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Commission Member Biographies

  Emily Baker

(Boise) is a principal at Gallatin Public Affairs. Emily has served on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations and has held elected positions within her community. Emily was appointed by President Bush to serve as the administrator for the General Services Administration's (GSA) Northeast and Caribbean region. Prior to her service with GSA, Emily was appointed by the White House to the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Deputy Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Emily began her professional career in Idaho, working as a policy aide to former Governor Phil Batt, for Lt. Governor (now Governor) Buth Otter, and the State Treasureer's office. Emily is a fifth generation Idahoan and she and her husband, Mike, Live in Boise with their three boys.

  Clint Blackwood

(Filer) serves as Coordinator for Jerome County’s Office of Emergency Management. As an active community member, Clint has been involved with developing, educating, and facilitating volunteers, especially in the emergency medical, disaster response, and disaster preparedness realms for over 20 years. He currently serves as Chair of the Serve Idaho Membership Committee.

  Doug Brown

(Garden City) moved to Idaho in 1978 and soon after began a career in Juvenile Justice. In 2007 he retired from 27 years with Canyon County Juvenile Probation. Since retiring, Doug has volunteered for the Special Olympics World Winters Games and as a docent at the World Center for Birds of Prey. In 2011 Doug joined the Board of Directors of the Stage Coach Theater, a volunteer non-profit, and currently serves as its chairman. In 2011 Doug also began volunteering at the Family Services Center at Gowen Field where he facilitated zero interest loans for guardsmen and reservists. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Guard and Reserve Family Support Fund. Doug is looking forward to serving on the Serve Idaho Commission where he hopes to impact volunteerism statewide.


  Georgia Dimick

(Oakley) a former mayor of Oakley, currently works at the College of Southern Idaho Office on Aging (OOA). She is the program manager for their Foster Grandparent Program, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Senior Assisted Services Program and Senior Companion Program. She also serves as chair of the Oakley JR/SR High School Technical Committee. Georgia’s bachelor’s degree is in human resource and development, and she will graduate from Idaho State University in 2015 with a master’s degree in organizational learning and development. Georgia is a mother of three (two girls and one boy) and grandmother of ten. She enjoys volunteering with her sisters to help students achieve academic and business goals.


  April Durrant (Ex-Officio) 

(Boise) is the Idaho State Program Director for the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs throughout the state. For the past 8 years April served as a State Program Specialist for the CNCS Utah State Office and as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, leader and supervisor, as well as a Recruitment and Training Specialist for Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Director of the Local Interagency Council (LIC) in Price, Utah.

April has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Utah State University and a Master of Professional Communications (MPC) from Westminster College. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sector and loves to talk about national service to anyone who will listen. She has a wonderful husband of 27 years, two great kids and two amazing grandchildren. April loves to travel, spend time with family, explore new things, read, ski badly and eat out with friends!


  Patricia Eriksen

(Soda Springs) is a native of Idaho.  Her work in education in Idaho spans over four decades, during which she was recognized as an outstanding teacher, counselor, secondary school principal and coach. She coordinated the development of an Alternative High School and worked extensively promoting drug-free choices for youth.  Pat is a certified dance instructor, choreographer, actress and vocalist.  Her extensive voluntary public service includes currently chairing the Idaho Territory Sesquicentennial.   


  Henry Henscheid

(Blackfoot) is an extremely active member in his community. He began his mediation career nearly 15 years ago and is currently a Certified Professional Mediator and a Certified Professional Mediation Trainer. Over the years, Henry has served as a board member for numerous local, state and national volunteer/non-profit organizations including Student Chapter, National Rehabilitation Association, Blackfoot Community Players, United Cerebral Palsy of Idaho, Easter Seal Society of Idaho, North Dakota Rehabilitation Association, CO-AD, Inc., National Youth for Easter Seals, National Easter Seal Society and Grand Teton Mediation Association. He is the oldest of 9 siblings and was born and raised in Eastern Idaho. Outside of his professional and volunteer endeavors, Henry enjoys travel, music, history and talking with people.


  Michael Jensen

(Boise) is the Vice Chair for Serve Idaho. He is Director of Field Service for the Ore-Idaho Council of Boy Scouts of America with 21 years of volunteer management. Mike is an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor. He directed the Boy Scout National Day Camp School and Instructed in the National Camp School. Mike is a coach for a city recreation program and is active in his church. Prior to joining the Commission, Mike served as a community volunteer grant reviewer for Serve Idaho.


  William Langer

(Coeur d’Alene) served as a Security Officer in the United States Navy before pursuing a career with the City of Burbank, California, where he planned and designed park complexes, senior citizen center expansions, swimming pool rehabilitations and negotiated park acquisitions for park properties.  He helped develop human service and volunteer service programming.  For two years, Bill served as president of the 900 member employees union.  Prior to joining Serve Idaho, for twelve years Bill worked at North Idaho College in Aging Adult Services as the RSVP Director.  


  Pam McGarry 
(New Meadows) is a past chair of Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Her voluntary public service activities have included The “Fosdick” Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, S.A.V.E.S. (Support All Volunteer Emergency Services), Heartland Recycling Organization, the Youth Mars Rover Program and 4-H chapter co-leader. She is one of two commissioners who have completed Incident Command System training to assist with volunteer services during Idaho disasters. McGarry operates a small business in New Meadows with her husband.

  Lynn Muehlfeit
(Idaho Falls) is a volunteer mediator for the seventh judicial district for small claims and parent/teen issues. Muehfeit is a retired Communications Workers of America member of local 7621 and served as local union president for 27+ years and as vice-president of the Eastern Idaho Central Labor Council.  Muehfeit was a member of the Idaho State AFL-CIO and president of the Idaho State CWA Council. He served in the Army National Guard for six years.  


  Tina Naillon

(Middleton) is a native Idahoan and currently works for the State Department of Education. She is the state coordinator for Idaho Reads! VISTA, Homeless Education, and Rural Education. She has worked in education for over 20 years. Tina delights in working for the people of Idaho and serving the amazing youth and children in Idaho. She is currently serving on the marketing committee.  

 
  Carrie Reese

(Hayden) is very active in her community helping out with the local Boy Scouts, volunteering at elementary schools, and contributing to local clothing closets for the homeless. She is a former volunteer specialist for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Carrie is on Professional Ski Patrol at Silver Mountain and has her Outdoor Emergency Care Certificate, which is equivalent to an EMT B. She has her Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Idaho and currently works at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene office as the Administrative Assistant to the Regional Coordinator for Special Education. She enjoys the outdoors, camping with her family, and skiing whenever she gets a chance.

  Randy'L Teton

(Fort Hall) serves as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Public Affairs Manager where she oversees Tribal, state and federal legislative issues for the Tribes. Teton was born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho in the Lincoln Creek district of the Fort Hall Reservation. Teton is an active member of her community and sits on various local committees and boards including the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Board, Pocatello Rotary, Fort Hall Voters Education committee, Tribes Marketing Committee, Pioneer Country Travel Council board and Economic Development committee. Randy’L is also nationally known as the model for the Sacajawea Golden Dollar coin.


  Kristen Tracy  
(Boise) is the Chair for Serve Idaho.  Kristen’s professional background is in the field of Gerontology and she is currently the Director of the Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP in Southwestern Idaho.  Kristen also serves as the President of the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors and Secretary for the Idaho National Senior Corps Association.  Kristen has a passion for anti-poverty programming and is committed to volunteerism. In her free time, Kristen enjoys reading and hiking with her three dogs.

  Hunter Van Bramer 
(Moscow) serves as the Youth Delegate on the Serve Idaho Commission.  He is a student at University of Idaho majoring in Architecture/Interior Design.  An Eagle Scout, Hunter was the founding treasurer of his Kiwanis Key Club.  Hunter is the recipient of several scholarships for his outstanding voluntary public service which included work with a variety of organizations combating hunger, Camp Rainbow Gold, veterans’ events, and an assortment of community cultural activities.  Hunter serves on Serve Idaho’s Membership Committee and Governor’s Brightest Stars Committee.
  

  Jackie Wright

(Boise) is the Programs and Events Assistant at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science and was the majority pool attaché for the Idaho State House of Representatives during the 2013 regular session. In high school, Jackie founded a mentoring program that paired JROTC high school students with underprivileged elementary school students. This endeavor led to an appointment from Governor Jeb Bush to Volunteer Florida, Commission on Community Service as their youth commissioner from 2002 to 2004. Currently Jackie volunteers with the local U.S. Air Force community as a key spouse.



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Edward M. Kennedy

Serve America Act

The Serve America Act of 2009 is the most sweeping expansion of national service in a generation. It expands opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and puts AmeriCorps on a path of growth, from 75,000 to 250,000 members by 2017.  More importantly, it positions citizen service at the center of our nation’s response to crises in education, health, clean energy, veterans and economic opportunity. It also challenges us to do a better job of demonstrating and measuring our ability to solve problems. Read More »



 

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