National Council

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Mission Statement
"The National Council represents the AFS-USA volunteer perspective by collaborating with staff and volunteers to support the AFS-USA mission and programs."

The National Council is the volunteer policy-reviewing body for program operations and volunteer governance of AFS-USA. As a key leadership body, the National Council is committed to acting from a national perspective to make decisions for the benefit of the organization. The role of the National Council is two-fold. The Council is to be the voice of AFS-USA’s volunteer body within the organization, representing volunteer needs, views, and opinions to the AFS Executive Management and the Board of Directors. The Council is also responsible for communicating the vision and direction of the organization including the perspectives and decisions of Executive Management and the Board back to the AFS-USA volunteer body. National Council members must be stewards of the volunteer-staff partnership and will seek ways to ensure that the staff and volunteers of the organization work together in an environment of shared responsibility and accountability in the delivery and support of our mission and programs. The policies and procedures of the National Council will be in accord with AFS International and AFS-USA standards, policies and procedures, the United States Department of State regulations and the CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel) standards.

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National Council Bylaws

Current Members

The current members of the National Council are as follows (as of July 2016):

Volunteer members:

  • Term ends 2017
    • Nancy Satola, Vice-Chair (World Flags)
    • Abby Munro-Proulx (Northwest California) (Filling vacated position)
    • Lisa George, (Capitol) (Filling vacated position)
    • Anne Herendeen, Representative to Board of Directors, (Steinbeck Coast)
  • Term ends 2018
    • Debra Maly, Chair (Milwaukee)
    • Rebecca Friedman (Silver & Gold)
  • Term ends 2019
    • Maxine (Allison) Savage (Greater Chicago)
    • Damian Pisanelli (Greater Puget Sound)
    • Kathleen McNabb (Silver & Gold)
  • Nancy Frazier, National Council Secretary (DelMarPA)
  • Madison Buxton, National Council Secretary-Select (Greater Puget Sound)

Staff members:

  • Jorge Castro, President/Partner Director
  • Keri Dooley, Chief Officer - Government Relations, Sponsored Programs, Risk Management, Hosting Operations & Intercultural Partnerships
  • John Duban, Chief Officer - Marketing & Field Operations
  • Kristen Bates, Senior Director - Volunteer Development and Participant Support
  • Andy Smith, Southeast Team Development Director (TDD)

Prior Members

  • ....-2009 Gerry Bair, Barb Kelly, Judy Weyand
  • ....-2010 Damian Pisanelli, Susan Rowley, Mary Porterfield
  • ....-2011 Anne Herendeen, Elizabeth Leatham
  • 2009-2012 José Ruiz-Salas, Esra Kucukciftci, Sharon Held
  • 2010-2012 Jane Howard
  • 2011-2012 Susan Lewis
  • 2010-2013 Al Russell, Frank Johnson
  • 2008-2014 Deb Dahlberg
  • 2011-2014 Emily Betz-Close
  • 2012-2015 Abby Munro-Proulx, Brian Quinn, Lisa George
  • 2014-2015 Kathleen Broda
  • 2015-2016 Molly Lopez
  • 2014-2016 Danielle Tye
  • 2013-2016 Emre Evren, Eric Lomeli

Past Chairs

  • 2015-2016 Eric Lomeli
  • 2014-2015 Kathleen McNabb
  • 2013-2014 Emily Betz-Close
  • 2011-2013 Al Russell
  • 2009-2011 Mary Porterfield
  • 2008-2009 Judy Weyand

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