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 Operations
Sabrina is a 2010 graduate from Appomattox County High School, and received her BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in 2014. She is deeply passionate about serving the community and youth development.
Prior to her time working with IRON Lives, she worked at Miller Home of Lynchburg and Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation.
Sabrina has been involved with IRON Lives since 2016, beginning as a volunteer. In 2018, she became the first full-time employee of IRON. As Director of Operations, Sabrina is responsible for fundraising, program management, curriculum development, and day-to-day operations. This year, she was the Race Director for the 9th Annual IRON 5K.
Sabrina lives in Forest with her husband, stepdaughter, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and listening to true crime podcasts.
MARCUS THOMAS, MBA
Director of Programs
Marcus is a 2012 graduate from Amherst County High School, and received his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Accounting from Liberty University in 2016. He returned to school to receive his Masters of Business Administration in Project Management from Liberty University in 2018.
Prior to his time working with IRON Lives, he worked at Pacific Life as a Senior HR Coordinator.
Marcus was one of the original 9 members when the IRON program first began in 2009 at Amherst County High School. Marcus has stayed involved with the program, serving as a student leader, college mentor, board member, and now employee!
As Director of Programs, Marcus is responsible for overseeing all of the IRON programming, increasing communication and efficiency of the program, and working with local schools to help mentor young leaders to develop their character and workforce skills. Marcus’s passion for IRON Lives comes from his drive to lead, influence, and inspire others to reach their fullest potential in life.
GERARD HALL, CPP
Director of Finance
Gerard Hall, CPP has served IRON Lives as Chief Financial Officer since 2015. Hall brings over fifteen years of financial industry experience, with focuses in payroll, accounts payable, cash reconciliation, and forecasting.
As Director of Finance, Gerard creates the fiscal and project budgets, processes staff payroll, 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.