The Corps Network Welcomes New Board and Corps Council Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a set of February meetings of The Corps Network’s leadership, new members were welcomed to the organization’s Board of Directors and Corps Council. Outgoing members were also formally recognized for their contributions.

The Corps Network’s Board of Directors helps determine the mission and vision for the organization and also fundraises, provides fiduciary and organizational oversight, and offers strategic guidance. Outgoing members of the Board include Kim Perry, Executive Director of D.C. Vote, David Smith, Managing Director of the Presidio Institute, and Ann Cochrane, Executive Director of San Francisco Conservation Corps.

New members of the Board of Directors include:

Kelly Causey, CEO of Mile High Youth Corps

Kelly is currently serving her 16th year as CEO of Mile High Youth Corps. She has worked with youth development agencies for 22 years, mostly in youth Corps. She got her start at MHYC as one of its first crew leaders when the Corps was launched in 1992. Kelly earned a Master’s degree in Sociology and her Ph.D. in Health & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver. The focus of her dissertation was employability barriers faced by high-risk youth.

Jim Houser, COO, Delaware North

Jim Houser is Chief Operating Officer for Delaware North parks & resorts, and Delaware North Australia and Asia. As COO, Jim is responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 40 Delaware North parks & resorts locations in the United States and abroad. Having served more than 35 years with the company, Jim has gained a diverse management and leadership background.

Lori Johnston, Financial Advisor, Mayflower Advisors, LLC

Lori Johnston is a financial advisor with a background in small business ownership. Prior to joining AG Edwards & Sons (a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC) in 2001, Lori owned and operated two franchised Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shops and an independent coffee house in Washington, DC. She provides comprehensive investment planning services with an emphasis on Socially Responsible Investing.

Paul Schmitz, CEO, Leading Inside Out

Paul Schmitz is CEO of Leading Inside Out, a nonprofit and philanthropic advisory group. He also serves as Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; and is the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011), and the former CEO of Public Allies where he spent 21 years helping more than 5,600 diverse young leaders turn their passions to make a difference into careers working for community and social change.

The Corps Network’s Corps Council serves as the voice of the member Corps of The Corps Network. The Council advises the Board of Directors and is a voice of The Corps Network back to the Corps community.

New members of the Corps Council include:

  • Alicia Bennett, U.S. Forest Service Job Corps
  • Kelly Causey, Mile High Youth Corps
  • Angelou Ezeilo, Greening Youth Foundation / Atlanta Youth Corps
  • Erin Healy, California Conservation Corps
  • Beth Nordlund, Anchorage Park Foundation / Youth Employment in Parks

Outgoing members of the Council include:

  • Steve Dubiel, EarthCorps
  • Ann Cochrane, San Francisco Conservation Corps
  • John Leong, KUPU / Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
  • Jerry Keir, Nevada Conservation Corps

A full list of Board and Corps Council members can be viewed on The Corps Network’s website.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives. Our 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll more than 23,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25. Corps are comprehensive youth development programs that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment. Learn more at

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