Our Team

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

Leah Boal, Director of Affiliate Programming

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 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 816-974-8676.

Sydney Collins, Affiliate Program Specialist

Sydney supports affiliates across the network as they work to provide quality YVC programming in their communities. She is also a champion for growing the YVC network by connecting with and supporting individuals and organizations interested in starting a YVC program in their city. Sydney is also responsible for grant administration to track grant applications and reports on funding YVC Headquarters gives to affiliates. Sydney is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and has her degree in Communication Studies from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She enjoys being outside, travelling, drinking coffee, and listening to people’s stories. Contact Sydney at scollins@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x206.

Chelan David, Director of Development

As Director of Development, Chelan is responsible for ensuring sustained funding of the national organization by developing and implementing the YVC Headquarters fundraising strategy. Chelan volunteers frequently and is passionate about inspiring youth to undertake a lifetime commitment to service. Prior to joining YVC, Chelan worked at Unvision, the global Spanish-language television network. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism. A huge sports fan, Chelan is an avid supporter of the Jayhawks and Royals. He enjoys jogging, traveling, reading, attending concerts, and spending time with his two daughters. Contact Chelan at cdavid@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x204.

Christine Landherr​, AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator

As a VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator, Christine will work to build the capacity of the YVC by developing and implementing HQ-hosted YVC programs for low-income and other young people throughout Kansas and Missouri. Christine’s passion for community outreach derives from her upbringing abroad. Having lived in 9 countries, she spent much of her childhood volunteering and working to build sustainable projects in her local communities. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Edge Hill University and a M.A. in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London. Outside of work, Christine enjoys participating in outdoor activities, exploring new places, and meeting new people. Contact Christine at clandherr@yvc.org or 816-472-9822.

Kaylee Neumann, Office Manager and Youth Advisor

Kaylee supports the Headquarters team through office operations and ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency. She also empowers youth volunteers through YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board and Brand Ambassador Program. Kaylee’s passion for leading others to volunteer stems from domestic and international volunteer trips where she loved working with children and youth. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Wichita State University and is originally from Saint Joseph, Missouri. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys running, traveling to new places, and spending time with her husband and puppy. Contact Kaylee at kneumann@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x200.

Mia Richardson​, AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator

As a VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator, Mia is focused on building the capacity of YVC to develop & implement sustainable programming and service learning opportunities at YVC sites that are hosted by Headquarters. Prior to joining the YVC team, she taught English and coordinated youth leadership clubs across North Macedonia as a Peace Corps volunteer. A Kansas City native, she graduated from William Jewell College with a B.A. in Institutions and Policy. Mia found her own passion for community service early on, through her experiences in competitive debate. In her free time, she enjoys reading about current events, thrifting, and binge watching shows with her husband and their dog. Contact Mia at mrichardson@yvc.org or 816-472-9822.

Sydney Slavin, Program Impact Manager

As Program Impact Manager, Sydney’s goal is to support, expand, and sustain HQ affiliate YVC programming. This includes supporting and supervising local program directors, implementing program strategy, soliciting funding proposals in the program communities, and supervising the YVC AmeriCorps VISTA team. Sydney’s professional relationship with YVC began in 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fund Development Coordinator. After her term ended, she joined the corporate world for a few months, only to find herself joining the YVC’s team ever growing and supportive team once again. Sydney is originally from Kirksville, MO and holds a B.A. in Theatre from Truman State University. She enjoys crafting, spending time with her partner, and talking about her three-legged cat, Zelda. ​Contact Sydney at sslavin@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x209.

Hannah Sutherland, AmeriCorps VISTA Marketing Coordinator

As an AmeriCorps VISTA Marketing Coordinator, Hannah supports HQ-Hosted sites. She focuses on consistent branding and messaging for their websites, social media accounts, print and digital marketing assets, and digital newsletters. Hannah has worked for multiple nonprofits, including Growing Futures Early Education Center, the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and the Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice. She graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Public Relations and International Studies. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing the ukulele, traveling, and drinking lots of coffee. You can contact Hannah at hsutherland@yvc.org or 816-472-9822×205.

AnnMarie Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications

As Director of Marketing and Communications, AnnMarie provides marketing support to YVCHQ and affiliates across North America. AnnMarie has a varied nonprofit career in Kansas City, crossing many missions and industries, and has a deep commitment to improving communities. She believes in empowering and engaging people to reach their full potential. When not at YVC, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and friends. As a lover of art, animals, and coffee, she spends a lot of time exploring the city. Contact AnnMarie at athomas@yvc.org or 816-472-9822 x203.