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Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Community Service Commission

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and two reappointments to the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Established in 1991, the 25-member board fosters a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism. It also develops a three-year comprehensive community and national service plan that is updated annually.

“I am confident that these appointees will work hard to inspire Michiganders to further embrace volunteerism and community service,” Snyder said.


Kyle Caldwell, of Augusta, is program director for C.S. Mott Foundation’s Pathways Out of Poverty Program. Previously, he worked as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, president and CEO of ConnectMichigan Alliance, executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, director of corporate and foundation relations for the Office for Institutional Advancement at Olivet College, and director of special projects for the Michigan Community Service Commission. He is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits, Points of Light, Nonprofit Vote, Starr Commonwealth, Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee, and Michigan Association of United Ways. Caldwell holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in organizational management, both from Western Michigan University. He will represent experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, or public safety services to communities and persons and replaces Lloyd Jackson.

Katharine Janes, of Mount Pleasant, is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is involved in many community activities, including president of the Youth Advisory Committee at the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation, co-chair of the Michigan Community Foundations’ Youth Project Committee at the Council of Michigan Foundations, and board member of the LEAGUE Michigan Commission at the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She volunteers as an individual tutor at Sacred Heart Academy, acts as an ACT prep tutor for juniors in high school, and has recorded over 857 hours of community service. She is dually enrolled at Mid-Michigan Community College, and is anticipating graduation from Sacred Heart Academy in June 2014. She will represent individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 who are a participant or supervisor in a program defined in section 101 of title I, 42 U.S.C. 12511 and replaces Breannah Alexander.

Peter Lemmer, of East Lansing, is senior vice president and chief legal counsel for Greenstone Farm Credit Services. He has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, including more than 20 years in the position of chief legal counsel. He is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association and American Corporate Counsel Association. He was recently presented with the prestigious Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service for his volunteer work with local youth and refugee groups. Lemmer attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, earned a degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and earned a degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He will represent individuals with expertise in the educational, training, and developmental needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, and replaces Ella Kate Wagner.

Kristen Lingenfelter, of Brighton, works at Lingenfelter Motorsports, a licensed dealer that buys and sells rare performance and collectors’ cars. Each month, Lingenfelter Motorsports hosts or takes part in a charity event to support local people, clubs, foundations, and charities. Additionally, Lingenfelter remains active with many nonprofit organizations in Michigan and she manages the Lingenfelter Foundation. In 2012, she was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of 60 distinguished volunteers of the year. Lingenfelter holds a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing and a master’s in business administration, both from Spring Arbor University. She will represent business and replaces Lori Jewell.


Carolyn Bloodworth, of Jackson, is director of corporate giving for Consumers Energy and secretary/treasurer for the Consumers Energy Foundation. Previously, she held many positions within Consumers Energy/CMS Energy, including community programs director, community programs consultant, employee suggestion program administrator, communications adviser, customer service projects administrator and corporate services associate and supervisor. She received the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, Michigan Colleges Foundation Outstanding Partnership Award, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge Volunteer of the Year Award and she volunteers for many community groups and events. Bloodworth holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Spring Arbor University. She will continue to represent business.

Diana Rodriguez-Algra, of Lansing, is executive director of the Volunteer Centers of Michigan. Previously, she worked as a service-learning coordinator for the Michigan Community Service Commission, volunteer services liaison for the Volunteer Services Program of the Michigan Family Independence Agency, director for the AmeriCorps National/State Programs and executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. She was awarded the WILX-TV Community Service Award in 1991, the Outstanding Women’s Award by the MSU Faculty and Professional Women’s Association in 1988 and was selected by the Lansing State Journal as one of the “1988 Greats.” Rodriguez-Algra holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations, both from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent the volunteer sector as outlined in the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act.

Members serve three-year terms expiring Oct. 1, 2016, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.