2021 AL!VE Board Of Directors Slate for Approval


Board elections are now open for membership vote. 

Elections close Monday, November 12, 2020. 

Results will be announced at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.


IMPORTANT: Voting is for AL!VE members only

And Don't Forget:
Click here to register to attend our Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2PM EST

(Open to all)

 
SLATE OF OFFICERS TO SERVE FOR 2021:

 

 Board President 
 Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP
 Redondo Beach, California - Pacific Region
 Beach Cities Health District
 Current role: President 

 Megan is the Chief Engagement Officer for Beach Cities Health District (BCHD), one of the largest preventive health agencies in the nation.  Megan is responsible for all human resources management which includes designing and implementing the infrastructure to manage BCHD’s network of more than 1,000 community volunteers, providing more than 36,000 hours of service. She completed her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and has served on the board of directors for Directors of Volunteers in Agencies- Los Angeles (DOVIA-LA).  Prior to BCHD, Megan performed a year of service as a Volunteer Development Specialist for AmeriCorps where she directed afterschool volunteer programs in conjunction with a variety of national organizations, including YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and Campfire USA. Megan’s purpose in both life and career is to ignite the flames for others to achieve what they thought may not be possible. By eliminating barriers between the traditional roles of employees and volunteers, she gets to live her purpose each day.  And… have fun too!


 President Elect  
 Michelle Raymer, CVA

 Des Moines, Iowa - Midwest Region
 Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
 Current role: President Elect


 Michelle Raymer is the Volunteer Generation and Disaster Program Officer at the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, where she supports communities in utilizing volunteerism to meet local needs. She also serves as a trainer and coach for the Service Enterprise Initiative. With over 10 years of national service, nonprofit program development, and volunteer management experience, she provides training and technical assistance to Iowa nonprofits and government agencies on volunteer management best practices. Michelle is dedicated to ensuring organizations have the capacity to develop quality volunteer opportunities, advancing the field of volunteer engagement, and creating a culture of service where everyone volunteers. She is a graduate of Central College, and holds her Master of Public Administration from Drake University.  Michelle earned her CVA in 2018.
 

 Treasurer  
 Sean Devereaux

 Long Beach, CA - Pacific Region 

 Aquarium of the PAcific
 Current role:  Treasurer


Sean Devereaux is the Director of Volunteer Engagement at the Aquarium of the Pacific. His nonprofit journey began in 1998 when he made the fateful decision to accept a position at the Aquarium as a Volunteer Aquarist. He was soon thereafter hired as an employee and spent nearly a decade working with the animal collection at the Aquarium, specializing in the husbandry of Northern Pacific fish, invertebrates and diving birds. During this period, Sean worked closely with the volunteers and interns in the Husbandry Department as their departmental liaison. This provided Sean a firm foundation of informal volunteer management and allowed him to transition seamlessly into his role as the Manager of Volunteer Services in 2007; now serving as the Director of Volunteer Engagement. Sean is proud to have nearly doubled the capacity of the volunteer program during this time, boasting the annual participation of over 1,600 volunteers and interns who serve in excess of 170,000 hours annually in almost every department at the Aquarium.
  

 Secretary 
Mark Smith, CVA

 Henderson, Colorado - Mountain Region
 Volunteer Resources Manager, Project Angel Heart
 Current role:  Board Secretary

 Mark W. Smith, CVA, is a volunteer engagement and management professional with over 15 years of experience in arts & culture, senior services, and nutrition. Mark currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Secretary for AL!VE, and as a board member representing the mountain region. In 2016, Mark received both his Certified Volunteer Administration (CVA) certification and completed the Volunteer Management Training Series with the Points of Light Foundation. Mark’s community impact includes serving nine years on the DOVIA Colorado board of directors (previously called Denver DOVIA), three years each serving on the steering committees for the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism (CCOV), and National Philanthropy Day in Colorado, mentoring those new to the field, and as a session presenter for CCOV.  In 2015 Mark received the Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Management Award for his dedication to the profession.  


SLATE OF RENEWING BOARD MEMBERS TO SERVE 2021 - 2024
President Elect  
 Michelle Raymer, CVA

 Des Moines, Iowa - Midwest Region
 Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
 Current role: President Elect


Michelle Raymer is the Volunteer Generation and Disaster Program Officer at the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, where she supports communities in utilizing volunteerism to meet local needs. She also serves as a trainer and coach for the Service Enterprise Initiative. With over 10 years of national service, nonprofit program development, and volunteer management experience, she provides training and technical assistance to Iowa nonprofits and government agencies on volunteer management best practices. Michelle is dedicated to ensuring organizations have the capacity to develop quality volunteer opportunities, advancing the field of volunteer engagement, and creating a culture of service where everyone volunteers. She is a graduate of Central College, and holds her Master of Public Administration from Drake University.  Michelle earned her CVA in 2018.

Jennifer Thompson, CVA
 
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - South Central Region
 Volunteer Coordinator, LIFE Senior Services Tulsa OK
   
 I am a native Tulsan but have also lived in Colorado and San Francisco CA. I attended both Tulsa University School of Business and Tulsa Community College where I earned associates degrees in Applied Science/Physical Therapy and Human Services – Gerontology. I have been a volunteer all my life, in addition to working in the Volunteer Administration Field for the past 20 years. I earned the designation of a Certified Volunteer Administrator in 2007.  I have been an adjunct faculty member with Tulsa Community College, teaching volunteer management, as well as a faculty member for the former organization Volunteer Tulsa presenting the Volunteer Management Series in Northeastern Oklahoma. I have been an active advocate for the CVA designation, acted as a mentor for those perusing this designation. I am currently president of TulsALIVE, president Silver Hair Legislators, secretary of Broken Arrow Youth Baseball Organization. In addition I am active in Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. Tri-Country Area Agency on Aging (legislative committee). I have been active on several other boards: former Volunteer Tulsa, Sara Hopes, Relay for Life just to mention a few. I am married, had two sons one living in Colorado and one deceased and one grandson.



SLATE OF BOARD MEMBERS TO SERVE 2021 - 2024

Alana Knoppow
Great Lakes Region

Volunteer Program Manager
Hospice of Michigan and Ann Arbor


I earned my BA from the University of Michigan in psychology with a minor in biological  anthropology, as well as my MSW also from the U of M, with concentrations in Aging and  Management, and a minor in interpresonal practice. I have been serving in the Volunteer Services  department at Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice for nearly 8 years, during which time I was  promoted from coordinator to manager. Prior to this role, I was the Volunteer Coordinator and  Marketing Associate at the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley ReStore. I also assisted with  volunteer management during my social work internships at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw  County and Michigan Community VNA. I have volunteered with many organizations as well: Hospice  of Michigan/Arbor Hospice as a pet therapy volunteer (6 years) Michigan Pug Rescue (2 years), and  Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County as a friendly visitor (6 years). I am a founding member  and community moderator at Tobi Johnson's VolunteerPro, and I serve on a committee at the National  Alliance for Volunteer Engagement.

What Alana believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'A national association is invaluable, in that it can help spread education virtually that volunteer  management professionals at individual organizations wouldn't otherwise have access to. '



Andrea Hill
South East Region

Director of Volunteer Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Andrea Hill has received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management from the University  of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master in Public Administration from Kennesaw State  University. She is certified in Volunteer Administration through the Council for Certification in  Volunteer Administration. In May 2020, Andrea was able to recertify through the Council for  Certification in Volunteer Administration because of her accomplishments in the field of volunteer  engagement and management.  
Andrea is the Director of Volunteer Memphis. As Director, Andrea is a humble servant leader,  knowledge and has a "work alongside you" attitude which makes her a powerful leader in our  community. She has tremendous experience in the areas of volunteer management, project and event  management, fund raising, resource development, and youth development. She tirelessly strives to  encourage volunteerism across the greater Memphis community. Her work fosters collaboration  between various non-profits and corporations. 



What Andrea believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'The purpose of a national organization is to advocate or in some form take action to enhance the field  that is represents. AL!VE's serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering by fostering  collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for  leaders in community engagement AL!VE can continue to make a real difference by providing  resources to its membership and beyond in the areas listed in its mission. AL!VE serves an a  lighthouse. Just as a lighthouse shines a light to guide boats home, AL!VE helps guide  volunteerism/community engagement professionals towards excellence. This guiding and leading  translates to excellence in the field, excellence in innovation, excellence in relationship building, and  the list can go on. '



Arletha Walker
Great Lakes Region

Sr. Human Resources Assistant, Amazon
Detroit, Michigan


After earning two English degrees from my alma mater, NMU, I accidentally landed in non-profit  work at the Detroit Institute of Arts and while working frontline part time, I was inspired to join the  Detroit Historical Society in volunteer management. Five of the seven years working in museums,  were spent with an amazing team of traditional (career) and non-traditional volunteers who are still  very much a part of my life now that I have shifted my career onto the path of human resources  management.  
I earned my CVA this past spring while working remote and am currently a volunteer for the Society's  Black Historic Sites Committee and from time to time I also volunteer my meager creative writing  skills, though my true creative passion is poetry. 
In my current role with Amazon, I am still responsible for engagement, but have added a few new  skills in conducting audits and managing projects built on the foundation of policy and procedure. 
I am a native New Yorker, but Michigan is my home-specifically Detroit, where I grew up, and  Marquette, where I became an adult.


What Arletha believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'I believe that it doesn't take much work to be passionate about the people who serve. My growing experience in HR and my previous capacity as a volunteer manager of a local Michigan non-profit, have both afforded me the space to engage with individuals of diverse backgrounds, with a common interest in giving back to their communities. I consider myself a convenor, trainer and engager with exemplary expertise in appreciation. I believe in maintaining strong communication and I am practiced in pairing individuals with their strengths and ensuring everyone  has a good time in the process. 
National associations have a great opportunity to help raise the capacity of local and community organizations' ability to build volunteer management departments/programs in order to provide better and greater services to their constituents and meet their financial obligations to keep their doors open. Resources on a national level, can be funneled and made available to enrich departments/teams by providing educational materials and resources,  guidelines and documentation for policies and procedures and outlines that could drastically improve the abilities of smaller organizations and provide more flexibility in the services they can provide.  Being a resource to a small team of a local museum, for example, would extend the team's abilities to reach their mission, vision and goals. Volunteer management makes this happen, but usually only on the back of 1-2 volunteer managers/coordinators for an entire volunteer core. '


Christi Brown
Atlantic Region

Senior Director, WellSpan Health
York, Pennsylvania


Christi Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS is the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan  Health. She is responsible for over 3,500 Volunteers and Interns, in addition to other departments,  including hospital gift shops, Guest/Reception Services, Internship Services and Auxiliaries within the  health system. 
Christi earned her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Drexel University and her B.S. in  Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. She is very active in the York County  community, currently serving in several leadership roles, such as the Chair of Women United/United  Way of York County, Sustainer President for the Junior League of York, is the Treasurer of the  Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Volunteers Resources Professionals (PAHVRP) and Treasurer  of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).  
Christi was recently recognized by two organizations for her passion and dedication in the volunteer  management field and her community service. PAHVRP awarded her the 2018 Evelyn Burston award.  She was also recognized by the United Way of York County as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.


What Christi believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'A national association provides credibility, advocacy, outreach and support to those that are volunteer  management practitioners. We as volunteer management professionals need to do a better job of  showing the impact of the work we do; a national organization can assist everyone is demonstrating the  importance of the work we do as well as the Volunteers that serve in so many organizations. It is truly  a unique skill that volunteer professionals possess and we need to showcase our talents and all the  incredible work that is done.'



Crystal Bell
Great Lakes Region

Volunteer Services Manager, Detroit Zoological Society
Harper Woods, Michigan


As a motivational speaker for over thirty years, her audiences have been enlightened and inspired to  live life out loud, despite the obstacles. Whether she's facilitating a workshop on vision and goal setting, or training corporate professionals to meet their organizational team goals, Crystal  Bell leaves a positive impact and the minds and hearts of men and women that can't easily be  erased. Her extensive non-profit career with both local and national organizations has not only  positioned her as an expert in community development, team-building and continuous improvement,  but also customer service and retention truly making her a force to be reckoned with amongst  competitors. 
As an agent of change in both the professional and private sectors, Crystal has made it her life's mission to empower others to tap into the greatness within. Urging others to see the incomparable  value of friendships and relationships in general, she is best known for authentically connecting  with audiences through witty storytelling, wisdom and insight. Thriving off the power of connectivity,  Crystal sees opportunity where others see void and destitution. Her transparency, coupled with humor  and bouts of laughter, allow people to connect the dots in a creative, innovative way and move their life, their business, or their mission forward. 
In addition to her upcoming book on the power of friendship, Crystal is also collaborating with others  to launch View to a Vision, which is a vision board company that will help others strategically fulfill  their goals through practical leadership, ideas and accountablity. Besides appearing on local television  to represent Habitat Detroit, Crystal has also been fortunate enough to speak at numerous youth events,  women's conferences and trainings for community organizations. With a degree in Public  Relations from Eastern Michigan University, she is more than well-educated in connecting people  worldwide in order to maximize the synergy of connectivity helping them reach and exceed their personal and professional goals.


What Crystal believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'We know the importance of our work and the required skills to develop and manage a successful  volunteer program. Often overlooked, our work is essential to the growth of many nonprofit  organizations. By sharing this knowledge we can raise the awareness and help others understand the  importance of volunteer management. '

Michael Mulhern
Pacific Region

Volunteer Director, Ironman
San Jose, CA

Michael Mulhern has been working to forge connections between individuals and organizations for  close to 20 years. Michael fell into his volunteer management career upon being hired as a customer service manager at a Silicon Valley nonprofit. The job included management responsibilities for the  organization's volunteers, and in a system akin to paint by numbers, Michael taught himself the ins and  outs of volunteer management over the course of several years. During this time, Michael's focus on  being an operations professional that helped with volunteers reversed and his chosen career path  became focused primarily on volunteer management. Since that time Michael has directed volunteer  programs in multiple cities within the United States. In addition to working with volunteers in his  career, Michael is also an active volunteer himself donating his time to support youth shelters and food  pantries. Michael takes great pride finding opportunities to serve on boards in order to provide  sustained and strategic support for organizations that create positive impact. When not working or  volunteering Michael regularly seeks out new restaurants and attractions to do "market research" and  keep himself knowledgeable of the region's latest offerings. Travel tops his list of self-indulgent  activities whether it be international excursions or a weekend road trip. Michael is a keen appreciator of food trends which he frequently worries will be evidenced by his waistline. Always ready for an  outdoor adventure Michael camps, hikes and above all else, loves fishing. 


What Michael believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
'I believe that a national association has the incredible opportunity to establish industry standards. I feel  that this is a crucial step to promote and further establish the profession of volunteer management.  There are amazing people in this industry but that is about the extent of any common theme unifying  us. I have observed many volunteer managers positions filled with inexperienced youth (AmeriCorps  VISTA) and well meaning, but inexperienced, volunteers. The perception that volunteers are free labor  for organizations is often perpetuated by the propensity to fill volunteer manager roles with low cost or  no cost personnel. While many of these individuals are very capable, the fact is that many are forced to  learn the job through trial and error. Learning on the job is wonderful but it can take years to become  skilled and adept at volunteer management. Often it seems by the time a volunteer manager comes into  their own, they change positions or move into other areas that compensate them more fairly...leaving  the volunteer program to be managed by another (new) inexperienced person that must learn the job  before in turn graduating to another department or area.'

Nicole Smith
South East Region

Manager, Volunteer and Internship Services, Adrienne Arsht Center
Miami, FL

Nicole Smith is the Volunteer and Internship Services Manager at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the  Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. She joined the Arsht Center in 2012 as a Marketing  Coordinator and remained in that role until she joined the Volunteer Services department in November  of 2014. She is currently responsible for managing 300+ volunteers and interns in all aspects of the  business including recruiting, training and team building. Smith continuously works with the Arsht  Center’s Front of House team to staff more than 100 performances and programs presented by the  Center each year. She also leads the Center’s Internship Program which serves 13 departments and  offers a life-changing immersive learning experience to approximately 20 interns per semester. In  addition, she is an Accountability Coach for Center’s Apprenticeship Program and has worked as a mentor with the School-to-Work Big Brothers Big Sisters program for two years


What Nicole believes how a national association can make a real difference: 
Encouraging those leaders in the profession. Often volunteer managers do so much to encourage their  volunteers and often get their organizations to value the volunteers, but who in turn is encouraging  them? It is a thankless job, but they still do need to be recognized and thanked and many don't receive  that from their organizations or colleagues.

  



IMPORTANT: Voting is for AL!VE members only

And Don't Forget:
Click here to register to attend our Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2PM EST

(Open to all)