CCVA Staff, Board and Committees
|Faiza Venzant, CVA
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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. In addition to her role as Executive Director, she is currently General Manager, Volunteer Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Faiza is also an active member and volunteer of the Toronto Association for Volunteer Administrators where she was the 2020 recipient of the Innovation Award. Faiza is also a member of Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC) and in 2019 she received the inaugural Impact Award for Exemplary Leadership. From the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – Ontario (PAVR-O) she has twice received the President’s Award (2010 and 2012) in recognition of her volunteer contributions and also received the Linda Buchanan Award for Volunteer Administration (2013).
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 Board of Directors for 2021
|Amber McMillan, PMP Prosci ADKAR (CMC) CVA EQP
Executive Director, Executive Educator, Program and Change Manager & Speaker
Victoria, BC, Canada
A diversely skilled professional, Amber specializes in all aspects of leadership, communication and stakeholder management. She has a unique aptitude for leading complex conversations and works hard to create and sustain productive dialog through team building exercises, positive motivation and her own contagious enthusiasm.With tangible credentials and over 25 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments, she is committed to learning and growing while continuing to practice her profession. Amber excels as an empathetic visionary, establishing creative ways forward in complicated multiple stakeholder communities. Often referred to as an ‘agent of change’, with wide-ranging communication and service experience, her passion continues to drive innovation in her work. She is eager to share both her successes and failures in benefit to others, reflected in her favorite quote:“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya AngelouStakeholders who work alongside Amber appreciate her honesty, transparency, unique insight and tangible advice for immediate use.She currently serves as Executive Director of Rogers Society, Executive Educator for the University of Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Victoria and Workshop Facilitator for Volunteer Victoria.
|Amira Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE
Senior Vice President, Public Relations and Public Affairs, Ogilvy California
Benicia, California, USA
Past PresidentAmira 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.
|Julie Gallanty, MA, CVA, CPC
Owner/President, Vitality Consulting and Coaching, LLC
New York, New York, USA
Board Vice ChairJulie 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.
Christi J. Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS
|Kristine Flynn, CVA
Volunteer and Programs Administration, Western Development Museum
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
SecretaryKristine manages and supports the work of volunteers at the Western Development Museum (WDM) Corporate Office. She also supports and collaborates with staff at all WDM locations to create education programs that build historical awareness, unveil crucial context behind contemporary issues, and develop participants’ critical thinking skills.
Kristine is active in both the volunteer management and museum communities. In addition to her role with CCVA, she sits on the Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Saskatchewan Board as Secretary. She has worked with the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) to update their Volunteer Management and Museums and Education courses and author an Education and Interpretation Self-Assessment Workbook. In 2020, Kristine was recognized by MAS with their Young Professional Award. She is also a proud Leadership Saskatoon alumna.
|Tiffany Bennett, CVA, CAVS
Director, Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care, Virtua Health
Voorhees, New Jersey, USA
Director of Audits and AppealsTiffany is the Director of Volunteer Services for Virtua Health, one of Southern New Jersey’s largest health systems with over 13,000 employees, five hospitals, and over 250 other locations. She is responsible for leading a team of over 1200 volunteers in addition to other departments within the health system.In 2014, Tiffany invested in her professional development by receiving both the CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) and CAVS (Certified Administrator Volunteer Services) designations. She is active in her state chapter NJAHVRP (New Jersey Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals) and sits as the Chairperson for the New Jersey Council on Volunteerism. Tiffany is an active volunteer with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of America, and various
community agencies. Her team has also been recognized with a Superstar Award by
her organizational leadership and peers.
|Kylene Mellor, CVA
Manager, Volunteer Resources, IWK Health Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Director of CCVA ExamKylene 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.
|Joy Parker, CVA
Director of Volunteer Services, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Director of Ethics
Joy Parker has over 25 years of volunteer management experience and has been a certified volunteer administrator since 2005. Her professional background is focused primarily in the healthcare industry and includes expertise in the areas of fundraising, program development and oversight, public speaking, and non-profit board management.
Currently, Joy is the director of volunteer services at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. In this role, Joy is responsible for overseeing 800 volunteers, a thriving gift shop, and the hospital animal intervention programs, including 60 pet therapy and 2 facility dogs. .
A native of Virginia, Joy received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Radford University and her master’s degree in health promotion from Virginia Tech. She is active in the field of volunteer management, serving as past president of the Virginia Society for Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services, and is a conference and webinar presenter specializing in pet therapy and teen volunteer programs.
Lisa Marie Porter, MA, CVA
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.
Many thanks to these individuals who provide Informational Webinars to potential CVA candidates.
Jessica Harby, CVA
Volunteer Services Engagement Specialist
American Red Cross New Jersey Region
Fairfield, NJ, USA
Jessica is enthusiastically committed to lifelong learning, creativity, and self improvement. She is humbled to be able to build her career as she serves her community as a Volunteer Services Specialist with the American Red Cross New Jersey Region. Witnessing the love, strength, and dedication with which her grandparents, parents, and other family pursued their goals, Jessica developed a strong work ethic. It is through a variety of professional experiences and achievements across arts and social service non profit organizations that Jessica has been able to gain the experience and knowledge needed to earn her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University, successfully realizing a career in the arts as a theater stage manager, designer, and technician. Pursuing her theater career across the nation with groups of professionals and young performers, Jessica was able to work in a variety of communities, cultures, and genres of the performing arts. She grew within the industry and transitioned from backstage, creative roles into administrative and leadership positions in fundraising and events management. Her creative work also continued through Jessica’s involvement with young people and arts educational opportunities, which she has done for over twenty years and continues to do today. Jessica returned to school and earned her Master of Arts degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Kean University, then completed a New Jersey Teacher Certification in 2006. Jessica integrated educational technology into instructional practices, and consistently helped her colleagues learn the tech tools in their classrooms through formal and informal trainings. Jessica’s experiences with extracurricular programs as a teacher, tutor, professional development instructor, and mentor included working with a wide range of students at different age levels, learning abilities, economic advantages, and cultural backgrounds.
Following almost a decade as a traditional educator, Jessica returned to the non profit work she loved by volunteering with and joining the staff of a small social service nonprofit. In 2013, she continued her work with youth and adult volunteers, community partners, and corporate groups at a local community garden, Habitat for Humanity, and onto her current role with the American Red Cross. Jessica’s career in Volunteer Management and Administration includes supporting connections between people and purpose while leading volunteer and donor recognition and appreciation programs, implementing youth education and creative programs, facilitating formal trainings, directing volunteers, advising and mentoring youth, guiding high school volunteer clubs, and supporting robust relationships between corporate and community groups and the organizational mission.
Jessica has made the most of the variety of volunteer positions and career-based experiences to build a strong framework on which she supports the missions and organizations with which she associates as well as her individual professional and personal goals.
Corina Sadler, CVA
Volunteer Resources Supervisor, City of Plano
2021 Ethics Committee
2021 Renewal Task Force
Many thanks to this dedicated group of CVAs from around the world who are working to revise and update the Renewal Process for current CVAs.
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.