Meet the Volunteer Maine Staff!
Maryalice joined the Volunteer Maine staff on April 1, 1995 and served as Grant Program Officer until she was appointed Director in May 1996. Maryalice's responsibilities include supporting the volunteers who serve as Commissioners, serving as liaison to external partners, strategic planning, program development, external communications, intergovernmental relations, and representing Volunteer Maine on regional and national initiatives.
Previous work included 15 years as Executive Director of two Maine Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, a year with USDA Cooperative Extension as evaluator of a national project, and five years with Univ. of Connecticut Cooperative Extension. She earned her master's degree in counseling from UMaine and her bachelor's from St. Joseph College in Connecticut.
Training and Program Development Officer
Michael joined the Volunteer Maine staff in April of 2010. As Program Development & Training Officer he is responsible for outreach and pre-application training for organizations interested in using National Service as a solution. He also trains AmeriCorps grantees on best practices and leads Service Enterprise training. In addition, he co-chairs the State Emergency Donations Coordination Team where Volunteer Maine has responsibility for managing volunteers during statewide disasters.
Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Michael was Director of the Maine Transition Network, a nonprofit providing training to schools and agencies helping youth with disabilities transition from school to adult life. He was also a teacher and school district administrator for almost two decades and brings experience guiding volunteers as the onetime director and coordinator of volunteers for the NAMES Project-Maine; AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Jamie joined the Volunteer Maine staff in January 2019. As Grants Officer, she is responsible for overseeing the administration and monitoring of Volunteer Maine's AmeriCorps programs. She assists grantees in understanding and completing required state and federal procedures, while developing an updated grant administration manual and other materials.
Prior to taking this position, Jamie was the Public Assistance Program Delivery Manager for FEMA. She earned her masters degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine as well as her bachelor in geography and anthropology.
Before moving to Maine for university studies, she served an AmeriCorps term in Baltimore, MD, where she was volunteer coordinator at the Village Learning Place. Jamie also served in the US Air Force.
Bryan joined the Volunteer Maine staff in July 2019. As Communications Officer, Bryan supports Volunteer Maine staff and Commissioners along with the Maine Volunteer Foundation by developing strategic communications plans, and managing the implementation of those plans with the goal of informing, educating, and disseminating information regarding available resources, programs, policies and events.
Before joining the staff team, Bryan spent two years with a growing advertising agency based in Westbrook, Maine. Roche began as the agency’s Production and Social Media Lead and then moved into the role of Digital Marketing Manager. Prior to that, Bryan held digital communication and storytelling roles with the University of Southern Maine's Office of Public Affairs. Bryan also developed, produced and directed “The USM Update,” a monthly public affairs television program that highlights academic achievement and innovation at the university.
A Foxborough, Massachusetts native, Bryan received his BA in Journalism from the University of Maine in 2013. After moving to Maine to pursue his education, Bryan chose to make the state home and now lives in downtown Portland.
Program Officer, Volunteer Initiatives
Kelsey joined the Volunteer Maine staff in January 2021. As the Program Officer, Volunteer Sector Initiatives, Kelsey works to support volunteer programs in Maine by offering training and professional development to agency staff who work with volunteers.
Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Kelsey was the Director of Community Engagement for United Way of Anchorage in Alaska. She has a marketing background, working as a marketing manager in nonprofits before, as well as an Account Exec with an advertising agency, and has over 6 years of volunteer management experience.
Nathan rejoined the Volunteer Maine staff in June 2021. As Office Administrator, he supports the staff in a paraprofessional capacity across outreach, scheduling, and accounting areas. Nathan previously served Volunteer Maine as a summer intern in 2020.
He has a B.A. in English from the University of Maine at Farmington. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys hiking and kayaking though Maine's outdoors.
Climate Corps Planner
Kate joined the Volunteer Maine staff in July 2021. As the Climate Corps Planner, Kate is working to provide the basis for an establishment of the Maine Climate Corps as proposed in the Maine Climate Council's climate action plan.
Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Kate was completing her master’s degree at the Muskie School of Public Service in the Policy, Planning, and Management program with specific focus in sustainable development and geospatial technologies. Kate has experience working in the nonprofit sector as the Communications and Outreach Assistant at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and in outdoor recreation as a guide in Maine and Alaska.