Skip to main content


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.


Cecily Cook
Planning and Research Associate

Cecily has been working with the Commission since February 2017. As a Planning and Research Associate she is responsible for planning and coordinating public events, including the Governor’s Service Awards and the AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony, creating printed, electronic, and video marketing communications, and conducting research and compiling reports.

Before the Commission, Cecily managed a small, volunteer-based humanitarian aid organization in Northern Iraq, which she co-founded. While in this position she partnered with large organizations, like the UNHCR, to facilitate programs based in Syrian refugee camps. Cecily received her MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Social Sciences from Lund University in Sweden.



Laurel Bernier
Grants Officer

Laurel joined the Commission staff in January 2018. As Grants Officer, Laurel 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.

 Before joining the Commission, Laurel worked as Volunteer Coordinator at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) in Brunswick, overseeing their pool of over 1,200 volunteers annually. When she first arrived, she worked on the USDA Summer Food Service Program that provides federally funded meals to youth. While at MCHPP she connected with the Commission and she became a certified Service Enterprise Trainer.

 Laurel has volunteered on the planning committee of the Volunteer Administrators of Mid Coast Maine, and as Secretary on the Teen Center Advisory Committee in Brunswick. She is familiar with National Service programs as a result of her service in  AmeriCorps VISTA.

 Laurel received her bachelor's degree in Sociology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2015 she earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration, demonstrating her knowledge of professionalism and ethics in the nonprofit sector.