Outstanding Commission Executive Director Award – Shelly McAlpin

Shelly McAlpin The recipient of our Outstanding Commission Executive Director Award is Shelly McAlpin. She works for ServeWyoming and has been with the organization for 8+ years. In 2012, she was appointed Executive Director. Her resume includes over ten years of experience in nonprofit management including grant administration, program coordination, emergency volunteer coordination, fund development, policy administration and new program development. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Foreign Policy from University of Wyoming and is certified in volunteer management. Her first introduction to ServeWyoming was as a volunteer, and not long after, she joined the staff.

Recently, Shelly coordinated a meeting with the Governor of Wyoming to secure funding for the biennium, and because of her phenomenal job, he has offered his help whenever the commission needed it. Shelly continues to be pivotal in the expansion of the Professional Volunteer Network and Volunteer Wyoming. The Professional Volunteer Network, which she helped create, builds capacity for multiple organizations, through a mentoring and sustainability model, becoming one of ServeWyoming’s most successful programs. This was largely due to Shelly’s passion and dedication to the commission’s mission of “improving lives and strengthening Wyoming communities through volunteerism.”

“Shelly arranged for our commission staff and executive committee to meet with the Corporation for National and Community Service CEO as well as Colorado’s commission and regional leadership team. The event brought our commissions closer together, got us exposed to the national level and created new relationships to help ServeWyoming. Shelly is a natural collaborator and has proven this through her many accomplishments with our organization. 

Her law background, integrity, dedication to service, and strategic thinking have been perfect for not only stewardship of federal and charitable dollars, but for steering the course of the Commission.”

— Nurieh Glasgow, Program and Training Officer, ServeWyoming

Shelly is constantly looking for ways to expand the commission’s service in Wyoming, such as through community outreach via Volunteer Guides in counties where ServeWyoming is not present or through incorporating veterans into service events. She understands and embraces the importance of remaining flexible yet inventive to ensure the Commission continues and grows. She continually embraces reality-based and need-based solutions as it relates to the disaster preparedness around Wyoming. She continues to position Serve Wyoming in key areas to make broad statewide campaigns like Prepare Wyoming, Volunteer Reception Centers, VOAD and disaster preparedness key programs around Wyoming.

We congratulate Shelly McAlpin and commend her for her amazing service and dedication!


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