Commission Staff Biographies

Executive Director
Linda J. Cohen

Linda J. Cohen serves as the executive director for the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.


Linda J Cohen Portrait

Prior to joining the commission, Linda served for 12 years as executive director of the New York State Corps Collaboration, where she was responsible for one of the nation's largest AmeriCorps programs. She has also served as executive director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as a contributing writer for Inside Sports Magazine and in various legal positions within all three branches of New York state government.


Cohen is a graduate of Union College, Albany Law School, and the National Law Center at George Washington University. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Capital Leadership program of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. A lifelong resident of Albany, she has actively volunteered in her synagogue, at various social service and community agencies, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and with the Law, Youth and Citizenship program of the New York State Bar Association. She and her husband met as volunteers while working on that organization’s high school mock trial competition.


Linda is grateful for the opportunity to lead the effort to involve all New Yorkers in service to their communities.


Contact Linda at: [email protected]

Senior Program Administrator
Beth Tailleur

Beth Tailleur has proudly been a part of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service staff since its formation in 1994. She serves as an AmeriCorps and Volunteer Generation Fund program administrator, helping programs to develop and maintain quality programs while meeting state and federal requirements. Beth previously worked in the New York State Legislature and with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities as a legislative staff member. Beth is very active in her community, serving as a volunteer with the Greene County Branch of the CDYMCA. She spends as much time as possible enjoying her family, her gardens, and the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Contact Beth at: [email protected]

Senior Fiscal Officer
Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones serves as associate accountant for the Commission. She brings with her over 13 years of experience in accounting and auditing, in both the private and public sector. Rebecca has worked for the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and the New York State Office for Victim Services, before joining the Commission staff. Rebecca recently received her doctoral degree in business administration. In her spare time, she loves to travel, especially on cruises to much warmer climates. Rebecca looks forward to working with each of you.

Contact Rebecca at: [email protected]

Senior Administrator for Programs and Procurement
Megan Russell

Before joining the Commission staff as a Senior Program Administrator in 2021, Megan Russell worked in a multitude of settings to support the overall mission of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), most recently with the Bureau of Contract Management. After graduating from SUNY Albany with a BA in English, Megan began her career at Saint Coleman’s Home for children with special needs; teaching academics, life skills, and how to relate and communicate with others. From there, Megan went on to become a child protective case worker for Montgomery County, leaving in 2011 to serve as a Child Protective Specialist for the State Central Register at OCFS’ home office in Rensselaer. In 2016, she accepted a traineeship with the Division of Administration’s Bureau of Contract Management, where she had her first experiences working directly with Commission staff on Formula and Competitive AmeriCorps procurements, as well as the Volunteer Generation Fund Request for Proposals (RFP), and ultimately serving as contract manager for awarded subgrantees. When she is not working, Megan enjoys being outdoors on the farm, gardening with her daughter, while taking a moment to breathe in the mountain air and appreciate the beauty of New York State. Megan is excited to continue her journey with the Commission and to use her experience to assist in improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering in the state of New York.

Contact Megan at: [email protected]

Program Administrator
Michael O. Stevens

Michael O. Stevens joined the Commission staff as a program administrator in 2016. Michael was born and raised in Albany, New York. He earned a Master of Education in 2005, and he was a substitute teacher in the Troy, New York, school district before moving to South Florida in 2007. Michael returned to Albany in 2012. Prior to joining the Commission staff, he worked at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Michael has also earned certifications in copy editing, basic reporting and writing, and news literacy from the Poynter Institute, and he has published writings in the Albany Times Union and Trolley, the New York State Writers Institute's online literary journal. Michael appreciates the important and influential work AmeriCorps programs do, and he is eager to help programs accomplish their respective missions.

Contact Michael at: [email protected]

Program Administrator
Kuoli Chung

Kuoli Chung joined the Commission staff in 2016 as a program administrator. He came to Albany in 2003 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to working with the Commission, Kuoli worked for the New York State Department of Labor in the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions as a labor services representative, where he assisted workers who were substantially impaired from their local labor market obtain training necessary to re-enter the labor market. Kuoli appreciates the impacts brought to communities by AmeriCorps programs and is dedicated to support each and every one of them.

Contact Kuoli at: [email protected]

Program Administrator
Anthony Swingruber

Anthony Swingruber joined the Commission staff in 2019 as a program administrator. Before joining the Commission, he served in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Specialist in Paraguay, while completing his Master of Public Administration at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. During his Peace Corps service, Anthony developed a capstone for his MPA coursework that promoted the sustainability of a youth entrepreneurship program through improved data collection and evaluation practices. Through his studies and service, Anthony developed a deep appreciation for how civic engagement contributes to healthier communities. He lives this value by volunteering at Joseph's House in Troy and serving on the steering committee of a local civic group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Anthony is delighted for the opportunity to support organizations promoting civic engagement and volunteerism in communities across New York State.

Contact Anthony at: [email protected]

Administrative Specialist
Dodie Sherman

Dodie Sherman worked at the Commission from 2010 to 2016 as an agency program aide. She left to work as an OCFS Legal secretary, but she returned to the Commission as an administrative specialist in 2020. Dodie is excited to be back working with the Commission. Dodie studied Human Services at Columbia-Greene Community College. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and her hobbies are travelling, music, hiking, snowshoeing, cooking and reading. She believes in the power of volunteerism and civic duty and has volunteered with many different organizations. Some of her most memorable times were taking her young children every Sunday afternoon to a domestic violence shelter to play games and organize craft projects with the children there. 


Contact Dodie at: [email protected]

Training Specialist
Eric Skiff

Eric Skiff joined the Commission staff as a training specialist in 2022. He earned a Master of Education from the State University of New York at Albany. He has served as a substitute teacher with various school districts throughout the Capital Region. He has also worked with many New York State agencies, in various roles, ranging from administration to training. Eric enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, reading and traveling. He is thrilled to combine his background and experience to support AmeriCorps programs that foster service and volunteerism across New York State.

Contact Eric at: [email protected]