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 2019-2022 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 Committees


Executive Committee​

● Maricarmen Smith-Martinez, Chair
● Rhett Power, Vice Chair
● Mary Owen-Thomas, Secretary
● Gretchen Upholt, Treasurer
● vacant, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
● Glenn Blumhorst, Ex Officio

Governance Committee:

● Chip Levengood, Chair

Finance Committee: 

● Gretchen Upholt, Chair


Fundraising Committee:

● Robert Nolan, Chair


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

Elizabeth Genter-Barrett (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

Katie Long (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)


Nikole Allen (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)

Tom Potter (Email)
Southern Tier

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

Mary Owen-Thomas (Email)
Upper Midwest

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


Keith Beck (Email)

Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, US 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.

vacant - to be elected in spring 2020 (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.  So, 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


2020 Board Meeting Schedule


The Board meets at least four times per year.

  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm ET in Washington, DC (following Shriver Leadership Summit)
  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 in Seattle, WA (following Peace Corps Connect)
  • Monday, September 28, 2020 from 8-10 pm ET via teleconference
  • Monday, December 14, 2020 from 8-10 pm ET via teleconference

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