Board of Directors
The Corps Network is governed by a Board of Directors. A Corps Council additionally serves as the voice of member Corps, key advisors to the Board of Directors and The Corps Network staff, and a voice of The Corps Network back to the Corps community.
Joel D. Holtrop
Board of Directors Chair
Joel D. Holtrop served as the Deputy Chief of the National Forest System Deputy Area at agency headquarters in Washington D.C., from March 2005 until October 2011.
Holtrop’s love for the outdoors and natural resources started at an early age—11 years old to be exact—when he chose his life’s work after he met a park ranger on a family camping trip. His distinguished Forest Service career spanned more than 34 years. He launched it on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. He later served on the Eldorado National Forest, California, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon, and Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan. Subsequently he became deputy forest supervisor on the Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin, and forest supervisor on the Flathead National Forest, Montana. He joined national headquarters in 1996 as deputy director of Rangeland Management, moving on to become director of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants. He later served as deputy chief of State and Private Forestry for three years.
A Michigan native, Deputy Chief Holtrop earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry at Michigan State University, and a master’s in forest management at the University of Washington. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his alma mater Calvin College in 2007. He has served in a number of natural resource, conservation and leadership organizations throughout the country. Joel is married to Julie and they have three daughters: Katie, Laura and Jessica. His hobbies include distance running, kayaking and hiking.
David B. Smith
Board of Directors Vice Chair
David B. Smith is Chief of Programs and Strategy for the National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership. The Center will offer programs in leadership development, research, and convening to help purpose-driven leaders achieve greater impact in their communities.
David formerly served as Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC defines modern citizenship through tracking, measuring and promoting civic engagement with the goal of building a more informed, engaged, giving and trusting citizenry. NCoC’s work enhances history and civics education, encourages national and community service, and promotes greater participation in the political process.
Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed Mobilize.org, a national organization that improves democracy by investing in Millennial led solutions. Under his tenure, Mobilize.org expanded from a team of 10 students to over 30,000 activists in over 200 communities and published the acclaimed Mobilizer's Guidebook and Democracy 2.0 Declaration.
David currently serves as the co-founder and Vice Chair of the Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC), an award winning website that serves as a central hub for legislative action alerts pertaining to youth issues for over 100 national organizations and 30,000 online advocates.
David has been honored with awards including the Independent Sector’s “American Express NGen Fellowship”, YouthVote Coalition’s “30 under 30” and the International Youth Foundation’s “YouthActionNet Fellowship” for social entrepreneurship.
David graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Board of Directors Secretary
She currently serves a vice presidential role on the national alumni boards of both the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and The Fund for American Studies.
Mrs. Walker obtained her MPA in nonprofit management at Indiana University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, in her home state.
Board of Directors Treasurer
Prior to joining the SFCC Ann served as Executive Director for the Chinatown Community Children’s Center in San Francisco from 1983 to 1987, where she had also worked as a teacher. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Law from Boston University, and has also completed course work in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. She was also a Coro City Focus participant in 1992.
Ann served for 10 years on the Board of Wu Yee’s Children’s Services in San Francisco, including two terms as Board President. She has also volunteered her time as a Client Advocate for W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and as a Legal Advocate for the Family Violence Prevention Project.
Ann has been extensively involved in the Youth Corps movement for over 20 years. As a Board Member of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC) from 1993-1999, Ann has served as Chair as well as Vice Chair. She was elected to two two-year terms as Vice President of Legislation for the California Association of Local Conservation Corps.
Ann also served as Chair of the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment Board of San Francisco for 7 years, appointed by Mayor Willie Brown.
Anthony H. Anikeeff
Anthony Anikeeff is a member of Williams Mullen’s government contracts practice. His practice encompasses counseling, litigation, trial and appellate work.
Mr. Anikeeff represents domestic and foreign companies with respect to conducting business with the federal and state governments. He advises clients regarding many of the issues that arise in the context of these efforts, such as: obtaining contracts, schedule contracts, teaming and subcontracting, mergers and acquisitions, financing, privatization, solicitation evaluation, contract interpretation, procurement integrity, regulatory compliance and training, intellectual property protection, conflicts of interest, contract performance, security clearances, dispute avoidance, and FOIA.
Mr. Anikeeff is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who has first chaired numerous cases to conclusion. As appropriate, he advances client interests through litigation, trial, appeal and alternative methods of dispute resolution. In doing so, he draws upon experience representing the United States for many years in resolving complex, high-dollar contractual, statutory, regulatory, and constitutional disputes, as well as Congressional Reference matters while serving as a Trial Attorney, Senior Trial Counsel and Assistant Director in the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Anikeeff is a frequent speaker on government contracts and has testified as an expert witness on such matters.
Mr. Anikeeff earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia. He received his juris doctor degree from the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and his master of laws degree from the London School of Economic and Political Science.
CEO & President, Southwest Conservation Corps
Harry Bruell, CEO & President, has been with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) since 2004 and has worked with service and conservation corps since 1991. SCC provides service and work opportunities for a diverse group of individuals to complete important conservation and community projects for the public benefit. During his tenure with SCC the agency increased its annual revenue over tenfold and expanded from one office in Colorado to four offices in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. In 2011, SCC provided paid service opportunities to over 850 young people serving in 22 states. From 1994 to 2004 Harry worked with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now The Corps Network), most recently as Chief Operating Officer and previously as Vice-President. Harry began his work with corps at the Durham (NC) Service Corps in 1991. Harry co-founded the national Public Lands Service Coalition in 2009 and the Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps in 2005. He serves on numerous Boards including as Chair of The Corps Network’s Corps Council, Treasurer of Veteran Green Jobs and Advisory Group member of the Western Governor Association’s Get Out West Initiative. In 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed Harry as Chair of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee.
Professor, North Carolina State University School of Natural Resources
Mickey Fearn served for six years as the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance. He is currently a Professor of Practice in North Carolina State University’s School of Natural Resources. Fearn has been a parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years. While Deputy Director for the National Park Service his responsibilities included Communications, Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs, International Affairs, Partnerships, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Policy, State and Local Assistance Programs, and outreach and communications to groups currently underrepresented in parks, recreation, and in the world of conservation.
Executive Director, Northwest Youth Corps
Jeff Parker is the Executive Director at Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), based in Eugene, Oregon. Started in 1984, NYC works throughout a 5 state area, serving over 1,100 teens each year in outdoor conservation programs that combine education, leadership, community, empowerment and challenge. In 2012, NYC crews completed over 190,00 hours of conservation projects for public land management agencies, including trail construction and maintenance, invasive plant eradication, fuels reduction, and stream restoration.
Chief Executive Officer, Perry Global Advisors
Kimberly Perry has twenty years of extensive experience conceiving, implementing, fundraising for and managing initiatives that mobilize constituencies to hold decision-makers accountable for supporting equitable, just and ethical solutions to better children’s lives.
Senior Policy Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Prior to joining the foundation, Joe was a staff attorney for the Youth Law Center, where he advocated nationally on behalf of children in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. He also helped the Legal Action Center establish the National H.I.R.E. Network, a national exoffender employment clearinghouse, and served as its first Director. He was also Executive Director of STRIVE/ East Harlem Employment Service - a dynamic international workforce development agency. Joe has also served as a Special United States Attorney for the District of Columbia; an impact litigator for the United States Department of Labor-Office of the Solicitor, the Civil Rights Division; and an associate at the New York City labor and employment law firm Eisner, Levy, Pollack & Ratner, P.C.
Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he was one of the first Cornell Tradition Fellows. He received his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Fellow.
Joe’s most important commitment and greatest blessing is being a parent to his son Preston.
Executive Director, Arizona Conservation Corps
Rob joined Arizona Conservation Corps after serving as the Interim CEO and President and Chief Operating Officer of The Corps Network (the national association for service and conservation corps) in Washington DC.
Mary Ellen Sprenkel
Mary Ellen Sprenkel started with The Corps Network in March of 2008 as Director of Government Relations. She was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs in 2011. Mary Ellen has directed all of The Corps Network's advocacy work, including work with Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and grassroots outreach. She possesses expertise in government relations with a focus on education and workforce development.
In addition to her productive time at The Corps Network, she has ten years of Capitol Hill experience, including two years on the House Committee on Education and Labor handling postsecondary education, training, and life-long learning programs. She also worked for Representatives Matthew G. Martinez (D-CA) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). Before joining The Corps Network, Mary Ellen was Vice President of Government Relations at the Education Finance Council, the national trade association for nonprofit and state based student loan providers. Prior to that, she spent two years as the Assistant to the President of the University of Montana.
She recently served as a member of the federal advisory committee tasked with providing recommendations to federal land management agencies on how to implement a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
Members of The Corps Council
Chair: Jeff Parker, Northwest Youth corps
Vice Chair: Rob Spath, Arizona Conservation Corps
Secretary: Lori Godorov, New Jersey Youth Corps of Camden/The Work Group
Immediate Past Chair: Laura Herrin, The Student Conservation Association
Dennis Acevado, Green City Force
Patrick Barnes, Limitless Vistas, Inc./BFA Environmental
Steve Dubiel, EarthCorps
Cindy Green, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
Jerry Keir, Nevada Conservation Corps/ Great Basin Institute
John Leong, Kupu - Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
Jeff Parker, Northwest Youth Corps
Bruce Saito, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Paul Schmidt, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Ben Thomas, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (NM)
Wendy Wigert, Montana Conservation Corps