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Board of Directors

christineChristine Force, President 
Nonprofit Development

Force has  extensive experience in corporate community relations, development and donor engagement, corporate and foundation relations, event planning, and more than 20 years of commitment to advancing Maine's non-profit community.

Before joining the non-profit sector Force spent 14 years in the marketing  department at Hannaford supermarkets. There she developed the Hannaford Helps Schools program and helped raise over a million dollars for local non-profits. Force's community work has included Vice President of Fund Development at Good Shepherd Food Bank where she managed the development and marketing strategy and helped launch the Mainers Feeding Mainers farm program.

She is currently a member of the Portland Rotary and has served on many boards including the Maine Association of Non-Profits, Maine Commission for Community Service, Portland Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Center for Grieving Children.

jaredJared McCannell, Secretary  
Account Executive, Knowledge Center, Inc.

Knowledge Center is a software firm that provides software solutions for incident and event management. Before moving into software, McCannell worked with volunteers across the US. He was the Medical Reserve Corps State Coordinator and oversaw the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) for the State of Maine. 

Prior to his move to health care volunteer programs, he was Assistant Director for Anuual Fund and Alumni Affairs at Maine Central Institute. In California, he was the Civic Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator for San Diego's Senor Community Centers.

McCannell's community service includes a current term as Vice President of Membership on the national board of the Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) .

webirneyWilliam E Birney  
General Manager - Power Generation, Cianbro

Bill Birney has 20 years of experience at Cianbro in the Power & Energy and Industrial & Manufacturing market. As General Manager of Power Generation, he is directly responsible for the overall operations of Power Generation projects and manages projects all over the east coast.

In the community, Birney served on town boards in South Paris, ME for many years.

maryaliceMaryalice Crofton
Executive Director, Maine Commission for Community Service

Maryalice Crofton joined the Commission staff on April 1, 1995 and served as Grant Program Officer until she was appointed Director in 1996. Under her leadership, the Commission has fostered the growth of AmeriCorps in Maine, developed the first codified set of competencies for volunteer managers, created VolunteerMaine, brought Service Enterprise and Service Year to the state, launched online volunteer management training, developed the first online model for AmeriCorps grant management that was adopted nationally, and led the design and launch of special initiatives for other government agencies.

Before moving into government, Crofton spent15 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. In the community, Crofton serves with the Spiritual Care Dept at Maine General and recently completed two terms on the board of Roncalli Housing in Augusta.

pattiPatricia Foden
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty

Since 2015, Patricia Foden has been a realtor with Keller Williams. Before taking up this new career, Foden was the Program Coordinator for the Encore Leadership Corps based out of the UMaine Center on Aging. During the same period she served as Vice President of the Maine chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Prior to that she operated the Foden Group for nine years.

Foden is a 20-year member of the Junior League of Portland and has served in numerous leadership roles including President. She has been a member of the Children's Leadership Council, served at Portland Adult Education as an assistant ESL teacher, and chaired the Carrabasett Valley Academy Parent Association.

raHolmesRonald A. Holmes
New Sharon
Engineering Site Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group

Ron Holmes has worked in the paper industry for over 40 years. While most of those years were spent in Maine, he now works on projects across the globe. Throughout his career he maintained a strong commitment to community service. Ron served 11 years on the Maine Commission for Community Service and during six of those years held officer positions including Chair of the Commission. On a national level, he represented Maine's interest on the public policy committee of America's Service Commissions.

In his hometown, Ron is involved in several organizations including Girl Scouts where he and his wife, Sharon, are support leaders of the local troop. He is also a mentor in the Mount Blue School District where he is helping students exploring robotics.