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.
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.
Christine Doka – Program Coordinator
Christine has been with CAC AmeriCorps staff since July of 2018. Christine is responsible for the operation 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. Enjoys listening to the Tarzan soundtrack on a regular basis. You can read more about Christine’s AmeriCorps experience here.
CJ Butcher – Program Specialist
CJ joined CAC staff in June of 2019. CJ is responsible for supporting a broad range of member focused activities including recruitment, site visits, and the support of administrative processes. Previous to his time as CAC AmeriCorps staff, CJ served as a Benefits Counselor with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and Compliance Officer with God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington Kentucky. CJ is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a BS in Psychology. CJ has played soccer for over 13 years.
Gordon Harless – VISTA Leader
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.
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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