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Melanie Miles

Melanie Miles – Program Coordinator

Melanie Miles discovered and joined the OEC in early 2016 shortly after finishing aB.A. in English, Linguistics at George Mason University. During her time at Mason, she juggled a passion for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Outdoor Education. She has held various teaching and tutoring positions alongside commitments such as Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up initiatives, service withYouth Conservation Corps, a South African Conservation summer abroad opportunity, and working as the student Program Coordinator for an Outdoor Orientation Program. When facedwith choosing between ateaching opportunity in the Pacific Islands and the opportunities at FLOC, Melanie was excited to move to the mountains and begin a career in Outdoor Education. She now dedicates her time to planning and implementing summer programs while running the Leaders In Action after-school program alongside Josh, the Program Assistant.

Josh Evans

Josh Evans- Program Assistant

Josh graduated from Messiah College in 2004 with a B.A. in Recreation with a concentration in Adventure Education and a minor in Sports and Exercise Science.While a student, Josh ran Track and Cross-Country and grew in his adventure and group facilitation experience as a member of the college Outdoor Team.An avid trail runner, musician, naturalist, gardener, and certified ecological designer, Josh’s experiences have led him to a deep passion for reconnecting people with the outdoors

He started at the OEC as a Summer Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator in the spring of 2014.That fall, he was hired as the Program Assistant and happy to join the OEC’s year-round staff working mainly with the Leaders in Action after-school program. With his wife, Kate, and their 2 daughters, Josh and his family live as neighbors to the OEC on the Rolling Ridge land at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat community. They share a long-standing passion for sustainable homesteading, healthy living, and nature awareness.

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