Board of Directors

Association Director – Dr. Joseph Moore, PhD –   Odyssey Alumni

Joseph has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind for the last 24 years, 5 years on a team and 19 years of judging (including 8 at World Finals). Joseph’s first Odyssey in the Mind experience was participating as a team member in the 1992-1993 problem Dinosaurs. Joseph competed on a team for 4 more years in the Balsa problem each year placing in the Virginia State Finals. Each of the years since competing, Joseph judged the Balsa problem serving in every judging role (sometimes more than one simultaneously!). Joseph is still active with the Virginia Association as the Balsa Problem Captain for the Rappahannock Region for more than 10 years as well as a Balsa judge at the Virginia State Tournament. Since moving to Maryland in 2011, Joseph has been the Balsa Problem Captain for Maryland as well as a member of the Board of Directors. When not spending time doing Odyssey of the Mind, Joseph is a Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins University.


Assistant Association Director – Dr. Leigh Lafosse, DMA  –   Odyssey Alumni

Originally an Omer from Texas, Leigh competed throughout high school and her team twice progressed to world finals. She is excited to now be involved with judging and training for the state of Maryland. She is a clarinet player in the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” with music degrees from Texas Tech University (BM/MM) and a doctoral degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She coordinates education outreach for the Army Band, and spearheaded the creation of an education presentation using music to teach core STEM subjects in math and science classrooms.


Communications Director – Bri Kalach –   Odyssey Alumni

Hailing from the great state of Massachusetts, Bri was a member of her first Odyssey team back in 1997! Her first role was in the vehicle problem for Pageant Wagon where she played a zany talking goat named Paco. Later years saw her move to balsa problems, where not only did her team win a Ranatra Fusca for their solution, but also jump started her interest in engineering. Brianne took that interest and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Brianne has since relocated to Maryland for her work in Intellectual Property and has been excited to pick back up with Odyssey in her new home.

Finance Director – Noah Simmons, Esq. –   Odyssey Alumni

Noah has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind since 2001, and is excited about being the Treasurer for DC and MD. Noah competed in Odyssey of the Mind from 2001-2013, including 5 years in Division 4 (college-level) as the founder of the Penn State Odyssey of the Mind team. Although he was an avid balsa builder for many years, in college Noah’s teams participated in multiple Problems, sometimes as many as four in one year! Since graduating college, Noah has volunteered as an OM judge in Pennsylvania, California, and DC/MD. A graduate of Penn State University (BA, ’12) and Yale Law School (JD, ’15), Noah currently works in DC as a corporate lawyer.

Noah Simmons

Training Director – Betsy Schow –   Odyssey Alumni

Betsy is a motivational non fiction and young adult fantasy author who credits her creativity and success in the field to her involvement in Odyssey of the Mind. She first got started as a Div 1 participant in West Virginia. Since then, she’s worn many crazy hats behind the scenes: Coach, Mother of an Omer, Judge, Officials Coordinator, Tournament Director, and Co-Association Director. Fresh off from a move from Utah, Betsy is excited to join the MD/DC board as Training Director and help coaches and judges alike discover what sort of creativity lurks outside the box.


Membership Director – Brittany Hance –   Odyssey Alumni

My name is Brittany Hance and I am originally from the Sun Region of Southwest Florida! I have 15 years of experience in Odyssey (8 competing Primary through Div. III and 7 judging) and I’m very excited to work with Odyssey in the DMV! I came here after completing my BFA in Fine Arts Photography at USF and I’m currently on contract with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as a Photographer.  I owe so much of the person I am today to OM. It helped me remember that even as a child, my ideas are valid and as a team, we can do anything.


Problem Captains:

Spontaneous Problem Captain – Phaedra Garrison –

Phaedra serves as our Spontaneous Problem Captain and Webmaster. She got her start in Odyssey as many do by being asked to be an official at a tournament by a friend. After trying her hand at Style & Staging Phaedra found her true calling in Spontaneous. After moving to Maryland she was asked to be Problem Captain, a position she thoroughly enjoys while still making time to judge in other states and regions. Phaedra volunteers her free time to several worthy programs, including Odyssey of the Mind and the National Aquarium.


Problem 1: No-Cycle Recycle – JoAnn Fitch –

Problem 2: Something Fishy- Brittany Hance –   Odyssey Alumni

Problem 3: Classics… Aesop Gone Viral- Leigh Lafosse-   Odyssey Alumni

Problem 4: Stack Attack! – Joseph Moore –   Odyssey Alumni

Problem 5: Fins, Furs, Feathers & Friends – Heather Maury –   Odyssey Alumni

Primary Problem: Stir the Pot – Bri Kalach –   Odyssey Alumni

Score Room Captain – Camille Stephan –

Other Supporting Members:

Webmaster – Phaedra Garrison –

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