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Staff Team

Meet the Commission Staff!




Maryalice Crofton
Executive Director

Maryalice joined the Commission staff on April 1, 1995 and served as Grant Program Officer until she was appointed Director in May 1996. Maryalice's responsibilities include supporting the volunteers who serve as Commissioners, serving as liaison to external partners, strategic planning, program development, external communications, intergovernmental relations, and representing the Commission on regional and national initiatives.

Previous work included 15 years as Executive Director of two Maine Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, a year with USDA Cooperative Extension as evaluator of a national project, and five years with Univ. of Connecticut Cooperative Extension. She earned her master's degree in counseling from UMaine and her bachelor's from St. Joseph College in Connecticut.


Michael Ashmore
Training and Program Development Officer


Michael joined the Commission staff in April of 2010.  As Program Development & Training Officer he is responsible for outreach and pre-application training for organizations interested in using National Service as a solution. He also trains AmeriCorps grantees on best practices and leads Service Enterprise training. In addition, he co-chairs the State Emergency Donations Coordination Team where the Commission has responsibility for managing volunteers during statewide disasters.

Prior to joining the Commission, Michael was Director of the Maine Transition Network, a nonprofit providing training to schools and agencies helping youth with disabilities transition from school to adult life.  He was also a teacher and school district administrator for almost two decades and brings experience guiding volunteers as the onetime director and coordinator of volunteers for the NAMES Project-Maine; AIDS Memorial Quilt.



Jamie McFaul
Grants Officer

Jamie joined the Commission staff in January 2019. As Grants Officer, she is responsible for overseeing the administration and monitoring of the Commission's AmeriCorps programs. She assists grantees in understanding and completing required state and federal procedures, while developing an updated grant administration manual and other materials.

Prior to taking this position, Jamie was the Public Assistance Program Delivery Manager for FEMA.  She earned her masters degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine as well as her bachelor in geography and anthropology.

Before moving to Maine for university studies, she served an AmeriCorps term in Baltimore, MD, where she was volunteer coordinator at the Village Learning Place. Jamie also served in the US Air Force.



Marilyn Ware 
Secretary Specialist 

Marilyn joined the Commission in January 2019 as a temporary employee and decided to join us full-time on April 16, 2019.  As Secretary Specialist, she not only supports other team members but also the appointed Commissioners on the Maine Commission for Community Service. She handles the daily operations including routine reports, contracts, finances, and communications. 

Prior to joining the Commission, Marilyn was the Executive Assistant/Financial Manager for the Board of Overseers of the Bar.  The mission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar is to encourage and promote competent and ethical practice by members of the Maine Bar, and to make these standards known to members of the public so that they have confidence in the legal profession in Maine.  Marilyn became a Notary Public for the State of Maine on June 12, 2018.

Prior to moving back to Maine in 2014, she lived in Massachusetts for 13 years, where she worked at Boston College in University Advancement for the first six-years and then as the Office Administrator for the Treasurer for the Jesuit Community at Boston College. 

Marilyn is a double eagle at Boston College, graduating summa cum laude both times. She  earned her BA in business with a minor in English in 2007 and then her MA in administrative studies with a focus in finance and organizational behavior in 2011.  In 1992, Marilyn received an Associate Degree in Business Management from the University of Maine in Augusta.



Bryan Roche 
Communications Officer 


Bryan joined the Commission staff in July 2019. As Communications Officer, Bryan supports the Commission’s Communications Task Force and the Maine Volunteer Foundation by developing strategic communications plans, and managing the implementation of those plans with the goal of informing, educating, and disseminating information regarding available resources, programs, policies, and events. 

Before joining the commission, Bryan spent two years with Anania Media, an advertising agency in Westbrook, Maine. After starting as the agency’s Production and Social Media Lead, he moved into the role of Digital Marketing Manger, where helped a variety of B2B and B2C clients increase awareness and achieve growth. While with Anania, he also provided public relations and rebranding support to the clients of partner agency Fluent IMC.

Prior to that, Bryan worked in a variety of communication roles for the University of Southern Maine. Bryan managed the institution’s primary social media accounts and provided web content (news stories, feature stories and video packages) for the university’s digital platforms. Bryan also developed, produced and directed “The USM Update,” a monthly public affairs television program that highlights academic achievement and innovation at the university. 

A Foxborough, Massachusetts native, Bryan received his BA in Journalism from the University of Maine in 2013. After moving to Maine to pursue his education, Bryan chose to make the state home and now lives in downtown Portland.