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Maine’s State Service Commission Elects New Officers

September 26th, 2018

AUGUSTA – The Maine Commission for Community Service, the state commission that oversees AmeriCorps and other volunteer service grants in Maine, has a new board leadership team.


Celeste Branham, Vice President of Student Services at the University of Maine Farmington, began her two-year term as Chair of the Maine Commission for Community Service on September 20. Branham was first appointed to the Commission in 2011 and brings her expertise in civic engagement to the work of the board.


Nicole Pellenz of South Portland will serve as chair-elect for 2018-2020. Pellenz is Senior Vice President for Deposit Relationships. Since her appointment to the Commission in 2015, she has served on the grant selection and professional development committees.


Ed Barrett of Lewiston was elected to serve as vice-chair for the next two years. Barret is City Manager in Lewiston and has served on the grant selection committee since his appointment in 2014.

On behalf of the Commissioners, Dr. Branham presented outgoing chairman John Portela with a token of appreciation from the group. Portela, a sandblaster at Bath Iron Works, led the efforts to establish the Commission’s foundation arm and development of the plan for the Commission’s future direction.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers, fostering adoption of high quality volunteer management practices , raising awareness of issues impacting the volunteer sector, and promoting service as a strategy for tackling community problems.

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Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director