News Release - October 15, 2009 


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Governor Pat Quinn Names New Members To Community Outreach Board
Makes 20 Appointments to Serve Illinois Commission

SPRINGFIELD – October 15, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today named 20 members to the Serve Illinois Commission. The Commission, supported by the Illinois Department of Human Services, enhances and supports community volunteerism and administers the AmeriCorps State program in Illinois.

“I am pleased to appoint these selfless Illinois citizens to the Serve Illinois Commission, which is dedicated to involving our young people in community service,” said Governor Quinn. “Now, more than ever, we need to band together to get our children off the streets and more engaged in our communities.”

Earlier this year, Governor Quinn announced $8.9 million in federal funds for Illinois’ AmeriCorps programs, including $2.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). AmeriCorps volunteers dedicate a year to improving education, human services, environmental quality, public health and public safety through the United States.

The members of the Serve Illinois Commission are appointed to three-year terms. For more information the Commission, please visit or call 1-800-592-9896.

Newly Appointed Serve Illinois Commission Members

Member Hometown Position
Lawrence Benito Chicago Deputy Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Merri Dee Chicago Owner, Merri Dee Communications
Alvin Goldfarb Macomb President, Western Illinois University
Nancy K. Jameson Macomb Director, West Central Illinois RSVP
Howard L. Lathan Chicago Associate Executive Director, Community Development & Organization, Chicago Area Project
Bob McCammon Lake Villa Executive Director, Youth Conservation Corps
Fred Nettles Springfield Director of Partners for Hope Program, Illinois Department of Human Services
Giraldo Rosales Champaign Assistant Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cynthia Sims Carbondale Assistant Professor, Department of Workforce Education and Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
John Sirek Chicago Citizenship Program Director, McCormick Foundation
Steven S. Wolfe Glen Ellyn Intern/Volunteer Coordinator, Probation & Court Services Department of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County
Gloria Verastegui Gilberts Youth Representative to the Commission, Loyola University Chicago Student

Non-voting members:

Member Hometown Position
Jane Angelis Carbondale Founder and Director, Intergenerational Initiative
Judy Donath Springfield Project Director, RSVP for Sangamon, Menard and Logan Counties
Kathy Engelken Des Plaines Executive Director, Illinois Campus Compact at DePaul University
Michael Mangan Mt. Prospect Director, Service-Learning Project at The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning
Arlan McClain Dixon Executive Director, Kreider Services
Judy Swinson Centralia Director, Volunteer Services at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc.
Genita Robinson Chicago Executive Director, Lawyers Lend a Hand to Youth Program
Barb Tubekis Winetka Chair, Volunteer Centers of Illinois
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