The goal of the National Chapter Council (NCC) is to gather former and current chapter leaders to strengthen and support the chapter network. NCC members also serve as liaisons between current chapter leadership and AmeriCorps Alums staff. Together with AmeriCorps Alums staff, they are dedicated to improving the alumni network by supporting chapters on the local level
. The council works to ensure all chapters have access to a peer support network and a mentor (vis-à-vis the regional support structure of the NCC) to be successful.
Meet the National Advisory Council
Stefanie Vestal (Council Chair)
Stefanie Vestal (Council Chair)
Stefanie Vestal graduated from Bentley College in 2005 and spent her first year out of college as a Senior Corps Member with City Year Rhode Island; a member of the AmeriCorps Corporation for National and Community Service. She enjoyed the work so much that she wanted to stay within the organization, but needed a change of scenery. She moved to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2006 as a Senior Corps Member with City Year Washington, D.C. During her service year in the district, she worked as a teacher’s assistant in a 3rd grade classroom at Garrison Elementary School and led her team to implement a Saturday Service-Learning program, Heroes, for middle and high school students. At the completion of her service year she was offered a full-time position with City Year Washington, D.C. and spent the next four years as a Program and Senior Program Manager overseeing the implementation of the Heroes program and the Civic Engagement and Camp City Year programs for City Year Washington, D.C.
Stefanie works full-time as a Kindergarten teacher at Herndon Elementary School and as the Varsity Field Hockey coach at Flint Hill High School. Some of her favorite volunteer work in her free time is participating in events with the local City Year and AmeriCorps Alumni chapters. She is also a Sunday School Teacher and licensed tour guide for Washington, D.C.
Chad Driscoll is the Program Officer for Education and Youth Development for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Before joining the commission, he was an AmeriCorps Program Director and proud AmeriCorps alum with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Davenport, IA from 2006-2012. Chad has been actively involved in local and national AmeriCorps Alums chapters since he served as a member. He is also a board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Des Moines (YNPN Des Moines). He also is involved with the Young Professionals Connection locally and was on the board for YPIowa, the state young professional group. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Psychology from St. Ambrose University in 2008. In his free time, Chad enjoys all of what Des Moines has to offer – great food, entertainment options (Wells Fargo, ICubs games, State Fair, etc.), a downtown farmers market, recreational trails, and like-minded, nonprofit professionals and service oriented individuals to connect with.
Katherine Jones is a program manager at Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C. where she manages a national AmeriCorps program focused on recruiting law students around the county to provide critically needed legal services to under-served communities. With a passion for national service, Katherine served two terms as an AmeriCorps Member with Public Allies Connecticut and Community HealthCorps. Inc. She served as Chapter Leader and assisted in reorganizing the Connecticut AmeriCorps Alums chapter in 2010 while partnering with Service Nation as a field organizer through 2011, advocating for the advancement of national service. Previously, Katherine assisted in the management of the Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps program at the Community Health Center, Inc. Katherine has significant experience in the areas of community development, advocacy, and cross-sector collaborative initiatives with an interest in juvenile justice. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Sociology, and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a concentration in Public Management.
Lauren Mehl is the Executive Assistant to the President at Antioch University Seattle and is also co-leading the efforts to launch a Master's in Management and Leadership geared towards those who have national service, military, or other service experiences. After earning her B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida and teaching ESL in China for a year, Lauren joined the Notre Dame AmeriCorps (NDA) Seattle team and served at the Youth Tutoring Program’s Yesler Terrace site in 2007-2008. She later became the NDA Seattle Site Director from 2009-2011 and continues to be invited as a presenter at their annual mid-year conference. Lauren also spent two years managing a housing program for homeless young adults and was on the board of a local PFLAG chapter. Lauren regularly volunteers with the Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association on scholarship, grant, and other leadership committees.
Lisa Tatum’s service began in 1997 with AmeriCorps NCCC in Texas. She is now the Senior Manager of Disaster Preparedness at the Volunteer Center of North Texas. She coordinates volunteer recruitment and management for a local high-impact collaboration called the Mass Care Task Force. Her exposure to this began when she did logistics for an American Red Cross disaster response during her AmeriCorps term. She currently liaises with local VOAD, COAD, Citizen Corps, and Regional Emergency Managers to ensure that collaboration extends across all networks. Additionally, she has maintained her standing as a Red Cross volunteer for 16 years and serves in a leadership role with the American Red Cross North Texas Region's Diversity Leadership Council. She has responded to major disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy and provided professional consulting and support to communities nationally. Lisa is wholly committed to service, and she helps others continue their lifetime of service as a chapter leader for the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas and as a key member of the North Texas AmeriCorps Alliance.
Rachel Turner is an Assistant Program Director for the AmeriCorps NCCC Program. She fosters collaborations with a variety of organizations to develop AmeriCorps NCCC projects in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina; her work also encompasses the FEMA Corps Program. Rachel joined AmeriCorps NCCC in 2013 as a Unit Leader, where she managed and mentored 5-7 FEMA Corps teams each program year. Prior to joining NCCC, she worked for five years in Philadelphia, P.A. for Global Citizen, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the largest Martin Luther King Day of Service initiative in the country. Rachel served in several roles while at Global Citizen, from AmeriCorps VISTA Member in 2008 to Director of Programs and Partnerships in 2013. She was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012 for her success in expanding the King Day of Service initiative across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. She served as the Philadelphia AmeriCorps Alums Chapter Leader from 2010 – 2013. Prior to joining Global Citizen, Rachel served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School as an AmeriCorps Member. She graduated from Temple University in 2007 with a B.A. in English. She is a passionate friend, sister and daughter who strives to be a force of good in every situation.
Christina Lindstrom, LCSW is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She has lived in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven for the past five years and is the current Chapter Leader of AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut. From 2006-2007, Tina served in AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps mainly doing disaster relief and recovery work in the Gulf Coast, which sparked her interest in working with populations affected by disasters and trauma. In May 2009, Tina graduated with a Masters of Social Work from The Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. She concentrated her studies on populations affected by trauma and disasters from a clinical, and social and economic development lens. She has also studied abroad in Bolivia and Spain, studying domestic violence in Bolivia. Since 2009, she has worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs in West Haven, CT, working with Veterans experiencing serious mental health issues in the community. She enjoys engaging citizens in their communities, most recently through her involvement on the leadership board of the Under 91 Project, which utilizes public art installations as a means to build community among the disparate neighborhoods in New Haven, CT. Tina is very excited to be a part of the NCC and facilitating the connection of AmeriCorps communities nationwide through the NCC.