Please join us in welcoming Matt Tick as the newest member of The Congressional Award National Staff. Matt will assume the role of South Program Manager, bringing years of program management, research analysis, and congressional relations experience to our team.

Prior to joining The Congressional Award, Matt was employed by the American Constitution Society. Matt is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. where he studied International Studies. He has spent a large portion of his career working in youth development as well as congressional offices, including involvement with the YMCA Youth & Government program.

The following states and territories fall within Matt’s portfolio. Feel free to extend a welcome to Matt at

Alabama, APO AE Military, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.


The Congressional Award will retain former South Program Manager Derek Doyle.

Effective immediately, Derek will serve as the Foundation’s Director of Communications & Strategic Outreach. In his new role, Derek will be responsible for the creation and implementation of the annual communication strategy and shall serve as the primary media contact for the Foundation.

Derek may be reached at

After nearly a decade of service to the National Staff, Director of Operations Kathleen Deschler will depart our staff in January 2017.

We are incredibly thankful for the talent and energy Kati brought to our team each day and wish her and her family the best in this exciting transition.

For a complete listing of our current staff and to learn a bit more about us, please visit our staff directory.