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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 2014 Webinar 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
April 2014 Silver Spring, MD 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
June 2014 Baltimore, MD 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
September 2014 Hanover, MD 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
December 2014 Annapolis, MD 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

Maurice "Mac" Nachlas, Chair, is the Past-President of the Mount Washington Improvement Association, President of the Mount Washington Swim Club, and a member of the WYPR Community Advisory Board.

Fay Mauro, Vice Chair, is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County. She is Vice President of the Maryland Volunteer Centers Association and a member of the Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Leadership Development at Anne Arundel Community College and serves on two grant committees for Maryland’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office.

Alan M. Lyons, Secretary, is a recent graduate of McDaniel College is Westminster, where he is 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 .


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.

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).

Jennifer H. Daniels serves as a Texas State Society Board Member, and is part of the Children's Liturgy of the Word Team for St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She is also part of the Capitol Hill Chorale.

Vanessa Diggs, Director of Maryland State Department of Education’s Youth Development Branch, is the designee on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism for the State Superintendent of Schools.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mark R. Heckman has been a Principal at Marks, Thomas Architects Inc. since 1996. He is a member of the AIA Urban Land Institute and Congress of New Urbanism, is a Board Member of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, and serves on the Baltimore City Board of Incorporators.

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.

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.

Cherie Krug is the Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation at Garrett College. She is also a board member of the United Way of Allegany County, a member of the Cumberland Theater Board, and volunteer with Special Olympics Maryland. She is appointed to the City of Cumberland Parks and Recreation, the Rotary Club of Frostburg, and is a graduate of Leadership Allegany and Leadership Maryland.

Michael P. Lewis is an Education Consultant for Creative Intellectual Capital LLC and an Adjunct Professor at Garrett Community College.  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.

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.

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.

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.

Theresa Testoni is an Executive Assistant at Adventist HealthCare. She is the Vice President of Service for the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Co-Chair of the LM Cares Involvement Group, and a Member of the Superintendent's Advisory Board on Student Service Learning for Montgomery County Public Schools. She also volunteers with A Wider Circle and IMPACT Silver Spring, and Montgomery Women.

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

Israel C. "Izzy" Patoka, ex officio, is the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.

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