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 Elections

NPCA is seeking individuals with strong leadership skills and experience helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who are well connected within and have extensive experience in fundraising and/or finance, and bring new resources, partnerships, and expertise, especially in membership development and non-profit law. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals. We welcome expressions of interest in board service at any time. The next round of elections will be in spring 2021.

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. In general, the most successful board members are those who have been engaged with NPCA in multiple ways (e.g., advocacy, affiliate group board service) over a period of time.

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 will review all interest forms submitted and contact you for a phone conversation to share some perspective on board service. If we do not contact you this year, we will keep your interest form on file for future consideration.

Board Interest Form


Board Committees

Executive Committee​

  • Maricarmen Smith-Martinez, Chair
  • Corey Griffin, Vice Chair
  • Mary Owen-Thomas, Secretary
  • Gretchen Upholt, Treasurer
  • Hannah Wishart, 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

vacant (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)

Rogelio Quintanar (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


Kim Herman (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.

Hannah Wishart (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

2020 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year.

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1 - 5 pm ET in Washington, DC (following Shriver Leadership Summit)
  • Monday, June 8, 2020 from 8-10 pm ET via teleconference
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC from 11:30 am - 3:30 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

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