Brandelyn Anderson brings a wealth of youth development experience to FLOC. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelors of Arts in English, she began her career as an Academic Program Manager for the bay area’s site of BUILD, a premier entrepreneurship and youth development organization. Upon moving east, Brandelyn served four years at the Thurgood Marshall Academy overseeing the schools supplemental and afterschool programs as their Director of Programs. For the past year, she taught AP English at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. In addition to her professional career, Brandelyn has volunteered in a variety of youth serving and mentoring organizations over the last 10 years. She is a published and award winning author and poet. In all of her endeavors, she is dedicated to ensuring young people experience learning environments that are grounded in meaningful relationships that embrace student strengths.
David joined FLOC in May of 2016 after living in Africa for 7 years as a Peace Corps volunteer and teacher. David worked with HIV/Aids affected children, taught English and managed large literacy development projects in Mozambique which brought in 5,000 books for underprivileged students and led to a strong partnership with the Ministry of Education to develop curriculum alongside local talent. He later spent four years in Zambia, where he led school trips to Victoria Falls, worked with local health organizations and helped lead a $200,000 dollar capital improvement project to promote sports and health in Lusaka. He has 18 years of experience leading challenge courses around the world, and environmental educational programs in the USA and abroad. Originally from a small island in Puget Sound Washington, David found his love for the outdoors leading High School expeditions and running environmental education programs for the Highline School District. He holds a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in education.
Deidra is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where her major in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Environmental Studies led her to the world of outdoor recreation and environmental education. While at FGCU, Deidra served as a facilitator-and eventually program assistant- at the Eagle Challenge Course, worked as an Outdoor Pursuits trip leader, and as a University Colloquium Student Naturalist. From there, she pursued education and interpretation positions with the National Park Service as a Student Conservation Association intern in West Virginia and Massachusetts, then later worked as a park ranger for the Bureau of Land Management on the Oregon coast. Now, as a Leave No Trace trainer, certified Wilderness First Responder and certified Interpretive Guide, Deidra brings her enthusiasm to teach, excitement to empower others to explore the outdoors, and desire to create an outdoor space for everyone to FLOC.
Site and Sustainability Coordinator
Kevin Hughes is a professional kayaker, skier and international caver. He brings more than 36 years of experience as an experiential educator and wilderness skills instructor, coupled with 22 years as an electrician, plumber and HVAC mechanic. Kevin was born and raised in Washington DC and subsequently moved to the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County, WV. He studied Earth Sciences and Recreation at Shepherd University to integrate his interests in environmental education with adventure recreation.
Kevin joined the FLOC family in 2005 and has utilized his varied skills and talents to revitalize the OEC Team Development Course. He has enhanced the Environmental Education curriculum by developing sustainable energy learning stations. Kevin resides in Jefferson County in his family’s 12-acre estate along the Shenandoah River with his assorted gardens, pets, bicycles and boats. He has one child, Zachary, who is a graduate of Clemson University.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Josh graduated from Messiah College in 2004 with a B.A. in Recreation with a concentration in Adventure Education and a minor in Sports and Exercise Science. While a student, Josh ran Track and Cross-Country and grew in his adventure and group facilitation experience as a member of the college Outdoor Team. An avid trail runner, musician, naturalist, gardener, and certified ecological designer, Josh’s experiences have led him to a deep passion for reconnecting people with the outdoors.
He started at the OEC as a Summer Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator in the spring of 2014. That fall, he was hired as the Program Assistant and happy to join the OEC’s year-round staff working mainly with the Leaders in Action after-school program. With his wife, Kate, and their 2 daughters, Josh and his family live as neighbors to the OEC on the Rolling Ridge land at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat community. They share a long-standing passion for sustainable home steading, healthy living, and nature awareness.
Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator
John joined the FLOC staff as a summer counselor in June of 2016. Following the summer he transitioned to the Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator for the OEC. He attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA where he studied Environmental Studies and received his BA in Business with a concentration in Sport Management. John was a four year member of the nationally ranked Shenandoah University Baseball team and was elected captain his senior year. An avid fisherman and hiker, he spends most of his free time in the outdoors. The OEC provides a place for John to combine his passion for learning about the outdoors with the importance of teambuilding and community.