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. Jason is currently the Governor appointed representative of National Service on the board of Volunteer Tennessee. 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.
Christine Doka – Assistant Program Director
Christine has been with CAC AmeriCorps staff since July of 2018. Christine has overall program responsibility for the operation of the AmeriCorps VISTA and Summer Associates programs and provides executive leadership in Jason’s absence. Before working with CAC AmeriCorps, 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 currently serves on the board of Next Step Initiative. Enjoys listening to the Tarzan soundtrack on a regular basis. You can read more about Christine’s AmeriCorps experience here.
Lauren Bird – Program Manager
Lauren has been with CAC AmeriCorps since March 2020. Lauren is responsible for providing front-line support for CAC AmeriCorps’ Environmental Corps including performance, timekeeping, and member recruitment and development. In addition, Lauren provides leadership in regards to the CAC Community Action Fellows. Before coming to CAC AmeriCorps, Lauren worked for Ijams Nature Center where she was responsible for the coordination of the Annual River Rescue event for the past 5 years. Lauren is a 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 alum of CAC AmeriCorps serving at Ijams Nature Center. Lauren holds a bachelors degree in Sociology and Psychology. Lauren has never eaten Ramen noodles.
Leah Fontaine – Program Specialist
Leah supports the overall operation for CAC AmeriCorps. She provides leadership on social media, our small grants program, and alumni initiatives. Leah also provides specific support for the CAC Community Action Fellows program. Before joining staff, Leah completed two terms of service, her first with UT Sustainability and her second as VISTA Leader. Leah is the owner of a highly followed Instagram account, dairy_and_duncan, featuring her 2 photogenic hamsters.
Cele Weakfall – VISTA Leader (2021-2022)
Cele, in collaboration with Ashlee, is responsible for the support and development of the 2021-2022 VISTA corps which includes front-line member support, reporting, and recruitment. Specifically, during her year as VISTA Leader Cele will be working to improve CAC AmeriCorps’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices, as well as focusing on partner training. Cele is a 2020-2021 alum of the CAC AmeriCorps State/National program having previously served with Ijams Nature Center. Cele knows all of the lyrics to,”Be a Man,” from Mulan.
Ashlee Mays – VISTA Leader (2021-2022)
Ashlee, in collaboration with Cele, is responsible for the support and development of the 2021-2022 VISTA corps which includes front-line member support, reporting, and recruitment. Additionally, during her year as VISTA Leader Ashlee will be focusing on improving our program’s storytelling by exploring different sharing mediums including printed and digital zines, online blog posts, social media, and more. Ashlee is a 2020-2021 alum of the CAC AmeriCorps State/National program, having previously served with CAC Beardsley Farm. Ashlee is an artist and printmaker whose work crosses genres of art-making, ecology, pseudoscience, and game theory. She is fond of ducks and gardens and those who keep them.