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Amanda Godbold Payne
Amanda Godbold Payne
Executive Director
(804) 410-4273
Amanda Godbold Payne moved to Richmond in May 2011 from the West Coast. A South Carolina native, Amanda began her journey out West after completing her Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She started as an adventure guide at Noah’s Ark in Colorado, then continued there as the Staffing Coordinator and Food Service Manager. In addition to her outdoor recreation experience, she has managed staffing needs at mid-size companies and managed operations in both the private and non-profit sector. She joined Blue Sky in 2012, excited to be able to work in a place that utilizes her professional skills and experience to further a mission that she deeply believes in. Amanda lives in Union Hill with her husband and two children.
Colvin Hedgepeth
Colvin Hedgepeth
Development and Communications Director
(804) 410-4265
Colvin relocated back to the Richmond area in 2018 from Colorado. The outdoors have been a constant thread throughout her life, having grown up in Hanover County riding horses to now hiking trails across the globe whenever she gets the chance. She studied Public Relations at the University of South Carolina, and expanded her communications skill set in non-profit and agency roles in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Most recently, Colvin was an event coordinator for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado, during which she managed the registration and volunteer programs at the Team USA Hospitality Center at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Colvin adds to Blue Sky Fund her eagerness to make an impact in getting more people outdoors to experience the benefits that nature can provide.
Tanesha Powell
Tanesha Powell
Academic Program Manager
(804) 495-1435
Tanesha Powell moved from Hampton Roads with her husband and children to join the Blue Sky team in March 2018. She brings over ten years of experience in the education field as an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, and science department lead. Her appreciation for the beauty of the great outdoors came from her upbringing in a rural area of Montgomery County, Maryland. Tanesha earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University, and then obtained her Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her adventurous spirit fuels her love to travel and experience new places near and far. Tanesha is excited to fulfill her passion for aiding in the growth and development of children through a variety of rich learning experiences with Blue Sky.
Regan Alloway
Regan Alloway
Explorers Site Coordinator
(703) 850-5103
Regan grew up hiking with her family all over Virginia and upstate New York, which instilled in her a love for exploring in the woods. While earning her BS in Psychology, she worked as a summer camp counselor in Middleburg, VA, spent time with middle and high school students in Newport News Public Schools, and worked with a youth ministry program in Washington, DC. After college, Regan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member/Leader for three years in Wilmington, NC and Richmond, VA. She has five years of experience working with local, regional, and statewide non-profits, especially in the field of homelessness. She spends much of her free time trail running, rock climbing, kayaking, and exploring all around the James River with her husband. Regan has two handsome cat children at home!
Dustin Parks
Dustin Parks
Explorers Site Coordinator and OLI Program Manager
(540) 421-5417
Dustin grew up in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley on Massanutten Mountain. He gained a love for the outdoors at a young age with opportunities to snowboard, mountain bike, and hike right off of his front porch! In 2006, Dustin hopped on a bike and rode across the country from Virginia to California, which gave him a completely new perspective on his life and inspired him to travel for the next six years, including thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009. Dustin moved to Richmond in 2013 with his wife, Lindsay, and started volunteering at Blue Sky Fund, then settled in the Church Hill area in 2014. Dustin is grateful to learn from students each day, and loves that his job involves doing what he would be doing in his free time!
Brittany Bailey
Brittany Bailey
Adventure Program Manager
(804) 495-1413
Brittany grew up outside of Richmond, and discovered her love for the outdoors while attending James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley. She earned her Bachelor's degree in anthropology, with a focus on humans and how they interact with the environment. After interning with Blue Sky Fund's Outdoor Leadership Institute in 2013, she went on to work with the YMCA, Chesterfield County Parks & Rec, and Riverside Outfitters. Brittany returned to Blue Sky in 2016 as an Adventure Program Instructor, and is excited to manage the Adventure Program as it continues to grow and helps more and more kids get outside! In her free time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, exploring Richmond, reading, practicing yoga, and hanging out by the James River.
Sarah Jane DeHart
Sarah Jane DeHart
Operations and Volunteer Coordinator
(804) 213-2464
Sarah Jane hails from the great state of North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) studying anthropology and biology. Her love of the outdoors developed at a summer camp in Ontario, Canada where she both attended as a camper and worked as a counselor from the age of 11 through university. After university, she headed to Rwanda to teach and explore the mountains with friends. Sarah Jane moved to Richmond in 2014 to intern with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, where she learned a deep love for local youth and the joy of living and working in close community with others. She’s been with Blue Sky since August 2015 and enjoys sharing all there is to learn outside with the youth of Richmond!

“Nature offers healing for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood. It serves as a blank slate upon which a child draws and reinterprets the culture’s fantasies. Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses.”

- by Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.