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Governor’s Commission on Service and 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 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

Upcoming Meetings

March 3, 2020

Meeting Agenda

100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 13, 2020 Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch

6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 6, 2020
New Hope Lutheran Church

8575 Guilford Rd, Columbia, MD 21046

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 3, 2020 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Who are the Commissioners?

The Commission consists of a representative 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

Erin Lewis, Chair

Erin Lewis, Chair,  in addition to being the Chair of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Commission, is the Agency Owner and Principal at Goosehead Insurance, the nation’s fastest growing independent agency.  She began her career in customer service with State Farm Insurance and opened an agency at age 25. Lewis then utilized her professional knowledge and skills to found the Dream Queen Foundation, Inc in Severna Park, MD. The Dream Queen Foundation offers networking, retreats, conferences, club programs, and workshops to help women and teen girls align careers with passion & purpose, embrace authenticity & transparency in positions of power & influence, and replace greed & corruption with heart & soul. Lewis’ mission is to teach teenage girls the responsibility and role of leadership, foster a life-long love for learning, and equip them to be effective in government, business, education, religion, family, media, and arts & entertainment. She has served on the advisory council for the Non-profit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland and the steering committee for the Million Women Mentor – Maryland Initiative.

Erin Lewis is the 2019 recipient of the Women Who Make a Difference Awards from the Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 recipient for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant ($25,000 to address teenage girl anti-bullying campaign) and Lifetime Legacy Leader 5 Year Award from the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation, and the 2016 recipient of the Business Leadership Woman of Impact Award from the Southern Maryland Women’s League.

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

Siobhan Davenport, Secretary, 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.


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.

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.

William J. McCarthy, Jr. has been the executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore since August 2009. He serves as chairman of the board at Loyola Blakefield, as well as on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, SunTrust Bank Maryland, The Thomas O’Neill Catholic Health Care Fund, Board of Financial Administration of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the Maryland Catholic Conference.

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R. Matthew McKinney currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison with the Peace Corps. In addition to political campaigns at the state and federal levels, he has held staff positions with two Members of Congress, and served as Special Assistant to the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior. He has worked on several different campaigns in Maryland, and has also worked as Campaign Manager for Florida Congressman, Cliff Stearns.

Matt served as the Regional Director for the Hogan for Governor Campaign in Montgomery County, Maryland. Once Hogan was elected Governor, Matt took on the role as Special Assistant to the Governor in the Appointment’s Office.
Originally from Alabama, he now resides in Annapolis. Matt holds a Bachelors of Political Science from Samford University.

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 has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit industry for more than 24 years.  He led the implementation of the 211 service throughout Utah, has served as Director of Services for the Utah Food Bank, as Vice President of United Way of Northern Utah, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, Maryland and as President & CEO of 211 Maryland.   Today Joshua works as the 211 Director of Network Operations & Performance for United Way Worldwide. Joshua has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Weber State University.

Juan Leo Salazar

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.

David Slaughter is the president of the M. Luis Construction and M. Luis Products companies headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the only woman and minority-owned construction services and asphalt manufacturing business in the United States. He is chairman of the board for the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac region and also serves on the boards for the Maryland Asphalt Association and the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association.

Carol Ann Smith

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.