Workshop Presenters & Panelists
Director of Grants and Research, Greater Richmond Age Wave
Gigi has worked in health and human services for thirty-years in program administration, information and referral, and philanthropy with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Homeward, SeniorNavigator, and United Way. She is currently the Director of Grants and Research for the Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition. Gigi received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Urban Studies and Planning and her Master of Science in Gerontology, also at VCU. She is a certified yoga teacher and a Pat Asch Social Justice Fellow with the YWCA of Greater Richmond.
Associate Facilitator, The Spark Mill
Chris Bennett is an associate facilitator with The Spark Mill and the pastor of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Goochland. He has more than a decade of experience leading, preaching and guiding all different sizes of congregations. Over his career, Chris has led dozens of training and planning sessions and has a passion for equipping leaders and empowering volunteers to use their gifts and abilities to make an impact in the world.
Dr. Erin Brown
VCU ASPiRE Director , Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Brown joined VCU’s Division of Community Engagement in 2008 as the coordinator of the AmeriCorps and America Reads Programs. In that role she recruited, trained, and supervised up to 80 members who served as tutors and mentors to elementary students. In 2011, she became the assistant and eventually associate director of service-learning where she supported service-learning faculty in the development of courses that integrated service experiences into the curriculum. Currently, Dr. Brown serves as the director of the ASPiRE living-learning program, a 2-year program that provides undergraduates with an opportunity to engage with community partners in collaborative efforts to make sustainable improvements. Her many years working with college students has provided a wealth of experience and expertise in volunteer management. In addition to training and teaching college students on a regular basis, Dr. Brown has taught courses for Richmond's Nonprofit Learning Point in volunteer management and engagement.
Director, Volunteer Services, Fairfax County Government Area Agency on Aging
Theresa has worked for Fairfax County Government for twenty years in a variety of roles such as probation officer, social worker, and volunteer manager. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration. As the director of Volunteer Solutions, Theresa manages a program of more than 3,500 volunteers who assist older adults and adults with disabilities. She supervises eight volunteer managers in the Area Agency on Aging’s Volunteer Solutions unit. Theresa has served on multiple boards to include the Northern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrators. She is the current chair of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Volunteer and Partnership Network. Over the past six years, Theresa has created presentations and presented to nonprofits, corporate agencies, and government agencies on the topics of Building and Maintaining Partnerships, and Team Building for Volunteer Groups.
Leigh-Anne Cade, MPH, CVA
Director of Training, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
As Director of Training for VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, which has evolved from a traditional volunteer clearinghouse into a full-service management support organization for the nonprofit sector, Leigh-Anne develops and implements forums, symposiums and training events. Additionally she researches, develops and facilitates customized training including board governance, risk management, strategic planning, board and staff retreats and volunteer management for the organization’s nonprofit partners. Leigh-Anne also serves as the head trainer and facilitator for the Service Enterprise Initiative, a national program which is designed to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through high level volunteer utilization. Prior to coming to VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, Leigh-Anne worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 13 years where she conducted trainings nationally. Positions with the Society included programs and services, nonprofit management, advocacy and fundraising. She also worked for the American Heart Association and completed her graduate level internship at the American Cancer Society. Leigh-Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Maryland, her Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University and is certified in volunteer administration by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.
Dr. Joseph P. Casey
County Administrator, Chesterfield County
Dr. Joseph P. Casey has been the Chesterfield County Administrator since July 2016. He has unique RVA connections via his prior tenures as Deputy County Administrator roles with both Henrico and Hanover counties dating back to his first roles in local government in 1990. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in Public Policy and Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Casey is a certified public accountant who started his career with KPMG accounting firm. His current professional affiliations have included leadership roles as President-elect of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and past roles on executive board for the national Government Finance Officers Association and President of the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association. In the region, Dr. Casey serves as the chair of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority and on the Capital Region Collaborative. While the role of County Administrator keeps him engaged with many community meetings and other engagement opportunities with Chesterfield and the region, he also participates in many community projects and mission-based work through his church.
Vanessa Di Leo
Talent Developer, Virginia Department of Social Services
Vanessa is a Talent Developer for the Virginia Department of Social Services. She has more than 20 years of experience developing and delivering training for a variety of audiences. She has worked as a national consultant, grant writer, program evaluator, mentor, coach and quality assurance specialist at state and local levels, for non-profit and government agencies, and the private sector. She has a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies and is a Society for Human Resources Management-Certified Professional.
Executive Director, Appalachian Community Action Agency
As the former Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the national Community Action Partnership, Lil is a seasoned facilitator and trainer. She is a Master ROMA trainer, experienced in training both directly and train-the-trainer for groups ranging from 5-500 people.
Program Specialist, Virginia Department of Social Services
Sarah is a Learning and Development professional with practical work and leadership experience. With over 25 years in Human Resources experience, she has worked with the Virginia Department of Social Services, DMV, Circuit City, Reynolds Community College, Johnson & Johnson, Cordis, Baxter Healthcare, and Ryder Systems. Sarah earned an MBA degree from the University of Miami while working full-time and has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. As a former Training Manager and business owner, Sarah has practical work experience in project management and all aspects of training and development. Her experience includes needs assessment, curriculum design, course development, and delivery for both web-based e-learning and instructor-led training. Sarah has built a reputation for creating positive learner experiences at all organizational levels.
AmeriCorps Program Manager, Virginia State Service Commission
Based in the Virginia Department of Social Services, Amanda is a member of the AmeriCorps team that supports an array of national service programming and volunteerism across the Commonwealth. Her career of transformational community development has been inspired by the idea articulated so well by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” In addition to AmeriCorps, Amanda has worked with a range of programming including Small Cities Community Development Block Grants, Indoor Plumbing and Rehab, and Fair Housing. She is a native Virginian, but has also lived and worked in Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon. She has recently acquired her first ‘vanity’ license plate: “GOGOVA” chosen incidentally because of her love for the Commonwealth of Virginia, but primarily because her granddaughter, whose name is ‘Virginia’, calls Amanda “GoGo.”
Volunteer Engagement Manager, Greater Richmond ARC
Alison was tossed, sink or swim, into the trenches of volunteer management more than ten years ago and she has joyfully remained there ever since. Along her professional development path, she has served a total of six years on the board of GRAVA (Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration), four as secretary and two as president; earned her CVA (Certification in Volunteer Administration); completed the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders program; received GRAVA’s Volunteer Administrator of the Year award; and presented numerous basic and advanced volunteer management workshops locally and regionally. As an adjunct faculty member with The Community Foundation, she has co-taught the Topics & Trends in Volunteer Management class for the Volunteer Management Certificate with Katie Campbell for four consecutive years. At Virginia Supportive Housing, where she served as the Volunteer Resources Manager for seven years, she led the entire organization through the Service Enterprise Initiative certification process, which promotes excellence in volunteer engagement through best practices, leadership, and strategic capacity-building. Now with Greater Richmond ARC, she is in the process of building a “Best in Class” volunteer engagement program founded on best practices and guided by the Service Enterprise principles of strategic engagement.
President/Chief Strategist, SK Consulting LLC
Sue is a business strategist for nonprofits with more than 30 years’ real-world "been there done that" experience helping nonprofits and member-based professional associations reach their highest potential. She specializes in building board engagement, teaching how to tell a compelling story, creating effective volunteer programs, collaboratively guiding strategic direction and finding the power of possibilities. She is currently the resident story expert at the online fundraising site Asking Matters where she regularly blogs, leads webinars and online discussions. In May 2016 she produced The Alchemy of Storytelling Conference in Richmond, VA.
Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant (Coach) , O Street International
Pamela is a Northern Virginia-based nutrition coach and a globally-recognized health and wellness consultant. After completing her individual nutrition counseling, she began working with nonprofit organizations where she provides individual nutrition counseling and global multinational health awareness programs. Health and Wellness can have a different meaning for everyone but for Pamela, health is about balance, an encapsulation of the mind, body, and soul. And most importantly, health and wellness is about action. As a trusted advisor Pamela listens with compassion, educates and encourages organizations to practice a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Founder, The Spark Mill
Sarah focused on fundraising, marketing, and board development early in her career and subsequently has built a varied and diverse consulting practice focused on strategic planning and nonprofit sustainability. Whether a guide, instigator, or knowledge base she is passionate about connecting the dots and giving people the right plan and tools to make stuff happen. Over the last eight years as a consultant, Sarah has worked with more than 100 associations, nonprofits and businesses to help at the intersection of creativity, strategy, and action. She is an active speaker and trainer around the Mid-Atlantic region on all aspects of strategic planning, nonprofit sustainability, and marketing.
Volunteer Center Manager, United Way of Southwest Virginia
Debby serves as United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Volunteer Center Manager where she works with companies and agencies to build volunteer programs through volunteer management and training. She has developed and implemented United Way’s Board Certification Course, volunteer management policies and an employee volunteer program. She is responsible for numerous volunteer driven fundraising events which include The Career Expo for Youth, Celebrity Bagging and the annual Impact Awards celebration. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 25 years as a practitioner, trainer, and leader.
Susan Long-Molnar is a leading consultant, strategist, trainer and presenter in communications, marketing and PR. After an eleven-year jaunt in corporate communications management for regional operations of Sentara, Cox Communications, and USAA, she founded Managing Communications in 2002. She has served a wide range of nonprofit, government, and commercial clients growing their footprint in their Virginia communities and beyond using over 32 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional. An avid learner and teacher for life (including teaching high school for ten years), Susan enjoys presenting regionally and nationally for a wide-range of associations. At home in Virginia Beach, her passion involves STEM education and serving as a leader in the Hampton Roads Chamber.
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
Ken spent 40 years as association and non-profit executive. He began his career with the American Heart Association in Richmond. He has a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has presented at the Rotary International Convention, the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, and numerous local associations.
Amy Nisenson Consulting
Amy provides expertise in strategic planning, facilitation, board development, and resource development. A Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource trained in nonprofit board education, her consulting expertise includes strategic planning, board development/governance work, board and staff meeting facilitation, organizational development, and resource development. With more than 30 years as a senior philanthropy professional, Amy has unique experience in both asking and giving along with strategic thinking, sensible fiscal management, effective communication and facilitation. Prior to her current work, Amy served as Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Corporation.
Director Volunteer Services, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD)
Joy has served as Director of Volunteer Services a CHKD for the past 17 years. CHKD is Virginia’s only freestanding full-service pediatric hospital and the volunteer department hosts 400 adult and 250 junior volunteers annually. In addition to volunteer management, Joy is responsible for oversight of the Kids & Co. gift shop and a 60-dog pet therapy program, the Buddy Brigade. Prior to working at CHKD, she held similar positions at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk and King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY, for a total of 23 years of hospital volunteer management experience. Joy received her B.S. in Finance from Radford University and her M.S. in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech. Joy as served in various leadership roles with the Society of Healthcare Volunteer Leaders and is past president of the Virginia Society for Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services. Joy has held Certified Volunteer Administrator credentials from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration since 2005 and has been a conference presenter at multiple state, regional and national conferences in the field of volunteer management.
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Winchester -Frederick County
Matthew currently serves as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County, where he oversees a robust volunteer program. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Manager for Volunteer Operations at Project HOPE, an international health NGO. Matthew managed Project HOPE’s global volunteer program and developed new humanitarian assistance and global health programs around the world. He also led their volunteer disaster response effort in Haiti, Japan, Philippines, and most recently in Nepal. Matthew has a Certificate in Volunteer Administration.
Volunteer Coordinator and Senior Hotline Crisis Services Specialist, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Emily is a Senior Hotline Crisis Services Specialist as well as Volunteer Coordinator at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. As a community organizer, she works with Girls Rock! RVA and the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, and serves on the board of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. She is currently a student of the Deep Listening Institute, and has presented workshops and sessions on sound healing, deep listening, and mindfulness at the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance biennial retreat, and as part of various local workshop series.
Independent Grant Writer
Laurie has been an instructor with the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence in Richmond, the UVA Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, and the Virginia Community College System for the past 19 years. Laurie tailors her training to the experience level of participants, and she actively continues her education to ensure she is current with best practices, research and relevant discussions in fund development.
Outreach Coordinator, Gloucester County
Jane has been the Gloucester Public Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Gloucester County Emergency Management in Virginia for 12 years. She is a youth advocate and a public speaker on a variety of topics including motivating and retaining volunteers.
Principal Consultant, Knowledge Advisory Group
Trina provides organizations with measurement, research and evaluation services that inform planning and future organizational development. Her methods examine the implementation and effectiveness of initiatives, programs, policies, and procedures, thereby helping clients guide decisions with the power of meaningful information. Trina has successfully applied these concepts and techniques in nonprofit, government and business settings for over 20 years. Her measurement expertise has benefited clients in a variety of content areas, such as human services, health care, public education, software enhancement, court administration, employee development, and marketing. Before founding the Knowledge Advisory Group in 2010, Trina served for seven years as the Vice President of Transformation Systems Inc., an award-winning management consulting firm. Her past experience also includes almost a decade of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia as Chief of the Evaluation Unit of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Criminal Justice Research Center. Trina received her professional training from Virginia Tech, is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, and serves as a Nonprofit Standards for Excellence licensed consultant.
Director of Child and Youth Programs, NAMI Virginia
Sarah has more than 10 years experience overseeing and developing volunteer programs. She has been an active member of GRAVA (Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration) during that time, serving on the board as the programs chair. In 2104 Sarah received her CVA. With GRAVA and NAMI she has presented on volunteer management and administration.