Brandelyn Anderson, Interim Executive Director
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.
Latoyia Allen, Director of Development and Communications
Latoyia brings over ten years of development experience to FLOC. She has managed fundraising operations for many well-respected organizations dedicated to serving children in Washington, DC. Most recently, Latoyia served as the Development Manager at Bright Beginnings, a child and family services center for homeless children. She has also held various fundraising roles for the National Children’s Museum and Peace Action. Before her nonprofit career, she worked in the private sector as a political communications consultant and served on two presidential campaigns. Latoyia holds a B.A. in Political Communications from The George Washington University.
Karol Gilmore, Director of Programs
Karol has an expansive work history in providing direct services to children and families that includes: case management, individual and family therapeutic services, school and community-based family engagement, and program development. She began her professional journey in supporting children and families immediately after graduating from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her passion for family advancement and student achievement motivated her to pursue a Master of Social Work at Howard University. She has spent most of her professional tenure in a school setting where she focused on increasing student achievement through family engagement and managing summer enrichment programming for K-5 students. Karol prides her work in program development at DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, where she developed and directed human development programming for single mothers in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood in DC. Karol is committed to ensuring students in the District of Columbia have access to high quality academic programming to support them successfully matriculating to and through college and are career ready.
David Weaver, Director of Finance and Operations
David Weaver graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1983 and worked for numerous non-profit organizations as an accountant before joining FLOC in May 2001. Initially hired as a staff accountant, David now serves as the Director of Finance and Operations, overseeing all facilities and business matters.
David Hartness, Director of the Outdoor Education Center
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR OFFICERS
The Blocher Group
Executive Director Emeritus
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kelly M. Bolden, MD. FACS
Department of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine
Attending Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Howard University Hospital
West Virginia Leave No Trace Advocate
Viraj V. Gandhi
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paradyme Management, Inc.
Senior Managing Director
Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management
Chief Executive Officer
Special Education Teacher
DC Public Schools
President & CEO
Senior Vice President
The Capital Group Companies
Private business owner, CFA
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FRED TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND COMMITTEE
Donna Fitzgerald Shuler
AND A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FLOC BOARD ALUMNI
Karen James Cody
Sam Harvey, Jr.
Dawn Yamane Hewett
Dr. Charles Murphy
Winifred Riggs Portenoy
Mohammad Malik Sakil
Arlene Farber Sirkin