Senior Portfolio Managers, Mountain Region

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Ken Goodson
Regional Administrator, Mountain Region

Ken Goodson comes to the Office of Regional Operations having previously served as Region Director for the CNCS AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region. Mr. Goodson came to CNCS following 17 years in foreign assistance.

He began his community service career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and went on to serve as an overseas staff member for Peace Corps in five countries, including multiple tours as Deputy Director and Country Director. In 2010, he returned to the United States to serve as Advisor to the Director at Peace Corps Headquarters, where he was part of a team responsible for developing Peace Corps’ strategy for the coming decade of operations. Prior to joining CNCS, Mr. Goodson served as the country lead in negotiating a $25 million government foreign assistance program in Nepal, implemented by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Mr. Goodson graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and earned a master’s in executive leadership from Champlain College in Vermont. He is fluent in Spanish and can hold his own speaking in Quechua, Mongolian, and Romanian. He has climbed all 58 of Colorado’s peaks over 14,000 feet, as well as numerous Andean peaks over 20,000 feet.

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Jill Sears
Deputy Regional Administrator, Mountain Region

Jill Sears began her career in the risk management field in the private sector. After five years, she followed her ongoing interest in service and joined the Peace Corps, where she served in Botswana. She returned to the United States in 2008 and worked on long-term recovery efforts for the American Red Cross in New Orleans post-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Ms. Sears joined CNCS in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant for the Pacific Cluster and then joined the New Mexico State Office as a Program Officer. She joined the leadership team for the Senior Corps program in Washington, D.C., in 2015 where she made significant contributions as Program Officer for Training and Performance Measurement, Associate Director, and Acting Deputy Director.

Ms. Sears earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University and hails from the state of Michigan.

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Amy Busch
Senior Portfolio Manager, Mountain Region

Amy Busch came to the Office of Regional Operations from the CNCS Wyoming State Office, where she served as State Program Director for the past five years. Prior to that, she served as a Program Officer in the CNCS Montana State Office for seven years, as Senior Corps Project Director and AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor, Director of Aging Services, a consultant, and grant writer.

She was appointed to the Montana Commission on Community Service and served on several other boards and associations including National Gerontology Society, Montana Senior Corps Association, Energy Share, Department of Transportation-Rural Transit, Mental Health Board, Adult Protective Services and Citizen Corps. Ms/ Busch started her journey with national service as a Senior Corps RSVP Director at the ripe age of 19 and continues to make significant contributions both through program development at the state level, and through special projects such as AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Training and Senior Corps Policy Council.


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Dan Dunlap
Senior Portfolio Manager, Mountain Region

Dan Dunlap began his career with national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, and AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor in Oklahoma City.  In 2001, he was a Learn and Serve America Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Mr. Dunlap then worked as a Program Officer for 12 years in the Okla., Colo., and Texas CNCS State offices and then as the Colorado State Program Director for six years. He is the father of three daughters and married to an AmeriCorps alumna.  He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.


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Zanquetta Gray
Senior Portfolio Manager, Mountain Region 

Zanquetta Gray's career in national service began as an AmeriCorps member. She tutored and mentored middle school students in after-school programs and in the summer. After two years of service, she worked for a small AmeriCorps national program, then with a large AmeriCorps program that utilized both AmeriCorps National and AmeriCorps VISTA members. Ms. Gray served as Deputy Director of Programs for Volunteer Tennessee, where she oversaw Tennessee’s portfolio of AmeriCorps State programs and administered the state’s Volunteer Generation Fund grant, in addition to working on other service-related initiatives.

Ms. Gray joined CNCS in 2018 as Mississippi State Program Director before joining the Mountain Region as a Senior Portfolio Manager. She was born in Alabama, but has lived in many states as part of a military family. She is a graduate of Auburn University – Go War Eagle!


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