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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 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 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 816-472-9822 x206.

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.

Elli Rao, Fund Development AmeriCorps VISTA

Elli Rao, Fund Development AmeriCorps VISTA

As Fund Development VISTA, Elli works to secure 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 works to tell the YVC story and share 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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