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Staff Team

Meet the Volunteer Maine Staff!




Maryalice Crofton
Executive Director



Maryalice joined the Volunteer Maine 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 Volunteer Maine 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 Volunteer Maine 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 Volunteer Maine has responsibility for managing volunteers during statewide disasters.

Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, 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 Volunteer Maine staff in January 2019. As Grants Officer, she is responsible for overseeing the administration and monitoring of Volunteer Maine'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.


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Bryan Roche 
Communications Officer 
Office: 207.624.7836
Cell: 207.446.3471


Bryan joined the Volunteer Maine staff in July 2019. As Communications Officer, Bryan supports Volunteer Maine’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.


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Zachary Harder
Office Administrator 
Jan. 28, 1989 -- Sept. 18, 2020 

Volunteer Maine is heartbroken to share that Zach passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. He brought a valuable perspective to our staff team as a past AmeriCorps Member who served with the Maine Conservation Corps. Zach was deeply proud of his AmeriCorps service time. He was a quiet, good natured, helpful and uniformly positive person who will we miss every day.

Please visit this link to learn more about Zach's life as well as to share condolences with his family and loved ones.

Zach joined Volunteer Maine in August 2020. As Office Administrator, Zach supports the Volunteer Maine staff and state service commission. He will help to plan events, create outreach material, enter data, and complete various administrative tasks.

Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Zach worked for the Maine Legislature as a Committee Clerk for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Marine Resources. In 2019, he served as an Environmental Steward with the Maine Conservation Corps at Midcoast Conservancy. As an Environmental Steward, Zach served most of his time creating outreach material to recruit volunteers and focusing on the water quality of Damariscotta Lake.

Zach has an AS in Communication and New Media from Southern Maine Community College. He lives in Augusta and volunteers with CAPITAL, Cyclists and Pedestrians Invigorating the Augusta Life.


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Streeter Elliott
Development Associate

Streeter joined the Volunteer Maine staff in September 2020. As Development Associate, Streeter supports Volunteer Maine and the Maine Volunteer Foundation by coordinating fundraising initiatives, building the Maine AmeriCorps Alumni network and assisting programs.

Before joining Volunteer Maine, Streeter completed a full term of service as a Team Leader with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps as well as a half term with Massachusetts State program, Dial/Self AmeriCorps. He also volunteers with CISV, an international peace education program for youth. This passion for service led him to Volunteer Maine where he helps make service opportunities possible for others.