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.
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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.
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.
- 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
- Chip Levengood, Chair
- Gretchen Upholt, Chair
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)
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
Eileen O'Donnell (Email)
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)
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico
Michael Roman (Email)
Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Kim Herman (Email)
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.
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)
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.
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
- September (pending)
- 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.