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

President's Message

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


Happy Fall! For those of you working in education or have school-aged children, I wish you the best in navigating this hybrid school year! Our worlds seem to be changing and adapting yet again and I commend you all for powering through. This community of professionals we have here continues to amaze and inspire me.

And since you are all so amazing and inspiring, please consider applying to become a member of our board of directors for 2022-2024.  We are making greater efforts to diversify our board in many ways so we have cross-representation that reflects our field.  We also have many high-level initiatives to accomplish in our strategic plan (as we are almost half-way through our 5-year planning period already!) and we would love to have fresh perspectives get us across that finish line. You can always reach out to me or members of our board if you have any questions.

Our Hybrid Conference focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion is also coming up! If you do not have a local association you are registering with, you can register with our AL!VE group to attend the conference!  More information regarding this is in this newsletter. I hope to see you there as it promises to be enlightening and action-oriented so we can apply this to our work and our lives.

As always, continue to be safe and healthy!

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


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 Tocchini 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 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.

Recent Industry Research

MAVA Executive Summary on Co-creating Racial Equity in Volunteer Engagement
MAVA has been doing research about race equity in volunteerism and recently conducted listening sessions with BIPOC community members  to learn more about systemic inequities in volunteer engagement and imagine new systems of volunteerism. Learn more about their findings here.

TEVA survey results from CCVA
This past year, 546 CVAs from Canada and the USA participated in the Technology Evolution in Volunteer Administration project with Arizona State University's Mark Hager.  Funded by Americorps, the focus of the project is technology adoption, use, and struggles by volunteer administrators during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Top line results from the survey that was conducted this year are now available at

Welcome to our new members!

Jen Crosson Catholic Charities of Baltimore 
Join Date: 08/02/2021

Donna Barnett Catholic Charities of Baltimore 
Join Date: 08/02/2021

Hannah Mueller Catholic Charities of Baltimore
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

Niki Saylor
Join Date: 08/13/2021

Amber Webb
Join Date: 08/17/2021

Ashton Foehringer
Join Date: 08/17/2021

Leah Chartrand
Join Date: 08/17/2021

Sarah Short
Join Date: 08/17/2021

Emily Grossman
Join Date: 08/18/2021

Nadine Gamble
Join Date: 08/18/2021

Sydney Otis
Join Date: 08/20/2021

Rosemarie Tocchini
Join Date: 08/25/2021

Robin Popik
Join Date: 08/30/2021

Samantha Mohn
Join Date: 08/31/2021

Brigette Wilson
Join Date: 08/31/2021

Melanie Adams
Join Date: 09/01/2021

Laurie Switzer
Join Date: 09/02/2021

Frances Matthew
Join Date: 09/02/2021

Brittany Smith
Join Date: 09/08/2021

Kelli Callihan
Join Date: 09/08/2021

Catherine Neptin
Join Date: 09/10/2021

Thank You to Our Renewing Members!

Stacy Ahua

Renewal Date: 08/24/2021

Barry Altland
Renewal Date: 08/18/2021

Susan Nusall 
Renewal Date: 08/22/2021

Michele Thompson 
Renewal Date: 08/22/2021

Barbara Chapman 
Renewal Date: 08/22/2021

Shoshona Simones 
Renewal Date: 08/22/2021

AVACA Members 
iRenewal Date: 08/22/2021

Brittany Biggers
Renewal Date: 08/28/2021

Sheri Burke
Renewal Date: 08/18/2021

Sue Carter Kahl
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

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

Karen Connetta
Renewal Date: 08/25/2021

Jessica Trump
Renewal Date: 08/15/2021

Heather Crandall, CVA, CIT
Renewal Date: 09/05/2021

Sioux Empire DOVIA
Renewal Date: 08/09/2021

Joan Cardellino 
Renewal Date: 08/27/2021

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

Gwen Elliott
Renewal Date: 08/02/2021

Ben Fertig
Renewal Date: 09/03/2021

Jason Frenzel, CVA
Renewal Date: 08/25/2021

Krista Gilmore
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

Karen Goates
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

Tony Goodrow
Renewal Date: 08/06/2021

Shannon Graham
Renewal Date: 09/03/2021

Marcia Haglund
Renewal Date: 08/11/2021

Marcia Hale
Renewal Date: 08/13/2021

Lisa Greenberg
Renewal Date: 08/10/2021

Jan Hathaway
Renewal Date: 08/30/2021

Melissa Heinlein Storti
Renewal Date: 08/03/2021

Jennifer Highfield
Renewal Date: 08/16/2021

Rachel Holmes
Renewal Date: 09/07/2021

Marie Howell
Renewal Date: 08/20/2021

Evan Johnson
Renewal Date: 08/21/2021

Coleen LaCosta
Renewal Date: 08/13/2021

Carla Lehn
Renewal Date: 08/01/2021

Nancy Waterman
Renewal Date: 08/07/2021

Dominic Leyden
Renewal Date: 08/06/2021

Stacey Lucas
Renewal Date: 08/31/2021

Karmit Bulman 
Renewal Date: 08/24/2021

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

Cindy Meyers
Renewal Date: 08/11/2021

Kat Milligan
Renewal Date: 08/25/2021

Betsy Mudd, CVA
Renewal Date: 08/31/2021

Maura Muller
Renewal Date: 08/04/2021

Liz Salter 
Renewal Date: 08/15/2021

Amy Oliver
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

Patricia Parker
Renewal Date: 09/05/2021

Holly Payne
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

John Pickle
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Alma Pohler
Renewal Date: 08/25/2021

Lisa Marie Porter
Renewal Date: 08/24/2021

Cairn Reisch, CVA
Renewal Date: 09/04/2021

Marie Saunders
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

Nancy Shafer
Renewal Date: 08/09/2021

Michelle Shiver
Renewal Date: 08/17/2021

Mandy Stegint
Renewal Date: 08/12/2021

Karen Stolt
Renewal Date: 08/08/2021

Jared Strawderman
Renewal Date: 08/05/2021

Jennifer Sublett
Renewal Date: 08/03/2021

Timothy Suda
Renewal Date: 08/14/2021

Lea Taddonio
Renewal Date: 08/24/2021

Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss
Renewal Date: 08/15/2021

Christina Warner
Renewal Date: 09/02/2021

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

Kari Welsh
Renewal Date: 08/07/2021

Susan Reehl WestArk 
Renewal Date: 08/02/2021

Patricia Wright
Renewal Date: 08/17/2021

Craig Young
Renewal Date: 08/05/2021

Garrett Zaffke
Renewal Date: 08/24/2021

Find Us Online!

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

Meet the Mentors and Apply 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.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please visit our website here. The mentorship will commence during the months of November 2021- April 2022.


Our seasoned, experienced AL!VE members are donating their time and talent to you! If you are interested in participating in this program, please learn a little bit about our mentors to help you determine who may be a good match for you! Click here to see our mentor list for this cohort.


If interested in becoming a mentee: Complete the mentee application here
Applications are due by Friday, October 1st!
IMPORTANT: Save the date for mandatory orientation that will be held on October 7th, 2021 at 12pm PST/3pm EST. Mentors and mentees will attend to learn more about one another before selecting their preferences for mentorship.

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

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at

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

Michelle Raymer, CVA AL!VE President Elect

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. If you feel you have helpful skills and knowledge, or a unique voice, lived experience or perspective that you can lend, please consider applying.
Applications/Nominations are due on September 15th. Learn more about Board Service and apply or nominate a candidate here.

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)

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'


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.

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


Creating Your Professional Brand...Yesterday!
Presenter:  Corina Sadler
November 3 @ 2pm E, 60 min

Help advance the field of volunteer engagement in 2022
Do you enjoy presenting to groups, have knowledge on an advanced topic relevant to volunteer engagement professionals, and have a passion for advancing the sector? Volunteer as an AL!VE Academy Presenter! Members have the opportunity to share their expertise while gaining experience presenting to a national audience. Opportunities include hour long webinars and 30 minute presentations followed by facilitated discussions. For more information see the position description below.  To find out about sending a proposal, fill out our information form here.  We will review and be in touch with you shortly.


Communities of Practice - Save these September & October 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

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!

Upcoming COP Dates:

9/16 @ 12pm E, Parks & Recreation
9/21 @ 2pm E, Rural

10/6 @ 12pm E, Health Care
10/14 @ 2pm E, Emergency Management
10/27 @ 1pm E, Animal Welfare
11/1 @ 3pm E, Food Banks
11/3 @ 12pm E, Transportation
11/5 @ 12pm E, Capacity Building

New COPs


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 3-4:30 pm Eastern, for our next webinar, Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement in Support of Succession Planning  (Register Here)

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

New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NYAVA):
Volunteers and Donors: Making the Connection

Tuesday September 21, 2021 3:30- 5pm Eastern, Via Zoom
Organizations frequently treat those who donate their time and talents differently than those who donate their money. Ideally those working in Development and Volunteer Engagement should be working collaboratively but more often they operate in silos. This session explores why collaboration between Development and Volunteer Engagement is essential to the success of your organization. The reality is that all supporters – whether they contribute time or money – are integral to your mission and can help extend your impact in the community. Working together can assure that both time donors and financial ones are fully engaged as advocates for your organization’s mission. In this workshop, participants will identify the key supporters in their organization, brainstorm ways to create greater connection between these groups, and spend time developing an action plan to get started.
Visit NYAVA's website for more information or to register.
Member & Partner Org Fee: $25
*​Members of ALIVE Organizations should select the discounted rate as a partner org
Non-Members: $50


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.


AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
October 27, 2 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.


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 soon! For more details, visit the event site here.

Calendar of Events

AL!VE Networking Event-Open to All September 14, 6 PM Eastern 3 PM Pacific

AL!VE Local Association Leadership Professional Development: Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement in Support of Succession Planning

AL!VE Parks & Recreation Community of Practice

AL!VE COP: Early Childhood Education

Rural Programs COP (managing programs in Rural or Frontier Communities)

Volunteers and Donors: Making the Connection(Virtual Workshop)

Volunteers & Donors: Making the Connection with Sheri Wilensky Burke
09/23/2021- 07/23/2021

Application Deadline for the Certified Volunteer Manager Program

10/6/21 AL!VE Health Care Communities of Practice Meeting Noon Eastern

AL!VE COP: Emergency Response Volunteer Programs

2021 Volunteer Manager's Hybrid Conference - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Real Impact for the Real World
10/19/2021- 10/20/2021

Individual Registration: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World Volunteer Manager's Hybrid Conference October 19 & 20, 2021
10/19/2021- 10/20/2021

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinar October 27, 2021 2 PM Eastern

AL!VE Community of Practice: Animal Welfare

AL!VE Food Banks Communities of Practice Meeting, November 1, 3 PM Eastern

CCVA Information Sessions for 2021 CVA Candidates

AL!VE Transportation Community of Practice Noon Central, 1 PM Eastern

November AL!VE Academy: Creating Your Professional Brand…Yesterday! Presented by Corina Sadler, CVA

AL!VE Summit for Local Associations (DOVIA's) - November 4, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern

2021 AL!VE Summit for Local Associations (DOVIA's) - November 4, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern

AL!VE COP - Capacity Building

Bonus November AL!VE Academy: Overcoming Hustle Culture: Why Leaders Must Stop Wearing Burnout as a Badge of Honor

AL!VE COP: Early Childhood Education

Rural Programs COP (managing programs in Rural or Frontier Communities)

Nov 16 AL!VE Community of Practice - Job Transitioning and Leveling Up 1 PM P / 4 PM E

AL!VE Annual Meeting 2021

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!

Newsletter - AL!VE Newsletter: September 2021