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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.

January 12, 2015 Webinar 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
April 9, 2015 Baltimore, MD 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
June 16, 2015 Baltimore, MD 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
September 29, 2015 Frederick, MD 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
December 2, 2015 Conference Call TBD
December 22, 2015 TBD 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

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

Alexander Garcia, Chair, is the Baltimore Site Director for the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps program. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Errachidia Province of Morocco as a Community Health Volunteer.

Casey Schurman, Vice Chair, 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.

Alan M. Lyons, Secretary, is a recent graduate of McDaniel College is Westminster, where he studied political science and international studies. A native of Carroll County, he is a proud graduate of South Carroll High School and a long-time volunteer with the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, the Timber Ridge Residences, and The Arts Coming Together In Carroll County.


Autumn Rose, ex officio, is the Program Officer for the Maryland/Delaware State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service and an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

Brian M. Dunne has been a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC since 2004. He is currently a board member on the National Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton and a consumer member on the DLLR’s Maryland Board of Professional Land Surveyors.

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 his past service as the Mayor of Gaithersburg and his previous appointment as the Co-Chair of the Committee Evaluation Review Board for the County Executive of Montgomery County Maryland.

Cole McMahon is a Partner in the McMahon Consulting Group, where he works with state service commissions and AmeriCorps programs to get more done with less and help programs work better, tell a better story, and raise more money. Cole has 20 years of national service experience, most recently as Director of Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps, the nation's largest public interest legal fellowship program.

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.

Crystal Biles, ex officio, is the State Program Director of the Maryland and Delaware State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service and an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

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

Erin Lewis 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.

Grant Melville is the Volunteer and Education Coordinator at Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. He is an AmeriCorps alum, serving through the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program. He currently is a volunteer at the Salisbury Zoo and Chincoteague Bay Field Station.

Griffith L. Garwood is a retired attorney and Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the United Way and the Mental Health Association in Frederick County. Mr. Garwood is also a board member of the Historical Society of Frederick County and a member of the Rotary Club and the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association.

Jennifer H. Daniels is the Director of Government Relations at the Catholic Schools Office, Archdiocese of Washington. She serves as a Texas State Society Board Member, and is part of the Children’s Liturgy of the World Team for St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Julie Ayers, 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 Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Project Director for Cecil and Harford County.

Dr. Marilyn Smith was as the founding executive director of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. She also served as the director of Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the outcomes of course-based community service-learning for college students.

Melvin Hotz, ex officio, is a Licensed Professional Engineer (retired), and a Medicare Counselor in the SHIP Division of Baltimore County's Department of Aging.

Michael P. Lewis, is an Education Consultant for Creative Intellectual Capital LLC and an Adjunct Professor at Frostburg State University. He is an active member of the Maryland Code of Conduct Workgroup for Maryland State Department of Education, and an executive board member for Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dr. Rahul M. Jindal is currently a Staff Transplant Surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda. He is also a Clinical Professor at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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

William (Bill) Mandicott has been the Assistant Vice President at Frostburg State University for Student and Community Involvement since 2001.

Governor's Staff

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

Jeffrey Griffin, ex officio, is the Director of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism.