BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cathi Duchon, Chair
Cathi Duchon recently 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.
Melanie Tucker, Vice-Chair & Treasurer
Melanie Tucker is a licensed CPA with 16 years of public accounting experience. She is Vice President-Finance for JE Dunn Construction Group, one of the largest construction companies in the United States. Melanie is President-Elect of the Angel Flight Central nonprofit organization.
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 past 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.
David Battey, President & Founder
David Battey founded the Youth Volunteer Corps, developing the program first in Kansas City before mounting a national collaborative effort to expand the program across the country.
Rahul Balakrishnan, Youth Member
Rahul Balakrishnan is a rising sophomore at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. Rahul has been an active member on YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board for three years including two on the executive team. Rahul enjoys serving with YVC because he finds joy in meeting new people through service learning. Rahul is also involved in Model UN and HOSA. Outside of YVC, you can find Rahul at the gym, playing baseball, or playing tennis. Rahul also enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends and family.
Tristen Caudle is from Kansas City, Missouri and recently graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he received both his B.A and M.A. in Economics. Tristen got his start with YVC as a Bank of America Student Leader working for YVC in Kansas City. Besides his love for YVC, Tristen devotes his time to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, actively fighting back against cancer. Tristen loves to read, drink coffee, and play with his two dogs at home.
In just 2 ½ years with the newly formed program in Philadelphia, Dante Diggs accumulated 176 service hours through YVC. He served on his local YVC Youth Advisory Board as well as YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board. He was a featured youth speaker at YVC’s international 30th Anniversary Summit. Dante graduated from Bodine High School for International Affairs in June 2018. He currently attends the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 in service to 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 and his hobbies include jogging, reading, and activities with his kids. Jim and his wife Megan Kennedy Hise have four children.
Stephanie O’Connell is a young marketing professional, currently working as an Account Manager at Google in Washington, D.C.. In this role, she helps identify digital advertising solutions to meet her retail clients’ performance and brand marketing goals. 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 high school students in Chicago.
Margi Pence is an active community volunteer, serving on a number of 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.
Alexander Smith is a journalist and political activist, currently working on a global operations team at Facebook. Born in Kansas, Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree in History from New York University. Alex was an active YVC volunteer, served on the International Youth Advisory Board, and completed over 500 hours of service.
Mark Tatum is an attorney specializing in employment policy matters. He is a partner with the well-respected Kansas City law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Mark is active in a number of youth programs and is married with children.
Christi Sychterz Terefenko, former biomedical engineer and orthopaedic 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 create positive change in the community. She currently serves as the executive director for VOiCEup Berks.
Aarav Yarlagadda, Youth Member
Aarav Yarlagadda is currently a senior at the Pembroke Hill School. He has been an active volunteer at YVC for 4 years and has completed over 130 hours of service with the organization. Outside of YVC, Aarav also volunteers at Bridging the Gap, Wayside Waifs, and Theater of the Imagination. He enjoys playing tennis, competing in debate tournaments, and supporting the Chiefs!
FORMER BOARD CHAIRS
Merill Lynch Managing Director Jim Hise served as board chair from 2015 to 2019. During his tenure, YVCHQ-hosted sites began in communities across Kansas and Missouri, HQ space expanded to accommodate the new Leadership Academy, and the Sunderland Foundation provided significant funding for construction projects across the United States and Canada.
Retired Kansas state senator Audrey Langworthy served as chair from 2013 to 2015. Under her leadership YVC received the largest gift in its history—a $2 million endowment gift ensuring YVC’s long-term sustainability—and the YVC board added five new board members, expanding the board’s reach and perspective.
Adele Hall, late community volunteer and matriarch of Hallmark Cards, served as chair from 2011 to 2013. Adele forged new partnerships with YMCA, both locally in Kansas City and nationally, and created a vision for YVC to be in 100 communities throughout North America.
Don Sloan, a late partner at KPMG Peat Marwick, served as chair from 1996 to 2011. Don’s long tenure as chair meant he led YVC through launching affiliates in dozens of new communities while focusing on ensuring financial stability of YVC Headquarters.
Dr. Rich Davis
YVC’s late Founding Board Chair Dr. Rich Davis, founder of KC Masterpiece, served as YVC’s first board chair when it separated as an independent nonprofit in 1992 until 1996. He assembled a strong board that met monthly to ensure YVC would get off to a solid start as a national nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri. Under his leadership YVC successfully implemented a growth strategy launched by a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.