Community Volunteers

How does the community contribute to our work?

We benefit from others' voices and knowledge about the county. We recruit potential volunteers from our various networks.

We offer community members who live or work in Montgomery County the opportunity to volunteer with the foundation for a year. Volunteers participate in meetings and strategic discussions with our staff, board and committees.

Current Community Volunteers

Our Community Volunteers were asked about their experience in serving as a volunteer and what they appreciate about Montgomery County. Snippets of their answers are below.

woman wearing a blue scarf Lisa Auerbach

What excites you about HealthSpark's mission? "I'm passionate about helping nonprofits, networks and coalitions provide much needed resources to the Montgomery County communities they serve. More often than not, these organizations have limited resources to assess and implement the changes desperately needed to provide improved services to the clients that need it the most. HealthSpark Foundation fills that void and makes a difference."

Caucasian Male Headshot    Anthony Celentano

What made you want to serve as a community volunteer?
"I am passionate about uplifting the neediest in and outside the United States. Volunteering with HealthSpark allows me to commit to this on a local level."

Headshot of an Asian woman wearing glasses and a dark top.

Grace Kim


What made you want to serve as a community volunteer?
"Willingness to share time and knowledge to a viable organization and also learn from a high quality management team leading such a reputable nonprofit foundation."

man in suit in front of building Joel Port, MHSA, FACHE, CMPE

What inspires you about HealthSpark's work? "I truly believe that our regional healthcare system is one of the best, but its shortcomings are impacted by the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), namely economics, education, food and housing. As I understand it, the mission of HealthSpark is to positively impact SDOH so our entire community is a healthier place to be for all, and any way that I can support and contribute to HealthSpark's success would be personally very meaningful to me at this point in my life."

Headshot of a smiling man with glasses in a suit.Rayman Solomon




What made you want to serve as a community volunteer?
"As a resident of the 'western' section of Montgomery County, I want to learn more about the entire county and be a part of an organization that is providing leadership and making a difference in securing a social safety net for all of the residents of our county and serves as a national model."

A woman smiling at the camera, wearing a green cardigan, her arms folded in front of her.Ann W. St. Claire, MPH



What is best about living/working in Montgomery County?
"I've really enjoyed getting to know my neighbors. There is a nice sense of community in my neighborhood and extended network of friends through my kids' schools, sports clubs and other groups that we participate in. I've enjoyed getting to know everyone and hearing about their life experiences and supporting one another through parenthood and other life joys and challenges."

man in red shirt in front of yellow background Nathaniel J. Williams, Ed.D., MHS, MPA, MBA

How can the Foundation enhance its impact moving forward? "One thing that could be enhanced about the foundation would be to ensure the Whole Person is always represented in what we support- those domains are finances, environment, recreation, family/ friends, spirituality, personal development, health, and education. One way to achieve this would be monitoring for its inclusion."