Program Staff

Andrew Platt

Program Coordinator

Andrew is originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut.  After receiving a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Boston College, he came to Cape Cod to serve with AmeriCorps in Year 15.  He returned for a second year as FireCorps Member Leader in Year 16.  In 2016, Andrew joined the AmeriCorps Staff as Program Specialist.  In September 2018 he became the Program Coordinator. He is currently enrolled in a Masters program at Mass Maritime Academy for Emergency Management.  He also serves on the Town of Dennis Conservation Commission and is their representative to the Beach Management Advisory Task Force.  He currently lives in Dennisport with his wife and cat.  He enjoys Red Sox baseball, computer games, and bike riding.

Andrew’s primary role is to oversee AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s day-to-day operations. He assures program compliance with all established goals, objectives, and standards; guides fiscal and member benefits management; 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. Andrew also coordinates the program’s disaster response efforts. Andrew serves as the primary contact with the AmeriCorps Cape Cod alumni and the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Kayla Baier

Program Specialist

Kayla is originally from Ocean City, MD. She recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. At college, she was heavily involved with Title IX advocacy, SGA, and varsity tennis. In her free time Kayla enjoys traveling, hiking, and listening to informative podcasts.

Kayla’s role is to provide oversight to the components of the program including Individual Placements, program events and outreach, and member training. She helps facilitate educational projects, volunteer outreach opportunities, and large-scale AmeriCorps Cape Cod signature events.  She assists with the program’s fiscal management. Kayla manages the program’s community relations by maintaining the website, Facebook & Twitter pages, staying in contact with local media, attending community meetings, and giving presentations.  Kayla also oversees the tracking of member hours and performance measures.

Alex Bates

Outer Cape Program Supervisor 

Manages:
Wellfleet/Lehac House

Alex is from Odenton, Maryland and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Biology.  He hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and worked on several organic farms before completing his degree last summer.  As an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member during Year 19, he served with the Brewster Department of Natural Resources and Brewster Conservation Trust.  You can usually find him in the garden at the Wellfleet house where he enjoys growing a variety of produce.  He also enjoys hiking, photography, watching storms, and befriending the resident raccoons.

Alex’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation, management, and maintenance of the LeHac House in Wellfleet 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.

Meredith Ballinger

Upper Cape Program Supervisor

Manages:
Pocasset 
&
The Ranch Houses

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 and hoping to learn about conservation she turned to AmeriCorps. 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 a St. George Island Institute Fellow before returning to Cape Cod to be the Year 20 Upper Cape Program Supervisor. Meredith enjoys eating her way through all the places she has been lucky enough to call home, constantly in pursuit of a good cheese plate.

Meredith’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.