CCVA Board of Directors (2015-2016)

Erin L. Barnhart, Ph.D. Founder & President, Effective Altruism, LLC, Portland, OR

Erin's photo_reducedErin has developed and delivered effective engagement tools, trainings, and curriculum for domestic and international volunteers, interns, students, field professionals, and service/service-learning organizations worldwide.  She is the Founder & President of Effective Altruism, LLC, as well as Director of Operations for the American Gap Association; she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Building Bridges Coalition, as a member of the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, as an online instructor for AmeriCorps VISTA, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and Concordia University-Portland.  Her past professional roles have included Graduate Program Director of IPSL’s Master of Arts in International Development and Service degree program with Concordia University-Portland and Director of Volunteerism Initiatives with  Erin was also one of the founding members of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE).

A former Fulbright Scholarship recipient and AmeriCorps NCCC alum, Dr. Barnhart earned her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2012, having completed her dissertation research on global host organizations of international volunteers. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, a Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, all from the University of Oregon.

Jennifer R. Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager, Education & Training, VolunteerMatch, San Francisco, CA

Jennifer BennettJennifer joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. She is a strong nonprofit generalist, with over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, most of those years spent directly managing volunteers. With her breadth of experience she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of Nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers. She shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country. She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was Certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009.

She started her nonprofit work in the wildlife rehabilitation and conservation field, and continued that work with the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has also been an active volunteer all her life, and currently volunteers with Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco, and New Directions an organization dedicated to providing travel experiences for developmentally disabled adults. She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA.

Mei Cobb, Vice President, United Way Worldwide, Washington, DC

Mei CobbMei Cobb leads Volunteer Engagement at United Way Worldwide headquartered outside of Washington, DC. United Way is a global network with a presence in 41 countries with 1,800 local organizations.

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.

Teri Johnson SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Program Expansion, Points of Light, Washington, DC

Teri JohnsonTeri currently serves as the SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Program Expansion at Points of Light where she builds relationships with aligned organizations to elevate the work and impact of volunteers. Leading the Knowledge Center and spearheading programs such as Service Enterprise Initiative, she is passionate about providing sustainable solutions for building capacity in the sector.

Creating impact has always been a part of Teri’s life with a rich history as a volunteer leader for organizations such as National Charity League and Bridges Charter School; her passion issue areas being those around girls & women as well as education and sustainability.

In her previous role she managed the Global Team Member Volunteer Program as well as the Action Grant program, and built a Donor Advised Fund and corporate strategy for Disaster Preparedness and Response for Hilton Worldwide. It was there that she applied her entrepreneurial spirit and drive to take fledgling ideas and create successful programs that strategically aligned with business objectives and provided opportunities for Team Members to make a huge difference in their communities. Teri credits her 12 years as a life coach and 20 years as a small business owner with helping her build the skills and talent that help her balance a vibrant career and full personal life.

Andy King, Training Specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC

Andy KingIn his role as Training Specialist, Andy King develops online learning resources, webinars, and curricula for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), the anti-poverty national service program. He previously worked in the United Arab Emirates as Senior Operations Manager for Takatof, the national volunteering program. He also worked for ten years at the Points of Light Foundation, developing and delivering trainings on a wide range of volunteer management topics for nonprofits, businesses, Volunteer Centers, government agencies and faith organizations. At Points of Light, he oversaw a major track of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, managed the nonprofit membership program, established partnerships, and provided consulting services. Other experience includes managing the volunteer program at a local nonprofit in Washington, DC, serving on several boards and committees, and teaching at Georgetown University and Case Western Reserve University.

Suzie Matenchuk, BRS, CVA, Manager Volunteer Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg MB, Canada

Suzie-Oct-2015-croppedSuzie has more than 20 years of experience working with volunteers in a variety of health care settings including acute care, long term care and community health. Suzie is passionate about building capacity amongst individuals and communities through volunteerism.

She has held various board positions with Manitoba Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) and Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC). During her tenure as President, VMPC released the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Managers of Volunteer Services, developed a certification partnership with CCVA and lead the association through a re-branding process.

Suzie has a degree in Recreation Studies, a Certificate in Health Care Management and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator.

Trina Mayhan-Webb, M.A., CVA, Director of Volunteer Solutions, Fairfax Co. Government, Fairfax, VA

Trina Mayhan-WebbThis program in the Adult & Aging Division of the Department of Family Services with Fairfax County, Virginia government covers a range of volunteer services for adults 60+ and adults with disabilities. Trina and her 8 staff oversee nearly 3,000 volunteers in an assortment of daily activities. In 2005, Trina developed an award-winning Cluster Care Volunteer Program recruiting, training and managing 85 volunteers in its first year. By 2007 she collaborated with 3 other volunteer managers and organizations to develop another National Award winning program- Venture Into Volunteering, where over 150 non-profit, community and government agencies are connected with over 1000 volunteers. Once serving in several board positions with the local Volunteer Administration Association (NVAVA), Trina’s passion for volunteer management grew stronger as she obtained her CVA in 2007. After obtaining her CVA, Trina served on the CVA credentialing reference committee and has been appointed to serve as an expert panelist on volunteer management topics at several workshops.

When not serving in a paid volunteer management position, Trina spends her time volunteering in and around the community. Trina serves on the Liberty University- Multicultural Advisory Board, finding ways to connect college students to opportunities within a diverse community. For 5 years, Trina served as the Director of Business Operations for the world’s largest youth football organization in her home town. Remaining an active American Red Cross CPR/First Aid volunteer instructor, Trina continues to promote volunteerism in a world she says is full of community service and opportunities to show you care. Trina has been married for 20 years and has two sons. As a family, they volunteer in their church, schools and neighborhood: “Working is our way of living but volunteering is our way of life.”

Nikki Russell, CVA, Director of Development and Community Engagement, United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County, Seattle WA

Nikki RussellNikki Russell, CVA, is a seasoned professional and leader in the field of volunteer resources management, delivering workshops regionally and nationally that promote the strategic advantage of effective volunteer engagement. Nikki Russell recently accepted a position with United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County as the Director of Development and Community Engagement, leaving her 7-year tenure with United Way of King County as the Volunteer Initiatives Manager. At United Way, Nikki managed and delivered the volunteer resources management training series and developed tailored trainings for local nonprofit organizations.   She was the lead trainer and consultant for the Volunteer Impact Program, a grant funded volunteer management capacity building program implemented locally for nonprofit organizations.

Nikki currently serves as the Chair of Steering Committee of the Volunteer Administrator’s Network (VAN) Northwest and as VP of Marketing on the Board of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) and as a Board Member of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). She continues to develop and deliver workshops as well as webinars on effective volunteer engagement locally, regionally and nationally.  Her non-profit background includes 19 years of experience in program planning and volunteer resources management.  She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Boston University.

Deborah Young, CVA, Faculty, Conestoga College and Founder, Volunteer Solutions, Kitchener ON Canada

Deborah Young

Deborah Young, CVA, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of volunteer management. She has more than 25 years of experience in the government and voluntary sectors. Deborah was the Coordinator of Volunteer Services for the Region of Waterloo for over 20 years. She currently teaches Volunteer Management at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. In 2015, she launched Volunteer Solutions, developing training, resources, and tools for effective volunteer engagement and program delivery.

Deborah focuses on professional standards and competencies for the profession, new trends in volunteerism and in particular community emergency response planning, risk management, policy development, strategic planning, screening, and performance management.

With an International Accreditation in Volunteer Administration, she has been involved with projects for Volunteer Canada, the Canadian Volunteer Initiatives, the Municipal Volunteer Toolkit, and the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada. She works with local AVAs, volunteer centers, nonprofit organizations, and sits on several boards.

Deborah holds post-graduate professional designations in Volunteer Administration, Human Resource Management, Adult Education, Recreation and Leadership, and is certified in Volunteer Administration. She has published over nine papers in the field of Volunteer Administration and has won several awards of recognition including the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Honours & Awards – Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteer Management, and the 2014 Volunteer Manager, Impact Award.

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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.

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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.

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