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
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.
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.
Director of Partnerships + Corporate Engagement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on which staff member to contact, visit the Contact Us page.