Our Staff

Our Staff



Founder | Executive Director

Dr. Derrick Brown attended college at Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in Biological Sciences. In 2018, he received his Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Lynchburg College. 


During his three years as Principal at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation, he brought the school to accredited status and the school was named the Best Public School by Lynchburg Living in 2019. This coming school year, Dr. Brown is thrilled to return to Amherst County High School as Principal. 


Dr. Brown has been happily married for nine years, and he and his wife Samantha have two beautiful daughters, Abigail and Lily. In his spare time, he is a successful small-business owner as the owner and founder of Brown Bowtie Videography. He has a real heart for youth and a serious passion to help improve community.



Director of Finance and Human Resources

Gerard Hall, CPP has served IRON Lives as Director of Finance since 2015 and Director of Human Resources since 2020. Hall brings over fifteen years of financial and HR industry experience, with focuses in payroll, accounts payable, cash reconciliation, onboarding, labor laws, and forecasting.


As Director of Finance and Human Resources, Gerard creates the fiscal and project budgets, processes staff payroll, handles all staffing tasks, and provides the board with monthly and quarterly financial statements.


Gerard is an avid Virginia Tech fan and alum, and can be seen at any time rooting for his Hokies.