VolunteerAR is a joint effort of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and the Department of Human Services’ Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE).

The Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism is a bi-partisan commission made up of passionate commissioners who believe that volunteers are vital to creating strong, vibrant communities. Each commissioner is appointed by the Governor and together they assist OCCE with determining community needs, setting policy and program priorities, ensuring national service funds are used effectively, supporting national days of service, and promoting service and volunteering. They also promote meaningful volunteerism and national service throughout their communities and Arkansas.


The DHS Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE) believes that by engaging citizens in meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunities, we have the chance to tackle chronic social issues that keep Arkansans of all ages from living up to their full potential. We envision a state that has citizens who are engaged in service to others and communities that are transformed by that work. The Office administers the AmeriCorps program and other federally-funded national service programs. In addition, OCCE works with a wide-range of non-profits and faith-based organizations from across Arkansas.  It also is the coordinating agency/office for volunteer and donations management within the state with the support of members of the Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ARVOAD).


VolunteerAR Staff

Shana Chaplin, CVM

Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Faith-Based Partnerships

Shana.Chaplin@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6459

Ezell Breedlove, CVM

Volunteer Program Coordinator, VolunteerAR Portal Support

ezell.breedlove@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6091

Ashley-Brooke Moses, MPS, CVM

Volunteer Program Coordinator, Youth Engagement and Service-Learning

 ashley.moses@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6458

Laura Jennings

Volunteer Program Coordinator, Volunteer Recognition Programs

laura.jennings@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6455

Will Roark

AmeriCorps Arkansas Director

Will.Roark@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6137

Kathy Gattinger, CVM

AmeriCorps Monitoring & Compliance Officer

kathy.gattinger@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-3961

Kim Reed, MPA

AmeriCorps Grants Officer

 kimberly.reed@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-320-6037

Jamal Williams, CVM 

AmeriCorps Outreach & Communications Officer

Jamal.Williams@dhs.arkansas.gov | 501-682-6752


The Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism

Bruce Davis

Commission Chair

Community: Hot Springs Village

Profession: Retired

Community Activities: Lions Club International, Lions Eye Bank, World Services for the Blind, Village Bible Church, and Mid-South Sight & Hearing

Gloria Redman

Commission Vice Chair

Community: Little Rock

Profession: Retired sales, marketing, advertising, fundraising, and public relations professional

Community Activities: Fine Arts Club, Cancer Institute Cook’s Tour, Women & Children First and AR Kids Read 

Kelly Nosari

Commission Secretary

Community: Mountain Home

Profession: Certified personal trainer and business owner

Community Activities: Serenity Board Member, North Arkansas Foodbank, MHPS Volunteer Coordinator, The Call, Twin Lakes Area AVCA

Amanda Richardson


Community: Little Rock

Profession:Organizational Development Trainer at Arkansas Children's

Community Activities: Junior League of Little Rock, Little Rock Marathon, City Year Little Rock

Charlie Cain-Davis


Community: Little Rock

Profession: Volunteer Coordinator, Certified Braille Transcriber

Community Activities: AR Department of Human Services Volunteer Activities Council, Summer Cereal Drives, United Way Campaign

Clayton Sorrells


Community: Amity

Profession: Nursing

Community Activities: Fellowship of Christian Nursing Students, Henderson Student Government Association, Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic volunteer

Reverend David Hudak


Community: Bella Vista

Profession: Ordained Lutheran Clergy

Community Activities: Rotary International, Schaumburg Sister Cities

Doyle Ray


Community: Pine Bluff

Profession: Retired

Community Activities: World Changers, Silver Haired Legislators Alumni Association, Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch, Trinity Village Medical Center

Dr. Peggy Sissel


Community: Little Rock

Profession: President of Words To Grow On, LLC., Education Consultant, and author/publisher

Community Activities: Arkansas Literacy Councils, Reach Out and Read Co-Founder

Kristi Davis


Community: Little Rock

Profession: Director of Initiatives and Investments, Heart of Arkansas United Way


Mayor JoAnne Bush


Community: Lake Village

Profession: Mayor, City of Lake Village

Community Activities: Lake Village Chamber of Commerce, Lake Village Economic Development Committee, Lake Village Assembly of God

Robert Coon


Community: Little Rock

Profession: Business Owner, Lobbyist

Community Activities: LIttle Rock Sister Cities Commission, Arkansas District Export Council

Sydney Jacimore


Community: Fort Smith

Profession: Student

Community Activities: Mercy Hospital Volun-Teen, Lincoln Childcare, Salvation Army Red Shield Dinner

Vernard Henley, Jr.


Community: Little Rock

Profession: Assistant Dean, College of Engineering & Information Technology at UA Little Rock

Community Activities: eSTEM Public Charter School Board Member, National Society of Black Engineers

Ben Olsen


Community: Little Rock

Profession: State Program Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service