Meet the Commission Staff!
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.
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 and is also responsible for providing training to funded agencies and other organizations interested in increasing their capacity to utilize the power for volunteer service. 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.
Grant Programs Officer
Pelin joined the Commission staff in January 2015. As Grant Programs Officer, she oversees compilation of data for business reports, verification on grantee reimbursements, analysis of research data, preparation of online courses, and review of compliance reports.
Before coming to the Commission, Pelin worked for 9 years as a research and data analyst in marketing and research firms serving global customers from New York City. She earned her MBA from University of Hartford.
Planning and Research Associate
Cecily has been working with the Commission since February, 2017. As a Planning and Research Associate she is responsible for the creation of project reports, planning various events, tracking federal guidelines, and sharing information across national and state levels about the programs the Commission administers.
Previous to the Commission, Cecily managed a small 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.