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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 Operating Officer

Tracy Hale, Chief Operating Officer

As COO, 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 teenage children. Contact Tracy at thale@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x201.

Leah Boal, AmeriCorps and Affiliate Services Coordinator

Leah Boal, AmeriCorps and Affiliate Services Coordinator

Leah works to organize and coordinate office operations to ensure effectiveness and efficiency. She is excited about the wonderful ways YVC is impacting 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. While in school, Leah worked as an Administrative Assistant at Manhattan Christian College and was involved with many service opportunities locally and internationally. Leah enjoys spending time with people and anything that deals with music, being outside, or traveling. Contact Leah at lboal@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x200.

Lacey Helmig, Communications and Media Coordinator

Lacey Helmig, Communications and Media Coordinator

Lacey handles marketing, communications and public relations for YVC. She loves hearing about the amazing things that Youth Volunteers accomplish every day through YVC and aims to tell the world about it. She began her career with YVC as a Team Leader with YVC of Greater Kansas City in 2009, and worked with the local program in that capacity and as the Assistant Program Director for two and a half years. Lacey graduated from University of Portland with a double major in communications and Spanish. Lacey enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting her home state Oregon as often as possible, listening to music and going to concerts. She lives with her husband Jeff, daughter Clara and crazy dogs Indie and Luther. Contact Lacey at lhelmig@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x203.

Amanda Moser, Community Impact Leader

Amanda Moser, Community Impact Leader

As Community Impact Leader, Amanda supports strength and sustainability in YVC Affiliates through fundraising assistance, community engagement, and program support. She also helps grow the YVC Network through developing new Affiliate sites, helping bring the YVC mission and model to more communities in the U.S. and Canada. Amanda is from Kirksville, Missouri and holds a degree in Creative Writing from Missouri State University. Amanda and her husband Brett love to travel, read, and dote on their dog Stella and cat Fatty. Contact Amanda at amoser@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x213.

Greg Simms, Director of Development

Greg Simms, Director of Development

As Director of Development, Greg is responsible for ensuring sustained funding for YVC Headquarters. He brings over 26 years of experience in the nonprofit arena, with 22 years being devoted to youth development. Greg has prior experience in the areas of fund development and sales; program development, facilitation, and evaluation; financial management; marketing and communications; and the development and implementation of business and strategic plans. He is a native of Kansas City, graduate of the University of Kansas, and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Greg is married to Trish, a nurse, and they have two daughters, Kaitlynn and Addison, and one dog, a Sheltie named Jasper. In his free time, Greg enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending time with his kids. He is a huge fan of professional football, baseball, and college basketball. Contact Greg at gsimms@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x204.

Shelly Lockett, Accounting and Office Manager

Shelly Lockett, Accounting and Office Manager

Shelly is the Accounting and Office Manager for YVC Headquarters and is responsible for coordinating accounting tasks and managing all office operations to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Shelly is a graduate of Avila University with a MBA in Accounting. She is excited to join YVC and utilize her extensive office and accounting skills in nonprofit accounting to support the organization. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling. Contact Shelly at slockett@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x200

Elli Rao, Fund Development AmeriCorps VISTA

Elli Rao, Fund Development AmeriCorps VISTA

As Fund Development VISTA, Elli assists Greg in securing a financially stable future for YVC Headquarters. During her year of service, she is excited to learn more about grant-writing and put her English degree to use. A recent University of Kansas graduate (Rock Chalk!), Elli enjoys reading and trying new foods in her free time. Contact Elli at erao@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x205.

Micaela Vaccaro, Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA

Micaela Vaccaro, Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA

As Marketing VISTA, Micaela assists Lacey in telling the YVC story and sharing the many impressive accomplishments of our Youth Volunteers. A recent Northwest Missouri State University graduate, she is excited to use her degree in Public Relations to fulfill her passion for working with youth and reaching out to the community. She has discovered her love for volunteerism and the nonprofit field, and looks forward to using her skills to help YVC reach their goals and further their mission. Micaela enjoys spending time with people, discovering new foods, listening to music, and going for evening walks. Contact Micaela at mvaccaro@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x207.

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