Board of Directors
DOVIA Board of Directors
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Executive TeamNira Duvan
Volunteer Coordinator, Arapahoe CountyBoard ChairWhat year did you join the board?
2017What does volunteerism mean to you?
We all have the power to change the world around us and perhaps more importantly to change the world for the people around us. I love the concept that volunteerism is compassion in action.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills
I’ve been volunteering and managing volunteer programs for the better part of 15 years. It is deep in my blood: AmeriCorps member for 2 years completing 3700 hours, AIDS Walk Colorado Volunteer Coordinator, The Other Side Arts Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator, Outward Bound Course Director, Action Center Volunteer Manager and now, I coordinate volunteer programs for Arapahoe County. I just can’t get enough.What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
Apparently, I just can’t get enough. (see above!)What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
I love the CCOV! All of it: The crowd of inspired leaders, the wisdom of the facilitators, the spirit and passion of my fellow board members all coming together in one fantastic day.What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
Bigger, better and deeper education and networking for our industry!Contact Nira at: NDuvan@arapahoegov.com
Emily Dobish(Back to Top)
Director of Volunteer Engagement, History ColoradoBoard SecretaryWhat year did you join the board?
2013What 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruiter - CE Broker and EverCheckBoard SecretaryWhat year did you join the board?
2016-2017; rejoined in 2018What 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?
My experience with volunteerism, including years of AmeriCorps service and nonprofit program management, has been a part of my life since I was in my teen years. I love finding new ways to make it easy and enjoyable for others to give their time and skills, especially at a time when people are increasingly in need of connection both to each other and to the ability to affect positive change in the world. Currently I am excited to volunteer my efforts to help DOVIA succeed as I focus on consulting for small non-profits and other businesses in program and project management. What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
Originally I was drawn to the DOVIA Colorado Board of Directors for the exceptional opportunities of professional education and support I gained through working with my peers in the field. In 2018, after a year’s leave of absence, I have rejoined the Board with the intention of giving back to the community of volunteer managers and to help in every way I can to champion their often underrated role as organization leaders. What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
Helping to organize the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism each fall has been an honor and an uplifting experience for me. It is an opportunity each year to see in action the growth and passion of the profession of volunteer management overall in Colorado, and it’s wonderful to see both the year’s new attendees and the many returning members forming connections and learning from one another. I have never seen another profession in which people are so eager to help each other develop and succeed.What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I envision growing DOVIA’s membership state-wide, connecting Colorado’s DOVIA with those in other states and increasing recognition for the challenge and importance of the profession of volunteer leadership nationwide.Contact Julia at: email@example.com
Volunteer Manager, Goodwill DenverTreasurer and Education Committee ChairWhat year did you join the board?
2014What does volunteerism mean to you?
Volunteerism is an opportunity for every individual to do good in their community, make connections and make an impact regardless of their career or life path.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
: I have a background in Elementary and culturally / linguistically diverse education and a Masters of Education. When I was looking to leave the classroom, I wanted to find a way to continue to find a way to use my passion for education and knowledge of the local education landscape. Serving as a volunteer manager for a non-profit with a focus on education allowed me to stay tangentially in the field while giving community members a chance to meet and positively impact a great group of local youth. In 2016 I received my CVA and look forward to continue my education to be the best enabler of community volunteerism I can be!What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
I was asked! Isn’t that what pushes many people to volunteer? I believe strongly in the power of continuing education. DOVIA’s education sessions, idea exchanges, and the Colorado Conference on volunteerism provide an important resource to the Colorado volunteer managers community and I wanted to support these initiatives.What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
I had the opportunity to co-chair the 2015 and 2016 Colorado Conference on Volunteerism. My favorite moment was seeing over 120 volunteer managers from around Colorado come together for a day of learning and community.What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I envision a group of committed volunteer management professionals who are strengthening the field in Colorado and leading the way for the nation.Contact Evan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership and Client Services Director, Spark the Change Colorado
Education Committee, Denver Metro
What year did you join the board? 2018
What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? When I graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in English, Creative Writing, and a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language, I set off around the world to see if I was any good at teaching! After 9 months in Poland teaching adults, and 13 months in Japan teaching 2 yr olds - retired adults, I discovered I loved teaching, and loved the variety of ages and connections made! Coming home, I discovered the nonprofit world would allow me to continue teaching people of all ages, whether it was children and their parents in personal financial literacy, teaching children about philanthropy and volunteerism, or program development for a summer camp for kids with cancer. I knew I had found my path: teaching and community driven programs! While teaching kids financial literacy, we talked about saving in Spend, Save, Share Jars, and when we share, we can share our time, talent and treasure. Now, having a son of my own, I am more excited than ever to teach him those principals of sharing and doing it together.
What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA? Just about every meeting, group, or workshop I've been to for the last couple years had a DOVIA board member or committee volunteer participating. These volunteers are all inspiring and dedicated people and I decided I wanted to be a part of that, to learn, be inspired and motivated, and be able to give my time and talent right alongside them!
What is your favorite DOVIA moment? I can feel the energy buzz at the conference! So motivating and inspiring to be surrounded by great energy and great passion for all the work we're each doing!
What do you envision for DOVIA's future? I hope to see more and more volunteer managers empowered to take their programs to the next level with the support and resources of DOVIA, making volunteer management a profession that is truly recognized as the key to any organization's success. Contact Kelly at: KStreck@sparkthechangecolorado.org
Volunteer Program Manager, City of Fort CollinsEducation Committee, Larimer CountyWhat year did you join the board?
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: email@example.com
Volunteer Manager, Community Food Share
Education Committee, Boulder/Broomfield
What year did you join the board? December 2017
What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism is the desire to be a life-long learner and collaborate with others to create a better community. It’s the desire to share a skill or learn a new one, and leave the world better than you found it. Volunteerism unites a community through education and action.
What should people know about your career, education, and other skills? Before entering the non-profit world, I was a teacher. I taught on the East Coast and abroad, and lived in Malaysia for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. It was a life-changing experience and it solidified my commitment to education. I went on to serve for a year at the “I have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder as an AmeriCorps volunteer, and fell in love with both non-profit work and volunteer management. Education continues to be such an important part of my daily work with volunteers. I am very passionate about my current organization’s mission of hunger-relief, and through education and relationship-building, I am able to increase the capacity and scope and reach of my organization by harnessing the power of volunteerism! I’m excited to combine my experience, skills and passion to serve the DOVIA community.
What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
I replaced a Volunteer Manager who had been with my organization for 24 years. She was once very active with DOVIA and spoke highly of the organization. I joined DOVIA in 2015 and also joined the Boulder/Broomfield Leadership Committee when it was created. I greatly value the knowledge and relationships I have built thus far through DOVIA, and I wanted to support the organization on a statewide level as a board member and member of the Education Committee. My volunteers inspire me every day, and I want to play a role in the professional development of today’s volunteer managers and leaders. What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
I enjoy all things DOVIA! But each year I greatly look forward to the annual Colorado Conference on Volunteerism. It’s important to connect with other nonprofit and agency professionals who “speak your language.” I always leave inspired and reinvigorated about the important work we are doing. What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
Working towards a more cohesive statewide network, and strengthening the level and quality of training and education we bring to DOVIA members across the regions. Contact Nina at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Engagement and Account Manager, United Way of Weld CountyEducation Committee, Weld County
What year did you join the board?
2018What does volunteerism mean to you?
Volunteerism is having a strong sense of ownership and pride in the community around you. So much so, those volunteers are willing to actively participate in building a stronger community through donating their extremely valuable time.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
Non-Profit work is a relatively new adventure for me. I have been in my role now for just over a year. Before coming to United Way of Weld County I was in retail management for 9 years. I have a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Portland State University.What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
I have had such a great experience with volunteer trainings, educational sessions and networking events put on by DOVIA Colorado that I really wanted to be part of the planning and execution team of these great events.What is your favorite DOVIA moment? CCOV 2017!
I was relatively new to my role at United Way and a bit overwhelmed. Being at the CCOV, surrounded by others in similar roles as me, gave me a strong sense of community. I had a great time learning and networking!What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I hope that DOVIA continues to enhance and encourage relevant trainings and events to support agencies and organizations that utilize volunteers in their extremely important work.
Audrey GlasebrookBrittany McGarry
Volunteer Program Manager, Poudre River Public Library DistrictEducation Committee, Larimer CountyWhat year did you join the board?
2018What does volunteerism mean to you?
Volunteerism is an expression of love for one’s community! It is a way to take action about things you care about, and an answer to the problems we perceive in our environments.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
I graduated from college with a plan to go into social services, but I was seeing so many people burning out quickly in direct service, which scared me. I realized that engaging volunteers was a way that I could make a big impact, work with amazing people, and see the bright side in this field of work. I started off organizing students for service learning trips to Washington, DC, where they prepared and shared a meal with people experiencing homelessness. Seeing people come together in this way (who normally may have never interacted) was so uplifting! In the reflection sessions with these students, it became clear that this experience was setting them up for a lifetime of service – how cool to be a part of that inspiration! From that moment, I realized I was right where I was supposed to be. Since then, I have coordinated volunteers for other nonprofits – A Wider Circle in DC, Volunteers of America, and, now, I get to work for another love of my life – the public library. I’ve been with the Poudre River Public Library District for about a year and half, and it is amazing to see how much the community rallies around this resource. This is my 6th
year of working with volunteers.What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
I consider volunteer engagement my career, and DOVIA is working hard to lend professional legitimacy and value to this field of work. I want to help advocate for that! I am also passionate about continued learning and education – being able to bring these opportunities to my colleagues in Colorado is awesome.What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
Gotta love the DOVIA socials in Larimer County! I am the one-person volunteer engagement team for the library district, so getting together with other people in this field is crucial for my sanity, creativity, and curiosity. I’ve had great conversations with other volunteer managers over good beer, or even paddle-boarding on the Horsetooth Reservoir!What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I envision DOVIA effectively advancing volunteer engagement as a professional field – empowering us to get more respect from our leadership, better pay, more resources, etc. Also, just continuing to do what it does well already – bringing education and networking opportunities to volunteer managers statewide. Basically, many, many more CCOVs in our future!
Volunteer Engagement Specialist, National MS SocietyEducation Committee, Denver County
CCOV ChairWhat year did you join the board?
2018 What does volunteerism mean to you?
Giving a part of yourself that doesn't fit anywhere else. What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
My Bachelors is in Communication with a focus in Journalism and my Masters is in College Student Development. My background is in Higher Education, engaging college students in their community. I’ve been volunteering my entire life it feels like! I have been volunteering with Brent’s Place for about 5 years now, it has been a really meaningful experience to be a part of their growth in engaging the Denver community in their mission. I’ve been on the staff side of managing volunteers and on the volunteer side of managing volunteers. I love brainstorming and being a part of something BIG so do not hesitate to reach out! What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
When I was in Student Affairs, the networking was invaluable to my success. I loved going to conferences and connecting with professionals just like me. When I found that niche in Volunteer Engagement, I could not stop myself from wanting to be a part of it! What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
I had a GREAT time at the conference in 2018! What an inspiring day. What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
A large support network so no one is ever alone in anything they are doing—that also includes an abundance of resources for all of us to utilize!Contact Brittany at: Brittany.McGarry@nmss.org(Back to Top)
Membership CommitteeAshley Boyer
Manager of Volunteer Services, Denver Botanic Gardens
Membership CommitteeWhat year did you join the board?
2016What 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 and education; after my VISTA year I worked for Catholic Charities at the Guadalupe Center before arriving at Greeley-Evans School District 6 as the Community Engagement Specialist where I managed the Schools Matter Get Involved program, the Teacher’s Closet while helping plan and fundraise for District sponsored events. After spending almost two wonderful years in District 6, I have transitioned on to become the Manager of Volunteer Services at the Denver Botanic Gardens – really a dream come true! 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: email@example.com
Executive Director, Philanthropy Field TripsMembership Committee (and 2017-18 Board Chair)What year did you join the board?
2013What 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
Director of Community Programs, Historic Denver
Membership CommitteeWhat year did you join the board?
2018What does volunteerism mean to you?
It's an opportunity to impact your community and share your passions with others.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
I have spent the past 12 years working in history based organizations with a strong sense of mission. For non-profits of all sizes, volunteers are one of main ways we share our mission with the community.What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
My first exposure to DOVIA was the annual meeting, CCOV. I had been to a number of conferences of different sizes, and kept feeling like they were too large or too small to really help me grow professionally. CCOV was the perfect fit, and although the focus is volunteers, the sessions I attended helped in all aspects of my work. That experience eventually led me to join the board.What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
I like the fact that everyone comes from such different organizations, but we all can learn from one another, and create better volunteer experiences.What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I see DOVIA becoming more of a household name for individuals at any level of an organization, not just those who directly manage volunteers.Contact Alison at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing CommitteeBecky Mares
Community Engagement Manager, Cooking MattersMarketing CommitteeWhat year did you join the board?
2016What 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: email@example.com
Aimee KaneAdditional Committee VolunteersEducation:
Volunteer Program and Project Manager, City of BoulderMarketing CommitteeWhat year did you join the board?
2018What does volunteerism mean to you?
As a public servant who works in local municipal government, I see volunteerism as our primary and most rewarding community engagement tool. It’s a way to impart positive impact on all community members working with the community rather than putting together programs and services that may not be what the community really desires or needs. Enlisting the assistance of community members to work alongside public employees allows for a two-way dialog that doesn’t happen at community meetings and open houses. It allows both staff and community members an opportunity to work together to solve challenging issues affecting us all. I also feel like volunteerism gives all of us the opportunity to follow our passions, serve others, learn new things and be challenged outside of our current roles.What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
I am a CU alum, having graduated in 1996 with a degree in Communication Disorders and Speech Science. After graduating, I was a catering manager for 7 years until I started a Personal Chef Service business. During that time, I was a one woman show and found I really missed working in a team environment. When I started at the City of Boulder 12 years ago, I had no idea the opportunities that would be presented before me or what a gift it would be to work on behalf of so many people. When I was approached to be the City’s first Volunteer Program and Project Manager and move from our HR Department to our City Manager’s Office, I jumped at the chance. I get to work with city staff across our organization and partner with other non-profits and community members to create a community of service. I get to collaborate with teams to accomplish community goals, create trainings, facilitate public meetings, strengthen my marketing, communication, and strategic planning skills while still getting to do similar work around recruitment and employee engagement, which were the parts of my HR responsibilities I didn’t want to give up. My position has allowed me the capacity to focus on relationships with people and the great things we can accomplish together.What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
When I started my position, I didn’t know the first thing about Volunteer Engagement. As I started reaching out to people, I was completely overwhelmed at how helpful and giving people were. Each time I met someone, they introduced me to someone else who could help me understand and build they city’s program. Most of those relationships I gained through my DOVIA membership. I want the opportunity to give back to the organization, that I feel, has given so much to me in terms of professional development and friendships.What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
My favorite DOVIA moment happened at my first CCOV. Throughout the conference sessions, I kept encountering Becky Mares from Cooking Matters and at the end of the day had the opportunity to connect with her further at the networking event. It felt like we knew each other forever, she made me feel so comfortable and was so passionate about volunteerism, it got me excited as well. Becky embodies what I’ve felt from all of the DOVIA members I’ve met. Everyone is so supportive and passionate about growing our profession.What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I recognize our organization is doing great things on the behalf of so many individuals. I want to see the impact of DOVIA grow across the state and would love if we could be recognized at a National Level as being the industry leaders in volunteerism.Contact Aimee at: firstname.lastname@example.org(Back to Top)
Community VolunteerLong Time DOVIA Board Member and SupporterWhat year did you join the board?
2013, with 5 additional years in the 1980'sWhat 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.
- Larimer County:
- Audrey Glasebrook
- Shyla Letizia
- Pam Mayhew
- Chris Zwakenberg
- Abby Krstulic
- Pikes Peak Region:
- Amber Cote
- Allison Bird
- Kimberly Boudreau
- Jessica Wohlrob
- Katrine Arnedo
- Ann Huggins
- Rachel Leins
- Katie Bukowski
- Cassie Sanchez
- Georgia David
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