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.

Derek Brudahl (He/Him/His)

Outer 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. His goal for the year is to explore more trails and learn more about shellfish propagation.

Manages:
Lehac & Devine Houses

Derek’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the Lehac and Devine Houses, 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.

Dan Flockton (He/Him/His)

Upper Cape Program Supervisor

Dan is originally from Carver, MA. He graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2019 with a degree in History. While completing his studies, Dan interned with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension as their Aquifer Protection Intern. Post-graduation, Dan joined AmeriCorps Cape Cod, serving with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) during Year 21. In his free time, Dan enjoys running, hiking, beachcombing, or reading a good book. His goal for the year is to explore more trails and beaches across the Cape.

Manages:
The Pocasset & Ranch Houses

Dan’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the Pocasset House and the Ranch House in Barnstable, and oversee the team-based activities of her 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.