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DOVIA Board of Directors
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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
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Membership and Client Services Director, Spark the Change Colorado
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
Director of Community Programs, Historic Denver
Membership Committee and Interim Treasurer
What year did you join the board? 2018
What 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:
Volunteer Manager, Goodwill DenverTreasurer (on leave)What 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
Director of Volunteer Engagement, History ColoradoEx Officio 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: email@example.com.
Volunteer Engagement and Account Manager, United Way of Weld County
Education Committee Chair
What year did you join the board? 2018
What 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.
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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 Society
Marketing and CCOV Committee Chair
What 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
Volunteer Services Manager, Denver Botanic Gardens Membership Committee, Denver CountyWhat year did you join the board?
2019What does volunteerism mean to you?
Volunteering and community engagement have always been important to me. Volunteerism to me is about connection, community, and support. I think it’s incredibly valuable to learn from others and the world around us and volunteerism is one of the best ways to do jus that!What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
I have worked in a variety of organizations to build partnerships, strengthen collaborations, and engage teen and
adult volunteers. I am passionate about connecting people to nature and have been privileged to work for some stellar organizations who do just that. I have experience with service learning program development, international travel with volunteers/students, and volunteer program planning. I also love to cook, bake, and teach REFIT!What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
While working at Denver Zoo, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism (CCOV) several years ago with a Denver Zoo teen volunteer. I was incredibly appreciative of the opportunity for local professional development in the field of volunteer management for me, for my team, as well as Denver Zoo teen volunteers. I know that CCOV is only a portion of what DOVIA does for volunteerism in Colorado. I am excited to learn more about the ways DOVIA supports volunteer engagement across the state through education, networking, and other avenues.What is your favorite DOVIA moment? See above! What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I envision DOVIA being the ultimate connecter for those in the volunteer management field. A connector that provides learning and networking opportunities guided by its members needs as well as opportunities to advocate for the advancement of the field. Contact Tracy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica PierceAdditional Committee VolunteersMembership:
Membership Manager at History Colorado.What year did you join the board?
2019What does volunteerism mean to you?
Volunteerism means putting your time and skills to use to build a better community around you. What should people know about your career, education, and other skills?
I have worked in the nonprofit sector as both a volunteer and a paid staff member, and I have learned the true value that nonprofit organizations have in the community. I worked in retail for ten years before entering the sector, and the skills that I learned in my previous career have been crucial for success in my current role. What drew you to serve on the board of DOVIA?
I wanted to serve on the board of DOVIA so I could work towards elevating volunteers not just in my organization, but in organizations across the state.What is your favorite DOVIA moment?
No answer yet - I'm still pretty new :)What do you envision for DOVIA's future?
I envision a higher layer of engagement from volunteer management professionals. Contact Jessica at:
Alison Salutz – chair
Brittany McGarry - ChairBoulder/Broomfield:
Thalia Foster (Chair)
Katie Bukowski – Chair
Audrey Glasebrook - Chair
Mandy LeePikes Peak:
Allison Bird - Chair
Kimberly BourdreauWeld County:
Nicole Quinn (Chair, Overall Education Committee Chair)
Meredith Skogland(Back to Top)