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Volunteer Commission Names New Executive Committee

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 22, 2010  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2010) – The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) has named its new executive committee.

KCCVS, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is a statewide, bipartisan group comprised of at least 15 members, appointed by the governor, with diverse service and volunteerism backgrounds. The members select the commission’s executive officers.

Eileen Cackowski, executive director of the KCCVS, said she is pleased with the KCCVS committee’s new leadership.

“Our new executive committee officers have proven their commitment to KCCVS and are motivated to promote volunteerism and service by working together,” she said. 

Aaron Anderkin was recently named commission chair. Anderkin is a Lexington insurance agent and a graduate of Transylvania University with a degree in political science.

Anderkin was active in student service at Transylvania and has been a member of the commission’s program committee, which is involved in grant selection and program monitoring.

Since Anderkin’s time on the board, Kentucky AmeriCorps program applications have increased each year, Cackowski said.

“We receive applications that are well written, and Kentucky has received at least one new competitive program each year,” she said. “While that may not sound like much, only six other states have more competitive AmeriCorps programs than Kentucky.”

Janet Gates was elected the committee’s vice chair. She is the senior companion program director at the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership in Frankfort. She has a degree in medical social work from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Mary Rothenburger Steely, a former AmeriCorps member, was named secretary. Steely is an adult education instructor at Webster County’s West Kentucky Educational Cooperative and a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in history.

The KCCVS actively engages citizens in community service opportunities that enable volunteers, organizations and businesses to share ideas and effectively collaborate to address Kentucky's needs.

The KCCVS hosts a number of annual statewide activities designed to encourage volunteer and service program development. KCCVS funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Kentucky General Assembly.

KCCVS also administers 13 AmeriCorps programs across the state, with 316 members who serve 115 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

The group’s executive committee meets three times a year in Frankfort and once a year elsewhere in the state.

To learn more about KCCVS and volunteerism, call toll-free (800) 239-7404 or visit the KCCVS Web site at

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Last Updated 1/22/2010