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Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism

 Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford & the Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism

Purpose of the Commission

The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism was created and appointed by the Governor in 1994 to review and approve all AmeriCorps State funding in Maryland and to serve as a body of ambassadors for service and volunteerism in local communities. With the Governor’s approval, the Commission may apply to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that manages AmeriCorps, and other public and private sources for additional funding. Under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, Governor-appointed service commissions are required to oversee each state’s AmeriCorps activities and resources. The Act also requires each state to develop, update, and implement a three-year strategic plan for service which sets funding and program priorities for allocation of AmeriCorps funds and promotes volunteerism and community service broadly. Learn about the Commission’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan.

Upcoming Meetings

February 22, 2018 Baltimore, MD 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 26, 2018 Baltimore, MD 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 7, 2018 Crownsville, MD 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Who are the Commissioners?

The Commission consists of the State Superintendent of Schools and members appointed by the Governor to three-year terms.

In addition, the Governor may appoint community members with significant experience and knowledge of issues related to service and volunteerism.

Executive Committee

Stacey M. Ullrich, Chair, has been the head of global philanthropy for Under Armour since 2012 and serves on boards for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers; St. Agnes Foundation; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc.; Business Volunteers Unlimited; and the Corporate Advisory Board for the National Afterschool Association.

Brian Dunne, Vice Chair, is an associate vice-president at Morgan Stanley, LLC. He is current member and past president of the National Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton and previously served as a consumer member on the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Maryland Board of Professional Land Surveyors.

William (Bill) Mandicott, Secretary, has been the assistant vice president for Student and Community Involvement at Frostburg State University since 2001.

Erin Lewis, Member-At-Large, is a State Farm agent in Lexington Park. She is founder of the Dream Queen Association, a place where positive, passionate, purpose-filled women come together to live their dreams and celebrate one another. She serves on the advisory council for the Non-Profit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland.


Julie Ayers, ex-officio, service-learning specialist for the Maryland Department of Education, oversees Maryland’s ground-breaking service-learning graduation requirement. She draws on her experience teaching in higher education settings and working in an anti-hunger nonprofit organization, and is able to provide support for issues she believes are critical for creating healthy communities. She is the designee on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism for the State Superintendent of Schools.

Andrew Brooks is the vice president and head of U.S. equity trading at T. Rowe Price. He serves on the boards at Outward Bound, WYPR, United Way of Central Maryland, and Catholic Charities.

Siobhan Davenport is the executive director of Rocksprings Foundation, which supports youth programs and community-changing ideas. Rocksprings Foundation is also a supporter of the Aspen Institute.

Tisha Edwards is chief of staff for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office. Ms. Edwards is the former executive vice president of Corporate Affairs at War Horse. She is also former interim CEO and chief of staff at Baltimore City Public Schools.

Bruce Evans is a lifelong Baltimore resident and part owner of a credit consultation company, creditsweepersllc, in Pikesville. An advocate for financial education for youth, Mr. Evans teaches financial literacy at Martin Luther King Recreation Center in West Baltimore.

Krista Gilmore works for Cecil County Department of Community Services and serves as the volunteer and community resource coordinator.

Bruce Goldensohn is a retired non-technical systems engineer for management at TASC Inc. He has served the Montgomery County region in various capacities, including as former mayor of Gaithersburg and co-chair of the Committee Evaluation Review Board for the county executive of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Marci Hunn is a program director at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. She is a former program officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service and a workforce development expert.

Anita Maddox Jackson is the chief of staff to Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) chief executive officer. In addition to that role, she leads BGE’s strategic approach to diversity and inclusion, and oversees the BGE Diversity Council Initiatives.

Erica Joseph is president of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore which has more than a $100 million endowment and provides $5.2 million in grants to Eastern Shore nonprofits annually. Ms. Joseph is an AmeriCorps alumna.

Brad Lundberg is owner of Lundberg Builders, Inc. He is the president of Centreville and Kent Island Rotary clubs, and oversees all Eagle Scout projects in four counties on the Eastern Shore as a Boy Scout Leader.

Tim Martin is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park where he studies mathematics. Mr. Martin is an Eagle Scout and active member of the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as a lodge chief in the Order of the Arrow. He is also the president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, Maryland Chapter.

DeAnna Murphy has worked for GCC Technologies, LLC in Oakland, MD since 2009. Her current role is Community Involvement Project Manager.

Lt. John P. Neary serves as fire lieutenant for the Frederick County Department of Fire Rescue Services. He is also the president of the Career Fire Fighters Association of Frederick County, IAFF Local 3666. Additionally, Mr. Neary serves as a soccer coach for the Middletown Valley Athletic Association.

Joshua Pedersen is president and chief executive officer of 211 Maryland, Inc. Before taking this role, Mr. Pedersen was chief executive officer of the United Way of Frederick County and vice president to the United Way of Northern Utah.

Shirley Sagawa is the co-founder of Sagawa/Jospin consulting firm. She served as the managing director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has been called a “founding mother of the modern service movement” in the United States. Ms. Sagawa serves as a board member for the Public Welfare Foundation and an active member of the Reimagining Service Executive Council.

Stephan Salem is the president of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as vice president of government relations for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Additionally, Mr. Salem serves on several nonprofit boards, including the NFL-players association and the national policy board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Casey Schurman, is a teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary school. She serves as board member for Pathways, is the Chair of the Oriole Advocate’s fundraising committee, and volunteers for the Ravens Punt, Pass, Kick program.

Betsy Southall, ex officio, is the State program director of the Maryland and Delaware State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Jack Spaulding is executive director of strategic planning at Planit. He is an expert in helping nonprofits, such as St. Vincent de Paul and Healthcare for the Homeless, develop brand identity.

Renée M. Winsky is the president and chief executive officer of Leadership Maryland, and the president and founder of Bay One Group, LLC. She is the former chief executive officer of the Tech Council of Maryland, and former president and executive director of the Technology Development Corporation.

Corae Young is the assistant director of Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. She serves on the Charles County Commission for Women and the Southern Maryland Regional Homeless Board. Additionally, she is a youth ministry leader and marketing coordinator at Free Gospel Church of Bryans Road.

Governor’s Staff

Steven McAdams, ex officio, is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

Van Brooks, ex officio, Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism