Bob McCammon, Executive Director of Youth Conservation Corps Retires

Bob with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, at The Corps Network 2013 National Conference.

After 37 years of serving as the Executive Director of Youth Conservation Corps (Waukegan, Illinois), Bob McCammon has decided he's ready to retire. In Bob's own words, he says that "I plan to reduce my stress and enjoy some of my major loves for family, travel, outdoor recreation and golf in the coming years."

Youth Conservation Corps joined The Corps Network in 1991. The organization has participated in numerous programs and initiatives of The Corps Network, most recently the Postsecondary Success Education Initiative and the AmeriCorps Education Award program. YCC has also been an active YouthBuild program, and Bob has served both on the Board of The Corps Network as our Chair and numerous committees for both YouthBuild and The Corps Network. Bob has received numerous awards over the years and was appointed by the Illinois Governor to Serve Illinois, the Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in 2007. Bob holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science from Louis National University and a Masters of Public Administration from Roosevelt University. He also served for ten years in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Ben Richard, YCC's Program Director, has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the organization and will take over when Bob formally departs in mid-August.

Around The Corps Network, we have appreciated Bob's candor and expertise over the years, as well as the many nice Youth Conservation Corps golf shirts and he has brought us that we wear with pride (YCC has hosted a golf charity fundraiser benefiting the program for 27 years). We will miss him and his contributions to the Corps Movement!  

Wendy Spencer Confirmed as CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service

Yesterday, wrapping up a round of nominations before the Easter recess, the Senate confirmed Wendy Spencer as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Originally nominated last fall, Spencer was confirmed along with several new members of the CNCS Board of Directors. The Corps Network and its 151 members are delighted with the confirmation of Ms. Spencer. Her extensive history and experience in the world of service are just what is needed at this time.

Ms. Spencer served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was appointed by three governors to lead Volunteer Florida, the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service since 2003. Volunteer Florida is the official statewide coordinating agency for volunteers and donations in times of disasters. During Florida's record-breaking 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Volunteer Florida coordinated more than 252,000 volunteers, as well as donated items totaling more than $85 million in value, which was the largest mobilization of volunteers in the history of U.S. natural disasters at that time. Ms. Spencer has worked across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to mobilize citizens to address problems facing their communities, and she is uniquely qualified to lead the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Many members of The Corps Network, as well as the organization itself, rely on programs administered by the Corporation, and Ms. Spencer’s proven leadership will help ensure that these programs continue to serve the thousands of people across the country for years to come. Additionally, in these trying economic times, it is important to have someone at the helm who can advocate passionately about the true importance of these programs, not only to the people who serve in them, but to those being served. With funding for the Corporation squarely on the table for cuts, and more and more Americans applying for Corporation programs to serve, having a CEO who can make the case for the importance of service is required, and Wendy Spencer is just that person.