Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service

2016 Commissioners

Kevin Billman
Director of Legislation & Community Affairs
UFCW – Local 555
Albany, Oregon

Brenda Brooks
Deputy Director
Oregon Youth Development Council
Salem, Oregon

Bill Deiz, Past Chair
Portland, Oregon

Mike Fieldman
Executive Director
United Community Action Network
Roseburg, Oregon

Carol Hickman, Co-Chair
Director of Membership & Community Development
Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington
Portland, Oregon

Barbara Johnson, Co-Chair
Tualatin, Oregon

Susan Knight
Executive Director
CASA of Douglas County
Roseburg, Oregon

Steve Pixley
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland, Oregon

Derenda Shubert, PhD, Secretary
Executive Director
Bridge Meadows
Gresham, Oregon

Dianna Schmid
Court Appointed Special Advocates Representative
Portland, Oregon

Dee Teem
Director of Community Relations & Development
Community Services Consortium
Newport, Oregon

Joshua Todd, Member-At-Large
Executive Director
Oregon Campus Compact
Portland, Oregon

Kelly Wessels
Chief Operating Officer
United Community Action Network
Grants Pass, Oregon

Ex-Officio Commissioner

Stephanie Wrightsman
State Director
Oregon State Office, Corporation for National & Community Service
Portland, Oregon

For More Information Contact:

Kathleen Joy
Oregon Volunteers, Executive Director
[email protected]

Oregon State Statute 458.555

(1) There is established the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service within the Housing and Community Services Department.

(2) The commission shall consist of at least 15 members appointed by the Governor and may consist of not more than 25 members appointed by the Governor.

(3) The term of office of each member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor whose term begins on the first day of the next following month. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.

(4) The appointment of the members of the commission is subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner prescribed in ORS 171.562 and 171.565.

(5) A member of the commission is entitled to receive, from moneys available to the commission, actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of official duties as provided in ORS 292.495. [2001 c.848 §1; 2005 c.29 §1]

Commission FAQ

Why does the Commission exist?

In compliance with the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 which established a national corporation to coordinate community service programs and provide participants with education vouchers, health and child care benefits and stipends: the state commission develops Oregon’s community service priorities plan; competes for federal grants; provides technical assistance to service programs; recruits Oregonians to participate.

Are there commissions like yours in other states?

The 1993 Community Service Trust Act created the need for service commissions in every state to identify local priorities and solutions. Today virtually every state has a commission that is charged with administering AmeriCorps funds and promoting service and volunteerism. Find similar commissions in other states.

How are Commissioners selected?

Oregon Volunteers is comprised of up to 25 commissioners from across Oregon who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Two Commission positions are filled by CASA representatives as mandated by Oregon State Statute. (More information on boards and commissions in Oregon.)

What is the composition of the Commission?

  • 15-25 Governor-appointed members
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee
  • Representatives from: senior program, community based organization, business, local government, youth education & training program, labor union, educators, Native American tribes, at risk youth who are out of school, experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental or public safety services to communities and individuals, at risk youths who are out of school, entities that receive assistance under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act
  • A person at least 16, but not more than 25, years of age who is a participant or supervisor in a national service program
  • A representative of a national service program described in 42 USC
  • No more than 50% from the same political party
  • No more than 25% state employees