LEAP Speaker Bios
Brian Rosenbaum, MSSW, CVA, is a Southern California native with 16 years’ US and international nonprofit experience. He earned his BA in Psychology and Spanish at UCLA and his Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, specializing in program development and community organizing. Brian currently serves as Director of Community Engagement at Imagine LA, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of family poverty and homelessness, where he oversees volunteerism, development, strategic partnerships, communications, and events. In his spare time, Brian can be found running, cooking, or gardening.
Amira K.S. Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE is an Executive Vice President on the Global Health Sector team at Edelman, providing senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) counsel to clients. She is a scholar-practitioner and thought leader who brings experience in strategic communications that reach stakeholders, mobilize the community and inspire action. At California State University East Bay, she serves as a lecturer in marketing and communications. She is a data-driven/data-informed, organizational architect who leverages design thinking to advance DEI and solve complex challenges. And – she is a CVA!
Dana Litwin, CVA – Since 2002 Dana has guided organizations in California’s Silicon Valley and worldwide to produce breakthrough talent and community engagement programs. She is a popular presenter at the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service (USA), and countless regional conferences and webinars.
Dana is the creator of the premiere web series “Priceless Advice for Leaders of Volunteers.” She is the Past President of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE), and a founder of the multi-sector National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement.
Faiza Venzant, CVA
From a 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 generous volunteers. A volunteer herself from a very young age, she has been an advocate for volunteer engagement and excellence in volunteer management for the last 22 years. As a facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation, Faiza is passionate about equity and access amongst volunteers and leaders of volunteers.
Faiza is the Executive Director with the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and active member and volunteer with Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC) and Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE.) She has been certified in volunteer administration since 2016.
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.
Jennifer Bennett, CVA joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. 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 at conferences around the country. She also co-hosts the Time + Talent Podcast with Tobi Johnson from VolunteerPro. She contributed The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit chapter to the guide Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights that are Changing the World published by VolunteerMatch in 2015. And, she is the current Co-Editor and contributing author for the 4th Edition of Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice.
She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009. She served on the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration from 2012-2018, and was the Chair from 2015-2018.
She currently volunteers with the Justice & Diversity Center and Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco and with the Social Justice Sewing Academy.
She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA.
Jason Frenzel, CVA has been a Manager of Volunteers since 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work at the City of Ann Arbor and now the Huron River Watershed Council has given him the opportunity to oversee a wide array of volunteer programming. Jason plays a leadership role in many community initiatives where he has rounded out his experience managing and facilitating small and large groups. He is an advisor to his local volunteer managers network and was the president of the board of directors of AL!VE, the national association of Volunteer Managers. Jason has held his Certification in Volunteer Administration, an international accreditation for Volunteer Engagement Professionals, since 2009. He also served as a City Council member in Ann Arbor.
Tracey O’Neill, CVA has been a leader of volunteer engagement for 20 years and is currently the Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, a social justice organisation that works to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia. She spent one term as a board member of the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers and is a member of the National Strategy Volunteer Managers Working Group (Australia).
Tracey is an advocate for transformative and sustainable volunteer management and developing advanced leadership training opportunities to develop and retain exceptional members of the sector. She is passionate about the elevation of the profession of volunteer engagement and encourages leaders of volunteers to actively participate in enhancing the visibility, respect, and leadership skills of those in the profession.
Tracey is proud to be Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and a 2020 Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (Al!ve) Exemplary Leader award recipient. She is the founder of the Volunteer Engagement Professionals – Connections & Camaraderie Facebook group, connecting colleagues across the globe and in 2019, she became co-editor of Voices for the online journal Engage: the global voice for leaders of volunteer engagement.