Katherine H. Campbell, CVA, Interim Director of Operations 

Katie worked in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for over 30 years as practitioner, trainer, author, and leader. Her career began in 1973 at the Philadelphia Family Court where she helped develop an extensive volunteer program. For 14 years, she worked at the Virginia Office of Volunteerism, eventually becoming director.  From 1997 to 2003 she served as executive director of the international Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). From 2006-2016 Katie served as Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), managing professional credentialing programs for leaders of volunteers. She has taught at several Virginia colleges, and holds the Certified in Volunteer Administration credential.  Katie is currently working part-time as an independent consultant and manages the local Service Enterprise program with HandsOn Greater Richmond.  We are thrilled to welcome Katie back to the Council as Interim Director of Operations leading us forward through a year of transition and change.

CCVA Board of Directors for 2020

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, MHA, CVA, CAVS
Senior Director – Volunteer Engagement 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.

Christi earned her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Drexel University and her B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. 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 two organizations for her passion and dedication in the volunteer management field and her community service. PAHVRP awarded her the 2018 Evelyn Burston award. She was also recognized by the United Way of York County as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

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.

CCVA Committees

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.


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.[/box]

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