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Maine Commission for Community Service Appoints new commissioners

The Maine Commission for Community Service is pleased to announce that Governor LePage has recently appointed Anita Steward McCafferty of Lincoln, Maria Staples of Hermon, and Luke Shorty of Caribou as new commissioners.

Anita Steward McCafferty has been appointed to the seat designated for a representative of education services.  McCafferty works at the University of Southern Maine as an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department and as Co-Director of the Southern Maine Partnership.

Maria Staples, holds the seat designated for a representative of a National Service program, currently works with the Penquis Community Action Agency as the Director for the Foster Grandparent Program. Staples has worked for over 30 years with Penquis.

Luke Shorty holds the seat designated to an expert in the delivery of environmental, energy, and housing services to communities and people.  He is the Executive Director for Lee Academy and an AmeriCorps alum. His AmeriCorps service was with the Maine Conservation Corp. Before taking the helm at Lee Academy, Shorty spent seven years as Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers, fostering adoption of high quality volunteer management practices, raising awareness of issues impacting the volunteer sector, and promoting service as a strategy for tackling community problems.

Commissioner terms of service are three years. The Commissioners are a diverse, bipartisan group of citizens, actively engaged in community service, and represent every region of the state. The seats on the board are designated in statute such that each person represents at least one facet of the community volunteer service sector.

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