Governor's Commission on Community Service

It is the mission of the Commission to serve as a catalyst for the promotion and expansion of community service and volunteerism to all Colorado residents as an effective means to address civic and social issues and improve the overall well-being of communities across the state.

To the right is the Commission's calendar. It includes dates of Commission meetings and grant competition deadlines.

Maria Fabula - Chair

Maria FabulaMaria Fabula brings more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and volunteer engagement. With an extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity, Maria has spent a majority of her career connecting government resources, nonprofit organizations, and business to improve the community. Maria’s style is collaborative, inclusive, and results-oriented.

Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego's Revelle College. Her work experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, and the California State Senate. In 2014, Maria was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Governor's Commission on Community Service, which recommends to the governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually. Maria resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three children.

Summer Gathercole - Vice-Chair

Summer Gathercole arms organizations with the knowledge and capabilities they need to transition their vision from concept to execution, examine their strategy and sustain their growth. A former CPA, Summer has founded and launched a nonprofit organization, served as the "State" Secretary of Labor for Washington DC, and coached C-level executives. Summer worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2010 to help develop its five-year strategic plan. She also ran the Colorado statewide office for a national nonprofit for two years, during which she employed multiple AmeriCorps and VISTA members. Summer has experience in planning, organizing, and implementing multiple projects and programs with diverse and competing demands to ensure that they operate effectively. She is often seen as a convener and has been able to secure the support and cooperation of various stakeholders on a myriad of projects.

Matt Brady

An avid traveler, science buff, and hiker, Matt moved to Colorado following a two-year adventure with Peace Corps Ukraine to serve as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC. In both organizations, he focused on implementing projects that addressed community needs. Since Matt has worked in development for the Colorado Health Network, a statewide public health nonprofit, and presently works as a Grants Officer for Great Outdoors Colorado, an organization that invests Colorado Lottery proceeds into outdoor recreation and land protection projects across the state. Matt grew up in San Diego and holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He currently resides in southwest Denver.

Floyd Cobb, Ph.D.

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Floyd Cobb, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at the Colorado Department of Education. There he oversees the offices of Literacy; Standards and Instructional Support; Early Learning and School Readiness; and Learning Supports. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Floyd is a member of the Education Commissioner's Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.

Floyd is also an adjunct faculty member with the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. In 2017, he was awarded the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award, which is given annually to one adjunct faculty member for excellence in teaching at the University of Denver. Floyd is a proud graduate of Howard University where he earned his Bachelor's degrees in History and Spanish. He also holds a Master's degree from The George Washington University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Denver. Floyd and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two.

Marc Dettenreider

Marc DettenreiderMarc Dettenreider has been a resident of Colorado since 1996. He has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and now County government. Marc was elected as a Teller County Commissioner in 2012. He is an honors graduate from Regis University with an MBA in Operations Management, and he holds a magna cum laude bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Communications/Political Science. Further, he is a 2014 Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) graduate. Marc believes in active, positive, and principled leadership.

Over the years Marc has engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the State. Under former Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Marc was a Governor appointee for the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Currently, he serves on the board for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG – alternate board member), Teller County Board of Health, Teller County Board of Social Services, Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byways, Action 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region, and participates in Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) steering committees during the legislative session. Since 2014, Marc has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. In 2015, he will begin serving as a member of the State’s Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.

Mickey Freeman

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Mickey Freeman is Co-Founder & President of Education Funding Partners, which connects leading consumer brands with public school districts nationwide to support STEM, health and wellness, athletics, arts, and other student achievement programs in public schools. He previously served as President of Outward Bound Wilderness and Chief Operating Officer of Outward Bound USA. An honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mickey earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. A social entrepreneur, his career has spanned Fortune 100 companies, dot.com startups and turnarounds, major nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises and benefit corporations. Mickey lives in Golden and is the proud father of three children, 24, 14, and 12.

Sarah Hamilton

From Ohio originally but considers Colorado home, Sarah Hamilton grew up with a passion for social justice which lead her to a degree in social work. While doing social work she was exposed to the delightful world of politics and policy. She hit her stride working as an advocate for the underrepresented. This lead to her work for the middle class and unions. She currently is the Executive Director of the American Federation of Teachers in Colorado.

Brenton Hutson

Brenton Hutson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq during the height of inter-sectarian violence as a member of Task Force Military Police. Inspired by the commitment to selfless service demonstrated by local community leaders and fellow servicemembers alike, Brenton returned home in 2007 and, together with a fellow Marine and a community health worker, formed ECTA (Empowering Communities to Transcend Adversity), an international NGO that identifies, mentors, and supports local leaders implementing innovative programming to strengthen their communities.& After having worked in India, Bhutan, and the United States, and desiring to apply his experience to support communities back home, Brenton joined the Volunteers of America – Colorado Branch (VOA-CO) in 2012. As the Division Director of Veteran Services for VOA-CO, Brenton leads a statewide team working to end veteran homelessness and provide related supportive services throughout the State of Colorado. Brenton has sat on the Volunteers of America National Veteran Outcomes Working Group, the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) Advisory Council, the ECTA Advisory Council, and the Colorado Serves SMVF (Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families) Task Force, and is a current member of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Board of Directors and the Governor's Commission on Community Service. His co-authored article, One Mission, One Stop for Veterans in Denver, was published in ShelterForce by the National Institute of Housing in the January 2015 issue.

Having graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver, Brenton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nonprofit Management, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense, and a Master's of Public Administration (MPA). He was recognized as the December 2014 Outstanding MPA Graduate by the University of Colorado at Denver, and was the 2014 recipient of the Veteran's Passport to Hope Captain Kevin J. Smith Award recognizing a veteran's outstanding service to their community.

Tom Jankovsky

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Kristy Judd

Kristy Judd is an expert in volunteerism including advocacy, board service, skilled volunteering, and corporate social responsibility. She has been a nonprofit executive for over 20 years. Serving on 15 boards of directors, her recent affiliations include Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, COVOAD, CVCN, DOVIA, and the Scientific & Cultural Collaborative.

Kristy is the President & CEO of Metro Volunteers, an organization that believes in the power of volunteerism to drive social change, strengthen communities, and reinforce our collective humanity. Through knowledge, strategies, tools, guidance, and resources, Metro Volunteers cultivate, connects, focuses and maximizes the passion, purpose, and actions of individuals, businesses, and communities to achieve change. She graduated from North Dakota State University, home of the Thundering Herd with a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Biology. As a small business owner, she began serving on community organizations' Board of Directors which started her pathway to the nonprofit sector. Her nonprofit career began with the Colorado Mountain Club where she served as the Executive Director until joining Metro Volunteers. She's still serving on community boards!

Denise King

Denise King 1.jpgDenise King is the Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She manages Leadership Denver, Impact Denver, Access Denver and facilitates the work of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a partnership of leadership programs at twelve Colorado public and private colleges and universities. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of National Administration at TIAA-CREF. In that position, she launched a new division to provide operations support to 56 offices across the United States. Previously, she held management positions in finance, facilities, and human resources.

Denise received her BA from the State University of New York at Oswego, her MS in Adult Education from Fordham University and holds a certificate in Training and Development from New York University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Denver Class of 2003 and the CBCA Leadership Arts Class of 2002. Denise has served the community as a United Way Loaned Executive, Advisory Board member of Transit Alliance, and co-chaired the 2004 Women's Vision Foundation Success Forum. She is a Colorado Master Gardener and currently sits on the national board of the Association of Leadership Programs. Denise and her husband, Tom, live in Highlands Ranch with their two daughters, Emily and Megan.

David Mallery

WDM in CO.pngBefore moving to Colorado, David Mallery served as the Executive Director for a state commission in the southeastern US for eight and a half years. He also served in various national leadership positions in the national service field, including Co-Chair for Voices for National Service and Chair for Public Policy with America’s Service Commissions. In these capacities, David helped to lead bipartisan national efforts to overcome threats to AmeriCorps and National Service, including several years of proposed defunding. Here in Colorado, David serves as Executive Director for Bluff Lake Nature Center in northeast Denver. In this capacity, he has returned to his "early career roots," having built and run a youth camp and then coordinated environmental education and volunteer programming as a Federal Park Ranger, early in his career. On weekends David and his wife, Michelle, can most likely be found on a Colorado mountain trail.

Scott Neff

Scott is a senior at University of Colorado Denver pursuing dual degrees in Business Management and Communications, and a graduate of Student Veterans of America's Leadership Institute. From 2017-2018, he served as President Pro Tempore of the CU Denver Student Government Association, where he focused on veteran's affairs and strengthening business relationships in the community. He also is a current member on the CU Advocates Advisory Board. In addition to his service to CU, Scott is active as Vice Chairman of the Douglas County Public Safety Advisory Committee, Junior Vice Commander of the Colorado Department of the American Legion's 6th District, and served on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation for 2.5 years. He has spent over 500 hours volunteering for Colorado Boys State, an American Legion program that teaches young men about government and legislation. Scott is also currently serving our country in the United States Army Reserve as a Unit Supply Specialist. In his free time, Scott likes to hike, swim, and go running. He remains active with the Junior Achievement, St. Baldrick's Foundation, National MS Society, and Make A Wish Foundation.

Monica Roers

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Monica Roers joined Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) as its President & CEO in July 2017. She brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, program development, financial management, and program evaluation within the nonprofit and public sectors across the country, including spending significant time on the East Coast and in New Orleans before making Denver her home. She has served in executive leadership roles within county government departments, nonprofit human service organizations, and nonprofit capacity building organizations, spending over 16 years as a nonprofit President & CEO/Executive Director. She earned a Master's degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University a few years after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St. Catherine University. She has taught master's level courses in leadership and governance as an affiliate faculty member for Regis University's Master in Nonprofit Management program. As President & CEO of SRC, Monica provides leadership to SRC's 260 employees whose aim is to help older adults age in place, and she manages its $10 million budget. Monica has served a number of boards and committees throughout her career including previously serving on advisory boards at Bergen Community College in New Jersey and the University of New Orleans' International Project for Nonprofit Leadership. She currently serves on Jefferson County's Family Justice Center Project Board.

Carol Schneider

Carol Schneider is the Community Partnership Program Manager with Denver Public Schools, Department of Extended Learning. Hailing from New Hampshire, Carol made her way to Colorado years ago to serve as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). After completing two service terms with AmeriCorps NCCC, Carol worked for the City and County of Denver's Department of Human Services as a Program Administrator where she managed a youth development AmeriCorps State grant. Carol loves the outdoors, biking, crafting, and cooking.

Amy Sovocool

Amy Sovocool.jpgAmy Sovocool started with Conservation Legacy in 2003 as a crew leader. Since then she has held a variety of positions including Program Director, Director of Operations, and Executive Director of Inter-Regional Initiatives. Amy has helped the organization grow and has been integral in the development of the Ancestral Lands and Veteran Fire Corps programming. She also supported the growth of the Environmental Stewards program, serving as the director of that program for two years. Working closely with staff in Tennessee and Virginia, she has helped oversee the growth of emerging corps programs in these areas. She has also been heavily involved in national service initiatives, supporting the growth of AmeriCorps programming. Amy currently sits on the Governor's Commission on Community Service and coaches youth hockey. She spends her free time exploring the outside with her husband and son.

Dan Dunlap - Ex-Officio

Dan DunlapDan Dunlap began serving as the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Colorado State Program Director in April 2013. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Leader, and Supervisor in Oklahoma City, Dan was a Learn and Serve America coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. He then worked as a CNCS State Program Specialist for twelve years in the Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas offices. Dan is the father of three daughters and married to an AmeriCorps alum. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.