Program Staff

Meredith Ballinger (She/Her/Hers)

Program Coordinator

Meredith is originally from Cincinnati, OH. A buckeye at heart, she graduated with a B.S in Public Health from Ohio State University. Meredith developed a passion for service in the mountains of Appalachia while working for an emergency home repair agency. Knowing she wanted to complete a year of service post-grad she turned to AmeriCorps Cape Cod. She served as a year 18 member  with the Town of Wellfleet at the Health and Conservation Department.  Meredith couldn’t stay away from the Cape for too long and soon returned where she has held of variety of roles with ACC. Meredith enjoys eating and hiking her way through all the places she has been lucky enough to call home. In her free time, you can find Meredith beachcombing on the Outer Cape, creating pottery or checking out local small-town festivals and events.

Meredith’s primary role is to oversee AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s day-to-day operations. This role assures program compliance with all established goals, objectives and standards; guides fiscal and member benefit management; coordinates program disaster response efforts; develops program systems to ensure effective delivery of service and member support and provides guidance, direction and overall supervision to the AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff team. This role serves as the primary contact with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Advisory Board.

Phoebe Plank (She/ Her/ Hers)

Program Specialist

Phoebe grew up in North Ferrisburgh, VT. She graduated with a B.S. in Conservation Biology from St. Lawrence University. Phoebe’s passion for conservation and environmental education led her to AmeriCorps Cape Cod where she completed a year of service as a member of the Year 20 Corps. During her member year she individually served with the Town of Dennis Department of Natural Resources and the Dennis Conservation Land Trust where she gained valuable skills in land management and public engagement. Her admiration and respect for the professional development and support that AmeriCorps Cape Cod offers young people influenced her to remain with the program as the Year 21 Outer Cape Program Supervisor. After taking a short hiatus, Phoebe has returned as the Program Specialist and is excited to continue her journey with AmeriCorps Cape Cod. In her free time, you can find Phoebe out on a run, exploring new hiking trails, or soaking up sunshine at the beach.

Phoebe’s role is to provide oversight to the individual components of the program including: Individual Placements, program outreach, and member training. She helps facilitate educational projects, volunteer outreach opportunities, and large-scale AmeriCorps Cape Cod signature events. Phoebe manages the program’s community relations by maintaining the website, social media, staying in contact with local media, attending community meetings, and giving presentations.  Phoebe also oversees the administration of member hours and project tracking.

Program Supervisors

Left to right: Robert Skubal, Michael Andranovich, Bob Bennett, Derek Brudahl

Robert Skubal (He/Him/His)

Upper Cape Program Supervisor

Robert is originally from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. After graduating, Robert served in a 10-month National Service program with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), working on various service projects in Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri. After NCCC, he served in two consecutive programs with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa, both as a member and crew leader, conducting conservation-based work throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  In his free time, Robert enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and playing basketball. His goal for the year is to explore the trails and natural areas throughout the Cape and learn more about mushroom ID and foraging. 

Manages:
Ranch House (Barnstable)

Robert’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the Ranch House, and oversee the team-based activities of his members including Group Projects, Saturday Service projects, and house dinners and meetings. All supervisors reside in the AmeriCorps residences and ensure member adherence to programmatic guidelines within the residence. They also provide support to member training and the program’s volunteer engagement activities.

Michael Andranovich (He/Him/His)

Outer Cape Program Supervisor

Michael grew up in Milford, CT, where he explored the shores of Long Island Sound throughout his childhood and his passion for the environment flourished. He graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies (minor in Computer Science) from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Looking to provide the greatest “boots on the ground” impact for communities at a local level, Michael joined AmeriCorps Cape Cod to complete a year of service in Year 18 (2016-2017). He jointly served with the Town of Sandwich Department of Natural Resources and Mashpee’s Shellfish Division. Using the numerous technical tools and professional skills gained during his service year, Michael went on to pursue positions in environmental education, wildlife stewardship, and research assistance. Before returning as a Program Supervisor, Michael finished his Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) degree from the University of Rhode Island with a concentration in Conservation Biology. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, or exploring the beaches of Cape Cod. 

Manages:
Devine House (Chatham)

Michael’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the Devine House, and oversee the team-based activities of his members including Group Projects, Saturday Service projects, and house dinners and meetings. All supervisors reside in the AmeriCorps residences and ensure member adherence to programmatic guidelines within the residence. They also provide support to member training and the program’s volunteer engagement activities.

Bob Bennett (He/Him/His)

Outer Cape Program Supervisor

Bob grew up in Weston, MA. He attended St. Lawrence University in upstate NY where he earned a B.S. in Political Science. His interests in service and the outdoors led him to apply for a member position with AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Bob spent his year living and serving on the Upper Cape. He ended up loving the Cape so much that he served again during Year 19, this time as an Outer Cape service member. Bob was placed with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension during his first year, and then the Town of Orleans Tree Department and the Orleans Conservation Trust during his second. After serving, Bob spent two years in Maine working for an educational non-profit, Chewonki, where he led backpacking and canoeing trips and co-taught the school’s art class. He couldn’t stay away from the Cape for long though and decided to return as a Program Supervisor. In his free time, you can find Bob foraging, beachcombing, reading, and trying new activities.  

Manages:
LeHac House (Wellfleet)

Bob’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the LeHac House, and oversee the team-based activities of his members including Group Projects, Saturday Service projects, and house dinners and meetings. All supervisors reside in the AmeriCorps residences and ensure member adherence to programmatic guidelines within the residence. They also provide support to member training and the program’s volunteer engagement activities.

Derek Brudahl (He/Him/His)

Upper Cape Program Supervisor

Derek is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He attended Temple University for Geology and originally started his working career in civil engineering in a petrography lab. After deciding to do a career switch into natural resources and conservation, Derek served as a member of AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 18. As a member, Derek was individually placed in the Town of Orleans with the Orleans Tree Department and the Orleans Conservation Trust. He spent his service year designing a tree inventory app, maintaining Town and Trust owned trails, invasive species removal, and writing land management plans for Trust parcels. In his free time, Derek enjoys hiking, reading, exercising, and going to the beach.

Manages:
Pocasset House (Bourne)

Derek’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the Pocasset, and oversee the team-based activities of his members including Group Projects, Saturday Service projects, and house dinners and meetings. All supervisors reside in the AmeriCorps residences and ensure member adherence to programmatic guidelines within the residence. They also provide support to member training and the program’s volunteer engagement activities.