Our Staff

Our Staff

DERRICK BROWN

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Founder

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.  Dr. Brown currently serves as the Principal at his alma mater, Amherst County High School. 

 

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.

GERARD HALL, CPP

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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.

OLIVIA RAJ

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Special Initiatives Supervisor

Olivia received a B.S. in Communications from West Virginia's West Liberty University in 2014.  Prior to obtaining her degree in 2010 Olivia and her peers created the first ever "IRON" style program for the young ladies while at Amherst County High School, which is known today as “Diamonds.” 

Olivia has a passion to ensure that people are seen, heard, and known by building impactful relationships and supporting them in their dreams and desires. She is determined to create spaces for people to become brave and navigate through the communities they live and serve in.  Olivia is also passionate about sharing and encouraging others to look beyond themselves,  growing to understand each other in many different ways.

 

Olivia is married to Isaac Raj and is obsessed with her dog named Pepper. She loves plants, reading books that challenge her own understandings, and building bridges within her communities.