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 empower community-based organizations to meet locally identified needs through service and volunteerism.

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.

Summer GathercoleSummer Gathercole  |  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, 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 BradyMatt Brady  |  Vice-Chair

An 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 CobbFloyd Cobb, Ph.D.

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. 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.

 

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Tony Gherardini

Tony Gherardini is the Deputy Director for the Office of Behavioral Health within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) As Commissioner of Serve Colorado, Tony has been appointed to represent Colorado’s veterans. Tony’s military experience includes thirteen years in the Colorado Army National Guard, and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a citizen soldier, Tony lead Military Police Company responses to the High Park and Black Forest Fires in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

 Prior to serving in his current role with the state, Tony served as the Director of Operations and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Jared Polis. Tony has a long history of working for Colorado, and his previous roles include: Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services and the CDHS Director of Administrative Solutions. Tony’s experience outside state Government includes local government service as well, most notably as a Detective with the Lakewood Police Department until 2014. 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 Janurary 22, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

 

Sarah HamiltonSarah 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. 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 JuddKristy 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, 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 KingDenise King

Denise 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.

 

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Beth Melton

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 January 22, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

 

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Alex Nees

Alex Nees is an environmental consultant and ecologist working on the Western Slope on issues related to water development and conservation, energy resources, recreation, transportation infrastructure, and municipal facilities. Prior to his current career, Alex has worked in the Bureau of Land Management and also managed a Youth Conservation Corps program focused on public lands service and job training for Native youth. He has also served as resident restoration ecologist for private conservation properties in New Mexico. He works on a wide variety of complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and regulatory agencies, including multiple Federal agencies, and his unifying interest is in guiding public lands development in ways that are informed by science and beneficial to the human community. Alex grew up in Philadelphia and holds a bachelor's degree in ecology from Princeton University and a master's degree in biology from Stanford University. He lives in Grand Junction with his wife and two children, and is proud to call the Western Slope home.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed September 25, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2023.

 

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Gina Nocera

As Vice President of Community Impact for Mile High United Way, Gina oversees several programs within the community impact department, including: United for Families, serving Birth-5 years old with a focus on quality, access and expansion of Early Childhood Education (ECE); United for Schools, serving elementary schools in targeted neighborhoods focused on decreasing chronic absenteeism; Personalized Investment Enterprise (PIE), a savings-match program that assists qualified Boulder County residents interested in purchasing a home, attending post-secondary education, or starting a small business. In addition, Gina builds strong community and partner relationships throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

Prior to her current role, Gina spent 15 years leading the Jared Polis Foundation, both its private operating foundation focused on education programs and its grant making through its Donor Advised Fund (DAF) housed at the Community Foundation, Boulder County.  She has taught both middle and high school English in the Telluride School District and the Boulder Valley School District. Her experience in non-profit organizations includes three years at the Colorado Children’s Campaign focused on secondary-level education reform and one year at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC.

Gina has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she’s not working, she’s either running on the foothill trails or trying to keep up with her twin teenage daughters.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed September 25, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2023.

 

Juan Pérez SáezJuan Pérez Sáez

Juan 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 RoersMonica Roers

Monica Roers is an accomplished, results-oriented leader who develops strong and effective nonprofit organizations and government programs to positively impact people’s lives. Currently serving as Director of Member Services for YWCA USA, Monica coaches, supports and provides technical assistance to CEO's of the 200+ YWCA affiliates striving to eliminate racism and empower women across the country. 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 currently serves on the board of directors of Colorado Ivy+ Women and on the Capacity Building Advisory Board of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. 

Represents experience with involving older adults in volunteerism.
Appointed September 25, 2018, 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 20, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2020.

 

Michael Schmeeckle HeadshotMichael Schmeeckle

A bio is forthcoming.

Represents experience in education, training, and developmental disabilities.
Appointed September 29, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2021.

 

Mary Spillane

Mary Spillane

Mary is the Director of Community Impact- Mountain West Region for Comcast. On behalf of Comcast’s 9,000 employees in Colorado, Mary manages partnerships and programs that strengthen and enrich communities across the state, investing resources that help communities realize the transformative potential of media and technology to solve problems, improve lives and create opportunity. In 2019, Comcast invested more than $12 million in financial and in-kind resources in programs and organizations serving Colorado communities. Previously, Mary worked for several nonprofit organizations, including ReSurge International, which provides reconstructive surgical care and builds surgical capacity in developing countries, the Colorado Symphony, Denver Public Schools Foundation, and Civic Center Conservancy, dedicated to activating Denver’s historic Civic Center Park. She currently serves on the Boards of Easterseals Colorado, the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges, and Aurora Sister Cities International, and on the Community Advisory Council for Phamaly Theatre Company, dedicated to supporting and engaging actors with disabilities.

Represents a knowledge of community service.
Appointed September 25, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2023.

 

Jean Sykes

Jean Sykes

Jean Sykes is Chair of Bent County Commissioners in Las Animas, Colorado.  She also serves on the Nursing Home Board, Southeast Colorado Economic Development Board, and Chair of the Public Health Board in Bent County and serves on the Colorado Counties, Inc. Legislative Committee.  Jean was recently appointed to the State Emergency Medical Trauma Advisory Board where she is serving on the Policy and Finance Committee and Education Committee.  Jean has spent most of her adult years as a Business Educator at the collegiate and secondary levels.  She has a BS degree in Career and Technology Education and a MS in Education Administration.  Jean was named “Business Educator of the Year in 2012 and later inducted into the Future Business Leaders of America Advisors Wall of Fame, Leadership and volunteering have always been important to Jean and she instilled that same value in her students by conducting numerous community service projects with her students. After retiring as a Business Educator, Jean started her own catering business and operated if full-time for four years.  After being elected as Bent County Commissioner she closed her business to dedicate her full attention to the responsibilities of commissioner of a small rural community.

 

Represents local governoment.
Appointed September 25, 2020, Term expires on August 24, 2023.

 

Melanie ZhouMelanie Zhou

Melanie Zhou is a freshman at Stanford University studying engineering and entrepreneurship. 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. In her role, Melanie has opened an Oasis Room at ThunderRidge High School, secured plans to open three more Oasis Rooms in 2020-2021, and won the Denver Start-Up Week $100,000 prize. Melanie hopes to continue her work advocating for community service, social justice, and mental health on the collegiate level and throughout her term as a Commissioner for Serve Colorado. For her work in the community, Melanie has been recognized as a 2019 Governor's Service Award Recipient and 5x Presidential Volunteer Service Award Recipient.

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.

 

Roger PalmerRoger Palmer | Ex Officio

Roger Palmer began serving as a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in July of 2020. He joined CNCS in 2010, where he served in the Colorado State Office and then the Mississippi State Office as a Program Officer. Before joining the CNCS, he spent two years in AmeriCorps NCCC where he served as a member at the Southwest campus and as a Gulf Coast Recovery Support Team Leader for Hurricane Katrina. After AmeriCorps NCCC, he served for a year in AmeriCorps VISTA as an Outreach Coordinator at Duke University's Community Service Center/North Carolina Campus Compact.

Represents the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Appointed September 18, 2019, Term expires on August 24, 2022.