Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service

2018 Commissioners

Volunteer Sector Representative
Pablo Brito
Volunteer & Outreach Specialist
Friends of Trees
Portland, Oregon

Participant or Supervisor of a National Service Program, between the ages of 16-25
Mila Buckland
Curriculum & Training Manager
Campus Compact of Oregon
Portland, Oregon

Educational, Training & Development Needs of Youth/Disadvantaged Youth Expert
Gary L. Carroll, II
Member-at-Large, Executive Committee
Field Director, Cascade Pacific Council
Boy Scouts of America
Portland, Oregon

Business Sector Representative
Ross Cornelius
Client Services Manager
Walsh Contruction
Portland, Oregon

National Service Representative
Jorge Cruz
Program Director
Metropolitan Family Service
Portland, Oregon

Services Expert
Bill Deiz
Past Chair, Executive Committee
Portland, Oregon

Community-based Agency Representative
Mike Fieldman
Secretary, Executive Committee
Executive Director
United Communities Action Network
Roseburg, Oregon

Community-based Agency Representative
Jeannemarie Halleck
Research & Advocacy Director
City Club of Portland
Portland, Oregon

Court Appointed Special Advocates Representative
Susan Knight
Roseburg, Oregon

Local Government Representative
Adele McAfee
Executive Assistant
City of Bend
Bend, Oregon

Court Appointed Special Advocates Representative
Dianna Schmid
Oregon CASA Network
Portland, Oregon

Volunteerism & Service for Older Adults (55+) Representative
Derenda Schubert, PhD
Co-Chair, Executive Committee
Executive Director
Bridge Meadows
Gresham, Oregon

National Service Representative
Joshua Todd
Co-Chair, Executive Committee
Executive Director
Campus Compact of Oregon
Portland, Oregon

Higher Education Representative
Elias Villegas-Plascencia
Dean, Woodburn Center
Chemeketa Community College
Woodburn, Oregon

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

Ex-Officio Commissioner
Courtney Miskell
Interim State Director, Oregon State Office
Corporation for National & Community Service
Portland, Oregon

For More Information Contact:

Carie Bauer
Interim Executive Director
Oregon Volunteers
[email protected]

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
  • For more information on the Oregon State Statute establishing Oregon Volunteers, click here
  • For more information on the CNCS requirements for the composition of State Commissions, click here