Melanie Tucker, Chair
Melanie Tucker is a licensed CPA with 16 years of public accounting experience. She is Vice President-Finance for JE Dunn Construction Company, one of the largest construction companies in the United States. Melanie also serves on the Accounting Advisory Council for the Business School at the University of Colorado-Denver and participates in the mentor program for accounting degree candidates.
Stephanie O’Connell, Vice-Chair
Stephanie O’Connell is a young marketing professional, currently working as a Sales & Marketing leader at Google, where she works with public sector advertisers to reach their target audience and grow their organizations. Born and raised in Kansas City, Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University. Her lifelong passion for volunteering and civic involvement came from her parents, and she has volunteered with her alma maters and with various organizations in the DC area.
Vicki Clark, Secretary
Vicki Clark is a consultant and trainer from Memphis, Tennessee. In her practice, Building the Capacity of Organizations, she works in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors. Her experience includes 12 years at the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C., and serving as an AmeriCorps/VISTA trainer. Vicki also developed two youth volunteer programs for the Volunteer Center in Houston, Texas.
Tristen Caudle, Treasurer
Tristen Caudle is an economist and business intelligence professional working with individuals and organizations to generate insights and automated data analytics from their data. Tristen currently works at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, using analytics to improve the affordability of healthcare in Kansas City. A Kansas City, MO resident, Tristen graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Master’s in Economics. He started with YVC as a Bank of America Student Leader at the YVC of Kansas City and, as a longtime volunteer with local and national nonprofit organizations, believes strongly in volunteerism’s power to positively impact the volunteer and their community.
David Battey, Founder
Kansas City, Missouri
As a political economy major at Williams College, David Battey developed “An Analysis of National Youth Service” thesis. This group project uncovered the need for service opportunities for high school students. David’s passion was ignited. He developed a plan, garnered support, planned service projects, and recruited youth. And YVC was born. David founded Youth Volunteer Corps in Kansas City in 1987, and it has since expanded across the United States and into Canada, becoming a national service movement.
Hampton Roads, VA
Todrick Capleton’s interests include the arts (painting, drawing, sculptures, fashion, music, film, etc.), history, literature, and social science. He volunteers to help the community, make connections (friendly and professional), and sharpen his skills. His favorite volunteering experience is any time he interacts with the people he is serving or at large fundraisers. Within volunteering with YVC, he has served on the local Youth Advisory Board and the International Youth Advisory Board, which has improved his leadership, accountability, ability to find/create solutions beneficial to everyone, and his feeling of connection to my community.
Kansas City, Missouri
Andy DeMarea has been an active trial lawyer for three decades. Although his career and legal practice have taken him into many different kinds of legal claims, he is most at home representing “the little guy.” Andy was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and is a graduate of Center High School, followed by an engineering degree and law degree at the University of Kansas. Andy loves working with charities like YVC; his passions have included Angel Flight Central, the Hands and Hearts Board (affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital), and the Johnson County Bar Foundation.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cathi Duchon retired from her position as President and CEO of Ann Arbor YMCA, host site of YVC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She served in a variety of roles in YMCAs in Illinois, Texas, Ohio, and even Hong Kong. She has served on many boards including the national board of YMCA of the USA, the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, and the American Humanics of Eastern Michigan University. Cathi’s husband is the former President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and she also has three other family members who work at YMCAs throughout the country.
Mission Hills, Kansas
Co-Founder of the All In for a Cure Charity and former Director of Corporate Fundraising for the March of Dimes Kansas City Chapter, Jim Hise, has a wealth of experience serving others. Jim has served as a Private Wealth Advisor for Merrill Lynch since 1994. He is actively involved with his church, including volunteering as a Sunday School teacher,r and his hobbies include jogging, reading, and activities with his kids. Jim and his wife, Megan Kennedy Hise, have four children.
New York, New York
Holly Kulka is Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for S&P Global Ratings. She is also Chairman of the Board of CRISIL Ratings.
Previously, Holly served as Deputy General Counsel at NYSE Euronext; she was a federal prosecutor earlier in her career.
Holly is one of the four Williams College seniors, along with YVC Founder David Battey, who presented a thesis on national service. That thesis is what later became the beginning of Youth Volunteer Corps.
Greg is the Founder and Executive Director of YVC of Greater Philadelphia, which has operated since 2015. In collaboration with Philadelphia Youth, they have reached over 1000 youth volunteers and contributed more than 23,000 hours of service during their eight years of service. Greg first discovered a love for volunteering with his father as a Salvation Army Bellringer. He served for a year as an AmeriCorps member and earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management before embarking on his nonprofit career. He is exceptionally proud of both his YVC “kids” and his kids, Benjamin (8) and Maren (3), and has always been proud to be affiliated with YVC and the network of community leaders doing fantastic work.
Margi Pence is an active community volunteer, serving on several boards, including Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, the Hall Family Foundation, Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, and the American Red Cross, Kansas City Chapter. She was chair of the 2013 Jewel Ball which benefits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony. Margi and her husband have three children.
Christi Sychterz Terefenko, former biomedical engineer and orthopedic research consultant for over 20 years, co-founded the nonprofit VOiCEup Berks, which has hosted Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading since 2016. Over the last decade, Christi has become increasingly involved in nonprofit work, volunteering and serving on boards for many organizations, using her experience in medical research, technical/proposal writing, and organizational leadership to assist nonprofits in creating positive change in the community. She currently serves as the executive director for VOiCEup Berks.