Jason Scott – Program Director
Jason has been Program Director with CAC AmeriCorps since the July of 2015. Jason has overall responsibility for program design and operation, fiscal management and for meeting CNCS performance objectives. Before serving as CAC AmeriCorps’ 4th Program Director, Jason served for nearly 7 years as the Town of Farragut’s NPDES Stormwater Coordinator where he was also a CAC AmeriCorps site supervisor. Jason is a two-term AmeriCorps Alum and is passionate about creating meaningful service experiences for members. Jason holds a BFA in Studio Art, MS in Environmental Policy and Management and a MBA from Carson Newman. In his free time Jason enjoys using reused materials to sculpt and draw as well as spending time with his family. If you are interested in hearing how Jason’s AmeriCorps experience transformed his life, you can read his blog post about it here. You can also review Jason’s full project history on his personal website.
Ariel Allen – Assistant Program Director
Ariel has been with CAC AmeriCorps since July of 2015. Ariel has overall program responsibility for the operations of the CAC AmeriCorps VISTA program. Before working with CAC AmeriCorps, Ariel served as a CAC AmeriCorps Member with Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Ariel received her BA in Sociology from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. During her time there, she spent a summer volunteering in Costa Rica at the Paradero Wildlife Rescue Center and Sea Turtle Conservation Lab building hatcheries and collecting data to help endangered leatherback sea turtle populations. This experience directly led her to pursue her passion of environmental work and education. Her favorite color may be lilac. You can read more about Ariel’s CAC AmeriCorps Experience here.
Nicole Stephens – Support Services Specialist
Nicole has been with CAC AmeriCorps since November of 2016. Nicole provides a broad range of support services to members and partners related to recruitment, administrative processes, and member development. Before her current role, Nicole worked as the Program Specialist for Knox County CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation where she coordinated thousands of trips for seniors and people with disabilities. She was also the Outreach Coordinator for Knox County CAC Project Eric where she worked with the University of Tennessee and many other local partners to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities. Nicole is a CAC AmeriCorps Alum, having served 2014-2015 with the Town of Farragut Stormwater, she also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2013-2014 in Billings, Montana with The Center for Children and Families. Nicole graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology and had minors in Art History and Religious Studies. During her time at Indiana University of Pennsylvania she was part of a National Service Sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, where she held offices such as President, Parliamentarian, Homecoming Chair, and Service Audit. Her cat’s name is Leonardo DiCatprio. You can read more about Nicole’s AmeriCorps experience here.
Christine Doka – Special Projects Coordinator
Christine has been with CAC AmeriCorps staff since July of 2018. Christine is responsible for the development of the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates program as well as a broad range of value-added initiatives in support of the Director and Assistant Director. Before this, Christine served 3 terms with CAC AmeriCorps in 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 as our first VISTA Leader. Christine is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Environmental Studies. Christine has played the violin since she was 10-years-old. You can read more about Christine’s AmeriCorps experience here.
Mark Carper – VISTA Leader
Mark is responsible for the support and development of the 2018-2019 VISTA program. Mark is a 2017-2018 alum of the CAC AmeriCorps VISTA program. Mark is, most recently, a graduate of the University of Kansas with a PHD in Geography but also holds dual masters degrees in Geography and Community Planning as well as an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. Mark has climbed the highest peak in the Balkans and can strike up a conversation in the native language.
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