Josh Olinger MPP: Chair, Camp Director
Governance, Fundraising, Communications, Finance, Operations Committee
Joshua Olinger founded and has directed Diversity Camp since it began in 2013, when it was a Roanoke Diversity Center event. He has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University and is currently in graduate school, working to earn a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management from George Mason University. He has eight years of experience volunteering and working for LGBTQ+ organizations and ten years of experience working and volunteering for Summer camp programs. Diversity Camp is a true passion of his. He enjoys bringing communities together, being outdoors, civil rights advocacy, and music. All of which he brings to the Diversity Camp atmosphere.
Brandon McGhee MSW: Vice-Chair, Camp Director
Governance, Operations, Fundraising Committee
Brandon McGhee, he/ him pronouns, is a resident of Roanoke, VA where he lives with his husband and three dogs. He received his Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) in 2007 from Ferrum College and received his Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from University of New England in 2018. He is looking to get licensed in social work (LCSW). His work background is with the Department of Social Services in Foster Care, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, and Prevention as well as counseling for you and families. He currently works in the mental health field with a local CSB.
Brad Olinger MHS: Treasurer, Webmaster
Finance, Communications Committee
Brad has a bachelor's degree in computer science and extensive experience in nonprofit finance, both of which he utilizes in his treasurer and webmaster roles for Diversity Camp Inc. He also holds a Master of Health Sciences in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed their Humane Sciences program. He currently conducts stem cell research as a research fellow, and is obtaining his PhD in Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University.
Joella Audia Peirce MS: Board Member at Large
Operations, Communications Committee
Joella has volunteered and served as a counselor at Diversity Camp for the previous three years. She holds her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Radford University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. She has many years of experience directing a camp for children and adults with disabilities. Joella has worked as a counselor and educator for 40+ years.
Ms. Dolly Davis PA: Vice-Chair
Fundraising, Communications Committee
Ms. Dolly Davis, a local Architect and business owner, has been a pioneer in establishing transgender support, education and outreach programs in southwest Virginia and throughout the state. She is president and co-founded “Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge – Transgender Alliance, LLC (501.c3)” established in 2005. Vice Chair for “Diversity Camp, Inc, LLC”, Vice Chair for Multi-Cultural Alumni Advisor Board – Virginia Tech, 2014- Present, VT-SOM Diversity Board Member. Working closely with the transgender and LGB communities, she helped create and foster successful relationships, programs and events to advance transgender issues with many local universities, colleges, state and private organizations as well as healthcare and government officials. She is an accomplished public speaker, diversity trainer, transgender advocate and community resource.
Assad Abdelhadi: Secretary
Governance, Operations Committee
Assad has been a dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ community for over seven years. He was secretary for the Virginia Western Community College Human Rights Club for three years and attended the Clinton Global Initiative promoting Human rights. He has been a frequent volunteer for the Roanoke Diversity Center, Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge and other LGBTQ organizations for years as well. He has been a a volunteer and camp counselor for Diveristy Camp since it began and has been a pivotal part in it's success to this day.
Susan Mead PhD: Board Member at Large
Finance, Governance Committee
Dr. Susan Virginia Mead, a native of Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.A. in Sociology and Art from Agnes Scott College, and her M.S. and Ph.D.in Sociology from Virginia Tech. She is in her 22nd year at Ferrum College where she has taught sociology and been integral to Ferrum’s Holocaust and Appalachian studies programs.Susan has been involved in LGBTQIA+ advocacy and activism for over 30 years, especially on the campuses of Virginia Tech, Radford University, and Ferrum College, as well as in the Roanoke Valley and Floyd, Virginia. The highlight of her summer of 2018 was serving for the first time as a volunteer counselor at Diversity Camp at the request of a former Ferrum College student and friend who co-directs the camp. Now she's ALL in!! Susan’s constant goal is to find a way to connect people inspiring hope in the newest nation in the world with groups in the U.S. that have a heart for international peacebuilding. To this end, Susan recently founded Diversity Serves, an 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to “connecting diverse communities through creating sustainable partnerships for cultivating prosperity and peace.”
Kristi Murray, JD: Board Member at Large
Operations, Governance Committee
Kristi Murray has studied Law and has her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Appalachian School of Law. She has been an Attorney at Legal Aid of East Tennessee since 2012. She has been an excellent volunteer for Diversity Camp for the past year and brings legal oversight and much assistance in the governance of Diversity Camp Inc. She has hit the ground running since she began volunteering for us and is an important part in making Diveristy Camp happen.