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Commissioners

In October 1994, twenty-five citizens were appointed by Governor McKernan to serve as the inaugural Commission members. Since then, each Governor has appointed an average of nine people each year to fill naturally occurring vacancies on the board.

Commissioner terms of service are three years with an option for re-appointment. The Commissioners are a diverse, bipartisan group of citizens, actively engaged in community service, and represent every region of the state. They elect officers from their membership and the officers serve two-year terms.

The seats on the board are designated in statute such that each person represents at least one facet of the community volunteer service sector.

Commissioners Serving Now

John Portela, Chair
Brunswick 
Sandblaster
Bath Iron Works
Seat 4: Representative of a local labor organization

F. Celeste Branham, Chair-elect
Brunswick
V.P. for Student Services, University of Maine Farmington
Seat 20: Educators, including representatives from institutions of higher education and local education agencies

David Wihry, Vice-chair
Bangor
Research Associate, Univ. of Maine Center on Aging
Seat 17: Experts in the delivery of human services to communities and people

Edward Barrett
Lewiston
City Administrator, City of Lewiston
Seat 21: A representative of local government

David Burns
Whiting
Professional Investigator
Seat 18: Expert in the delivery of public safety services to communities and people

 

Aaron Dombroski
Freeport
Veteran Service Officer, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services
Seat 3: An individual with experience in promoting the involvement of adults aged 55 and older in national service and volunteerism

Jacinda Goodwin
Winslow
Program Specialist, Homeless Education
Seat 16: Representative of out-of-school or at-risk youth

Elizabeth Hite
Concord, NH
Maine State Program Officer , CNCS
Seat 24: Ex officio A nonvoting liaison designated by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Sean Ingram
Augusta
Legislative Policy Coordinator, Office of the Governor
Seat 11: A representative of theState's volunteer community

Nicholas Isgro
Waterville
Controller, Skowhegan Savings Bank/Mayor, Waterville
Seat 25: A representative of a community-based agency or organization

Melik Peter Khoury
Stockton Springs
President, Unity College
Seat 9: Expert in the delivery of environmental services to communities and people

Beth Lambert
Fairfield
ME Dept of Education
Seat 2: The Commissioner of Education or his/her designee

Coleman Lapointe
Kennebunk
Director of Development, Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation
Seat 14: Expert in the delivery of educational services to communities and people

Nicole M. Pellenz
Scarborough
Senior Vice President, Machias Savings Bank
Seat 1: Representative of the business community

Carol Rancourt
Scarborough
Director of Senior Volunteer Services/RSVP,
Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging
Seat 7: Representative of a National Service program

Brianna Tibbetts
North Waterboro
Student
Seat 5: An individual who is at least 16 years of age but no more than 25 years of age and who is a participant in or a supervisor of a service program for youth

Barbara Wentworth
Saco
President & CEO, United Way of York County
Seat 22: A representative of theState's volunteer community

Joseph Young
Fayette
Selectman, Town of Fayette
Executive Director, Maine Library of Geographic Information
Seat 19: A representative of local government 

VACANT
Seat 6: An individual who is at least 16 years of age but no more than 25 years of age and who is a participant in or a supervisor of a service program for youth

VACANT
Seat 8: A representative of theState's volunteer community

VACANT
Seat 10: Expert in the education, training and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth

VACANT
Seat 12:  Expert in the education, training and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth

VACANT
Seat 13: Representative of a community-based agency or organization

VACANT
Seat 15: Representative of the business community

VACANT  
Seat 23: Experts in the delivery of human services to communities and people