Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Serve Idaho Conference

LEADING CHANGE; volunteerism in the 21st century
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The 16th Serve Idaho Conference is scheduled for March 1-2, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel in Boise, ID., is a gathering that focuses on learning best practices, strategies, and new ways of doing business from the state's best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteering. The conference offers high quality professional development training in the field of service learning, volunteering management, and public administration. The Conference also serves as the mid-service training for Idaho's national service members.  Members from AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) attend the conference annually.


Opening Ceremony

Daniel Barutta—Program Officer, AmeriCorps State/National Corporation for National & Community Service
Daniel is entering his 16th year at the Corporation for National & Community Service and his 26th year as a public servant. In addition to his position as an AmeriCorps State/National Program Officer he worked at the US Peace Corps as a Placement Officer and served as both a VISTA member in San Francisco, CA and Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.   Daniel hails from California where he earned a BA degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University before moving to Washington, DC.  He loves his job of supporting state commissions (especially Idaho!) and national programs who in turn support thousands of AmeriCorps members serving in America and is honored to be a speaker at your conference.  Positivity is Daniel’s middle name – he loves to smile and share his can-do spirit with his AmeriCorps family.

Celebration of Service Luncheon

Jim Everett—Retired CEO of Treasure Valley YMCA
Jim has more than 40 years of experience working for the YMCA in Ohio, Michigan and Idaho.  Under his leadership over the past 15 years, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA raised more than $45 million to expand services in our growing communities.  He has worked with more than 6,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff and 53,000 member in his 15-year tenure.  Jim volunteers with youth, the Special Olympics, Leadership Boise, the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Program and many other organizations in the valley.  He is a board member of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, Boise State University Venture College, Healthwise and many more.


Closing Ceremony

Jesse Maldonado—Lewiston’s Youngest City Councilman
Jesse was born and raised in Lewiston, ID where he graduated from Lewiston Senior High School in 2013. After graduation he announced his candidacy for Lewiston City Council and won his seat on the council in November of that same year. Alongside serving on the City Council he is enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College where he is studying Business and Communications with a minor in Political Science. Jesse is also a commissioner for Serve Idaho. 

Wendy Spencer - Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Wendy began serving as Chief Executive Officer of CNCS on April 9, 2012, shortly after being nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

CNCS is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs that engage millions of Americans in national service and volunteering to solve problems for communities.  

Under Spencer’s leadership, CNCS has launched new partnerships, including FEMA Corps, School Turnaround AmeriCorps, STEM AmeriCorps, Justice AmeriCorps, and Financial Opportunity Corps; increased the agency’s focus on veterans and military families; and overseen the national service response for many severe natural and man-made disasters.  

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March 1, 2016 - Day 1

Session 1, Workshops 9:00 am -10:30 am
Nonprofit Marketing & Sponsorship: Jeff Myers
Surviving the AmeriCorps Yea
r:   Samuel Johnson
Collective Impac
t:   Caile Spear, Anna Bailey & Mike Stefancic
Corporate Volunteering Panel

Session 2, 10:45 am -12:15 pm
Managing Volunteers:  Elizabeth Orcutt
Civic Reflection
:  Heather Luff   
Service Project for One Church One Child
Serve Idaho
Multiple Generations
:  Nora Carpenter 

Session 3, 1:45 pm -3:15 pm
Collaboration with Community PartnersSheralynn Bauder and Genny Gerke
nfinite Value & Personal GrowthMatt Pipkin
Working With Service Organizations Panel
Working with a Board
: Bill Hulterstrom
Session 4, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Big Goals, Small Staff:   Erin Casetto & Ryan Paulus
Empathetic Mindset to Build Community
:   Neva Geisler   
Publicizing with Limited Resources
 Marshall Bezonick    
Volunteerism - The Ultimate Win/Win
:   Barbara Bush 

Networking Mixer & AmeriCorps Trivia
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

AmeriCorps Alum Discussion
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

March 2, 2016 - Day 2

Session 5, Workshops 8:00 am -9:30 am
Idaho@Play (AmeriCorps State Member Requirement): Heather Luff

Session 6, 9:45 am -11:15 am
Servant Leadership:  Ben Quintana
Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?
:  Morgan Wilson   
What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
Henry Henscheid
Is National Service Right For Your Organization
:  Daniel Barutta  
Session 7, 11:30 am -1:00 pm
Service Project for the Ronald McDonald House:  Serve Idaho
Engagement: Gearing Up for 21st Century Volunteerism:  Barbara Bush   
Developing Your Professional Philosophy Jeremiah Shinn
Avoiding Burnout:   Penelope Hansen 
Session 8, 2:15 pm -3:45 pm
Life After AmeriCorps Charlette Kremer
Reactive or Proactive Volunteer Leadership
SWIDOVS Leadership Team   
Communicating with Volunteers Panel
:  TBD
Service Project for Project LinusServe Idaho  

Conference Exhibitors

Conference Exhibitors are still being accepted.  Ten available tables have been allocated.  The exhibitors will be located in the main lobby near the stairs.
Click Here to download the Exhibitor Application

 Easter Seals - Goodwill
 Northern Rocky Mountain
 Medical Reserve Corps  Easter Seals Goodwill
Northern Rocky Mountain
 The Idaho Foodbank   
 SWIDOVS  Idaho Suicide Prevention

Conference Location:
Red Lion Boise Downtowner
1800 W. Fairview Ave.
Boise, ID  83702
Reservations: 1-800-733-5466 / 1-800-Red Lion

Hosted by:

Serve Idaho - Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor and State Farm

Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday, March 1

7:00  - 8:00
8:00 - 8:45 
Opening Ceremony
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1
10:45 - 12:15 Session 2
12:15 - 1:45 Celebration of Service Luncheon
1:45 - 3:15 Session 3
3:30 - 5:00 Session 4
5:00 - 6:00 Networking Mixer - AmeriCorps Trivia
6:00 - 6:30  AmeriCorps Alum Discussion

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 - 8:00 Registration
8:00 - 9:30 Session 5
9:45 - 11:15 Session 6
11:30 - 1:00 Session 7
 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch (Panel Discussion) 
 2:15 - 3:45 Session 8 
 4:00 - 5:00 Closing Ceremony 

Scholarship Application

Students, Senior Corps members and Vista volunteers are eligible for scholarships to the conference. These will be awarded on a limited basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

To apply follow the link: 2016 Serve Idaho Conference Scholarship Application.

The deadline for scholarship applications to be received is midnight on February 5th, 2015.

If you are awarded a scholarship you will be emailed a “discount code” with instruction on how and where to register for the conference.   You can register for either one day at $20 or two days for $40.

2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
State Farm

Partnership Sponsors

--Corporation for National & Community Service

--Idaho Department of Labor


If you need to direct bill your reservations call the front desk 208 344-7691 ext 0 and ask for the Serve Idaho Group block then provide the name of the department that the direct bill will go to.




Interested in becoming a Conference Sponsor? 
Click here to download the Sponsorship Application

Scholarship Sponsor

Idaho Power


Individual Scholarship Donors:

* Kara Brascia
* Douglas J. Brown

Are you interested in sponsoring a student, or National Service member who would like to attend the conference, but does not have the fiscal ability?  
Click Here to download the Sponsor Scholarship Application