Committee, Volunteer, and Intern Opportunities


AL!VE is a member-driven organization, run by members to serve its members. If you are interested in sharing your time, skills and talents, we'd love to hear from you. Review the opportunities below and complete and learn how you can further deepen your involvement with AL!VE!

Board of Directors
Join like-minded professionals in stewarding this organization. Board recruitment process begins in August and new board members are voted on by membership in October for the following year.  Learn more here.

Present to your Peers 
Present to your peers by leading an AL!VE Academy webinar.  Learn more here.

Facilitate a Communities of Practice
A Community of Practice (COP) is a group of volunteer engagement professionals that meets virtually to share issues, strategies and best practices, get and receive colleagues' support, make connections, and provide an opportunity to share information, experiences, and resources specific to the industry/structure or community they serve. The current COP’s are Rural Communities, Cultural Arts, Healthcare, and Transportation.  Learn more about COP's here.

COP Facilitators assist with running the Zoom meeting, welcoming new members and facilitating discussion. COPs normally run monthly or quarterly. We will help set up the meetings and publicize to members to join, so the facilitator is mostly responsible for running the meeting. Dates and times flexible to what works for the facilitator.

We are currently looking for facilitators to start a COP for the following:

  • CVA Preparation/Study Group

  • Job Transition

  • Government

  • Education

  • Animals

  • Have another idea? Great, we'd love to help you get it started!

If you are interested in facilitating a COP: Complete a volunteer application here. A member of the Programs & Advocacy Committee will contact you to discuss.

Serve as a Mentor for the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program 
AL!VE is dedicated to the professional growth and development of leaders in volunteer engagement. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is to provide a platform for AL!VE members to connect, share best practices and position themselves as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support.
For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, timeline, etc., please review the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program FAQ.

The 2020 mentor program is underway.  Interested in serving as a mentor in 2021? Watch this page for announcements.
If interested in becoming a mentee: We will be accepting applications in 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at

Join the Finance Committee
Finance Committee members help maintain and grow AL!VE’s financial standing to support programming for our members. Duties may include preparing the annual budget and monthly reports, creating our fund development plan, creating and enforcing financial policies, conducting periodic financial audits and assistance with budgeting for potential grant proposals. Committee members meet a minimum of once per month to review monthly financials and periodically for special projects.

Current Members:
Sean Devereaux, CVA, Treasurer
Megan Vixie, CVA
Christi Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS

Apply for the Finance Committee here.

Join the HR & Policy Committee
Do you want to help build AL!VE’s capacity to engage members in meaningful volunteer roles that advance the profession? Join AL!VE’s HR and Policy committee, as we look to update our policies and procedures, and strengthen our internal volunteer management protocols. Committee will meet monthly for 6-12 months, then quarte
rly thereafter, with project assignments between meetings. Education and experience in Human Resources and/or Volunteer Policy and Procedure creation is preferred.

Current Members:
Mark Smith, CVA, AL!VE Board Secretary & Committee Chair
Wendy McClure
Brent Sturm
Hannah Weier
Megan Vixie, CVA

Apply for the HR & Policy Committee here.

Join the Membership Committee
Membership Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment per month; meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include: new member calls, developing member benefits, local association mentoring & handbook/development, developing member materials, and presenting member webinars.
Current Members:
Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership
Naomi Demarest
Corina Sadler, CVA
Dana Litwin, CVA

Local Associations Committee:
Mark Smith, CVA (Chair)
Jennifer Thompson, CVA
Jenn Forristal, CVA
Gretchen Jordan, CVA
Gerald Pannozzo, CVA
Mary Lynn Perry, CVA
Christi Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS

Apply for the Membership Committee here.

Join the Marketing Committee
Marketing Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment, meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include social media, website development, outreach and collaborating with other committees.

Current Members:
Audrey Kidwell
Alana Knoppow, MSW
Michael Mulhearn, CVA
Rebecca Hand, MPA, CVA
Adrienne Polumbo, CVA
Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA
Andrea Hill, MPA, CVA
Yvonne Dunphe, CVA
Mandy Caruso-Yahne

Apply for the Marketing Committee here.

Join the Programs & Advocacy Committee
Programs & Advocacy Committee has a 3-5 hourly commitment, meets monthly and work on projects independently. Ongoing tasks Include developing monthly AL!VE Academy webinars, advocacy development, peer recognition and more.  

New projects for this committee are below:

  • Advocacy Volunteer/intern. Help us take our advocacy efforts to the next level! Learn more here.

  • Volunteer Engagement Toolkit/Resource Guide development committee.  Now accepting applications for a short-term committee to assist with creating a web page for a Volunteer Engagement Toolkit/Resource Guide.  View the position description here.   

Current Members:
Paula Allen, CVA, VP of Programs and Advocacy
Emilie Bromet Bauer, CVA
Trudi Campbell, CVA
Kelli Crawford
Bonnie Davis
Allyson Drinnon, CVA
Alana Knoppow, CVA
Meagan Patterson
Ashley Ramsdell
Nicole Smith
Cathy Thoma
Jennifer Thompson CVA
Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss
Angela Williamson

To apply for any positions listed above, apply for the Programs & Advocacy Committee here.

Don't see an opportunity for you? Have an idea?
We'd love to hear from you!

Take a look at AL!VE's current strategic plan to learn more about the direction AL!VE is headed in the next five years. If you would like to help us achieve our stated goals, please reach out to us to discuss. Complete a volunteer application here and let us know your ideas.  If you have any questions, contact us at