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David Battey, President and Founder

David Battey, President and Founder

As President and Founder of YVC, David oversees programming and is a nationally recognized leader in the community service and youth development fields. As a political economy major at Williams College, he developed the initial YVC concept as part of his senior thesis. Using the thesis as a guide, he established the YVC of Greater Kansas City, sponsored by the local United Way. After operating the program for two years, David was hired by Youth Service America to begin national replication of the YVC model with seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helped him eventually launch YVC as an independent nonprofit. In his free time, David enjoys traveling. He has visited more than 100 countries, but his favorite places are those off the beaten path such as Barrow, Alaska; Afghanistan; Cuba; North Korea; and rural Kansas. Contact David at dbattey@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x210.

Tracy Hale, Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Hale, Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Tracy works closely with David, the Board of Directors and staff to support the mission and vision of YVC. She supervises the YVC staff and their responsibilities, including affiliate relations and support, financial activities, grants, marketing and public relations. She is responsible for evaluating services and activities provided by YVC in relation to goals and objectives. Tracy is passionate about the mission of YVC and has a strong desire to assist our YVC affiliates to ensure sustained programs and growth. Before joining the YVC team, Tracy served seven years as Vice President for Miller Management, which serves over 400 nonprofit organizations. For 11 years prior to that she held various management positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Tracy holds a B.S. in International Business from Northwest Missouri State University. She and her husband Kendell have two children. Contact Tracy at thale@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x201.

Chelan David, Director of Development

Chelan David, Director of Development

As Director of Development, Chelan is responsible for ensuring sustained funding of the national organization by developing and implementing the YVC Headquarters fundraising strategy. Chelan volunteers frequently and is passionate about inspiring youth to undertake a lifetime commitment to service. Prior to joining YVC, Chelan worked at Unvision, the global Spanish-language television network. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism. A huge sports fan, Chelan is an avid supporter of the Jayhawks and Royals. He enjoys jogging, traveling, reading, attending concerts and spending time with his two daughters. Contact Chelan at cdavid@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x204.

Leah Boal, Manager of Affiliate Programming

Leah Boal, Manager of Affiliate Programming

Leah works to support and strengthen YVC affiliates across the network through training, resource development, and ongoing personalized support. She loves how YVC impacts youth and communities and is thrilled to take part in that as well. Leah is a graduate of Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College with a BS in Music Education and Bible. Throughout her life, Leah has been involved in many service opportunities locally and internationally which has fueled her passion. Leah enjoys music, being outside, traveling, spending time with people, and the K-State Wildcats! Contact Leah at lboal@yvc.org or 816-974-8676.

Amanda Moser, Director of Program Impact

Amanda Moser, Director of Program Impact

As Director of Program Impact, Amanda supports innovation and sustainability in the YVC network. She supervises the AmeriCorps VISTA Expansion and Marketing Coordinators and is responsible for bringing the YVC mission and model to more communities in the US and Canada through new programming, community engagement, and program support. Amanda focuses on program outcomes to assess, identify, and adapt YVC’s strategy for expansion. Amanda is from Kirksville, Missouri and holds a master’s in Strategic Leadership from Stephens College and a BA in Creative Writing from Missouri State University. Amanda loves to garden at the Seven Oaks Community Garden in Kansas City and travel with her husband Brett. Contact Amanda at amoser@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x213.

Sagan Hundley, Program Specialist and Youth Advisor

Sagan Hundley, Program Specialist and Youth Advisor

Sagan supports affiliates across the network as they work to provide quality YVC programming in their communities. She also leads YVC's International Youth Advisory Board, Brand Ambassador Program and the Youth Voice Today, youth blog. Sagan holds a degree in Mass Communications from Kansas State University. She loves writing, building relationships and all things youth leadership! Outside of work, you will usually find Sagan at the dog park with her husband and their two golden retrievers. Contact Sagan at shundley@yvc.org or (816) 265-1363.

Sydney Nyquist, Office Manager and Project Coordinator

Sydney Nyquist, Office Manager and Project Coordinator

Sydney supports the Headquarters team through office operations, ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and managing special projects. Coordinating logistics for the annual YVC Summit is one of her top priorities. She loves how YVC impacts youth by connecting them to serve with people and places that are different from themselves and their own experiences. Sydney is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and has her degree in Communication Studies from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She enjoys being outside, travelling, drinking coffee, and listening to people’s stories. Contact Sydney at snyquist@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x200.

AnnMarie Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications

AnnMarie Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications

As Director of Marketing and Communications, AnnMarie provides marketing support to YVCHQ and affiliates across North America. AnnMarie has a varied nonprofit career in Kansas City, crossing many missions and industries, and has a deep commitment to improving communities by empowering and engaging people to better meet community needs. When not at YVC, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and friends. As a lover of art, animals and coffee, she spends a lot of time exploring the city and volunteering with various groups. Contact AnnMarie at athomas@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x203.

Sydney Slavin

Sydney Slavin

Sydney Slavin joined the YVC team as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fund Development Coordinator. She is excited to learn more about the nonprofit sector and to help raise funds for YVC as a whole, and for new HQ-hosted YVC programs in Kansas and Missouri. Sydney is from Kirksville, MO, and graduated from Truman State University with her BA in Theatre. Outside of YVC, Sydney spends her time discovering art performances within the community, spending time with friends, traveling, and reading. Contact Sydney at sslavin@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x205.

Jake Sloan

Jake Sloan

Jake joined Youth Volunteer Corps in 2017 as the AmeriCorps VISTA Marketing Coordinator. He will assist in the opening and marketing of new HQ-Hosted YVC programs through social media, blogs, and new websites as well as various other marketing duties. Jake grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and attained his degree in Marketing from the University of Kansas. In the future he would like to take the experience gained from his time at YVC and apply it towards a career in advertising. When not working Jake enjoys exercising, gaming, and hanging out with his five dogs. Contact Jake at jsloan@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x205.

Katie Merry

Katie Merry

Katie joined Youth Volunteer Corps in 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator. She is originally from Salina, Kansas, but moved to Pittsburg, Kansas to attend college. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BA in Psychology. Outside of work her hobbies include collecting records and baking. Contact Katie at kmerry@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x213.

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