Program Staff

Kayla Baier (She/Her/Hers)

Program Coordinator

Kayla is originally from Ocean City, MD. She was the Wellfleet Program Supervisor in Year 18 and returned to be the Program Specialist in Year 20. During her time away from the program, she attained her MA Realtor License and had the pleasure of bookkeeping for Champ Homes and SPAT. In her free time, Kayla enjoys gardening, playing with her dog (@dajoisegram), renovating her recently purchased home, traveling to off the cuff destinations, and listening to informative podcasts.

Kayla’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.

Meredith Ballinger (She/ Her/ Hers)

Program Specialist

Meredith hails from Cincinnati, OH. 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 was a year 18 member in Wellfleet where she served with the Town of Wellfleet at the Health and Conservation Department. After developing an affinity for the ocean, she continued her journey up the coast to Maine as an Island Institute fellow to improve health and wellness initiatives at the St. George school. Knowing she couldn’t stay away from the Cape for too long she returned to be the Year 20 Upper Cape Program Supervisor. 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 or checking out local small-town festivals and events.

Meredith’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. Meredith manages the program’s community relations by maintaining the website, social media, staying in contact with local media, attending community meetings, and giving presentations.  Meredith 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.