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Working Groups

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. Additionally, we partner with all Alliance Working Groups, collaborating in the development of educational and promotional materials.

  • Interim Co-Chair, Betsy McFarland, Principal, Adisa
  • Interim 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. Ultimately we seek to have organizations prioritize volunteer engagement as a key to addressing pressing community problems.

  • Co-Chair, Lauren Spero, Vice President, Volunteer & Community Engagement, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Co-Chair, Jason Frenzel, Stewardship Coordinator, Huron River Watershed Council
  • 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


  • Joan Cardellino, Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (CAVS), Consultant
  • Tony Goodrow, CEO, Better Impact
  • Jane Leighty Justis, President, The Leighty Foundation
  • Susie Spartano, Director, Volunteer Recruitment and Intake, American Red Cross
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