2014 – 2015 Bloggers

Elena Felton, Peer Leader: Elena is responsible for supporting the Volunteer Maryland Coordinators with resources, training, and guidance.  Elena served as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 24 at CASA of Baltimore County Inc. Elena also served as the recent Peer Leader for VM Class 26.  Before her work with VM, Elena volunteered with many diverse groups and spent 2 years employed with Venago Training and Development Center located in Clarion Pennsylvania, which services individuals with mental and physical disabilities as a Direct Life Coach. Elena attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies, with two concentration minors in Sociology and Social Work. Elena currently lives in the Baltimore area and is preparing to obtain her Master of Social Work degree. Elena is very passionate about service and community involvement. Elena is creative, energetic, and enjoys new adventures.

Laura Aceituno, Program Manager: Laura is responsible for monitoring, training and evaluating Volunteer Maryland Coordinators and Service Sites.  Community development and volunteerism has been a lifelong passion for Laura.  She served as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in VM Class 21 at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and a Regional Coordinator in VM Class 22.  Before her VM service years, she attended Hood College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2008.

Kerry Ose, Outreach Manager: Kerry is responsible for program marketing, outreach, and partnership development including recruitment and selecting Volunteer Maryland Sites and Coordinators.  Kerry served as a Volunteer Maryland Peer leader in VM Class 25 and as a Coordinator in VM Class 24 at Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.  Kerry holds a PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has worked as a writer and college instructor, and she currently lives in Columbia.

Patrice Beverly, Director: Patrice takes a lead role in staff supervision, fund raising and financial management, evaluation, and training.  Patrice served as a Regional Coordinator in 2002 and as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in 2001.  Her VMC year was spent in beautiful Annapolis at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education working with teachers and students to strengthen service-learning.  Patrice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Towson University.

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