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Board Service

The Board of Directors sets goals and policies, and oversees NPCA operations to ensure that they are consistent with the stated vision, mission, goals, and 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. The Board is responsible for the financial health of NPCA. NPCA’s success depends on the personal commitment and active participation of all Directors.


Board Elections

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NPCA is seeking individuals year-round with strong leadership skills and experience helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and on-the ground work to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who will help foster a more diverse board and membership, bring experience ranging from fundraising to finance, and can bring new resources, partnerships, and expertise, especially in membership development, human resources and non-profit law. We value an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.

NPCA directors serve three-year terms (two-year term for the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator) and are expected to participate in quarterly board meetings (two in-person and two teleconferences), serve on a board committee, and support NPCA financially within their personal capability. 

Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors requires a serious commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. The NPCA Board is a working board and individual directors are expected to be actively involved in one or more committees. Directors participate in and encourage initiatives that support and benefit NPCA.

NPCA members who are interested in considering board or committee service must first fill out a Board Interest Form. We welcome expressions of interest in board service at any time. Candidates for member-elected director positions must then be officially nominated in accordance with the bylaws. We will review all interest forms submitted and contact candidates for a conversation to share perspectives on board service. Interest forms of candidates who are not contacted this year will be kept on file for future consideration.

Board Interest Form


In accordance with the bylaws, the 2022 NPCA Divisional and Affiliate Group Network Coordinator elections closed on May 20, 2022. 

To view and learn more about the election winners, visit the 2022 NPCA Board Elections page. 


Divisions and seats up that were up for election in 2022 included the following:

  • Upper Midwest (US)
  • Southern Tier (US)
  • The Americas
  • West, Central, and Southern Africa
  • Europe, North, and East Africa
  • Affiliate Group Network Coordinator

Incoming board members for the 2022-2023 term were seated at the Annual Board Meeting on July 25, 2022. 


Board Committees


Executive Committee​

  • Mary Owen-Thomas, Chair
  • Jed Meline, Vice Chair
  • Eileen O'Donnell, Secretary
  • Gretchen Upholt, Treasurer
  • Kristina Owens, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
  • Kim Herman, Ex Officio

 

CEO Search Committee: 

  • Mary Owen-Thomas, Chair

     

Communications Task Force: 

  • Eileen O'Donnell, Chair
     

    Community Concerns Task Force

  • Evelyn Ganzglass, Chair

    DEI | Culture Task Force

  • Albert "Beto" Whitaker, Chair

 

Governance Committee:

  • Chip Levengood, Chair
     

Finance Committee: 

  • Gretchen Upholt, Chair

 

Fundraising Committee:

  • Malorie Jones, Co-Chair
  • Faith Van Gilder, Co-Chair

 

Programs Committee: 


Board Country of Service Divisional Reps (Member-Elected)


Jed Meline (Email)
Asia and the Pacific

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Marshall lslands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen
 

Kevin Elliott (Email)
Europe/North and East Africa

Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine
 

Malorie Jones (Email)
The Americas

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada and Cariacou, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Suriname, Turks-Caicos, Uruguay, Venezuela


Faith Van Gilder (Email)
West, Central and Southern Africa

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Board U.S. Geographic Divisional Reps (Member-Elected)


Eileen O'Donnell (Email)
Northeast

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
 

Evelyn Ganzglass (Email)
Mid-Atlantic Region and Nationwide

Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Nationwide groups (including all workplace, affinity, and cause-related groups)
 

Sue Forster-Cox (Email)
Southern Tier

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico


Michael Roman (Email)
Upper Midwest

Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming

 

Kim Herman (Email)
West

Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Territories 

 

Note: Regions are defined by the NPCA Board based on the number of NPCA members per region in order to achieve some parity.


Affiliate Group Network Coordinator


As designated in NPCA's bylaws, the Affiliate Groups elect an Affiliate Group Network Coordinator (AGN Coordinator) to chair the AGN Advisory Committee, preside at the AGN Annual Meeting, and serve on the Board as the AGN Representative. Serving for the 2022-2024 Board term: 

Kristina Owens (Email)


Board Responsibilities


The responsibilities of NPCA elected directors are:

  • Attend Board and committee meetings
  • Represent members, affiliate groups, and constituents
  • Raise funds and promote membership
  • Participate in NPCA activities
  • Set goals, policies, and budget
  • Evaluate the President / CEO
  • Oversee performance of NPCA

 

NPCA also needs a strong board to assist members and groups through excellent programs and services. In addition, Elected Directors should:

  • Contact members and groups on a regular basis to sound out their interests, concerns, or other feedback that they feel should be addressed by the NPCA Board
  • Act as members’ and groups’ representative “voice” at Board or committee meetings
  • Provide feedback to members and groups after Board meetings.

Roles and Responsibilities of all NPCA Board Members
Additional Responsibilities of Member-Elected Directors


2022 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year. The 2022 Board Meeting schedule is as follows:

  • March 20, 2022 from 4 PM to 6 PM Eastern
  • July 25, 2022 from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern
  • October 3, 2022 from 5:30 PM to 8 PM Eastern
  • December (pending)

Minutes from each Board meeting are reviewed and approved at the following meeting, then posted to our website

For more information on attending any board meeting as an observer, email NPCA.