The Governor's Commission on Community Service

Our Commission is comprised of community leaders from across Colorado. Each Commissioner is appointed by the Governor to fill a three-year term. Commissioners may serve more than one term.

It is the mission of the Commission to serve as a catalyst for the promotion and expansion of service and volunteerism for Coloradans as a way to address civic and social issues and improve the overall well-being of communities across our state.

The Commission meets every other month to direct and carry out its mission and objectives. To the right is the Commission's calendar. It includes dates of Commission and committee meetings.

Maria Fabula  |  Chair

Maria Fabula Maria Fabula brings more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and volunteer engagement. With extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity, she 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 bachelor’s degree 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. She resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three children.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed October 15, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Summer Gathercole  |  Vice-Chair

Summer GathercoleSummer 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, she 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 office for a national nonprofit for two years, during which time 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.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed August 29, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Matt Brady

Matt BradyAn avid traveler, science buff, and hiker, Matt Brady moved to Colorado to serve as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC, following a two-year adventure with Peace Corps Ukraine. In both organizations, he focused on implementing projects that addressed community needs. Matt has also 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. He grew up in San Diego and holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Matt currently resides in southwest Denver.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed September 25, 2018, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

Floyd Cobb, Ph.D.

Floyd CobbFloyd 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. Additionally, 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.

Represents the Department of Education.
Appointed September 25, 2018, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

Marc Dettenreider

MarcDettenreider.pngMarc Dettenreider has been a resident of Colorado since 1996. He has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and county government. Marc was elected as a Teller County Commissioner in 2012. He is an honors graduate from Regis University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in operations management, and he holds a bachelor's degree in communications/political science from Arizona State University. Further, Marc is a 2014 Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) graduate. He believes in active, positive, and principled leadership.

Over the years, Marc has been engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the state. He was appointed by former Governor Bill Owens to the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Currently, Marc 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, he has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. In 2015, Marc also became a member of the State's Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.

Represents local government.
Appointed October 5, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Mickey Freeman

MickeyFreeman.pngMickey Freeman is Chief Operating Officer of Covered Insurance Solutions, a disruptive insurance technology company and the former President & CEO of Education Funding Partners, the leading Benefit Corporation connecting 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 also served as the President of Outward Bound Wilderness and Chief Operating Officer of Outward Bound USA. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mickey earned a Master of Business Administration (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 was appointed as a Commissioner for Serve Colorado, the Governor's Commission on Community Service by former Governor John Hickenlooper. He lives in Golden and is the proud father of three children.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed October 5, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Tony Gherardini

Tony GherardiniTony Gherardini is the Chief Administrative Officer at Mile High United Way. Prior to serving in this capacity, Tony worked for the State of Colorado where he served as the Director of Operations and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Jared Polis. Prior to working for the Governor, Tony was the Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services. In addition to his state service , Tony has worked in various roles in local government, most notably as a Detective with the Lakewood Police Department and as member of the Colorado Army National Guard. Tony is a graduate of Colorado State University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and the University of Colorado where he received his Master of Public Administration.

Represents a knowledge of veterans and military affairs.
Appointed January 28, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah HamiltonFrom 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. Sarah hit her stride working as an advocate for the underrepresented. This led to her work for the middle class and unions. Sarah is currently the Executive Director of the American Federation of Teachers in Colorado.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed August 29, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Kristy Judd

Kristy JuddKristy 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, Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD), Colorado Volunteer Center Network (CVCN), Directors of Volunteers in Agencies Colorado (DOVIA), and the Scientific & Cultural Collaborative.

Kristy is the President & CEO of Spark the Change Colorado, 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, Spark the Change Colorado 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 with a bachelor'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 Spark the Change Colorado (then known as Metro Volunteers).

Represents a knowledge of national service programming.
Appointed August 29, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Denise King

Denise KingDenise 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 12 Colorado public and private colleges and universities. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of National Administration at TIAA-CREF. There Denise 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 bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, her master's degree 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.

Represents a knowledge of business.
Appointed September 25, 2018, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

Beth Melton

Scott Neff

Beth Melton is a Routt County Commissioner in Steamboat Springs. She serves as the chair of the Routt County early childhood council and represents the county on the local Chamber board, economic development council and sustainability council. She also serves on the state Just Transition Committee. Prior to her election as a County Commissioner, Beth’s background is in education and educational leadership. Beth has a BA in psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, an MAT in early childhood and elementary education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a graduate certificate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver. She worked as a teacher in Adams County before moving to northwest Colorado where she served in leadership role managing state and federal grants and providing direct support to 7 school districts across 4 counties to help teachers and schools improve their instruction and systems for supporting students. In addition, Beth is the co-founder and board chair of the non-profit organization Steamboat Reading, which provides advocacy, assessment, and tutoring to help all students become successful readers. Beth is also an Americorps alumna. Beth lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband, her preschool-aged son, and her rescue dog.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed November 7, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Scott Neff

Scott Neff

Scott is a Colorado native, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver in 2019, and is a graduate of Student Veterans of America's Leadership Institute. He currently lives in Parker, and works at Evolve Vacation Rental on the Owner Support Team.

Scott has served our country in the United States Army Reserve for the past 5 years in Logistics and has received the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. He currently serves as Commander of the Parker American Legion Post 1864, Vice Chairman of the Douglas County Public Safety Advisory Committee, and the CU Advocates Advisory Board. 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. Scott also served on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation for two and a half years.

Scott remains active in his community through the American Legion, The Mission Continues, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and the National M.S. Society. He has spent over 700 hours volunteering for Colorado Boys State, an American Legion program that teaches young men about government and spent a week in Baltimore, MD with the Mission Continues working to rebuild historic communities as part of operation Charm City Charge.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed November 7, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Juan Pérez Sáez

Juan Pérez SáezJuan brings more than ten years of experience in the environmental and conservation services field. His main areas of expertise include environmental education and advocacy, nonprofit management, watershed management, rural community development, water quality, and environmental restoration/stewardship. Currently, Juan is the Energy and Climate Campaign Manager with the Wilderness Society, which plays a leading role in designing and implementing advocacy campaigns that drive federal policy change to protect public lands, climate, and western communities.

Juan earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in environmental management from the University of Panama, and a Master’s of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. During his time in Ohio, he was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Before moving to Colorado, Juan was the National Coordinator for the Million Hectares Alliance in Panama. He led a multimillion-dollar public-private partnership that seeks to restore more than 2.4 million acres of degraded land in a 30-year period.

Juan loves hiking, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with his family. For the past year, he has been working with The Next 100 Coalition to make public lands more inclusive and diverse. In addition to working with The Next 100 Coalition, Juan also volunteers his time as a board member for the Cottonwood Institute, a local organization working on transforming the way we empower Colorado Front Range students to be leaders and problem-solvers in their communities.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed August 29, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Monica Roers

Monica RoersMonica Roers is an accomplished, results-oriented leader who develops strong and effective nonprofit organizations and government programs to positively impact people’s lives. 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.

She earned a master's degree in public and private management from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Catherine University. Monica has taught master's level courses in leadership and governance as an affiliate faculty member for Regis University's Master in Nonprofit Management program. She has served a number of boards and committees over the years, including previously serving on advisory boards at Bergen Community College in New Jersey and the University of New Orleans' International Project for Nonprofit Leadership, as well as the board of directors for Aurora@Home and Porchlight: The Jefferson County, Colorado Family Justice Center. Monica additionally serves on the Governor's Commission on Community Service.

Represents experience with involving older adults in volunteerism.
Appointed September 25, 2017, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

Dave Ryan

Dave Ryan

Dave Ryan is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC), the oldest and largest youth mentoring agency in the state. He is also a Big Brother to Kai, a high school sophomore. BBBSC recently received the 2018 Board of the Year award and was runner-up for Agency of the Year from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The agency also received the 2016 Denver Metro Chamber Nonprofit of the Year Award, and the 2016 ColoradoBiz Top Company Award for the Nonprofit Category.

Prior to BBBS, Dave was the Chief Operating Officer at CiviCore, a software company that improves the use of information in nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. In addition to his work at CiviCore, Dave was also the Managing Director for Green Spark Ventures, a Colorado-based venture fund focusing on early stage alternative energy and cleantech companies.

Dave holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Economics and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Albeo Technologies, The Spot, Urban Peak, the Boulder Philharmonic, The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, and the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Dave is passionate about and committed to getting people engaged in volunteer service for the benefit of our state and its citizens.

Represents a community based agency.
Appointed June 25, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

Michael Schmeeckle

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A bio is forthcoming.

Represents experience in education, training, and developmental disabilities.
Appointed September 25, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Melanie Zhou

Melanie ZhouMelanie Zhou is a senior at ThunderRidge High School. After a classmate's suicide, she co-founded a nonprofit called Oasis Mental Health that aims to destigmatize the mental health conversation in the state of Colorado. Her organization builds physical mental health Oasis rooms in public high schools that are fully staffed by peer and community counselors, while generating essential mental health funding through the sale of branded merchandise. As part of Oasis, Melanie has won the Fight Back Foundation $10,000 grant and Denver Start-Up Week $100,000 prize. Melanie also serves as a voting member of the YouthRoots Nonprofit Board of Directors, Vice President of Education for Colorado FBLA, and a Junior Achievement Ambassador. She has spent countless hours advocating for social justice issues affecting youth, having received the 2019 Governor's Service Award. 

Represents someone who is a participant or supervisor of a service program and is between 16-25 years of age.
Appointed September 18, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.

Dan Dunlap - Ex-Officio

Dan DunlapDan Dunlap began serving as a Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Mountain Region Senior Portfolio Manager in September 2019. Previously, he served as the CNCS Colorado State Office Director. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Leader, and Supervisor in Oklahoma City, he was a Learn and Serve America coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Education. Dan then worked as a CNCS State Program Specialist for 12 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.

Represents the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Reppointed December 20, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.