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 technology, marketing, and media. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.
NPCA directors serve three-year terms 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 are invited to 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
● Jed Meline, Vice Chair
● Rhett Power, Secretary
● Patrick Fine, Treasurer
● Mariko Schmitz, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
● Glenn Blumhorst, Ex Officio
● Chip Levengood, Chair
● Patrick Fine, Chair
● Rhett Power, 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 (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
Patrick Fine (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
Mid-Atlantic Region and Nationwide
Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Nationwide 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 (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.)
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.
The Board meets at least four times per year.
- Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm in Washington, DC
- Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Austin, TX (at Peace Corps Connect)
- Monday, September 23, 2019 via teleconference
- Monday, December 9, 2019 via teleconference
Minutes from each Board meeting are reviewed and approved at the following meeting, then posted to our website.