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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 plans to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who will help enhance the diversity of our board and membership, have extensive experience in fundraising/finance, and can bring new resources, partnerships, and expertise, especially in membership development, human resources and non-profit law. We value an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.

Congratulations to the following individuals elected by members to the NPCA Board for the 2021-2024 term. 

  • Europe, North and East Africa - Nikole Allen
  • Northeast - Eileen Love O'Donnell
  • MidAtlantic and Nationwide - Evelyn Ganzglass

Meet your 2021 member-elected directors.

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. 

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 welcome expressions of interest in board service at any time. Candidates for member-elected director positions must then be officially nominated in accordance with the bylaws. 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

In accordance with the bylaws, the next round of elections will be held in spring/summer 2022 (exact details TBA). Divisions and seats up for election in 2022 include the following:

  • Upper Midwest (US)
  • The Americas
  • West, Central and Southern Africa
  • Affiliate Group Network Coordinator


Board Committees

Executive Committee​

  • Kim Herman, Chair
  • Jed Meline, 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 and Jeffrey Janis, Co-chairs

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

Nikole Allen (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)

Eileen O'Donnell (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, U.S. 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. This position is currently vacant. Elections will be held in spring 2022. Interested candidates should express interest via the Board Interest Form linked above.

vacant (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

2021 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year.

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 from 8-10 pm ET via teleconference
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 from 8-10 pm ET via teleconference
  • September 26, 2021 in Washington, DC via teleconference
  • December 13, 2021 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.