Board of Directors
View a map of our regional representation here.
President: Jason Frenzel, CVA
Ann Arbor, MI - Great Lakes Region
Huron River Watershed Council
Jason works to improve volunteerism and environmental involvement primarily in the Ann Arbor MI area. He represents AL!VE members in the Great Lakes Region. Working on civic engagement in grassroots initiatives, small nonprofits, and local and state government, Jason’s focuses on healthy food access, waste management, natural ecosystem restoration, energy systems, and voter representation. He has played a leadership role in his local volunteer associations for nearly 2 decades, which led him to his work with ALIVE.
President-Elect: Dana Litwin, CVA
San Francisco, CA - Pacific Region
Open Space Authority Santa Clara Valley
Dana is a public speaking and management professional with background in environmental conservation; 13 years’ experience building volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as developing relevant training and educational materials, and presentations. She is a Board member representing the (Pacific Region) Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Member of National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG). Dana is Certified in Volunteer Administration (Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration – www.cvacert.org).
Treasurer: Brian Probst, CVA
Burlingame, CA - Pacific Region
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Brian is a certificated paralegal who practiced in the field of business litigation for ten years prior to pursuing a career in volunteer engagement and management. He's worked for non-profits representing the areas of LGBT rights, AIDS/HIV fundraising and animal welfare. Currently, he is the Volunteer Services Director for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in San Mateo California. He holds a Certification in Volunteer Administration and currently serve on the CCVA Community of Professionals Task Force, implementing strategies to build an interactive and relevant community of professionals for CVA certificants. He is the Donations Manager for San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration Committee each year and volunteer for PAWS San Francisco, an organization that provides assistance to the pets of people with disabling illnesses.
Secretary: Mark Smith, CVA
Henderson, Colorado - Mountain Region
Volunteer Resources Manager, Project Angel Heart
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.
Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA
Vice President of Programs and Advocacy
San Francisco, CA - Pacific Region
Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA has worked in the field of volunteer management for over 25 years, developing and managing volunteer programs in a variety of industries, including the military, social service, healthcare, and homeless organizations, and higher education. Most recently, she was the Senior Manager of Docent Programs for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. She earned her Certificate in Volunteer Administration in 2007 and renewed it in 2013. In 2014, Emilie earned a Masters in Human Science with a masters project entitled “A Model of Transformative Volunteer Management”. She was a founding board member of AL!VE, serving two terms; and she continues to be involved with AL!VE committees. Emilie has published about advocacy in volunteer management, and has developed and facilitated workshops on volunteer management, service-learning, and advocacy for local and national conferences.
Maplewood, Minnesota - Great Lakes Region
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Karmit has extensive experience running non-profit organizations and has a strong background of leadership in international, national and statewide coalition building. Her roles have involved financial management, program development, public and community relations, fund raising and oversight of organizational operations. She has a particular passion for facilitation of collaborative processes, conflict assessment, coalition building, executive coaching and consulting, new business development, organizational turnaround, and revenue expansion. Karmit Bulman is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA). Before coming to MAVA, Karmit was the executive director of the Conflict Resolution Center and previously served as executive director for Temple Israel, Vail Place and Avenues for Homeless Youth. Karmit firmly believes that increased volunteer infrastructure can maximize organizational capacity by making it possible for all non-profits and government entities to fulfill their missions. Her roles have involved financial management, program development, public and community relations, fund raising and oversight of organizational operations.
Affiliations: Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, Non-profit Organizations, Faith-based Organization, DOVIA/Professional Organization, Consultant, Charitable Organizations
Norfolk, Virginia - Atlantic Region
Volunteer and Donation Drive Coordinator, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command
Lauren has been in the nonprofit world since 2014 when she started off as an AmeriCorps member at a National Military Nonprofit. After that she was hooked and has stayed in the nonprofit world ever since. She received her undergraduate degree from Radford University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and her first masters degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations. In addition she is currently attending the University of Central Florida to obtain her Masters in Nonprofit management. She is versed in all aspects of development to include volunteer management, fundraising, in-kind, and event planning.
Michigan - Great Lakes Region
Volunteer and Intern Program Manager, HAVEN
Katie Lamb is a fierce advocate, effective macro social worker, and manager of volunteers. She is currently working to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but she also has experience working with LGBTQ communities, homeless youth, and other marginalized group. Her own work includes creating volunteer programs from the ground up, training educators to make K-12 schools safer for LGBTQ youth, and managing large groups of volunteers. She enjoys helping others, solving puzzles, and thoughtful conversations.
Jared McCannell, CVA
Vice President of Membership
Winslow, ME - Atlantic Region
Jared McCannell, CVA has worked with numerous nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the United States building lasting volunteer programs serving people in a variety of ways (including arts/culture, social services, healthcare systems and disaster preparedness). He currently serves as the Medical Reserve Corps State Coordinator and oversees the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) for the State of Maine. Jared currently serves as Secretaryonthe board of tehMaine Volunteer Foundation. He earned his Certification in Volunteer Administration, and proudly includes CVA after his name on everything from business cards to dry cleaning tickets.
Des Moines, Iowa - Midwest Region
Program Officer, Volunteer Generation and Disaster
Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
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.
Riverside, CA - Pacific Region
Senior Development Officer, United Way of the Inland Valleys
Anthony has over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector developing and implementing community engagement programs while specializing in volunteer administration. His career includes working with the County of Riverside, Parks District where he increase the impact of a program starting with 125 volunteers to over 1,100 volunteers providing over 150,000 volunteer hours at 25 sites. In addition to the Parks District, he managed CERT, RACES, and Disaster Corps volunteer programs with Office of Emergency Services. Prior to government, he coordinated volunteers and programs with the American Red Cross, was the founding Director of 2-1-1 Fresno County with United Way of Fresno County, and is an alumnus of the AmeriCorps program. Prior to working in a paid position, Anthony began working in the field of volunteer administration at 16 years old with the Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, which he remained with for many years, as the volunteer, volunteer administrator which was a three day event which included; 2,488 classic cars, 600 vendors, 600 volunteers, and over 850,000 spectators. He successfully solicited funding for projects and programs and spent time as a workplace campaign coordinator, raising funds for local charities. He previously served as a Board Member with the National Association of Volunteer Program in Local Government (NAVPLG) and the Marketing Committee with the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). When not building engaged communities, you may hear his voice as he is also a voice actor, singer, and occasional stage actor. As an California native, Anthony is excited to continue serving in his community and the field of volunteer administration across the country, inspiring people to share their philanthropic hearts to meet community needs through effective volunteer engagement.
Ashley Rieser, CVA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlantic Region
Director of Volunteer Services, Animal Friends
Ashley engages over 3,000 volunteers with 100% integration in the organization. Recepient of the Evie Award, 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Administrator of the Year. Ashley is the current President of VASP, (Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern PA) and is a Notary Public.
Jennifer Thompson, CVA
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - South Central Region
Volunteer Coordinator Hometown Hospice
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.
New York, New York - Atlantic Region
Ralph's bio: Ralph W. Vogel is a long-time community servant and volunteer working over the years serving the LGBT community, seniors, children with cancer, people living with HIV, homeless folks, and people with mental illness and addition. He graduated from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania receiving a Bachelors Degree in Education/Special Education. He taught special education in Pennsylvania before moving to Staten Island and launching the Volunteer Program at the Staten Island AIDS Task Force. For over 10 years, he mobilized volunteers and community groups to assist individuals living with HIV. He served as the Director of Volunteer Services & Education at the Staten Island AIDS Task Force from its beginning in 1989 to 1999. For over ten years Ralph worked with community groups and the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of New York to expand the services and program supports so that children and families could stay together while the child received treatment of cancer at a New York City hospital. The volunteer program he created that supported these families received international recognition and is now used a model for other Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the world. Ralph has been a trainer at various conferences including the International Volunteer Managers Conference; he served on the Board of the New York Association of Volunteer Administrators, as well as the NYPD LGBT Advisory Committee, the Advisory Council of the Staten Island JCC and the NY State LGBT Pride Agenda. He is a founding member and first president of the Staten Island Network of Volunteer Administrators (NOVA) and he has served on the organizing committee for the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer. Over the last seven years Ralph has worked to transition the Staten Island LGBT Community Center (which was a project of Community Health Action of Staten Island) into a stand alone, independent not for-profit; the Pride Center of Staten Island is now the only LGBT specific service and program provider on Staten Island. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Pride Center of Staten Island Ralph has created quality programs and services that directly improve the health, education, and wellbeing of LGBT people in the Staten Island community. Ralph has worked tirelessly with local service providers; Staten Island elected officials and has partnered with local and national social, educational and health care programs to increase LGBT equality and to expand greater visibility of Staten Island’s LGBT community.
Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President of Marketing
Redondo Beach, CA - Pacific Region
Beach Cities Health District
Megan is the Director of Human Resources 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 600 community volunteers, providing more than 34,000 hours of service. She completed her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and 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!
Father Richard Wineland
Goshen, Indiana - Great Lakes Region
Episcopal priest, Volunteer Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee
I am currently pursuing my doctorate in transformational leadership at Bexley Seabury Episcopal Seminary in Chicago. I am married to Lee, a talented jazz pianist and poet, who also happens to be a registered nurse. I was born in Central Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State University and Goshen College in Indiana. I have been a life-long musician and writer, and have three adult children who keep me laughing. I also hold a Master of Divinity degree. I coordinate several hundred volunteers for the thrift store network of Mennonite Central Committee, which funds their relief and development work throughout the world. I have a particular interest in the work of managing volunteers in faith-based and rural non-profit organizations.
AL!VE ASSOCIATION MANAGER
Gretchen Jordan, CVA
Drain, OR - Pacific Region
Gretchen Jordan, CVA is the Association Manager who works with the Executive Committee to prepare and deliver support to member services, the board of directors, and special projects. Previous work experience includes management in the corporate, non-profit sector and as a small business owner in addition to over twenty five years experience managing volunteer programs. She is an active member of local and national volunteer manager associations and has presented on volunteer management issues on the local, state, and national level. Gretchen earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration designation in 2000 and has a Bachelors degree in Community and Human Service from Empire State College. Her skills are public speaking, management, customer service, leadership, and organization. Gretchen and her husband live and work in a 41' motor home and travel continuously in the United States & Canada.
Mailing Address for AL!VE:
77 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102