AL!VE Newsletter: August 2021
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP


I hope everyone is having a healthy and enjoyable summer! It can feel challenging with new COVID developments with variants that cause us to reexamine reopening strategies, bringing volunteers back into the field and how we manage our own roles, both professional and personal. Know the work you do helps our communities not only heal but thrive during uncertain times. You inspire others to care for one another, showing compassion and empathy for those that need it. While we may not always agree, we want what's best for our communities and our country.

I hope that you continue to use your AL!VE community for solace, support and education. Take advantage of connecting with your peers so you do not have to go it alone! Check out a communities of practice to discuss current challenges and ideas or join the next round of the mentor program to strengthen leadership skills and build relationships.  

We are here to support you! Reach out if you need anything. This is an amazing community that only gets better together.

Take care and be safe!

Welcome to our new members as of August 11!

Katie Oster
Join Date: 06/03/2021

Hilary Hager
Join Date: 06/07/2021

Jordan Hoftender 
Join Date: 06/11/2021

Allana Hilley
Join Date: 06/18/2021

Demica Davis
Join Date: 06/18/2021

Pennyslvania Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (PAHVRP)
Join Date: 06/21/2021

Karen Henry
Join Date: 06/22/2021

Ebony Johnson
Join Date: 06/22/2021

Juliet Nations
Join Date: 06/23/2021

Elizabeth Johns
Join Date: 06/23/2021

Jessica Chan
Join Date: 06/24/2021

Jessica Woods
Join Date: 06/24/2021

Karlene Kuhn
Join Date: 06/25/2021

Emily Stieber
Join Date: 06/28/2021

Bethany Tatro
Join Date: 07/06/2021

Jane Clifford
Join Date: 07/06/2021

Laura Gordon 
Join Date: 07/07/2021

Severina Ware
Join Date: 07/09/2021

Carol Ayars, CVA
Join Date: 07/09/2021

Shaun Connors
Join Date: 07/09/2021

Diane Reale
Join Date: 07/12/2021

Heather Cowles
Join Date: 07/13/2021

Kerri Keane
Join Date: 07/13/2021

Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Assn
Join Date: 07/13/2021

Morgan Green-Griffin 
Join Date: 07/14/2021

Melissa Gomez 
Join Date: 07/14/2021

Joe Landmichl
Join Date: 07/15/2021

Julie Booth
Join Date: 07/15/2021

Michelle Newbold
Join Date: 07/15/2021

Barbara Scarlata
Join Date: 07/15/2021

Courtney Blaise 
Join Date: 07/16/2021

Adriana Luna Campa 
Join Date: 07/19/2021

Shellie Brown
Join Date: 07/19/2021

Naomi Hirsch
Join Date: 07/19/2021

Nancy Williams
Join Date: 07/22/2021

Vivienne O'Neill 
Join Date: 07/27/2021

Natalie Olson
 Join Date: 07/28/2021

Sarah Philips
Join Date: 07/28/2021

Jen Crosson  
Join Date: 08/02/2021

Donna Barnett  
Join Date: 08/02/2021

Hannah Mueller  
Join Date: 08/02/2021

Rebecca Conner
Join Date: 08/05/2021

Kyle Dillman 
Join Date: 08/10/2021

Rachael Snyder
Join Date: 08/10/2021

Max Pacheco
Join Date: 08/11/2021


Volunteer With AL!VE!

Volunteering with AL!VE in a Committee Role is a great way to:

  • Develop Leadership Skills

  • Contribute to the Profession

  • Create New Connections

  • Nourish Skills

  • Earn PDU's for CVA recertification

  • ---and more!

Committee work usually consists of a monthly meeting and 2-4 hours of additional time per month for committee related projects.  

There are openings for new members on these committees:

  • Marketing (Social Media, Newsletter Editor-in-Chief)
  • ​Membership (New Member Calls, Regional Outreach)
  • Finance 
  • Community of Practice:  Cultural Institutions lead or co-lead

Interested?  Check out our website information, then apply.  We'll be in touch to connect with you right away about how to get started!  

Our friends at the Alliance for Volunteer Engagement are also looking for a social media manager volunteer.  Learn more here.

Thank you to renewing members!

Jessica Ames

Renewal Date: 07/09/2021

Robert Ashcraft 
Renewal Date: 07/09/2021

Megan Vixie  
Renewal Date: 07/14/2021

Kate Ekman   
Renewal Date: 06/27/2021

Alejandra Sierra  
Renewal Date: 07/14/2021

Jennifer Beatty 
Renewal Date: 07/02/2021

Paul Belanger
Renewal Date: 07/10/2021

Katrina Bettis 
Renewal Date: 07/08/2021

Emilie Bromet-Bauer 
Renewal Date: 06/06/2021

Kathy Cahill
Renewal Date: 06/05/2021

Katherine Campbell, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/23/2021

Joan Cardellino
Renewal Date: 07/10/2021

Sue Carter Kahl
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

Amanda Caruso-Yahne
Renewal Date: 08/03/2021

Hortencia Castano-Urbanowiez
Renewal Date: 06/26/2021

Sarah Christian
Renewal Date: 06/05/2021

Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger
Renewal Date: 06/20/2021

Shirley Conger
Renewal Date: 06/07/2021

Nedra Cutler,CVA
Renewal Date: 06/25/2021

Sioux Empire DOVIA
Renewal Date: 08/09/2021

Angie Drier
Renewal Date: 07/25/2021

Yvonne Dunphe, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/21/2021

Liza Dyer, CVA
Renewal Date: 08/04/2021

Harriett Edwards
Renewal Date: 06/05/2021

Gwen Elliott
Renewal Date: 08/02/2021

Janis Ferguson
Renewal Date: 07/07/2021

Jenn Forristal
Renewal Date: 06/30/2021

Krista Gilmore 
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

Tony Goodrow
Renewal Date: 08/06/2021

Allyson Drinnon  
Renewal Date: 06/24/2021

Marcia Haglund
Renewal Date: 08/11/2021

Lisa Greenberg  
Renewal Date: 08/10/2021

Mary Beth Harrington
Renewal Date: 07/14/2021

Renee Hartwig 
Renewal Date: 07/29/2021

Amy Pinger  
Renewal Date: 06/19/2021

Melissa Heinlein Storti
Renewal Date: 08/03/2021

Andrea Hill
Renewal Date: 06/27/2021

Sherry Hoban
Renewal Date: 07/09/2021

Erica Holmes
Renewal Date: 07/25/2021

Monica Hoyt
Renewal Date: 07/13/2021

Allison Waldvogel   
Renewal Date: 06/08/2021

Wendy Johnson
Renewal Date: 06/16/2021

Gretchen Jordan
Renewal Date: 06/08/2021

Alana Knoppow 
Renewal Date: 07/14/2021

Carla Lehn
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

Jill Leighty  
Renewal Date: 08/07/2021

Nancy Waterman  
Renewal Date: 08/07/2021

Dominic Leyden 
Renewal Date: 08/06/2021

Victoria Lilienthal
Renewal Date: 06/14/2021

Heather Lother 
Renewal Date: 06/18/2021

Karen Luplow
Renewal Date: 06/10/2021

Astrid Maldonado-De Jesus 
Renewal Date: 06/24/2021

Sonya Manfred 
Renewal Date: 06/17/2021

Lori Jean Mantooth
Renewal Date: 06/28/2021

Ana Martin
Renewal Date: 06/10/2021

Dee Martin 
Renewal Date: 07/08/2021

Donna Martin MAET, CVA
Renewal Date: 06/27/2021

Shelly McAlpin, CVA
Renewal Date: 08/11/2021

Kelly McCulley-Miko 
Renewal Date: 06/16/2021

Karen McDonald 
Renewal Date: 06/09/2021

Cindy Meyers
Renewal Date: 08/11/2021

Stacia Miller 
Renewal Date: 07/09/2021

Barbara Hickert  
Renewal Date: 07/19/2021

Maura Muller 
Renewal Date: 08/04/2021

NW Oregon Vol Admin Assoc (NOVAA) 
Renewal Date: 07/13/2021

Larkin O'Toole 
Renewal Date: 06/21/2021

Melissa Palmer
Renewal Date: 06/21/2021

Renewal Date: 07/16/2021
Meagan Patterson
Renewal Date: 06/18/2021

Holly Payne
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Ann Pedtke
Renewal Date: 06/26/2021

Kathy Perun 
Renewal Date: 06/24/2021

John Pickle
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Adrienne Polumbo 
Renewal Date: 07/16/2021

Missy Reams 
Renewal Date: 07/23/2021

Deborah Br   
Renewal Date: 07/05/2021

Anthony Richardson
Renewal Date: 06/03/2021

Corina Sadler, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/02/2021

Nancy Shafer 
Renewal Date: 08/09/2021

Barbara Sheffer
Renewal Date: 06/19/2021

Tabitha Shinn
Renewal Date: 07/18/2021

Nicole R Smith
Renewal Date: 07/08/2021

Roberta Sommer
Renewal Date: 06/06/2021

Southeastern VA AVA
Renewal Date: 07/16/2021

Julienne Springer
Renewal Date: 07/07/2021

Beth Steinhorn
Renewal Date: 06/28/2021

Karen Stolt
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Betsy Storm
Renewal Date: 07/07/2021

Anne Strauch, CVA 
Renewal Date: 07/07/2021

Jared Strawderman 
Renewal Date: 08/05/2021

Jennifer Sublett 
Renewal Date: 08/03/2021

Annette Sutfin 
Renewal Date: 06/26/2021

Megan Taylor 
Renewal Date: 07/31/2021

Lisa Varner 
Renewal Date: 07/11/2021

Faiza Venzant, CVA
Renewal Date: 06/17/2021

Vanessa Verdugo 
Renewal Date: 07/08/2021

Todd McMullin  
Renewal Date: 06/23/2021

Lisa LaVigna   
Renewal Date: 06/23/2021

Melissa Bergin   
Renewal Date: 06/23/2021

Rebecca Watts 
Renewal Date: 07/16/2021

Taunja Weber 
Renewal Date: 06/06/2021

Jennifer Weichel, CVA 
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Kari Welsh 
Renewal Date: 08/07/2021

Susan Reehl   
Renewal Date: 08/02/2021

Joanna White 
Renewal Date: 07/04/2021

Susan Wolford
Renewal Date: 07/11/2021

Craig Young 
Renewal Date: 08/05/2021

Jiong Zhang
Renewal Date: 06/24/2021


Find Us Online!

Facebook: @Volunteeralive
Twitter: @VolunteerALIVE​
Instagram: @Volunteeralive
LinkedIn: View profile here

Seeking Mentors for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program!

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
November 2021 - April 2022

AL!VE is dedicated to the professional growth and development of leaders in volunteer engagement. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is to provide a platform for AL!VE members to connect, share best practices and position themselves as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will be paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support as well as monthly mentee peer sessions pertaining to leadership development topics.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please visit our website here. The mentorship will commence during the months of November - April 2021.

If interested in serving as a mentor, complete the mentor questionnaire here by September 3rd, 2022.
If interested in being a mentee, complete a mentee application here by October 1st, 2022.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please review the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program FAQ.

AL!VE Networking Social September 14

Have a virtual happy hour with those who GET you.  See how your fellow volunteer engagement professionals are surviving, thriving or reviving.  ​This event is open to ALL Volunteer Engagement Professionals, so please invite your colleagues!

Want to 'people' again but can't just yet?  Need to connect with your peers and chat?  Join your colleagues for an informal online networking event September 14 - 6 PM Eastern or 3 PM Eastern.

Register here.

2022 AL!VE Board Nominations Now Open

Do you have a passion for Volunteer Engagement and the growth and success of the profession? Then consider applying to serve on the AL!VE Board! Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience, and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals throughout the country. Our Board aspires to be representative of our membership and the communities that they serve. 


Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Paula Allen, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

These monthly professional development webinars are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships.  These sessions are recorded, and the slide deck & recording can be accessed on the members only side of our website.  From the member menu, choose 'Resources' tab and then File Archive.

Centering Empathy, Equity & Experimentation in Volunteer Management
Presenter: Heather Hiscox
August 25 @ 2pm E Register Here

Building Strategic Partnerships - Or Not!
Presenter:  Brian Rosenbaum
September 10 @ 1pm E, 75 min  Register Here

No Academy sessions scheduled in October -
please sign up for the Hybrid Conference!

Communities of Practice - Save these August & September Dates!

Join a Community of Practice!
The AL!VE Communities of Practice (COP) Program is designed to give AL!VE members networking and educational opportunities within their field of expertise. Led by  AL!VE  members and field experts, it is a time to share experiences, resources and  recommendations with fellow AL!VE members. If you'd like to lead a COP in an area not listed below, contact us!

For more information about each COP, visit our COP webpage. Please register for the COP you want to attend via our calendar

Upcoming COP Dates:

  • 8/16 @ 2 pm E, Early Childhood Education (NEW)
  • 8/25 @ 10am E, Animal Welfare
  • 9/1 @ 1pm E, Transportation
  • 9/8 @ 3pm E, Advisory Boards & Committees (NEW)
  • 9/13 @ 3pm E, Food Banks
  • 9/16 @ 12pm E, Parks & Recreation (NEW)
  • 9/21 @ 2pm E, Rural
  • 10/6 @ 12pm E, Health Care
Learn more about our new COP's by clicking the 'read more' below. 

A BIG thank you to the COP Facilitators who work hard to manage the logistics, resources, and content for each COP and make sure each conversation is meaningful and helpful for participants. Thank you for your service!


2021 Impact Award Nominations Now Open - Close September 13, 2021

AL!VE and Better Impact are proud to present the Third Annual National IMPACT Award
to celebrate individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field of volunteer engagement. This award will showcase the importance of the profession and encourage all professionals in this field to continue to lead and to be inspired.

Nominations are now open and close 5:00 pm., Monday, September 13, 2021 and are only accepted electronically via this nomination link.

Learn more about the Impact Awards here and nomination information. Note:  Eligibility this year has changed to AL!VE Members only (this does include any member of a Local Association that has a membership with AL!VE)

Thank you to our sponsor Better Impact, who will once again provide cash awards to the 2022 Recipients. Read on to see how our 2020 Recipients utilized their award funds!


AL!VE Resource Page Updated!

AL!VE Resource Pages have been updated after a year of research and are organized in three ways (some are available to the general public, but some are for members only):

1.  Choose the 'Resources' Tab, then click on the sub headings to learn more about the resources listed on our site. 
Submissions are always welcome - You may submit your resources here.

2.  AL!VE specific resources (most a member benefit) are listed on the 'AL!VE Resources' page.  Click on the sub headings to learn more about the resources listed on our site. 
You can also find an up-to-date list of Local Associations listed by State.  

Many thanks to the Programs & Advocacy Committee Members, Rose Tocchino and Meagan Patterson for their year long research and efforts to organize on our website.  Please show your appreciation by providing a recommendation to Meagan on Linkedin here or Rose  via email.! 

Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference Registration Now Open!

Host Site & Individual Registration Now Open - Click Here!
7th Annual Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference
October 19 (Pacific/Mountain) or 20 (Central or Eastern)

Our conference is available in a virtual or in person format. Check out these host sites already registered!

Sarasota County Govt - Sarasota, FL
DOVIA LA - Los Angeles, CA
TulsAL!VE - Tulsa, OK
VMCI - Des Moines, IA
SAVMA -Tucson, AZ
DAVA -Delaware
AVACA - Phoenix, AZ
Roger Hill Volunteer Center
Peoria, IL
WAVC - Ann Arbor, MI
WA State Bar Assn - Seattle, WA
KAVA -Louisville, KY
VAWNY - Buffalo, NY
UWECI -Cedar Rapids, IA
DOVIA Sacamento - Sacramento, CA
Sioux Empire DOVIA - Sioux City, SD
NYAVA - New York, NY
CCVA - International
Habitat for Humanity (internal only)
PAHVRP (internal only)

Learn more at an informational session:  August 25, 4 PM E

Host & Moderator:  Faiza Venzant, CVA 

This year's Presenters are...
Sean Kreyling, Remimagining Education 
'Beyond the Mission: from DEI Intentions to DEI Actions'

Tanya Rumble, CFRE 
'The Language of Inclusion'

Breanna Dorelus
'Telling the Truth During Volunteer Training'

Dr. Sue Carter Kahl, PhD.
'Pushing Back on Privilege in Volunteerism'

Host Site and Individual Registration Now Open - Click Here!
For more information, visit the conference website at

To join our mailing list to keep apprised of updates, click here.  To learn more about our presenters, click the 'read more'


Local Associations Webinar September 16

Professional Development for Local Association Leadership 
If your Local Association (DOVIA, AVA, DOVS, etc) is an AL!VE Local Association member, or if you belong to a Local Association, please read and pass along these updates!  For more information about joining AL!VE as a Local Association, learn more here. 

Join us September 16 from 3:00-4:30 for our next webinar, Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement in Support of Succession Planning  (Register Here)
This webinar is intended for leadership in Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals.) We are leaders of volunteer engagement. This workshop will explore how ‘best practices’ we apply to our volunteer engagement programs can be applied when  staffing the leadership of our local professional associations.

  • This interactive session will focus on three areas: personal stories regarding the application of best practices as applied to volunteering with local associations;
  • Ways AL!VE can support local associations; examples from a local association regarding successful efforts related to succession planning
  • A personal exercise for each participant – applying  the session discussions to identify one goal/action item that you can take back to your local association.

Presented by Gerald (Jerry Pannozzo, CVA and the Local Associations Committee  

Be sure and save the date for the second annual Local Associations Summit scheduled for November 4, 2021.  Registration open soon.

In addition, check these additional benefits to AL!VE local association members.


Notice of AL!VE Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars!  The AL!VE Annual Meeting will be held November 30, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern and is open to all AL!VE members.
Business conducted at the Annual Meeting:
  • Announcements of Class of 2022 Board Members
  • Board President's Report
  • Reports for Marketing, Membership, Programs & Advocacy
  • Board & Committee Recognition
  • 2021 Goals & Objectives
Registration opens in September 2021.

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
September 13, 3 PM Eastern
Find out what's happening or get a quick fix of networking with your peers! New members will get a brief overview of our mission, benefits, activities and committees...


New Member Benefit Now Available!

For AL!VE Members with a full membership, you now have access to a great new member benefit:  

Announcing the Portfolio Manager!


Questions? Contact Us!

We are here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at  While you are there, you can also:

  • Read the latest news about the profession

  • Submit a calendar or news item

  • Check out the resources page

  • Find volunteer opportunities

  • ...and more!

DOVIA LA Hosts Education Day for California Colleagues

You are invited to reCALIbrate: DOVIA-LA’s Education Day Retreat for volunteer engagement professionals is on Friday, September 17th from 9:00am – 4pm PST. Education Day is an opportunity for volunteer engagement professionals to get inspired and feel rejuvenated with other peers in community as we reflect

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