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Support Office


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April Elkins, Executive Director, VISTA Conservation Legacy Program

April serves as the Executive Director for the VISTA Conservation Legacy Program that includes the DOI/VISTA Team and the two OSMRE/VISTA Teams, the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) and the Western Hardrock Watershed Team (WHWT). Hailing from the southern coalfields of Appalachia, April brings the coal country perspective to the Team. April has a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and a BS in Organizational Leadership Management and Development. She was awarded the Department of the Interior Partner In Conservation Award in both 2009 and 2011 and was named West Virginia State Journal Forty Under Forty in 2012. 

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Erica Calderis, Project Manager 

Erica serves as the Project Manager for the Conservation Legacy VISTA Program. Erica first joined the Team in 2010 as the Summer Programs Coordinator serving organizations throughout the East and West. Erica previously served as the Program Administrator for the Appalachian Coal Country Team and Conservation Legacy VISTA Program.  A native of Beckley, WV, Erica graduated from Mountain State University with degrees in Business Management and Business Marketing.

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 Dave Meyer, Business Administrator

Dave began serving as the Business Administrator in January 2015. Originally from Upstate NY, he developed a passion for Environmental Conservation working with the Adirondack 46ers organization on trail and habitat restoration projects in the Adirondack Mountains. After graduating from The University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and Policy he headed out to Colorado where he has worked in the Ski Industry in varying Administrative roles involving marketing, accounting, and customer service. 

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Mary Kobs, Recruitment and Professional Development Coordinator

Mary Kobs is the point of contact for new VISTAs. She oversees the process of recruiting candidates, assisting with applications, and enrolling new VISTAs through the online portal. She also works to coordinate and communicate Professional Development opportunities for VISTAs.

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Amy Showalter, OSMRE Site Coordinator 

Amy serves as the OSMRE Site Coordinator. She joined the team in December 2014 and brings energy for effective communication and administration, holistic approaches, and service learning. Her previous experience includes managing home repair projects as an AmeriCorps member in Tucson, AZ and providing support for adults with intellectual disabilities in Harrisonburg, VA. She also taught hiking-based environmental education in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with the Appalachian Mountain Club. A native of Virginia, Amy graduated from Goshen College with a degree in Bible, Religion & Philosophy, and a minor in International Studies. 

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Melissa Dixon, Member Support Coordinator 

Melissa started working in December 2014 as a temporary business assistant for the Conservation Legacy VISTA Program. She has worked primarily with the DOI/VISTA Team, doing check-in calls with DOI/VISTAs and helping where needed to complete tasks. She has enjoyed talking to VISTAs and hearing about their projects. Melissa was born and raised in southern West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University.


Julia Dullien, Member Support Coordinator 

Julia serves as the Support Coordinator. She was the first VISTA Leader for the DOI/USDA/Tribal Colleges and Universities VISTA team (TCU/VISTA team).  She grew up in Boulder, Colorado and received her bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After completing her degree in British Columbia, Julia became an OSMRE/VISTA with the Western Hardrock Watershed Team, serving as the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliances’ Education and Outreach Coordinator.


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Cody Zirkle, OSMRE/VISTA Leader

Cody joined the support office in September 2014 as the Appalachian Coal Country Team OSMRE/VISTA leader. In the past two years, he has worked with AmeriCorps as a VISTA at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire and did AmeriCorps direct service with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.  He served as the Social Media Director for the Boys & Girls Club and as a Project Manager and Volunteer Leader for Habitat for Humanity. Cody has a B.S. Degree in Biology from Emory & Henry College.