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Agenda - October 20, 2015

Location and Time

IDPH – Office of Preparedness & Response
422 S 5th St – 4th Floor
Springfield, IL 62701

IDPH – Office of Preparedness & Response
122 S. Michigan – Room 711
Chicago, IL 60603

Dial: 888-494-4032; Access Code: 4037150212#

11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Commissioners Present

Chicago: Deb Marton, Laura Davis, Steve Silberman, Anne Schuman, Cynthia Sims
Springfield: Giraldo Rosales, Don Baden, John Hosteny, Jeff Turnbull, Fred Nettles, Jim Dixon
Call in: Jennifer Witzel, Merri Dee, Julian Brown, Matt McCabe, Megan Hines, Chris Errera, Howard Lathan, Amanda Guinn

Staff Present

Scott McFarland, Sue Zellers, Matthias Gheladios, Jacob Nudelman, Mike Stehlin

Guests Present

Meghan Hines, CNCS, Natalie Furlette, Campus Compact, William Coussens, UIS GPSI, Jennifer Benanti, March of Dimes

Call to Order

Nettles called meeting to order at 10:15am

Approval of the June 4, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Rosales motioned to approve minutes
Baden seconded motion to approve minutes
Minutes were approved unanimously

Executive Director Report

  • Staffing
    Staffing update-introduction of Gheladios (Accountant) and Coussens (GPSI)
  • Budget
    issues with match being too low due to budget impasse, hopes to work with CNCS and IDPH to meet match requirements
  • Audit
    Audit​ is ongoing. Three subgrantees and Serve Illinois are being visited
  • Year Review
    Have not met all our goals, but showing marked improvement - hope to be fully staffed, integrated into IDPH, resource for the state in the coming year

Corporation for National and Community Service Report

Hosteny gave the report

  • Continuing Resolution-Presidents FY16 asks for significant increases to AmeriCorps and CNCS
  • Employers of National Service initiative is moving forward
  • Veterans pinning ceremony-November 8
  • Mayor and County Recognition Day is planned for April 5, 2016
  • Joint programming between Vista and AmeriCorps*State programs being discussed

Commission Chair Report

  • Executive Committee
    No report
  • Volunteer Recognition Committee
    Tubekis said she is working with the Governor’s PR staff, would like structural changes to awards ceremony, April 13 Old State Capitol, commissioners take lead on getting nomination forms out
  • Outreach Committee
    Errera said moving forward on PSA, timeline- finished before the end of the year
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    No Report
  • Resource Development Committee
  • Regional Commissioners
  • Sims presented the new rubric for the AmeriCorps application scoring
    Commission discussed the scoring criteria and using past performance as a grading criteria for AmeriCorps programs
    Marton spoke of the progress on the foundation

Program Presentation – Operation AmeriCorps

Santita Nunn of East St. Louis School District 189 reported the results of the programs self-reporting survey, said the program is doing very well but is hampered by the teacher's strike

Staff Reports

  • AmeriCorps
    • Monitoring: Zellers spoke of monitoring programs, said she has monitored 12 of 28 programs so far, this is better than previous years
    • 2016-19 Request for Applications
      McFarland spoke about the great turnout at the RFA Bidders conferences
    • National Service Recognition Day
      Stehlin briefed commission on the logistics of National Service Recognition Day
  • Volunteerism
    • Volunteerism Conferences
      Commissioners were provided dates for the upcoming conferences
    • Year of the Volunteer
      Angelis gave an update on the year's activities
  • Website
    McFarland provided the report on website and social media activities

Old Business

  • Serve Illinois Foundation
    Discussion tabled
  • First Lady
    Commission discussed involving the First Lady in future activities

New Business

McFarland thanked Commissioners for the past year
McFarland spoke of the need to get the Commission more involved in future activities, hopes to be a resource to the state


Nettles motioned to adjourn meeting at 3:15