Meet Our Team

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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!

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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.

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BETHIE WOODALL

Director of Events & Strategic Communications

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 local and national events.

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MATT TICK

Program Director

Matt supervises our program team, giving guidance on policy and serving as the lead member of the Gold Medal committee.  He also helps administer our national partnerships, supervises our interns, and assists with the  day-to-day administration of our national office.

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JORDAN LINDSEY

Program Manager

Jordan joins our team as a graduate student at Howard University, where he focuses in communications. He has extensive research experience in community development strategies and nurturing common values across cultures.

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SYDNEY TRYON

Program Manager

Sydney joins our team as a recent graduate of Indiana University, where she received her B.A. in International Studies. She is a former Congressional Award intern and holds experience in Peer Counseling and guiding students through the study abroad process.

KATIE MCCOOL

Program Manager

Katie joins our team as a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, where she received her B.A in English. She was a former Legislative Intern in the United States Senate and holds experience in fundraising and government affairs.

RACHEL MALLORY

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

Rachel Mallory joins our team as a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received her Master’s in Human Services. Rachel previously worked with University of Tennessee Extension and has a strong background in 4-H, STEM, nutrition, and health.

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