CCVA Board of Directors (2018-2019)
Amira Barger, Head of Development at the Public Health Institute, Bay Area, CA
Amira serves as a leader in nonprofit management and has done so for the last 14 years. The foundation for her leadership and community-building was set at an early age when her family moved from San Diego, CA to the tiny Pacific Island of Guam, USA to serve as missionaries in the 90’s.
She was intrigued by the budding ideas around what would one day be coined “collective impact”. She decided to use her skills to continue forward movement in the nonprofit sector and has worked her way through the ranks to her current role as Vice President of Development and Communications at Project Open Hand, an iconic and revered Bay Area nonprofit.
Amira received a B.A. in Marketing from Vanguard University, an MBA from Letourneau University, and invested in her professional development by receiving both the CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) and CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designations. In addition, she serves on the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration’s Board as Chair, is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the Public Relations Society of America.
She facilitates many nonprofit courses and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of fundraising and volunteerism. She is an active community member, some examples include: Judge, Enactus; Mentor, Vanguard University Department of Business and Management; Hunger Ambassador, Food Bank; Volunteer, Make-A-Wish Foundation; 2012-13 Chair, Texas Volunteer Management Conference.
She lives in Benicia, CA with Jonathan, her life partner of 14+ years, and their daughter Audrey.
Christi J. Brown, CVA, CAVS, B.S Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan Health
Christi Brown is the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan Health. She is responsible for over 2,500 Volunteers & Interns, in addition to other departments, including hospital gift shops, Guest/Reception Services, Internship Services and Auxiliaries within the health system.
She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at Drexel University. 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 and is the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Volunteers Resources Professionals (PAHVRP).
Christi was recently recognized by PAHVRP for her passion for volunteer management and community service by awarding her with the 2018 Evelyn Burston award. When she’s not working, studying or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, going on cruises and cheering for Auburn University teams.
Mei Cobb, Vice President, United Way Worldwide, Washington, DC
Prior to her work at United Way, Mei served as Senior Vice President for the Points of Light Foundation where her portfolio included volunteer center development, corporate volunteering, youth and family volunteering, national service, international volunteering and disaster volunteering.
Mei is also an international consultant and trainer who has consulted and conducted training in 26 countries and is a strong advocate for the leadership roles that volunteers play in creating and sustaining change. Globally she helped develop Pro Vobis, the national volunteer center in Romania and worked in the United Arab Emirates to develop Takatof.
Julie Gallanty, MA, CVA, CPC Owner/President, Vitality Consulting and Coaching, LLC
Julie Gallanty has 25 years’ experience developing, managing and sustaining volunteer programs in various nonprofits. Currently, she is providing consulting and coaching services to volunteer and community organizations. Previously she was an CEO/Executive Director for 25 years in the YMCA. During this time, she worked with hundreds of volunteers in many capacities and successfully elevated the impact within the community. In addition, she provides executive coaching to professionals in Volunteer and leadership individuals.
She graduated with a BA degree from Binghamton University and holds a MA in Education from Adelphi. She is working on an advanced degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Walden University. Julie is a certified professional coach.
Ms. Gallanty has created and trained over 100 volunteer trainings and orientations for fundraisers, programs, boards of directors as well as community collaborators. She is certified as a national trainer in Volunteerism, and ESL (English as a Second Language) and has served as a volunteer English instructor. She has presented at workshops and conferences in volunteer management and engagement, board governance and executive leadership.
She is active in her community serving on the boards of NYAVA (New York Association of Volunteer Administrators), Literacy Solutions New York and Adelphi Alumni Council and an active with nonprofit professional networks.
Amber McMillan, PMP CMC CVA, Executive Director, Chapter President, Executive Educator & Speaker, Victoria, BC, Canada
Amber is a diversely skilled professional with unique approach for innovating and leading projects in various environments. With experience in all aspects of project, change and people management as well as operations and organizational strategy, she is committed to the highest of standards, works diligently to create positive working environments and is motivated by her own contagious enthusiasm.
With tangible credentials and over 25 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments, she is well equipped to contribute her skill set in complex organizations in need of dynamic and proprietary services.
She currently serves at Executive Director of Rogers Society, President of PMI-Vancouver Island, Executive Educator for University of Winnipeg, University of Saskatchewan and University of Victoria and a popular conference speaker.
Kylene Mellor, CVA, Manager, Volunteer Resources, IWK Health Centre, Halifax Nova Scotia
Kylene is a certified Volunteer Administrator who has been working in the field of Volunteer Management for over 15 years. As the Manager, Volunteer Resources with the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia, Kylene holds knowledge and expertise in all areas of the volunteer cycle. She has worked for, and volunteered for, a number of charities over the years and truly loves working with and motivating volunteers.
She is currently the President of the Board of Volunteer Management Professionals Nova Scotia and was the Chair of the National Conference Committee which hosted the national conference for volunteer administrators in 2016.
Faiza Venzant, CVA, CVRM General Manager, Volunteer Development YMCA of Greater Toronto
From a very young age, Faiza Venzant’s parents instilled a strong sense of volunteerism in herself and her two older brothers. They, as immigrants to Canada from Uganda in the early 70s, made a successful transition into Canadian life with the help of many kind and generous volunteers. A volunteer herself from a very young age, Faiza has successfully managed volunteers at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Youth Employment Service, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Surrey Place Centre. She is currently General Manager, Volunteer Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Faiza holds her CVA and CVRM certifications in the field of volunteer engagement.
Faiza is also an active member and volunteer of the Toronto Association for Volunteer Administrators and Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – Ontario (PAVR-O) where she has twice received the President’s Award (2010 and 2012) in recognition of her volunteer contributions and where she also received the Linda Buchanan Award for Volunteer Administration (2013). She is also a member of Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC.)
In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children up.
The CVA credentialing program is supported by many active CVA committee members. These individuals write test items, update the competencies, assist with marketing, address issues related to CVA renewal, and participate in special task force projects. All CVAs are eligible to apply for committee participation.
The Council is staffed by an Executive Director, a part-time Communications Manager, and an expert psychometrician for technical assistance, test diagnostics and guidance regarding program operation.
CCVA is governed by a board of individuals with extensive experience in the field of volunteerism and volunteer resources management, many of whom bring the perspectives of a number of the large national/international organizations which support this field. The board includes those who have earned the CVA and CAVS credentials.