Hello! I am Crystal Halcomb-Loving, the incoming Director of Operations, and am thoroughly delighted to be at Red Hill. Before joining the Red Hill team, I was with Eastern National, a National Park Service non-profit partner, for over nine years. During my employment, I was the site manager for the Park Store on Ocracoke Island – Cape Hatteras National Seashore – on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and in 2020, following Hurricane Dorian, I transferred to the Park Store at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
Prior to joining the non-profit sector, I was an educator, both in my home state of Maryland and in North Carolina. I moved to Ocracoke Island in 2010, which was a childhood dream come true, and in 2011, I became a year-round National Park Service volunteer. Feeding Ocracoke’s wild Banker ponies, working with sea turtles, and giving tours and hosting talks for visitors remain treasured experiences from my time as a volunteer. Two of my former students even signed up to volunteer with me, so we fed the ponies as a group beginning in 2018 until I moved away in 2020. I also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission where I was charged with caring for a World War II British Cemetery, and due to my love of all things Ocracoke, I was given the opportunity to write about and contribute photos of the island to a local newspaper.
Since moving to Lynchburg in 2020, I’ve become a big fan of the Lynchburg Hillcats and thoroughly enjoy attending the games with my husband, our combined three children, and friends we’ve made along the way! If you ever hear someone yelling “CHARGE!” following the trumpet call with much enthusiasm, there’s a good chance it’s me.
Outside of work, I’m with my husband Jon and our sweet little blended family! We enjoy going on weekend adventures, walking various branches of the Lynchburg rail-trail system, watching baseball, running amok, having picnics, and generally having a grand time together.