Who We Are

Jennifer Jefts-Cowart

Jennifer Jefts-Cowart has been involved with AmeriCorps for over 15 years. She began as a Teach For America AmeriCorps member teaching middle school special education students in the Rio Grande Valley. She has been the Director of two Texas based AmeriCorps programs with programs that each had 100 members. Her first Director position was with AmeriCorps Youth Harvest that engaged 100 high school seniors as tutors and mentors. She has extensive experience training and facilitating. Within AmeriCorps, Jennifer has presented at many state, regional, and national conferences on topics such as program management, member management, and much more. In addition, Jennifer lived and worked in Malawi, Africa for three years where she facilitated professional development for 168 schools and initiated the creation of a disability toolkit for teachers which was distributed to all Malawi primary schools. Outside of her professional world, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

Amy Salinas

Amy Salinas has spent the last 20 years working in the fields of national service, volunteerism, community development, and youth development and leadership. In this work, she has facilitated teams and strategic planning, developed curriculum, delivered trainings, coached organizations and programs, written grants and secured funding, and worked individually and within teams to support program development and management, organization capacity building, increased leadership and civic engagement, and community change work. Within national service, Amy started off as an AmeriCorps Member where she served in Arlington, Texas, worked for that same program, and worked for the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service as a Program Officer, Training Specialist, and Disability Inclusion Specialist. For the last 8 years, Amy has worked as a consultant where she works to develop the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations for the purpose of making change. Her national service client list includes State Commissions, AmeriCorps National Programs, AmeriCorps State Programs, the Corporation for National and Community Service, National Service Inclusion Project, MBI, Inc, and much more. Amy has a Masters in both Social Work and Urban Affairs. Amy places a great importance on personal and professional balance and outside of her professional world, spends her time with her husband raising their children.


aki headshotAki Slockers

Aki Slockers has been involved with national service and the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. She began her work as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Texas Campus Compact working with colleges and universities to help develop and strengthen service-learning and volunteerism on campuses. As a Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Ambassador through the Points of Light Foundation, Aki focused on increasing student civic engagement through working with student leaders at colleges and universities across Texas. Most recently, Aki spent time at the OneStar Foundation, which serves as the State Service Commission for Texas. She started work with OneStar first with the Governor’s Faith-based and Community Initiative helping implement programs to strengthen the capacity of small faith-based and community organizations. Within national service, Aki spent time as a Program Officer working with AmeriCorps*State programs through training and technical assistance, grant making, monitoring, oversight and compliance, and providing day-to-day support. Her most recent position was as Manager, AmeriCorps*Texas/Interim Associate Director where she managed the day-to-day programmatic and fiscal operations of administering the AmeriCorps portfolio. Aki has also served as a trainer at various events such as the National Conference on Service and Volunteering, the CNCS Financial Grants Management Institute, and state commission conferences.  Aki enjoys exploring the outdoors, trying new foods, and is kept busy chasing after her toddler and her husband.