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.


2020 NPCA Board Elections

Member-elected directors: Congratulations to the newly-elected board directors for the 2020-2023 term. They begin their service on the NPCA Board on September 27, 2020:

  • Asia and the Pacific: Jed Meline
  • Southern Tier: Rogelio Quintanar
  • West: Kim Herman

Meet the new directors.

Board-elected directors: 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. Nominations are closed for member-elected director positions starting in 2020, but we still welcome candidates for board-elected director positions.

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
  • 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)
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)
 

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)
West

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 summer 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. 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