Our Team


Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City (YVCHQ), provides service-learning opportunities to youth through a network of affiliates across North America. Affiliates are hosted by a credible nonprofit organization, by YVC Headquarters directly, or are independent YVC programs. Check out our full list of affiliates and program leaders.

David Battey, President & Founder

David 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 in 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 x202.

Tracy Hale

Tracy Hale, Chief Executive Officer

Tracy develops the overall organizational strategy for YVC. She directs affiliate relations and support, financial activities, fund development, marketing, and public relations. 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.

Tracy Hale

Sandy Anker, Program Director

​Sandy joined the YVC family in 2019. She is currently the Program Director for Joplin, MO and Springfield, MO. Along with her own love of volunteering, she brings her experience of parenting five teenagers and aspires to nurture a passion in youth for community service through YVC. Sandy has a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Professional Writing, and has taught all ages professionally and as a volunteer. When she’s not homeschooling her youngest two teens, you can find her knitting, hiking, reading, or traveling. Contact ​Sandy at  yvcjoplin@gmail.com or yvcspringfield@gmail.com, or 505-410-8367.

Leah Boal

Leah Boal, Director of Affiliate Programming

Leah oversees all affiliate programming in the YVC network. She works to support and strengthen YVC affiliates 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 B.S. 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.

Leah Boal

Betsy Calmer, Director of Marketing & Communications

Betsy is uniquely wired to see copywriting as more than words; she cares about the data that shows how effective those words are at motivating someone to take action. She’s passionate about planning engaging content strategies for a diverse, global audience who engages with YVC through mediums like email, blogs, and social media with the goal of building engagement and growing the audience. Based at YVC Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, Betsy is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, where she spent most of her marketing and communications career in the non-profit sector. Betsy loves reality tv, an energetic white boarding session, and has bold opinions about movies, food, and true crime documentaries. Contact Betsy at bcalmer@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x203.

Leah Boal

Andrea Crager, Program Director

Andrea joined YVC as a team leader in 2020 and is excited about taking on the role of Program Director for YVC Wichita. She was drawn to YVC because she loves helping youth reach their full potential. Andrea has spent time working in various camps and volunteered for a summer in Haiti. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education. Andrea has been a teacher for over 15 years. When she is not teaching, Andrea enjoys spending time with her dog and husband and going on the occasional motorcycle ride. Contact Andrea at yvcyvcwichita@gmail.com or 316-290-9048.

Leah Boal

Marquetta Mansion, Program Director

Marquetta serves as the Program Director and is excited to bring the mission and vision of YVC to the area. As a St. Louis native, she loves Imo’s Pizza, “bread-sliced” bagels, and asking “where did you go to high school?” After completing her BA at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Marquetta went on to obtain a Master’s in Education.  Marquetta has proudly served the St. Louis community for over 15 years, both personally and professionally. Although volunteering is a big part of her life, she can also be found out trying new foods, shopping, traveling, or spending time with family. Contact Marquetta at yvcstlouis@gmail.com or 314-742-1262.

Leah Boal

Sarah Miller, Community Growth & Programs Coordinator

With a love for growing programs that serve youth and the community, Sarah joined YVC in 2021 and is excited to become a Community Growth and Programs Coordinator. Sarah began her career in Texas by building out-of-school educational and service programs for youth in museums and libraries. Sarah is excited to support the YVC network by developing new affiliates and relationships to expand the YVC mission. Sarah is originally from Houston, Texas, and holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. You can often find Sarah comparing Texas and Kansas City barbeque, biking, and exploring new places in her free time. Contact Sarah at smiller@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x205

Leah Boal

Pam Oberdiek​, Accounting & HR Manager

Pam is responsible for the accounting and human resource functions at the YVC Headquarters.  As an active volunteer herself, Pam believes that everyone has something to give, and is thrilled to be supporting the mission of YVC.  Prior to joining the YVC team, Pam had a successful 35-year career at Hallmark Cards, where she held positions of increasing responsibility working in divisions such as operations, finance, marketing, supply chain and most recently the retail service organization.  Pam holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary, and an MBA from Rockhurst University.  Pam and her husband, Randy, are avid supporters of the University of Missouri.  Go Tigers!  Contact Pam at poberdiek@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x205.

Leah Boal

Danielle Small, Program Director

Danielle joined the YVCKC team as Program Director in 2020. She graduated from Baker University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is a strong believer of the YVC mission and feels blessed to be a part of an amazing team to continue serving youth and the community. Before YVC, Danielle spent six years working as Site Director with elementary-aged youth within the Kansas City Public Schools and Hickman Schools to provide a well-organized before/after-school program. She loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters and family, exploring Kansas City, eating at different restaurants, and traveling.  Contact Danielle at dsmall@yvc.org or 816-384-3822.

Leah Boal

Terrell McCombs, Program Director

Terrell is a professional and ambitious law enforcement officer with 6+ years of experience committed to the community and the police force. He is excited to join the YVC team in planning and executing effective community outreach and youth empowerment strategies and programs in the Columbia, South Carolina, area. Contact Terrell at: yvccolumbiasc@gmail.com or 803 386-9291.

Leah Boal

Tie Velasco, Program Director

Tie leads the NW Arkansas chapter of YVC and is thrilled to start a chapter in one of the most philanthropic regions in the country. She hails from South Carolina and brings a wealth of knowledge and love of all things SEC football to the YVC community. Tie holds both her BSW and MSW and leads the charitable efforts of some of your favorite professional athletes. She is married with one son and when she is not figuring out the latest 6-year-old lego set to purchase, Tie spends her time making delicious chocolate-dipped treats. She has lived a life of service and looks forward to helping youth across NWA make an impact through YVC. Contact Tie at yvcnwarkansas@gmail.com or 803-571-3274.