Mary Ellen Sprenkel
Mary Ellen Sprenkel has been a long-time champion for youth. Mary Ellen came to The Corps Network in March of 2008 as Director of Government Relations. She was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs in 2011 and then appointed Interim CEO in May of 2012, prior to being selected as the President and CEO in October of 2012. During her tenure, Service and Conservation Corps have become better known programs to lawmakers and policymakers throughout the federal government. Legislation that would expand and bolster youth programs including Service and Conservation Corps has been routinely introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Under Mary Ellen’s leadership, in 2010 more than $63 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects were granted to Service and Conservation Corps throughout the country by 15 federal agencies. These projects provided youth with jobs and service opportunities while connecting them to public lands including national parks and forests. More recently, Mary Ellen has 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.
Marie Walker joined The Corps Network in 2014 as Vice President. She previously served as the Director of Programs and Development for the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCCWV).
During her 15 years with CCCWV, Marie was involved in the development and implementation of several innovative programs, including the first Brownfields Job Training Program in West Virginia, and the Office of Surface Mining’s VISTA team, which provides leadership and community-building capacity to coal mining counties in eight Appalachian states. Marie also oversaw CCCWV Youth and Development department, which employs disadvantaged young people throughout West Virginia. In 2013, as a member of CCCWV’s senior management team, Marie helped organize and managed the oversight of 352 service projects that occurred in the span of 5 as part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative. The projects took place in 9 southern West Virginia counties and on National Park Service property. Over 1,700 local volunteers participated, as well as over 30,000 Boy Scouts of America Troops from across the country, and 16 teams of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members. The Initiative generated over 319,000 service hours during the 5 day period.
Carolyn manages grants and agreements for The Corps Network. Previously at The Corps Network Carolyn worked as the Grants Compliance Manager of the Conservation Corps of Greater New Orleans. In this role Carolyn was responsible for managing the data and evaluation side of the program as well as providing training and technical assistance to subgrantees regarding corps member management and support, grants compliance, performance measurement and data collection, and program development.
Lael assists with the management of grants at The Corps Network.
Director of Government Relations, Public Lands Service Coalition, The Corps Network
As Director of Government Relations for the Public Lands Service Coalition, Joe works with federal policy makers in Congress and the Administration to promote youth service jobs and career development on our nation's public lands and waters. Each year, Coalition members engage more than 17,000 young people in jobs and service opportunities, and they are poised to expand greatly to address youth unemployment, billions of dollars of backlogged maintenance needs on public lands, and the disengagement of youth from the great American outdoors. Joe leads coalition activities and handles policy related to environmental stewardship, resource conservation, and public lands-related policy and programs for The Corps Network.
Joe has over a decade of experience in Washington DC at non-profit organizations, as well as in Congress and in the Executive branch. Joe has also spent time on both national and state wide political campaigns. Joe started his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in California and has a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland. Joe lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in NW Washington DC with his wife and dog, and enjoys bicycling, hiking, and scuba diving.
John Hosey joined The Corps Network staff in December of 2013 as the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative (GCRI) Director of Development. In 2012, he completed his M.A. in Human Services (Counseling) and also holds a M.Div. degree (Pastoral Counseling) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Anthropology and Biblical Studies from Criswell College.
AsDirector of Membership, Carol Huls manages the member database and keeps track of what Corps are doing around the country. Carol is the central point of contact for organizations looking for information on benefits (including the Health Insurance program), training and technical assistance, and connecting with Members of The Corps Network. She also plays a primary role in the coordination of the National Conference (an event which is definitely a team effort) and in arranging webinars and other training opportunities.
If you’re coming to visit DC, be sure to touch base with Carol for tips – she’s a Licensed Washington DC Tour Guide and a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, and she tries to stay on top of the cultural activities going on in the city. Carol received her undergraduate degree in History and English from Calvin College and a Masters degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
As The Corps Network's Director of Communications & Marketing, Levi is responsible for telling the incredible stories of Service and Conservation Corps nationwide. He was one of the co-authors of the book Join the Crew: Inspirational Stories of Young Adults in America's Service and Conservation Corps.
Prior to joining the Corps Network, Levi worked for the U.S. National Park Service for 10 years as a park ranger, social science researcher, and science communication specialist for 20 different national parks.
He has received a master's degree in Conservation Social Sciences from the University of Idaho and a bachelor's degree in History from Tufts University.
In addition to having co-authored Join the Crew, Levi has written several guidebooks to U.S. national parks, as well as scholarly papers and over 300 articles as an environmental journalist while living abroad with his family in Peru. He has written for numerous publications and groups including The Huffington Post, Live Oak Media, and Greenopolis. He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, photography, movies, visiting the parks and museums in the DC area, and spending time with his wife Alicia and daughter Coral.
Theresa has well over 25 years supporting C-level executives in the nonprofit sector of the Metropolitan area.
As Assistant to the President and Office Manager, Theresa provides C-level executive administrative support to the President/ CEO, Vice President and Director of Finance and Administration. Her duties include managing calendars and workload, compiling materials for meetings, meeting planning and routing information among the Management Team. She also provides general office support for The Corps Network's Washington, DC office team.
Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, numerous continuing educational training certificates and a DC License and Bonded Notary. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, listening to smooth jazz and visiting the Caribbean Islands.
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Emilie Rafal joined The Corps Network in May 2012 as the Data Collection Systems Coordinator. In this role, Emilie is responsible for implementing and managing a data collection system that will allow individual Corps and TCN to track programmatic elements and outcomes.
Prior to joining The Corps Network, Emilie supported out of school time programming for middle school youth at Higher Achievement Baltimore, where she managed the data collection databases, supported development, and assisted with recruitment.
Emilie graduated from the College of William & Mary (Tribe Pride!) with a BA in both Psychology and Women’s Studies. Outside of the office, she enjoys taking her Corgi mix on hikes and cooking vegetarian feasts.
Tess joined The Corps Network in December 2013 as the Development Assistant. She helps provide support in the areas of fund development, external and government relations, membership, and programs and projects.
Capri St. Vil is the Director of Education Programs at The Corps Network in DC. She joined the Corps Network in 2012 to work on the Post-Secondary Success Education Initiative, which was funded by Open Society and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Capri has over 25 years of experience in education in New York City, Seattle, and DC working early on in Adult Education. For seven years she taught high school English. It was there that she was selected to work collaboratively with IBM and the reading department to introduce educational technology with a program called P.A.L.S (Principle of Alphabet Literacy System) into the remedial high school reading program. She successfully wrote a grant with a member of the science department, where they introduced the first Macintosh SE computers in teaching HyperCard to the student population.
As the Director of Finance and Administration for The Corps Network, Nancy's activities include, but are not limited to budget and finance (including all grants awarded to The Corps Network), general office administration, meeting planning, and human resource functions.
Nancy has over 30 years of Washington association experience and has built a network of financial, human resource, and hotel resources within the community. Prior to joining to The Corps Network, Nancy served as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Association of Academic Health Centers. Nancy is a graduate of Lesley University and holds a Masters degree from Central Connecticut State University.
As the Communications Assistant, Hannah develops and produces written, graphic and video content. She also helps manage The Corps Network’s website and social media accounts. Hannah was the lead author of the book Join the Crew: Inspirational Stories of Young Adults in America's Service and Conservation Corps.
Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While in college, Hannah volunteered at the National Air and Space Museum, and volunteered in DC Public Schools through DC Reads (a tutoring program) and Prime Movers (a journalism education program). She also spent a semester interning with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and spent over a year interning and writing for Street Sense; a DC-based newspaper focused on raising awareness about homelessness.
Hannah enjoys warm jackets, houseplants and figs.
Leslie began with the Human Environment Center in 1984 and transitioned to The Corps Network when it was created in 1985. Since she began, Leslie has planned numerous conferences, designed and edited a quarterly newsletter and directed member services. Leslie has taken on almost every responsibility possible at one time or another, and has become one of the most knowledgeable leaders in the Corps Movement, sought out for her wisdom, command of Corps history, and expertise in AmeriCorps programs and initiatives.
Leslie Wilkoff leads The Corps Network's AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP) and created TCN's AmeriCorps Program Manual as well as a document on non-traditional uses for AmeriCorps Education Award (scholarship). She also ensures compliance and provides technical assistance to TCN Subgrantees in Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps grants.
As Director of Government Relations for The Corps Network, Tyler focuses on developing and advocating legislative and policy initiatives for the Corps Network; providing analysis and tracking of Congress, the White House, and federal agencies; and working with advocacy organizations here in DC on improving the outlook for youth development and other issues for Corps. He also focuses on raising Corps’ federal and legislative profile, improving internal government relations operations, representing The Corps Network publicly, and developing new Corps initiatives on education and workforce development, along with other key Corps issue areas.