Board of Directors

DOVIA Board of Directors
Want to contact a member of the board? Email doviacolorado@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch! We've also provided you with individual contact information in case you'd like reach out directly. Join this exciting team today!

Executive Team

Board Chair
Michelle Fuller
Executive Director, Philanthropy Field Trips

Committees: Executive Team

What year did you join the board? 2013

What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism is hope - it is how people express what they want for their communities.

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? I started volunteering over 30 years ago, and it has been a passion ever since. I am dedicated to making the world better, and the best way I know how to do that is through volunteerism.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? I was asked to join, but I did not know much about the organization. I now love it and appreciate all the wonderful opportunities it provides volunteer professionals.

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? I enjoy going to the DOVIA Idea Exchanges - I learn something every time and get to see familiar and new faces. 

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I hope that DOVIA continues to provide quality services to more of the amazing people who work with volunteers throughout the entire state - we are working on it, but still have a ways to go. 

Contact Michelle at: Michelle@philanthropyfieldtrips.org
 
 

Board Treasurer
Sarah Christian
Community Volunteer

Committees: Executive Team, Membership

What year did you join the board? 2013, with 5 additional years in the 1980's

What does volunteerism mean to you? Giving my time and talents to my community and its organizations.

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? My professional career in Volunteer Engagement started in 1981. I developed programs in a museum, an animal shelter, a national health organization and a social enterprise.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? The vision for DOVIA Colorado.

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? Attending the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism (CCOV) and experiencing the vitality and energy in the field of volunteerism. 

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? Continued growth throughout the state and flexible models for delivering content and professional development. 

Contact Sarah at: doviacolorado@gmail.com

 

Board Secretary
Emily Dobish
Manager of Volunteer Services, History Colorado

Committees: Executive Team

What year did you join the board? 2013
What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism helps to build community and make the world a better place.  I volunteer to connect with the world around me.
What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? The experience that has helped me best in this field is actively volunteering throughout my life.  I started volunteering as a child and that gave me an understanding very early on that for a community to thrive, we all have to pitch in and help each other.  Continuing to volunteer, outside of my job, gives me purpose and perspective.
What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? The volunteer management field is a unique calling.  I noticed early on in my career that there was a high turnover rate and finding professionals to be a mentor or brainstorm with was a challenge.  DOVIA Colorado enables volunteer management staff to build resources and connect with each other.  I wanted to be a part of that and to help in make our field stronger and more successful.
What is your favorite DOVIA moment? I love walking into an education session or a DOVIA Colorado event and recognizing the participants.  Its really an amazing feeling to walk into a room and feel an immediate sense of belonging and understanding.  I am the lone volunteer manager at my organization so having this community and support system is just amazing.
What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I see DOVIA Colorado as the ultimate resource for higher level volunteer management strategy and learning opportunities. 

Contact Emily at: emily.dobish@state.co.us.

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Education Committee

Education Committee Chair
Erika Fleming
Manager of Volunteer Services, Denver Botanic Gardens

What year did you join the board? 2016

What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism is the act of devoting yourself to doing good; by where you utilize your talents to create a change.

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? I have been with the Denver Botanic Gardens since 2012. Prior to joining the Gardens, I managed the volunteer program at Judi’s House for 3 years. I have worked in the Denver area nonprofit community for the last ten years and in that time, have held the offices of Vice Chair of Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA), and Co-chair of National Philanthropy Day Colorado, and current DOVIA Education Committee Member. I am also a trainer for Metro Volunteers, where I train new volunteer coordinators and nonprofit staff on the concepts of Volunteer Management.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? DOVIA is a place where I can network with likeminded professionals. The opportunity to sit down and have an idea exchange or roundtable discussion, with others who deal with similar day to tasks and sometimes even issues, is a huge reason that I was drawn to sit on the DOVIA Board. I want to help create more opportunities for our sector to come together and share in our knowledge and experiences.  DOVIA helps us all to understand that we are not in this alone, and makes great strides and efforts to host programing to that effect.

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? One of my favorite things about DOVIA is attending the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism (CCOV). One because I love the wonderful sessions, and teaching moments that take place during this conference. But two, because I get be in the same room with my amazing colleagues. It’s no secret that, as Volunteer Managers we are extremely busy, and finding time to get together can be a bit challenging. CCOV has become a place, that we all make time to attend, and check in with one another. It’s our chance to connect, socialize and take a moment to breath.  It’s also a wonderful and safe place, for those who are new to the field to come and network, and create those bonds, that become so much more.

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? My hope for the Future of DOVIA Colorado, is that we grow stronger, and more and more volunteer management staff are afforded the opportunity to attend programing that DOVIA hosts statewide. I also hope that DOVIA Colorado can become a model program for others around the country. 


Contact Erika at: Ericka.Fleming@botanicgardens.org


 
Education Committee Member
Charlotte Boney
Volunteer Program Manager, City of Fort Collins

Larimer County Regional Chair
 
What year did you join the board? 2016

What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism means choosing to make our world a better place through action. No matter our differences, service unites us all.

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? I first started working with volunteers as an environmental educator. I knew the volunteers were passionate about the environment, but where they really made a difference was working alongside others. Volunteers inspire me to be the change I wish to see in the world.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? My role in my job involves overseeing a large volunteer program of around 10,000 volunteers. Serving on DOVIA allows me to serve as an ambassador both for volunteers and the volunteer managers who work alongside volunteers day to day. I feel it is part of my duty as a leader to strengthen the field of volunteer management.

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? I first got involved with DOVIA as a seasonal employee a local state park. Going to DOVIA meetings allowed me to network with others that were sharing the same joys, challenges, and opportunities as me. It became a great way to meet people. Many of the people I first met in DOVIA are not volunteer managers today, but they are still my friends.

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I envision DOVIA to serve as a central resource for volunteer managers to match volunteers to opportunities that align with their passions and talents. My long term vision for volunteer management is to break down silos between organizations- DOVIA can help us achieve that.

Contact Charlotte at: cboney@fcgov.com
 

 
Education Committee Member
Julia McCleary

Boulder-Broomfield Counties Regional Chair

What year did you join the board? 2016

What does volunteerism mean to you? At times when all that is going on in the world seems to be painful and destructive, volunteers are a shining example of the goodness of humanity. 

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? I never thought of volunteerism as being a driver for my career, but I have recently realized that I have spent time being a volunteer and/or working with volunteers almost constantly through school and work since I was fifteen.  Volunteering has shaped who I am, and I love finding new ways to make it easy and enjoyable for others to do it.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? Attending education/networking sessions made me feel lucky to be in this profession, and I wanted to be involved in their continuing success.  Not only are these sessions opportunities to learn tips and tricks of the trade, but I have often found meaningful moral support and connections that have even turned into new friendships along the way. 

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? In the fall of 2016, there was a DOVIA education session all about self-care, including a share-out of day-to-day stressors and lessons in chair yoga that could be performed in the office.   It was so moving to see a group of people feeling connected through this shared experience and understanding that they are not alone in the wonderful, but often taxing work of volunteer program leadership.

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I envision growing the membership of DOVIA across the state steadily as we go forward, and earning increased recognition for the challenge and importance of leadership with volunteers at organizations nationwide.

Contact Julia at: jfmccleary@gmail.com

 

Education Committee Member
Evan Rose
Volunteer Manager, Goodwill Denver

Evan is on maternity leave until July. We look forward to sharing her profile with you then!
 
What year did you join the board?
What does volunteerism mean to you?
What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
Contact Evan at: erose@goodwilldenver.org
 
 
 
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Membership Committee
 
Membership Committee Chair
Sarah Christian
 

Membership Committee Member
Ashley Boyer
Community Engagement Specialist, Greeley-Evans School District 6

Weld County Regional Chair

What year did you join the board? 2016

What does volunteerism mean to you? Creating happiness within yourself and others - it's what makes the world go 'round!

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? Born in CA but spent most of my life in PA; I attended Shippensburg University for Business before transferring to The Art Institute of York PA where I graduated with a Bachelor's in Interior Design. I landed my first job as a Custom Designer Sales Consultant and found myself unfulfilled... so I quit my job to join AmeriCorps VISTA to work at the Arc of Weld County in Greeley, CO and I've never looked back! I fell in love with the non-profit sector; after my VISTA year I worked for Catholic Charities at the Guadalupe Center before arriving at my current job; I am now the Community Engagement Specialist at Greeley-Evans School District 6 and I love what I do. Feel free to check out our District 6 Volunteer Webpage or District 6 Teacher's Closet Webpage to get a feel for the two largest aspects of my job and feel free to contact me with questions! 

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? I had participated as a DOVIA Member previously and found great benefit - so when the president of DOVIA Colorado asked if I was interested in joining the Board in its transition time I was ecstatic to become part of this enthusiastic team. I'm hoping to learn as much as I can from this process and the members of the Board alike as we continue to propel DOVIA Colorado to its best version yet! 

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? I cannot say enough about the annual CCOV event! If you are wondering if you are missing out... you are! Join us October 2017 (details to come) for a wonderful opportunity to learn from key note speakers, connect with others who share your struggles (or strengths!), and grow your professional development. I just love being able to connect with others who share (well... job duties but also) my passion and drive - that's the biggest draw and my favorite part of DOVIA Colorado. 

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? Growth and sustainability! This organization, I believe, ages much like wine... 

Contact Ashley at: aboyer@greeleyschools.org

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Marketing Committee

Marketing Committee Chair
Becky Mares
Community Engagement Manager, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters Colorado

What year did you join the board? 2016

What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteering creates community wealth. Imagine what your daily life would look like without volunteers? No parks and open space, museums, community centers, firefighters, social and environmental justice advocates...our world works because of volunteers.

What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? One of the first examples of volunteering I remember was my dad coming to read for my class once a week in 5th grade. From a young age, I knew that giving your time, your talents and your energy had a certain magic to it. Now, for over 11 years, I have built my experience to better the community through volunteer management, community partner engagement, building programs from the ground-up, outcomes tracking and evaluation, and publication development. I graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Gender Studies from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. I like to think of myself as a collaborative and resourceful team leader, and am passionate about food and nutrition, wilderness and environmental sustainability, education, and cultural diversity.

What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? As a DOVIA member, I have greatly benefited from the professionalism, education, and networking the association provides. I wanted to give back to the organization that had helped - and continues to help - me grow my skills.

What is your favorite DOVIA moment? You! I am inspired at every DOVIA event at how dedicated, smart, creative and fun its members are. I love being part of a movement that's bigger than me, bigger than my organization, and bigger than one geographic community.

What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I would love to see our opportunities expand beyond the Front Range into other communities across the state, and to build the reputation of volunteer engagement as a powerful career path through DOVIA.

Contact Becky at: bmares@strength.org


Additional Board Support
Accounting: Doris Blyth, Volunteers of America
Pikes Peak Regional Committee: Kimberly Beaudreau, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
Colorado Conference on Volunteerism Committee: The Board of Directors
Strategic Planning: The Rocky Mountain Innovation Lab

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