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The Future of Strategic Volunteer Engagement Webinar: Watch it Now!

Emilie Bromet-Bauer

Co-Chair, Research Working Group
Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Karmit Bulman

Co-Chair, Funder Engagement Work Group
Executive Director
MN Association for Volunteer Administration

Kaira Esgate

Chair, Operations Team
America’s Service Commissions

Karen Reid

Chair, Communications Working Group
Founder and CEO
Kaber Communications

Lauren Spero

Co-Chair, Entity Leaders Engagement Working Group
Vice President, Volunteer Engagement
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Beth Steinhorn

Co-Chair, Funder Engagement Working Group
VQ Volunteer Strategies

Craig Young

Co-Chair, Research Working Group
Executive Director
Inspiring Service

Dana Litwin

Dana Litwin Consulting, LLC

Betsy McFarland


Communication Working Group

The Communication Working Group develops and oversees all Alliance marketing, branding and communication efforts including key messaging, overall strategy, maintenance and content creation for Alliance social media platforms, website and communication vehicles.

  • Co-Chair, Betsy McFarland, Principal, Adisa
  • Co-Chair, Karen Reid, Founder and CEO, Kaber Communications
  • Kjrsten “KJ” Abel Ruch, Americorps & Volunteer Coordinator, United Way of Douglas County
  • Susan Leonard, Manager, Volunteer Engagement, Georgia Tech Alumni Association
  • Craig Young, Executive Director, Inspiring Service

Engaging Entity Leaders Working Group

The Engaging Entity Leaders Working Group engages entity and association leaders in dialog around the importance of positioning volunteer engagement as a core organizational strategy. Entity leaders will become more aware of the importance of, and therefore invest in, volunteer engagement.

  • Co-Chair, Lauren Spero, Vice President, Volunteer & Community Engagement, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Co-Chair, Jason Frenzel, Stewardship Coordinator, Huron River Watershed Counci
  • Stacy Early, Adult Program Director, Literacy Mid-South
  • Dannon Eubanks, Community Engagement Manager, Volunteer Odyssey
  • Douglas J. Blankinship, Retired Coordinator, Volunteer and Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management

Engaging Funders Working Group

The Engaging Funders Working Group seeks to have funders prioritize funding volunteer engagement as a key to addressing pressing community problems. We work to raise awareness among funders of the importance of volunteer engagement so they invest in it.

  • Co-Chair, Karmit Bulman, Executive Director, MN Association for Volunteer Administration
  • Co-Chair, Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies
  • Nichole Cirillo, Executive Director, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
  • Rina Cohen, Planning Executive, Caring & Network Departments, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Meg Moloney, Chief Operating Officer, Points of Light
  • Michelle Raymer, Program Officer, Volunteer Generation and Disaster, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
  • Jerome Tennille, Manager, Social Impact & Volunteerism, Marriott International

Research and Resources Working Group

Compile and share research and resources to help “make the case” for strategic Volunteer Engagement.

  • Co-Chair, Emilie Bromet-Bauer, Volunteer Engagement Specialist
  • Co-Chair, Craig Young, Executive Director, Inspiring Service
  • Dr. Harriett Edwards, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Volunteerism, NC State University Medical Center
  • Rachel Krempasky, Volunteer Coordinator, Fairfax County Animal Shelter
  • Erin Spink, Senior Manager, Ontario Volunteer Engagement, Canadian Cancer Society
  • Dr. Melissa Heinlein Storti, Chief, Voluntary Service, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Alliance Founding Members

Founding Leadership Team Members:

    • Wanda Lee Bailey, Non-Profit & Volunteer Management Consultant
    • Karmit Bulman, Executive Director, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
    • Alison Doerfler, Former Senior Vice President, Capacity Building, Points of Light
    • Kaira Esgate, CEO, America’s Service Commissions (ASC)
    • Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies
    • Megan Vixie, Director of Human Resources, Beach Cities Health District


  • Dana Litwin, Principal, Dana Litwin Consulting, LLC
  • Betsy McFarland, Principal, Adisa Founding Leadership Team Members
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