Staff & Leadership

While the staff listed below engage in the day-to-day work of the Compact, the Executive Board and Advisory Board also provide oversight to guide our work.  Follow the links to the right to learn more.

Leslie Garvin, Executive Director
M.S.W with a concentration in Social and Economic Development and a specialization in Management
B.A. in Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

On January 1, 2015, Garvin assumed the role as the Compact’s third executive director, Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network's key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged hundreds of college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acted as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year.

Prior to joining the Compact, Garvin worked in the community development field in St. Louis, Missouri from 2000-2005 with two organizations: Faith Beyond Walls (now the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis) and the Coro Leadership Center. Garvin is also a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps program, having served in St. Louis with an AmeriCorps pilot project, Summer of Safety, in 1994.

From 1994 through 1998, Garvin managed Songtalk Publishing Company in Washington, D.C., where she worked with oral historian and civil rights icon, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a founding member of the SNCC Freedom Singers.  There she also worked with Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning female vocal ensemble

Her current community involvement includes serving as the Development Chair of The Queens Foundation Triad Leadership Team, a member of the Education Panel Review Team for the United Way of Greater High Point, a Puppet Coach at Deep River Church of Christ, and as the Higher Education Representative for the NC Service-Learning Coalition Board.

Leslie can be reached at or (336) 278-7198.

Chad Fogleman, Program Coordinator
M.P.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. in English, Davidson College

Chad oversees the Compact’s Americorps*VISTA program. He also serves as a media relations contact, supports Compact fundraising efforts, and assists in planning conferences and member meetings.

Prior to joining NC Campus Compact in 2012, Chad worked at Brown University’s Education Alliance, conducting educational policy and practice research related to the academic success of diverse K-12 learners. He also served as a Program Officer at UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service.

Chad can be reached at or (336) 278-7197

René Summers, Program Assistant
B.A., Elon University (in process)

René, who serves as connector to member campuses, facilitator of information, and conference planner, joined NC Campus Compact in March 2011. For sixteen years, René served in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University, providing administrative support for the University Chaplain, participating in the development of the Religious & Spiritual life program, and coordinating and implementing numerous campus-wide events and conferences. 

René can be reached at or (336) 278-7154.

Catherine Casteel, VISTA Leader-Performance Measurement Specialist
B.A., Communication, Trinity University

As one of the VISTA Leaders at NC Campus Compact, Catherine supports VISTA members serving at host sites across North Carolna. She reviews the performance measurement process instituted by the Corporation for National and Community Service to ensure effective project outcomes, facilitates communication and provides additional support to VISTA members with Education focused projects.

Prior to joining the NC Campus Compact team Catherine served as an Americorps  VISTA member in Cincinnati with Sharecorps, a state-wide organization dedicated to fighting hunger.  Before her service with Americorps Catherine volunteered in Ghana with Habitat for Humanity and in Cambodia with SILAKA, a local NGO partnered with U.N.  While at Trinity University Catherine was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and gave 100 hours of service to the San Antonio community. Her passion for community service and engagement stem from childhood experiences volunteering with her family.

Catherine can be reached at or (336) 278-7194.

Perdita Das, VISTA Leader-Professional Development Specialist
B.S., International Business and Accounting, University of Bridgeport
M.B.A., International Business, University of Brideport

As one of the VISTA Leaders at NC Campus Compact, Perdita also supports VISTA members serving at host sites across North Carolna. She coordinates professional development for the members, facilitates communication and training, and provides additional support to the members focused on Economic Opportunity and Food Security projects at their sites.

Prior to joining NC Campus Compact, Perdita served as the Community Needs and Asset Assessment VISTA with Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) and the City of Bridgeport Office of Neighborhood Revitalization in Bridgeport, CT. As a graduate student at the University of Bridgeport, Perdita worked as the Graduate Assistant in the Campus Activities and Community Services office, advising student programming groups and facilitating community service projects.

Perdita can be reached at or (336)-278-7196