The OEC Staff

Meet Our Staff

Tim Payne- Executive Director, For Love of Children (FLOC)

Tim Payne first became involved with FLOC in 1999, tutoring in the Neighborhood Tutoring Program while he attended The George Washington University.  Tim received his BA and joined the FLOC staff in May 2001.  Over the next five years, Tim worked in various roles for our Neighborhood Tutoring Program and became manager of that program in the autumn of 2004.  When FLOC refocused its mission on its educational programs, Tim was asked to become the Director of Programs in early 2006 and Executive Director later that year.  In 2010, Tim was recognized by The EnVest Foundation with the “40 Under 40” Award, honoring him as one of Washington, DC’s outstanding community leaders under the age of 40.  In 2011, Tim was a finalist for the Essence of Leadership Award at the HandsOn Greater DC Cares Annual Summit.  Tim is also a member of the 26th class of Leadership Greater Washington.


David Hartness- Director/Program Manager

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 effected children, taught English and managed large literacy development projects in Mozambique. He later spent four years in Zambia, teaching English, leading environmental education trips and instructed basketball. He has 15 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. David is an award winning author and speaker. He holds a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in education. 

David’s philosophy of education and growth can be summed up from an article he wrote in early 2015, “our similarities can bring us together; our differences can help us learn.”

Melanie Miles – Program Coordinator

Melanie Miles discovered and joined the OEC in early 2016 shortly after finishing a B.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 postions alongside commitments such as Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up initiatives, service with Youth Conservation Corps, a South African Conservation summer abroad opportunity, and working as the student Program Coordinator for an Outdoor Orientation Program. When faced with choosing between a teaching 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.

Kevin C. Hughes – Site and Sustainability Coordinator

Kevin Hughes is a professional kayaker, skier and international caver. He brings more than 36 years of experience as an experiential educator and wilderness skills instructor, coupled with 22 years as an electrician, plumber and HVAC mechanic. Kevin was born and raised in Washington DC and subsequently moved to the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County, WV. He studied Earth Sciences and Recreation at Shepherd University to integrate his interests in environmental education with adventure recreation. 

Kevin joined the FLOC family in 2005 and has utilized his varied skills and talents to revitalize the OEC Team Development Course. He has enhanced the Environmental Education curriculum by developing sustainable energy learning stations. Kevin resides in Jefferson County in his family's 12-acre estate along the Shenandoah River with his assorted gardens, pets, bicycles and boats. He has one child, Zachary, who is a graduate of Clemson University.

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.


John Wilt-Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator

John joined the FLOC staff as a summer councilor in June of 2016. Following the summer he transitioned to the Assistant Site and Sustainability Coordinator for the OEC. He attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA where he studied Environmental Studies and received his BA in Business with a concentration in Sport Management. John was a four year member of the nationally ranked Shenandoah University Baseball team and was elected captain his senior year. An avid fisherman and hiker, he spends most of his free time in the outdoors. The OEC provides a place for John to combine his passion for learning about the outdoors with the importance of teambuilding and community. 

“I had a lot of fun and they helped me finish my goals.” 

- Green Acres School Student Participant