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Volunteer Florida CEO Bids Farewell As He Heads To Trump Admin To Lead AmeriCorps

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The head of Volunteer Florida bid a final farewell to Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet Wednesday. Chester Spellman will be taking over a similar job in the Trump Administration.

“I will be moving to Washington D.C. to serve as the director of AmeriCorps,” said Spellman. “I’ve been appointed by President Trump, and it’s an honor to serve him in his administration. I’d like to thank all of you for all of our service, and Governor, thank you very much for the opportunity to serve in your administration.”

For the past six and a half years, Spellman has held the post as CEO of Volunteer Florida, the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and community service. His last day is next Friday, August 25. Meanwhile, Spellman is slated to take over AmeriCorps at a time when President Trump’s budget plan has threatened to eliminate the national service agency.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.