Meet Our Congressional Award (@ Home) Team

NATIONAL STAFF

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 WHEELAN HEYSE

National Director

Our leader-in-chief, Erica is responsible for delivering the program nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She steers the Foundation through strategic planning, fundraising, and reporting to congressional leadership and our National Board of Directors as well as leading our national staff.


BETHIE WOODALL

Director of  Strategic Communications + Program Administration

Bethie develops our strategic communication plan, builds capacity for The Congressional Award brand, and creates and curates content for print, online, and social channels. She is the Foundation’s lead editor and serves as the media relations contact, as well as the point of contact on national events.  Bethie also advises the program team, giving guidance on policy and serving as the lead member of the Gold Medal Committee.

woodall@congressionalaward.org


RACHEL MALLORY

Director of Partnerships + Corporate Engagement

Rachel is the Director of Partnerships and Corporate Engagement, building and maintaining strategic relationships with the Foundation’s corporate and program partners. She is the point of contact for corporate engagement and is the liaison to ensure client programs are effectively executed. Rachel also manages grant reporting, donor outreach, and fundraising efforts.
 

mallory@congressionalaward.org


JORDAN LINDSEY

West Program Manager

Jordan is the West Program Manager, overseeing program operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington as well as American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.  Jordan reviews submissions from youth participants in these states & territories in addition to coordinating recognition ceremonies with their elected officials on both community-wide and state-wide scales.  Jordan is also responsible for the Foundation’s technology, innovation, and data analysis efforts.

lindsey@congressionalaward.org


SYDNEY TRYON

North Program Manager

Sydney is the North Program Manager, overseeing program operations in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.  Sydney reviews submissions from youth participants in these states in addition to coordinating recognition ceremonies with their elected officials on both community-wide and state-wide scales.  Sydney is also responsible for the Foundation’s supplementary youth programming and initiatives such as D,E, &I, the internship program, and the alumni association.

tryon@congressionalaward.org


KATIE McCOOL

South Program Manager

Katie is the South Program Manager, overseeing program operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia as well as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Military Bases.  Katie reviews submissions from youth participants in these states & territories in addition to coordinating recognition ceremonies with their elected officials on both community-wide and state-wide scales.  Katie is also responsible for leading the Foundation’s congressional relations efforts and office administration.

mccool@congressionalaward.org


MAURIE MUELLER

Program Officer

Maurie joins our team from the United States Senate where she worked with communications and special projects. She grew up in a military family and holds a B.S. from the University of Wyoming, where she contributed to community relations, fundraising, and programming.

mueller@congressionalaward.org


ERIC FERNANDEZ

Program Officer

Eric Fernandez joins our team as a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology. Previously, Eric served as an ETTT for Peace Corps Cambodia, and holds experience in community-focused project implementation.

fernandez@congressionalaward.org


For more information on which staff member to contact, visit the Contact Us page.