Nice To Meet You

Our responsibility is to deliver a unique and worthwhile program to young people throughout the country on behalf of the United States Congress. Get to know the team that works for you everyday!

Erica Heyse

National Director

Our leader-in-chief, Erica is responsible for steering the foundation and reporting our progress to both congressional leadership and our National Board of Directors.

On any given day you may find Erica in meetings with members of Congress on the Hill, planning an upcoming event, or chasing Sibley (our office dog) down the hallway.

Derek Doyle

Communications Director

Derek brings people together through our shared mission of encouraging and recognizing youth achievement.

He helps to develop our strategic communication plan, manages our online and social presence, and brings The Congressional Award to life through design and interaction.

Kirsten Gooden

Program Director

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Molly Geiser

Senior Program Manager

Derek brings people together through our shared mission of encouraging and recognizing youth achievement.

Matt Tick

Program Manager

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Bethie Woodall

Program Manager

Derek brings people together through our shared mission of encouraging and recognizing youth achievement.

He helps to develop our strategic communication plan, manages our online and social presence, and brings The Congressional Award to life through design and interaction.

Have Questions?

For more information for which staff member to contact with your question or request, please visit our Contact Us page.