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Mission & Vision

  • MCSC's Mission and Vision

    The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities.

  • MCSC Program Statement

    The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. The MCSC uses Michigan's AmeriCorps, Mentor Michigan, Volunteer Michigan, and the Governor's Service Awards to achieve just that.

  • We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion

    The Michigan Community Service Commission joins Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II in expressing empathy and concern for Black Americans across the nation and right here in Michigan. We hear the call to action and stand in solidarity with communities seeking equitable justice. 

    The Michigan Community Service Commission is committed to becoming part of the solution. We plan to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are a part of our national service ...

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Commissioners

  • What is the Commission and when do they meet?

    The Commission consists of 25 members appointed by the Governor. The voting members of the Commission elect one of the members to serve as chairperson of the Commission. Members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the Commission.

  • Bob KoltRobert Kolt

    Chair

    Robert Kolt is the president and CEO of Kolt Communications, Inc., a privately owned communications corporation with offices located in Okemos, Michigan.  In 1991, Kolt Communications began providing a variety of communication counseling services to both public and private sector clients statewide including:  public relations, advertising and media consulting. Robert Kolt also serves as a full-time instructor in the Advertising and Public Relations Department in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and was honored with the title Professor of Practice in 2016. Kolt has been active as a media strategist for several statewide ballot issues, and worked as a media consultant and key political advisor to former Governor James J. Blanchard and former Secretary of State Richard H. Austin. Prior to founding Kolt Communications, Kolt worked as an executive for the Office of Communication in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).  Kolt also worked for several years as a news anchor and correspondent for WZZM-TV 13 ABC in Grand Rapids, as well as WWTV/WWUP-TV 9/10 CBS in northern Michigan. He has been a MCSC member since 2012.

  • Heidi MaygarHeidi Magyar

    General Motors
    In March 2015 Heidi Magyar was appointed to a newly created position at General Motors as Director of Community Outreach. In this role, Magyar leads a team that includes GM’s ever-growing teamGM Cares employee volunteer program, GM Student Corps and other community volunteer activities.

    Prior to this, Magyar was Chief of Staff supporting GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

    Previously, Magyar served as communications manager for the president of GM North America and other product and technology leaders. In this role, she created and implemented public speaking and media relations strategies for GM’s senior executives.Before joining the GM executive communications staff, Magyar led communications at GM’s Lansing, Saginaw and Bay City manufacturing facilities, including managing plant-community partnerships.

    She currently serves on the board for the Detroit Parks and Recreation Foundation and was formerly a board member of the Capital Area United Way, and Girl Scouts of Michigan – Heart of Michigan Council. She has been a member of MCSC since 2015.

  • Darnisha Slade

    Michigan Technological University
    Slade is currently the Manager of Global Engagement Programs at Michigan Technological University.  She has a Bachelor of Science and International Business Certificate in Industrial Management from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Management degree with a concentration in International Business from Walsh College.  She actively participates with the Harvest Church of the Keweenaw, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Keweenaw Faiths United, Life Director of Michigan Technological University's Alumni Board of Directors/Past President.  She is extremely passionate about community service and serving the needs of the disenfranchised. 

  • Earle B. Higgins, Sr.

    Retired senior managing director and founder of Pro-Tech Group, LLC

    Earle B. Higgins, Sr., of Farmington Hills, is a retired senior managing director and founder of Pro-Tech Group, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Behavior and Language Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Higgins is appointed to represent individuals with expertise in the education, training, and developmental needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2022. 

  • Khristopher Hill

    Youth Commissioner
    Hill was recently a Youth Coordinator for The Austin Foundation.  In his descriptive document to the MCSC for consideration for this seat he says, “As a product of the Detroit Public School System, I have lived the reality of educational inequity within our current education system. Further, I have shared the stories of myself and my classmates as a panelist for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to explain firsthand how I have been affected by systemic racial discrimination, redlining, and educational inequity in schools.”

     

  • Michelle RabideauMichelle Rabideau

    Saint Mary’s Foundation
    For the last 21 years, Michelle has worked in the nonprofit world, primarily in health care, and has strong experience in fundraising, strategic planning, donor stewardship, board leadership and development and community relations. Currently, she serves as President for the Saint Mary’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Michelle currently serves as a Board Member for Michigan Women’s Foundation as well as the National Kappa Delta Foundation Board. She recently stepped down after serving eight years as an elected member for the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education. Michelle has been recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan," as a Champion Award recipient for Leadership Skills by the Center for Community Leadership, and with the Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional from the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan chapter. She has served on the MCSC since 2015.

  • Bridget Clark-Whitney

    Kid’s Food Basket
    Clark Whitney is currently the Founding CEO of Kid’s Food Basket in Grand Rapids.  She has a BS in Community Leadership and Communication from Aquinas College, and has a Master of Social Justice degree from MaryGrove College.  She also attended the Stanford University Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership and the Indiana University-Perdue University Nonprofit Executive Management program.  Kids’ Food Basket (KFB), is a childhood hunger relief organization providing daily evening meals or “Sack Suppers” to food-insecure children in greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland.  Kid’s Food Basket was started in 2002 and has consistently grown since that time.  In 2018-2019, Kids’ Food Basket celebrated a list of outstanding accomplishments.  As a community, the organization served more than 8,600 meals to 47 schools and early education programs throughout West Michigan.  Nearly 13,000 volunteers engaged by planting, harvesting, prepping, decorating bags, and packing and delivering nourishing food. Inspiring numbers include more than 160,331 pounds of donated food and more than 94,000 decorated bags in one day alone

  • Kathleen Cain-BabbittKathleen Cain-Babbitt

    AFSCME Local 1668​
    Kathleen Cain-Babbitt, is a Landscape Professional at Western Michigan University.  She is the Chief Steward for AFSCME Local 1668, the Labor Organization representing the service staff employees who work at WMU.    In the 26 years spent at WMU, she has been a member of the Community Services Committee and a member of the United Way campaign fundraising team.   Kathleen formerly served as a Board Member for the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, as well as serving on the Impact Investment teams, and she continues to serve as the Labor Division Chairperson for UWBCKR.   She serves on other committees, including the Work Force Development Board as an Alternate for Southwest MI, and the Kalamazoo Area Labor Management Board Member.    

  • Nathan S. Phillips

     West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local Union 174

    Nathan S. Phillips of Lowell, is the assistant business manager of West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local Union 174 and a volunteer with the United Way and the Feeding America Food Truck. Mr. Phillips is appointed to represent individuals with expertise in the education, training, and developmental needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2020. 

  • Carlos Sanchez

    Latino Business and Economic Development Center

    Carlos Sanchez, of Grand Rapids, is the director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Davenport University. Mr. Sanchez is appointed to represent experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, or public safety services to communities and persons, for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2022. 

  • Sam Singh

    Public Policy Associates 

    Sam Singh, of East Lansing, is the CEO of Public Policy Associates and a board member with the Greater Lansing Refugee Development Center and Global Detroit. He previously served as a State Representative for the 69th House District and is the former president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Mr. Singh is appointed to represent the volunteer sector as outlined in the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, section 1606(2)(B), for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2022. 

  • Daniel T. McKernan

    International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324

    Daniel T. McKernan, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is the communications director for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. Mr. McKernan is appointed to represent local labor organizations for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2022. 

  • John Graham

    The Auto Club Group
    John Graham, of New Boston, is the manager of the emergency preparedness program for The Auto Club Group, a volunteer reserve police officer for the city of Hamtramck, and a member of the Wayne County Local Planning Committee. Mr. Graham represents Native American Tribes for the Commission.

  • Peter Spadafore

    Lansing City Council
    Peter Spadafore, of Lansing, is a member of the Lansing City Council and the Associate Executive Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Administrators. Mr. Spadafore represents local government.

  • Sydney Shrewsbury

    First Family of Michigan
    Sydney Shrewsbury is appointed as the Governor’s honorary designee representing the First Family of Michigan. As an honorary designee, Ms. Shrewsbury will be a non-voting member of the Commission. 

  • Douglas Ferrick

    Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
    Douglas Ferrick, of Northville Township, is the chief development officer for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Mr. Ferrick is representing business.

  • Dan OlsenDan Olsen

    Michigan State University
    Dan Olsen is an experienced communications professional specializing in issue management, government communications and media relations, and currently serves as the Deputy Spokesperson for Michigan State University.

    Prior to joining MSU, he served in the Attorney General’s office. Dan served as the communications and media relations manager for the Department of Talent and Economic Development where he worked to expand resources and awareness to Michiganders on the array of career opportunities available in the state.

    He is the vice president of the CharlotteRising Board of Directors, a local economic development non-profit in Charlotte and is an active volunteer in his community.

    A graduate of Michigan State University, Dan was appointed to MCSC in December 2018.

  • Corey UtleyCorey Utley

    Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    Corey Utley is a business development manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Serving six counties in the I-69 corridor and three in West Michigan, Corey is charged with the attraction, retention and growth of businesses in the region.  Corey has a strong record in state government, serving four years as Logistics Manager and deputy Northern Michigan Advisor in the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder. She also spent two years in the Michigan House of Representatives. Corey holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

    For the past six years, Corey has volunteered with FIRST Robotics, where she assisted with team recruitment, provided matchmaking assistance for business mentors and facilitated state legislative outreach.  Corey also serves as a public advocate with the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. In 2018, Corey was appointed to the Michigan Community Service Commission by Governor Rick Snyder.

    A lifelong Michigander, Corey is passionate about her home state. Raised in Oakland County, Corey now makes her home in Okemos.

  • Angela AyersAngela Ayers

    Ford Smart Mobility
    Angela Ayers
    is the Mobility Strategist for Michigan for Ford Smart Mobility. She recently served as the Director of Strategic Policy for Governor Rick Snyder. She has also served as the Governor’s Deputy Director of Strategy and his Special Advisor on the Environment. She has also served as the Deputy Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

    Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Ms. Ayers served in the Executive Office of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments where she engaged on regional economic development, infrastructure, and water quality issues. She began her career in government in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development where she spearheaded the State of Michigan’s efforts combating the Emerald Ash Borer.

    Angela holds her M.S. of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and her B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University. She became a fellow of MSU’s Great Lakes Leadership Academy in 2011 and served as an Executive Coach for the advanced leadership program from 2016-2017.

  • Aubrey MoonAubrey Moon

    The Barre Code Metro Detroit 
    Aubrey Moon of Washington, Mich. is Senior Manager at The Barre Code Metro Detroit where she oversees client relations, sales, retention and marketing for three of the franchise’s locations. In addition to her management role, Aubrey also holds the title of Master Trainer and works with current and soon-to-be instructors to uphold certification standards. She is also a contributor for Detroit Moms Blog, an online parenting resource. Prior to The Barre Code, Aubrey worked in advertising where she managed accounts for Buick and GMC, and Nissan. Aubrey graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and specialization in Public Relations. 

  • Sheila AllesSheila Alles

    Michigan Department of Education
    Sheila Alles was appointed Interim State Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education by the State Board of Education in 2018.  Prior to the appointment, Sheila had been the Chief Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education.   One of her biggest priorities is to continue the implementation of Michigan’s Strategic Plan to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.

    She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experiences to the position.  The first half of her career was spent in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools where she taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade except first grade.  She also had administrative experience as a curriculum coordinator and curriculum director.  The second half of her career was spent in the Livonia Public Schools where her administrative positions included elementary principal, director of elementary instruction, director of academic services, and chief academic officer. 

    Her passion for teaching and learning is reflected in the positions she has held with professional organizations, such as a member of the Michigan Association for School Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board, member of the Michigan AdvancED Council, past chairperson of Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies—Council of Academic Leadership, member of Wayne County Curriculum Planning Team, and member of the Madonna University Teacher Education Committee.  Sheila also has experience as an adjunct professor of literacy at the undergraduate and graduate collegiate level. 

  • MervenneAnne Mervenne

    Mervenne & Company

    Anne is the CEO of Mervenne & Company, a public affairs consulting company. She also is a board member for the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan Board of Directors and owner and operator of Voyage to Morocco, a travel firm for Moroccan vacations. She recently served as the co-director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and served under former Gov. John Engler in various roles within the Executive Office of the Governor. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

  • Renee Williams

    Huntington National Bank​
    Williams is currently the Senior Vice President of Community Development, Michigan Market Manager at Huntington National Bank.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Wayne State University and is currently enrolled in Harvard University’s Public Leadership credential program.  She is a volunteer on the Executive Committee for the Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids and a board member on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  She is also a community volunteer for Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes and participates with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the NAACP.  She has also facilitated Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment workshops for past 18 years, to underserved individuals and entrepreneurs in low to moderate income area in Michigan. 

  • Linda Little

    Neighborhood Service Organization ​
    Linda Little is the president and CEO of the Neighborhood Service Organization in Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. She is appointed to represent experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, or public safety services to communities and persons, for a term commencing December 5, 2019 and expiring October 1, 2022. 

  • Jesse Venegas

    The Ideal Group​
    Venegas is currently Vice President of The Ideal Group.  He attended the University of Vermont where he achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics, Mathematics.  He was appointed to Gov. Snyder’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group in 2017 and was a member of the Hispanic/Latino Commission from 2012 through 2019.  He is a Latino business owner who employs over 700 people throughout Michigan, 9 other states, and Canada.  He is very connected with the Latino community in Detroit and is also a parent with deep connections to education.  His family and company have been continued investors in education, STEM development, Arts, and helping at-risk children.  He is an active investor and participant in his community through the Michigan Opera Theatre Board, the Detroit Children's Fund, and the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Advisory Board.  Additionally he is a Main Sponsor for a Community Opera performance in SW Detroit and has done so for 3 years and counting.  He is also a Volunteer for Community Gardening in SW Detroit, and Founder of the Clark Street Classic Hockey tournament to raise money for the Clark Park Hockey Association. 

  • David ParentDavid Parent

    Deloitte Consulting, LLP
    David Parent of Ann Arbor is principal for Deloitte Consulting, LLP, where he serves as a management consultant focused in the area of human capital, including talent strategies, organizational transformation, and human resources.  David serves as Deloitte’s office managing director for its Consulting practice in Detroit, as well as leading the firm’s relationship with the University of Michigan. Within Deloitte, David has lead a variety of talent development, diversity, and learning programs. He also recently lead Deloitte-sponsored pro bono consulting projects for the City of Detroit, Wayne County and a project called “Flint Sprint” for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Parent holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, a master’s in business administration and a master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan.