Board of Directors
Chair of Board of Directors
Joshua Olinger, MPP
Joshua Olinger, he/him pronouns, founded and has directed Diversity Camp since it began in 2014, when it was a Roanoke Diversity Center event. He has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University. He has ten years of experience volunteering and working for LGBTQ+ organizations and ten years of experience working and volunteering for Summer camp programs. He currently works as the special events and production manager for a non-profit in Washington D.C. Diversity Camp is a true passion of his. He enjoys bringing communities together, organizing events and programs, being outdoors, civil rights advocacy, and music. All of which he brings to the Diversity Camp atmosphere.
Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Brandon McGhee, LCSW
Brandon McGhee, LCSW, he/ him pronouns, is a resident of Roanoke, VA where he lives with his husband and 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 a licensed clinical social worker (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 youth and
families. He currently works as a counselor.
Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Dolly Davis, PA
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.
Secretary of Board of Directors
Dr. Susan Mead, PhD
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 peace-building. 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.”
Treasurer of Board of Directors
Joella Peirce, MS
Joella has volunteered and served as a counselor at Diversity Camp since 2015. 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 Summer camps for children and adults with disabilities. Joella has worked as a counselor and educator for
Member of Board of Directors, Legal Oversight
Kristi Murray, JD
Kristi Murray has her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Appalachian School of Law. She is an attorney for the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society and was previously an attorney for Legal Aid of East Tennessee since 2012. Through her legal work she has over ten years of experience working with marginalized communities. She has managed cases involving domestic violence, Orders of Protection, Divorce matters, the elderly population, landlord-tenant, consumer and collection matters. She has negotiated and drafted complex contracts, including Martial Dissolution Agreements, Parenting Plans, and Reaffirmation Agreements. She has also provided in-person trainings for court personnel, attorneys, law enforcement and victims’ advocates in the area of domestic violence law. She has been volunteering for Diversity Camp since 2018 and brings legal oversight
assistance in the governance of Diversity Camp
Inc., and provides educational workshops to youth who attend our programs.