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CO-Association Director –  Dr. Leigh Lafosse, DMA – AD@mdodyssey.org

Originally an Omer from Texas, Leigh competed throughout high school and her team twice progressed to world finals. She is excited to now rock her Odyssey enthusiasm with Maryland and DC. She is am active duty 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 programs through the Army Band, and spearheaded the creation of “STEAM: The Musical!”, a humorous, educational presentation utilizing music to teach core STEM subjects in math and science classrooms. 

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CO-Association Director – Bri Kalach – AD@mdodyssey.org

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.

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Noah Simmons

Finance Director – Noah Simmons, Esq. – Finance@mdodyssey.org

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.

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Communications Director: Hannah Tobin- secretary@mdodyssey.org

From North Carolina, Hannah competed in Odyssey of the Mind from 3rd grade into high school, competing three times at World Finals! She has judged in Illinois and North Carolina OM competitions and is glad to have found a home with Maryland and DC Odyssey. Her love for Odyssey of the Mind took Hannah into education, and she is now a Special Education teacher earning a Masters degree in Education. 

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Training Director <vacant- interested??>  Leigh Lafosse or Bri Kalach – AD@mdodyssey.org

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Membership Director <vacant-interested??>  Leigh Lafosse or Bri Kalach – AD@mdodyssey.org