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Heidi Vande Hoef is the Future Center Director at E.C. Glass High School. Heidi’s robust college access background was honed in the four years she worked for the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart Program and the University of Virginia as an Instructional Assistant. Through Play it Smart, Heidi helped to launch hundreds of students to college in Charlottesville and Buckingham County Public Schools. Heidi (or Ms. V. as the students call her) continues her urban college/career access work planning and administering player development conferences with the National Football League’s High School Player Development program across the Southeast. Ms. V. completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Liberty University and her Master’s degree in Education with the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Vande Hoef can be reached at (434) 661-8144.

Leidra Hickson is the Future Center Director at Heritage High School. Leidra is a graduate of Heritage High School and the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Leidra is a former member of the University of Virginia’s College Advising Corps, where she assisted hundreds of students and families through the college admissions and financial aid process in Martinsville, VA. After her tenure with the University of Virginia, she transitioned to the University of South Carolina’s TRIO programs in Columbia, SC. There she continued her work in college access and student development. Ultimately, her passion for student access and success in higher education for students in her hometown brought Leidra back to Virginia in 2013. Through Beacon of Hope, Leidra hopes to contribute to true community transformation and irreversible impact in Lynchburg City. Ms. Hickson can be reached at (434)-941-3145.