapeake Bank
Christine Probst
Le Bleu Central Virginia
Larry Sanders
The Sanders Group of Hometown Realty

Community Advisory Board

Andrew Price, Board Chair
Fulton Mortgage Company
Matt Bahen
S3E Crossfit
Melanie Beach
Towne Bank
Patricia Bradby
Craig Campbell
Mass Mutual
Tanya Cauthorne
EXP Realty
Adrienne Fleming
Bowen Ten PC
Rachal Krance
West Cary Group

Community Advisory Board

Erica Larson
Chesapeake Bank
Aaron Lee
New Generation Leader
David Mills, MSW
Alpha Tango Counseling
Paula Pardel
Bloom Matchmaking
CJ Sweat
Alcova Mortgage
Jamal Thomas
Northwestern Mutual
Dr. Vicki Waters