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. 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 Coordinator
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 social media. 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.
Mark Carper – Special Projects Coordinator
Mark is responsible for providing general support services related to recruitment and member service experience as well as development of additional service programming for CAC AmeriCorps. Mark is a 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 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.
Gordon Harless – VISTA Leader (2019-2020)
Gordon is responsible for the support and development of the 2019-2020 VISTA program. Gordon is a 2018-2019 alum of the CAC AmeriCorps VISTA program. Gordon is a graduate of Appalachian State University and holds a BS in Psychology. Gordon previously lived and taught in South Korea for 2 years where he recounts riding on the subway with sumo wrestlers on the way to a sumo wrestling tournament.
Leah Fontaine – VISTA Leader (2020-2021)
Leah is responsible for the support and development of the 2020-2021 VISTA program. Leah is a 2019-2020 alum of the CAC AmeriCorps State/National program having previously served with UT Sustainability. Leah is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a BA in Religion and Anthropology. Leah is the owner of a highly followed Instagram account, dairy_and_duncan, featuring her 2 photogenic hamsters.