CCVA Staff, Board and Committees

Staff

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Faiza Venzant, CVA
Temecula, California, USA
Executive Director 

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 leaders of volunteers for the last 20 years speaking, facilitating and continually learning from others internationally.  Faiza is an active member of Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC) and Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE.)In 2020, Faiza was the recipient of TAVA’s Innovation Award.  In 2019, she was the recipient of the inaugural IMPACT award in Canada for Exemplary Volunteer Leadership. From PAVR-O, she received  the Linda Buchanan Award in 2013 and has twice received the President's Award.  

Faiza is passionate about equity and access amongst volunteers and leaders of volunteers.   She believes strongly that a community with a thriving volunteer base improves the overall quality of life and health of all its members. 

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.

CCVA Board of Directors for 2021

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Amber McMillan, PMP Prosci ADKAR (CMC) CVA EQP
Executive Director, Executive Educator, Program and Change Manager & Speaker
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Board Chair

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.
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Julie Gallanty, MA, CVA, CPC 
Vice President, Alliance Services -NJ YMCA State Alliance
Trenton, NJ, USA
Board Vice Chair

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 a 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 Rotary Club of New York, Solar One, Literacy Solutions New York an active with nonprofit professional networks.

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Christi J. Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS
Senior Director – Volunteer Engagement WellSpan Health
York , Pennsylvania, USA
Board Treasurer

Christi Brown is the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan Health. She is responsible for over 2,500 Volunteers and 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 the Year.

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Kristine Flynn, CVA
Volunteer and Programs Administration, Western Development Museum
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Secretary

Kristine 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.

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Tiffany Bennett, CVA, CAVS
Director, Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care, Virtua Health
Voorhees, New Jersey, USA
Director of Audits and Appeals

Tiffany 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.

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Kylene Mellor, CVA
Manager, Volunteer Resources, IWK Health Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Director of CCVA Exam

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.

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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 Mooney
Lisa Marie Mooney, CVA
Volunteer Management Specialist, FIRST®
Germantown, MD, USA
Director of Outreach

Lisa Marie Mooney is a Volunteer Management Specialist with FIRST®, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18. The global community of over 100K volunteers energize and excite program participants in STEM. Previously, Lisa Marie was on staff for 14 years at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, 7 of those as the Volunteer Program Manager coordinating over 1000 adult and youth volunteers supporting scientists behind-the-scenes and educating the visiting public to the museum on natural history science.

Lisa Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Anthropology and Greek and Roman Civilization from The University of New York at Albany, a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the George Washington University, and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. In her early career, she held staff positions at the New York State Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

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.

Outreach Committee

Many thanks to these individuals who partner with CCVA to reach new audiences and provide Informational Webinars to potential CVA candidates.

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Corina Sadler, CVA
Volunteer Resources Supervisor, City of Plano
Plano, Texas, United States

Corina has been a volunteer since the age of thirteen. In high school she began service at a municipal senior recreation center and was mentored by two inspiring women in government. Their involvement was central to Corina’s future success and to this day serves as her inspiration to motivate more people to volunteer or become mentors. She is currently Volunteer Resources Supervisor for the City of Plano, Texas “Volunteers in Plano” and has worked in local government for the last 15 years. Corina and her team support staff in engaging 10,000 volunteers a year in city services. She enjoys providing volunteer management guidance to nonprofits and municipalities to empower the community through volunteerism. In 2019 Corina received a national IMPACT Award from the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) as an emerging leader displaying exemplary leadership in the field. Corina has been featured speaker on several podcasts and webinars about volunteer engagement. She is a committee member of AL!VE and the Texas Volunteer Management Conference, co-founder of the North Texas Volunteer Administrators in Government group and Treasurer for the Collin County Social Services Association. Ms. Sadler holds numerous certificates in the fields of volunteer and nonprofit management along with a B.S. in applied gerontology and nonprofit management from the University of North Texas and has been a CVA since 2012.
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Ashley Rieser, CVA (she/her)
Director of Volunteer Services and Front of House Guest Experience
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Pennsylvania

Ashley Rieser has been in the volunteer administration field for over 12 years. She oversees more than 500 volunteers who assist in a variety of performing arts venues, festivals, and art galleries at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She is a forward-thinking leader focused on moving the profession of volunteer engagement to the next level on a local and national scale. She received her CVA in 2016. In addition to her work on the CCVA Outreach Committee, she is the Past President and current Treasurer for her local association VASP, Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern PA. Ashley was the recipient of the 2017 EVIE Award for Outstanding Volunteer Administrator of the Year. She is the Chair of Tessitura’s Managing Volunteers and Interns Community of Practice. She is also a Volunteer Management Instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Colorado and one in Human Resources from Point Park University. She is currently in the process of completing a dual master’s program in Human Resource Management and M.B.A.

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Heather Jackson, CVA
Manager RSVP and Volunteer Programs, Volunteers of America
Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA

Heather began managing volunteer programs in 2011 out of a belief that each person has unique talents, gifts, and experiences to offer.  She loves assisting people in finding their best fit in service and helping volunteers connect in meaningful ways that impact their world.  She believes in building community and creating belonging and is an expert at how to convey purpose when discussing volunteer roles and impact.  She enjoys creating new programs and teaching.  Heather successfully built and managed the volunteer and intern program for the Denver Rescue Mission in Northern Colorado before moving on to Volunteers of America, where she now manages their AmeriCorps Seniors – RSVP grant with over 600 active volunteers.  She also provides volunteer management oversight and training to both Volunteers of America staff and the over 50 community partners they work with.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.  In addition to her work on the CCVA Ethics and Outreach Committees, Heather is active with her local DOVIA and is the Secretary of the Colorado VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) as well as the Volunteer Committee Chair for their Long-Term Recovery Group.

Ethics Committee

Many thanks to this dedicated group of CVAs who are working to promote the Professional Ethics in Volunteer Management.

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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.

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Governance

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.