Welcome to the Team: Program Coordinator Brandon Mehlinger

Active SWV’s Rising Star 

Active Southern West Virginia proudly welcomes Brandon Mehlinger as its newest full-time employee. What began as a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA role has now blossomed into a full-time position as Program Coordinator, a testament to Brandon’s unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions to the organization. As he steps into this pivotal role, Brandon is poised to continue to help improve and expand Active SWV’s reach with the full staff

A Diverse Portfolio of Responsibilities 

Brandon’s influence within Active SWV spans across every program area, demonstrating his remarkable versatility. He works with the Community Captain Director, where he oversees the website calendar, ensuring that each program is listed correctly. His leadership extends to the Kids Run Club program, where he helps lead volunteer coach training, has coached at multiple schools himself, and helps with data collection and entry. Brandon’s meticulous attention to detail is evident as he supports micro-program challenges within the Workplace Wellness program, forging strong connections in the area. He even fills in as a Community Captain whenever needed for our running groups. Furthermore, he exhibits an uncanny ability to identify funding opportunities and maintains a pulse on the national running race scene, ensuring Active SWV Races remain at the forefront of people‘s radar. 

Brandon’s Commitment to Community 

One of Brandon’s standout qualities is his commitment to engaging and supporting the public. He encourages individuals and businesses to get involved with Active SWV’s initiatives. Whether you’re interested in volunteering, supporting race events, or becoming a donor, Brandon is the person to connect with. His passion for the cause is not just evident; it’s contagious. He’s ready to continue to help others find their place within Active SWV’s mission. 

Reflecting on his transformative journey with Active SWV, Brandon says, “Active SWV isn’t just an organization; it’s a remarkable team with a shared purpose. I have found a group of people passionate about change and who welcomed me in and have become family. Being part of this team has profoundly impacted my life, showing me that when you find a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal, you can truly make a difference that matters.” 

The Future is Bright in Southern West Virginia 

Brandon’s journey from AmeriCorps VISTA to Program Coordinator is emblematic of the opportunities that Active SWV offers to emerging talent in southern West Virginia. His story embodies the organization’s commitment to cultivating local talent and fostering a profound sense of purpose within the community. His journey is not only a personal success story but also a symbol of the bright future that awaits southern WV. Brandon joins a long list of AmeriCorps members successfully contributing to Active SWV’s impact over the last 8 years; Courtney Roark, Malorie Polster, Andy Davis, Emily Wilkenson, and India Krawczyk. Active SWV continues to make a lasting impact on the region through individuals like Brandon, who are dedicated to making a difference.  

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