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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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Jonathan Barczyk
Mount Vernon
Chief, Voluntary Services,
VA  Maine Healthcare System
Seat 3: An individual with experience in promoting involvement of adults aged 55 and older in national service and volunteerism

 

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

 

 

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Mathison Deering
Dexter
Student, Thomas College
Seat 5: An individual age 16 to 25 who is a participant in a service program for youth

 

 

 Peter Doak

Peter Doak
Columbia Falls
Seat 16: Representative of out-of-school or at-risk youth


 
 

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Julia Fiori
Portland
Student, Waynflete School
Seat 6: An individual age 16 to 25 who is a participant in a service program for youth

 


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Anne Ostberg
Concord, NH
Senior Portfolio Manager, CNCS Regional Office
Seat 24: Ex officio A nonvoting liaison designated by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 

 

  

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Matthew L'Italien
Sidney
Project director, Somerset Public Health
Seat 25: A representative of a community-based agency or organization

 

 

  

Jamie Logan
Augusta
Media/Communications Consultant
Seat 22: A representative of the State's volunteer community

 

 

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Jessica Nixon
Augusta
Chief of Staff, Maine Department of Education
Seat 2: The Commissioner of Education or his/her designee

 

 

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Lisa Phelps
Brunswick
Program Administrator, University of Maine Cooperative  Extension
Seat 14: Expert in the delivery of educational services to communities and people

 

 

Luke Shorty
Winthrop
Executive Director, Lee Academy
Seat 9: Expert in the delivery of environmental services to communities and people

 

 

Maria Staples
Hermon
Director of Foster Grandparent Program,
Penquis
Seat 7: Representative of a National Service program

 

 

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Jenifer Tilton Flood
Clinton
Dairy Farmer/Cabot Creamery Coop Spokesperson
Seat 15: Representative of business

 

 

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Seat 1: Representative of the business community

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Seat 8: A representative of the State's volunteer community

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

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Seat 11: A representative of the State's volunteer community

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Seat 12:  Expert in the delivery of human services in communities

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Seat 13: Representative of a community-based organization

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Seat 17: Expert in the delivery of human services to communities and people

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Seat 19: A representative of local government 

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Seat 23: An expert in delivery of k-12 educational services