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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Oregon Volunteers Commission  

The Oregon Volunteers Commission is also known as the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service.  The Oregon Volunteers Commission is comprised of up to 25 voting members appointed by the Governor. Information on public meeting materials for the Commission can be found on our web page here​, and public meeting notices can be found on the Oregon Transparency site.​​

As stated in the National and Community Service Act of 1990, state commissions must exist in order for a state to apply and accept national service grants through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For more information, go to the CNCS legislation website (http://nationalservice.gov/about/legislatio​n). 

According to the Code of Federal Regulations §2550.2 (l), a State Service Commission is a bipartisan or nonpartisan state entity, approved by the Corporation, consisting of 15–25 members (appointed by the chief executive officer of the state), that is responsible for developing a comprehensive national service plan and administering national and community service programs in the state.

The key duties of the Commission, carried out by Commission staff and supported by Commission members, are the following: 
Preparation of a national service plan for the state
Development of an application for national service members for the state
Provide recommendations on priorities for national service programs
Make technical assistance available to program applicants and grantees
Assist in the provision of health care and child care benefits to participants in national service programs
Development and promotion of a state system for the recruitment and placement of participants in programs
Administration of the state-wide grant program to include selection, oversight, and evaluation of grant recipients
Development of projects, training methods, curriculum materials, and other materials and activities related to national service programs

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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. 
The Oregon Volunteers Commission is comprised of up to 25 commissioners from across Oregon who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Commissioners serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment. If you are interested in serving on the Oregon Volunteers Commission, you can read more about the application process here.​
§2550.50 (b) Required voting members on a State Service Commission. 
A member may represent none, one, or more than one category, and each of the following categories must be represented: 
A representative of a community-based agency or organization in the state; 
The head of the state education agency or his or her designee; 
A representative of local government in the state; 
A representative of local labor organizations in the state;
A representative of business; 
An individual between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, who is a participant or supervisor of a service program for school-age youth, or of a campus-based or national service program; 
A representative of a national service program; 
An individual with expertise in the educational, training, and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth; 
An individual with experience in promoting the involvement of older adults (age 55 and older) in service and volunteerism; and 
A representative of the volunteer sector

In addition to these required representatives, Oregon Volunteers strives to include additional representation from: senior-serving programs, educators, experts in the delivery of human, educational environmental or public safety services, at-risk-youth, entities that receive assistance under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act (VISTA), Native American Tribes, disaster response efforts, certified volunteer administrators and community volunteers. 

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2021 Oregon Volunteers Commission​

Current Openings: Business Representative, National Service Representative, Volunteers over 55+ Representative​​​​​​
Click here to apply!

Current Members

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Daniel Altamirano Hernandez

image of Daniel Altamirano HernandezPosition: Participant or Supervisor of Service Program for School-Age Youth, Campus-Based or National Service Program, Between the Ages of 16-25
Member: Public Policy Committee

​Daniel is a resident of Beaverton, and the Program Lead at the Centro Cultural de Washington County. Daniel is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family, friends and dogs. Daniel is a gende​rqueer Mexican immigrant; De aqui y de alla. Pronouns (elles/el/they/he)​


                                                                                        

Sierra Janay Barnes

Image of Sierra Janay BarnesPosition: Participant or Supervisor of Service Program for School-Age Youth, Campus-Based or National Service Program, Between the A​​ges of 16-25 
Member: Equity Framework Development Team, Public Policy Committee

Sierra is a resident of Portland and is the Resource Development Specialist at Bridge Meadows, Portland location.  Sierra is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumna. When she is not working, she spends her time writing letters to increase voter turnout and registration, volunteering with a grou​​​​​​​p of advocates in Washington County to reduce poverty, and enjoying hiking, photography, and r​​​​eading. She is extremely passionate about civic engagement and believes that we all have a duty to help make our world a safe, equitable, and inclusive place, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

                                                                                        

Jorge Cruz 

Expert in Education, Training and Development Needs of Youth, Particularly Disadvantaged youth; National Service Program Representative​

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Portland, Oregon  

                                                                                        

Shenika Cumberbatch ​

Position: Services Expert R​epresentative -​​ Public Policy
Member: Chair, Equity Framework Development Team, Public Policy Committee, Executive Committee 

Shenika is a Redmond r​esident, and works at the Department of Human Services as a Human Services Representative in Madras. Shenika is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumna. Though she is still n​​​​ew to Oregon, she loves to get out and explore; when she's not working, she likes to spend her time hiking. If she is not outside, then she is home reading or playing video games, and spending quality time with her fiancé and their two cats. ​​​​

                                                                                        

Heidi Edwards 

Image of Heidi Edwards
Position: Local Labor Representative 

Heidi is a Beaverton resident, and is the Executive Vice President of the Federation of Faculty & Academi​c Professionals at Portland Community College, where she works with active AmeriCorps members. Heidi also has previously served as a nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator during her career. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, camping, running, going to outdoor concerts, and traveling. Heidi also currently serves on the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Board of Directors. 


                                                                                        

Mary Greusel                                                                                     

Image of Mary GreusalPosition: Ex-Officio Commissioner 

Mary lives in Los Angeles and is the Senior Portfolio Manager of the AmeriCorps West Regional Office in Los Angeles, California. She is an Alumna of both AmeriCorps State and National, and the Peace Corps. She is very passionate about the importance of National Service. You often can catch her gardening, and spending time with her family.





                                                                                        

Todd Jones 

Image of Todd JonesPosition: Services Expert Representative - Service Learning 

Todd is a West Linn resident and teacher at West Linn High School. He served as the first Interim Director of the Oregon Community Service Commission when AmeriCorps was first brought to Oregon in 1994. Todd’s hobbies include exercising, being outdoors, making music, reading and writing, and playing with his wife and girls. You can often catch him with his guitar in his arms.  
 
                                                                                        

Adele McAfee  

Image of Adele McAfeePosition: Local Government Representative
Member: Equity Framework Development Team​​ 

Adele is a resident of Redmond, and the Executive Assistant for the City of Bend. She is a sixteen-year public service employee. Besides serving the public, Adele spends her time handmaking jewelry, painting, and hard rock mining. 




                                                                                        

Jayesh Palshikar

Image of Jayesh PalshikarPosition: Volunteer Sector Representative 
Member: Public Policy Committee

Jayesh works for the Oregon Nurses Association, and is a 1994 AmeriCorps Alumni - the inaugural year of AmeriCorps. Jayesh is a lifelong volunteer, and has volunteered on many projects, including weatherization with the Community Energy Project, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, trail maintenance and environmental education with the U.S. Forest Service, and leading troops with the Scouts BSA. When he is not working, he loves getting into nature by hiking or kayaking. As a registered nurse, his job is not only to help people who come to the hospital in need, but also to promote the health of the community. Jayesh believes volunteerism is important and AmeriCorps National Service programs change lives and strengthen communities.

                                                                                        

Nathan Rix 

Image of Nathan RixPosition: Services Expert - Civic Engagement 
Member: Chair, Commission, Chair, Public Policy Committee, Executive Committee

Nathan is a Portland resident, and the Senior Director of Operations & Disaster with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He is an AmeriCorps Alumni with Teach for America. Because he is a private aircraft pilot who founded the Aviation Youth Empowerment Foundation you can often find Nathan up in the sky . Inclusion, authenticity, and integrity are core values that guide his decision-making. 
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Elias Villegas

Image of Elias VillegasPosition: Higher Education Representative 
Member: Vice-Chair, Commission, Executive Committee

Elias is a Woodburn resident and Dean for the Woodburn Center of Chemeketa Community College. In addition to Oregon Volunteers Commission, he also serves on the Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council, the City of Woodburn Global Inclusion Advisory Council, the Farmworker Development Corporation board, and is an active member of the Woodburn Rotary Club. If you're looking for Elias, you can often find him navigating around the kitchen dabbling in the culinary arts, dancing, and traveling with his family. 



For More Information on the Oregon Volunteers and the Commission Board contact:
Carie Bauer, Director  
Oregon Volunteerscarie.e.bauer@hecc.oregon.gov​​​

For general information about national service and AmeriCorps programs in Oregon, contact: oregon.volunteers@hecc.oregon.gov.



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