8 Questions with Juan Conde: Kelli Lemon

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Welcome to our second installment of 8 Questions with Juan Conde where we will find out what makes people in our great community tick. Juan asks his guests to answer just eight questions about their business, their life and their time here in Richmond.

Conde’s guest for this installment is Kelli Lemon, who you may know from radio, podcasting, or, perhaps, from the restaurant Mama J’s in Jackson Ward. Lemon is a bon vivant and a renaissance woman.

(Richmond has) drastically changed in terms of diversity and different thoughts and different opinions. I give a lot of credit to VCU for that because they targeted students that were diverse. — Kelli Lemon

Kelli graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1998 and earned her Master’s in Sports Management and Leadership from Virgina Commonwealth University in 2001. She’s known for her 14-year dedication to VCU working in the Athletic Department, University Student Commons and recently outgoing Director of New Student Programs in the University College.

You can also see her on the sidelines of VCU Men’s Basketball games as the RAM TV sideline reporter. Kelli is also an on-air personality on Richmond’s Radio One’s Kiss FM on the weekends, hosting the Saturday Night House Party. She works with Avail Marketing as host and event coordinator. And lastly, Kelli is the host of JI Live and RVA Grooves.

Here is a little sample of Lemon’s thoughts on Richmond:

Juan Conde: How has Richmond changed since you arrived?

Kelli Lemon: Its drastically changed in terms of diversity and different thoughts and different opinions. I give a lot of credit to VCU for that because they targeted students that were diverse. Because of that, they stayed. Because they stayed, they kind of spread themselves out through Richmond, which gave us the arts scene and underground music scene.

It gave us a lot of things because the VCU student wasn’t just a white man anymore. It was all of the different cultures and ethnicities and races and people and beliefs that spread themselves throughout Richmond after they graduated. And Richmond is small enough that we still have that down home feel, but we’re starting to grow to where people are starting to notice.

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