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.

2019 NPCA Board Elections

The polls are now open!

We are pleased to present to you the candidates for election to National Peace Corps Association's (NPCA's) Board of Directors for three-year terms (except as noted) to represent these divisions:

  • The Americas: Katie Long
  • West, Central and Southern Africa: Faith Van Gilder
  • Upper Midwest: Judith Mierzwa-Gerdes, Mary Owen
  • Mid-Atlantic and Nationwide U.S. (two-year term): Tapan Banerjee, Evelyn Ganzglass

Please visit our elections page to read about these candidates and vote. Only current NPCA members who live in, serve(d) in and/or are a member of an affiliate group in a given division are eligible to vote in that division. Voting closes April 21, 2019.

Board directors should have strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans. They should be well-connected within and beyond the Peace Corps community - individuals who can help us bring in new resources, partnerships and expertise to meet our three strategic goals:

  • Help the Peace Corps be the best it can be
  • Empower members and affiliate groups to thrive
  • Amplify the Peace Corps community’s social impact

Unless otherwise noted, 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.

Board Committees


Executive Committee​

● Maricarmen Smith-Martinez, Chair
● Jed Meline, Vice Chair
● Rhett Power, Secretary
● Patrick Fine, Treasurer
● Mariko Schmitz, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
● Glenn Blumhorst, Ex Officio

Governance Committee:

Chip Levengood, Chair

Finance Committee: 

● Patrick Fine, Chair

Fundraising Committee:

● Rhett Power, 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 (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

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


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

Vacant (Email)
Mid-Atlantic Region and Nationwide

Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Nationwide 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 (Email)
Upper Midwest

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.)


Affiliate Group Network Coordinator


Mariko Schmitz (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.  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.

Roles and Responsibilities of all NPCA Board Members
Additional Responsibilities of Member-Elected Directors


2019 Board Meeting Schedule


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