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 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 Chief Operating Officer. 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.
As Programs Assistant, Xavier is a jack of all trades. He oversees critical grant functions and provides support for OYSI and EAP programs as well as other projects in TCN portfolio. Additionally, Xavier manages communications for the Gulf Coast Alliance and assists TCN staff with conference planning, government relations and communications. Xavier received his B.A. in Geography from the University of Mary Washington. During his time at UMW, Xavier volunteered with the James Farmer Scholars Program and worked as a research assistant and GIS technician for a project that researched the presence of slave narratives at southern plantations in the U.S. His interests include urban planning, green cities, visiting all 50 states, singing with the DC Gay Men’s Chorus, and making playlists for friends.
As Programs and Development Coordinator, Katie oversees multiple federal, corporate, and philanthropic grant-funded projects; specifically managing budget creation and project plan development, the monitoring process, fiscal and grant compliance and reporting, and sub-grantee technical assistance.
Katie is always looking for an excuse to travel and loves water activities, especially 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.
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.
Capri St. Vil
Capri St. Vil 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 Member Affairs Coordinator, Bobby works closely with The Corps Network membership to promote and strengthen our mission and build relationships between member organizations and TCN staff to inform interested parties about TCN initiatives. Bobby also supports the mobilization and outreach strategies of the Government Relations team.
Prior to working at The Corps Network, Bobby completed two AmeriCorps terms-of-service with the Montana Conservation Corps as both a crewmember and a crewleader. He served on a backcountry wilderness trails crew as well as a roving habitat restoration crew. Bobby also worked as the Government Relations Intern at The Corps Network where he assisted both Directors of Government Relations as well as provided logistical support for the Public Lands Service Coalition.
Bobby graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in International Affairs. Outside of work, he enjoys running, documentaries on Netflix, and watching the Wizards and Nationals.
As the Communications Manager, 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.
Joshua Tuohy is one of two Government Relations Assistants for The Corps Network. His areas of focus are Education, Workforce, National Service and other Non-Public Lands activities including veteran’s issues. Originally from Minnesota, Josh was U.S. Army Infantry for six years and received a Purple Heart while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During and following his term of service in the military, Josh attended Georgetown University (class of 2014), interned for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and cofounded a political and fundraising consulting firm.
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 all TCN Subgrantees in our Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps grants.
Leslie has a degree in Textile Design and likes to spend her free time creating beautiful quilts and other fabric items. The AmeriCorps subgrantees who attend her session at the Annual Conference always get a fun fabric craft or toy to take home.
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.