Kate Ekman, CVA Purpose & Engagement Coordinator
Beach Cities Health District
DOVIA-LA Board PresidentKate has responsibility for recruitment, recognition and retention, which includes events, communications, and specific program coordination. When her organization shifted to Covid-19 response, she worked quickly on the Logistics team of our District Operations Center to revise or create and implement volunteer roles (which met standards of local health orders) to assist with essential community response such as our Errand Volunteer, Meal Delivery, Support Line and Covid-19 Test Site support.
Nicole R. Smith
Manager, Volunteer & Intern Services
Adrienne Arsht CenterThe strong corps of skills-based volunteers that Nicole has recruited and retained has been instrumental in doubling the reach of the Center’s free arts learning programs for underserved children, with more than 60,000 K-12 students a year now receiving high-quality arts learning opportunities in dance, music and theater. Nicole has prepared more than 500 interns to enter the workforce and inspired other Florida and national nonprofits to be more inclusive in their volunteer recruitment. She is a champion for diversifying volunteer ranks, exemplified most recently as the featured guest at the Arts & Business Council of Miami, invitations to these upcoming opportunities, held every other month. She is a board member of the Arts & Business Council of Miami-Dade County, a member of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (ALIVE), and the leader of Volunteer and International Professionals in the Performing Arts (VIPPA).
Events & Volunteer Administrator
The Village ChurchIn her role as Administrator for The Village Church, Jessica has consistently and creatively demonstrated new ways to engage the church community in fulfilling the mission of “healing the city, one person at a time”. Events have given church members the opportunity to engage and give back to the community in new ways and situated the church as a place that truly values creativity and community.
Rebecca Hand, MPA, CVA
Volunteer Resources Coordinator, City of Plano, Texas – Volunteers in PlanoRebecca Hand, MPA, CVA supports a municipal volunteer program of up to 10,000 volunteers annually. She holds in-person interviews, leads volunteer training, takes great care in internal and external communications and outreach along with creating a training program for staff to become more comfortable working with volunteers.
Andrea Hill, MPA, CVA
Volunteer MemphisAndrea's work has included youth development, resource development, volunteer management, and public speaking and has built a strong network that has proven successful in her efforts to leverage resources for the Mid-South Community. She leads several community wide projects such as 9/11 Days of Service and Remembrance, Make a Difference Day, Family Volunteer Day, MLK Days of Service and the Volunteer Memphis Awards. Many of these National Days of Service and one local recognition event generate thousands of volunteers and hours of services that make a huge impact in our community. Due to Andrea’s commitment to the field of volunteerism, she was named the National Urban League Young Professionals’ Inaugural Heroes in the Movement Award Recipient, Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite professionals, and Memphis Business Journal 40 Under 40. She was named the 2017 Junior League of Memphis- Provisional of the Year. She has been appointed to the Volunteer Tennessee board by the Tennessee Governor.
Emerging Leader Category:
Jessica Ames, Program Coordinator, American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Victoria Blunt, Performance Hall Manager, Gaillard Center
Courtney Cook, Director of Education/Volunteer Coordinator, PAC
Kathryn (Katy) Hansen, Volunteer Manager, Great and Small Therapeutic Riding Center
Chaundra Johnson, Events & Communications Manager, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Ashley LaRussa, Founder, Roux Events
Chelsea Lloyd, Volunteer Coordinator, Knoxville Museum of Art
Meghan Maloney, Volunteer Program Manager, Executive Service Corps of Southern CA
Pete Moody, UK Operations Manager, On Call Africa
Amy Oliver, Visitor & Science Center Manager, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Kristen Paige, Volunteer Coordinator, CAPA - Columbus Association for the Performing Arts
Patricia Parker, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Manatee Observation and Education Center
Sabine Strong, Volunteer Coordinator, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home
Eric Turner, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Alicia Wyckoff, Canine Care Representative/Volunteer Services, Guide Dog Foundation/America's VetDogs
Exemplary Leader Category:
Paige Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator, Health Preparedness, Dallas County Health & Human Services
Brij Bali, President, International Talent Hub
Jennifer Bennett, Director, Education and Training, Volunteer Match
Debra Brook, Director of Volunteer Services, Kate's Club
Alexa Diaz, Senior Director of Capstone Program, Junior Achievement of South Florida
Jan Hathaway, Reading Pals Program Director, United Way of Marion County
Joanne Hickox, Executive Director, Seniors on a Mission, Inc.
Coleen LaCosta, Executive Directory, Speak Up For Kids of Palm Beach County
Lisa Laughrey, CVA, Tulsa County Bar Associaiton
Alec Lawson, Audience Services Manager, Baltimore Center Stage
Diana May, Volunteer Programs Manager, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Kathleen Nichols, Director of Volunteer Programs, Brevard Zoo
Lisa Porter, Volunteer Manager, Smithsonian National Museum of National History
Kate Reichert, Volunteer Coordinator, Virginia Zoo
Judy Shannon, Conference Chair, Texas Volunteer Management Conference
Thank you to our Judging Panel:
Tori Carlson, MS, CVA - Tuscon, California
Kellie Crawford, Greensboro, North Carolina
Bonnie Davis, CVA - Sacramento, California
Brenda Michael-Haggard, CVA, CFRE - Tulsa, OK
Susan Nusall, CVA - Phoenix, Arizona
Kayla Paulson, CVA - Cedar Rapids, IA
Alex Ropes - Seattle, Washington
Corina Sadler, CVA - Plano, Texas
Nominations for the 2021 Impact Awards will open in August 2021.
Through the generous financial sponsorship of Better Impact (www.betterimpact.com),
The three individuals from the two categories will be selected to receive $500, $250, and $125, respectively.