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.
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.
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.
Seats up for election in 2020 include the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator and Member-elected Directors for the following divisions:
Geographic Divisions: Southern Tier; West
Country of Service Division: Asia and the Pacific
Candidates may be nominated by NPCA affiliate groups or by petition with signatures from ten NPCA members. Download the nomination packet for the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator or for the Member-elected Divisional Directors. Deadline for nominations: April 10, 2020.
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.
- Maricarmen Smith-Martinez, Chair
- Rhett Power, Vice Chair
- Mary Owen-Thomas, Secretary
- Gretchen Upholt, Treasurer
- vacant, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
- Glenn Blumhorst, Ex Officio
- Chip Levengood, Chair
- Gretchen Upholt, Chair
- Robert Nolan, 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
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)
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
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)
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico
Mary Owen-Thomas (Email)
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.)
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)
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.
- Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1 - 5 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.