2019 Board Elections

The results are now here!

We are pleased to present to you the members of the National Peace Corps Association's (NPCA's) Board of Directors elected to represent these divisions:

Scroll down the page to read about these elected board members.

These member-elected directors will begin their Board service June 23, 2019 at Peace Corps Connect in Austin, TX. Terms are for three years, except as noted.

The Americas: Katie Long

Term: 2019-2022

Residence: Baltimore, MD
Nominated by: Friends of the Dominican Republic; Friends and RPCVs of Guyana 
Current member of: Peace Corps Panama Friends, Shriver Peaceworkers
Peace Corps Service: Honduras 2005-2007
Employment: Program Director, Friends of Patterson Park
Other employment: Medical Interpreter, LNG Consulting 

Experience on organization boards: Board of Directors National Peace Corps Association,
Member-elected representative to The Americas (2016 - present); Board President of Baltimore Improv
Group (2014-2015); Board of Directors of Baltimore Improv Group (2012 - 2016)

Personal Statement: If re-elected to serve on the NPCA board, I will bring with me over 10 years experience working with non-profits in program and events planning, partnership development, fundraising, and immigrant outreach. As a member of the queer community, I will continue to represent the needs and concerns of LBGT RPCVs to the best of my ability. Having served on the NPCA board for three years, I also bring with me the experience of assisting in the planning of three Peace Corps Connect conferences and would hope to continue my role as the Chair of the Events Committee and the Peace Corps Connect Steering Committee. Lastly, I will be bringing my passion and gratitude for Peace Corps and motivation to continue to serve fellow RPCVs and Peace Corps values.

West, Central and Southern Africa: Faith Van Gilder 

Term: 2019-2022

Residence: Huntertown, IN
Nominated by: Friends of Botswana
Current member of: n/a
Peace Corps Service: Botswana 1986-1988
Employment: Senior Account Supervisor, Asher Agency
Other employment: n/a

Experience on organization boards: Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, Friends of the Parks, Wellspring Interfaith Social Services 

Personal Statement: Being a Peace Corps teacher in Kanye, Botswana, with my husband David was a defining experience of my life. It inspired my commitment to volunteerism and community service in my home of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I’ve served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. I am the convener of our local RPCV group and a Peace Corps Advocacy Coordinator since 2015. As a former newspaper editor and current advertising agency account executive, I would bring my skills in journalism, marketing, public relations and fund development to the NPCA board. I believe we must secure adequate funding for the Peace Corps so it remains strong and effective around the world and at home, and I hope to help reach that goal.

Upper Midwest: Mary Owen

Term: 2019-2022

Residence: Chicago, IL
Nominated by: Chicago Area Peace Corps Association
Current member of: Chicago Area Peace Corps Association
Peace Corps Service: Philippines 2005-2006
Employment: ABC7 TV Chicago 
Other employment: n/a

Experience on organization boards: Board of Directors National Peace Corps Association, Chicago Area PCA Board

Personal Statement: I would like to support RPCVs continuing to work to improve their communities. When I returned from Peace Corps, I joined the board of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association. It was a great way for me to make friends but also do community projects and fundraise for PCP projects abroad. I believe that my eight years of experience at the affiliate group level, along with my communications and networking skills, are beneficial to the board. I’ve done my best to reach out and support RPCV groups and connect them to resources and information. I hope to serve another 3 years to continue the work of supporting NPCA's mission and I hope my fellow Midwest RPCVs agree.

Mid-Atlantic and Nationwide U.S.: Evelyn Ganzglass

Term: 2019-2021

Residence: Washington, DC
Nominated by: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Archives Project (OHAP); Museum of the Peace Corps Experience
Current member of: OHAP and RPCVs of Washington DC
Peace Corps Service: Somalia 1966-1968
Employment: Retired

Other employment: Co-director Connecting Credentials (Corporation for a Skilled Workforce); Director
of the Center for Postsecondary Education and Economic Success and Senior Fellow at CLASP
(Center for Law and Social Policy); Director, Global Workforce in Transition (USAID), Education
Development Center; Director of Employment and Social Services Policy Studies, National Governors
Association; US Department of Labor

Experience on organization boards: n/a

Personal Statement: I bring extensive strategic planning, management and fund-raising experience. Currently, I’m on the management team of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Archive Project and I co-direct an Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Initiative in Montgomery County that is assisting Afghan refugee families.  During my 40+-year career, I held senior leadership positions in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the National Governors’ Association and the Center for Law and Social Policy. My work has focused on poverty-reduction through workforce development and postsecondary education. I’m highly motivated to contribute to achievement of NPCA’s goals by serving on the board. Although I haven’t served on organizational boards, I have worked closely with the boards of the organizations in which I worked.