Workshop Presenters & Panelists

Chris Bennett
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.

Seyoum Berhe
Virginia State Refugee Coordinator
Seyoum Berhe has served a Community Capacity Consultant with the Office of Newcomer Services in the Department of Social Services. He was Director of the Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services for 15 years. From 1997 to 2001, Seyoum worked in the Office of Newcomer as a Northern Virginia Program Specialist. Prior to his tenure with the State of Virginia, Seyoum has also worked for the American University in Washington, DC from 1986 to 1995 as a director in the Office of Development and as Coordinator of Multicultural Services Center with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) from 1995 to 1996. He is a practicing interpreter and translator in Amharic, Tigrigna and Saho. Seyoum is also an experienced trainer, having conducted interpreter training and cultural competence programs for the past decade. As a consultant, he has actively participated in the development of several interpreter training curricula with a particular focus on standards of practice focusing on the needs of smaller language communities. Seyoum has a Masters Degree in Education Administration and bachelor degree in history. He has served on the board of several community-based organizations in metropolitan Washington, DC.

Krista Boucher
Community Engagement Assistant, CARITAS
Krista Boucher spent her career as a prosecuting attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where she spent 27 years specializing in child abuse and child homicide cases. Upon her retirement in 2012, she relocated to the Richmond area and immediately began volunteering at the CARITAS Furniture Bank, where eventually she became an employee through a contract with Americorps. Since the end of her contract, she continues to volunteer at the CARITAS Furniture Bank and the CARITAS Works Program several times each week. She also devotes her time to overseeing the Catholic prison ministry that she helped establish in Chesterfield County.

Marion Brunken
Executive Director, Volunteer Alexandria
Marion, a native of Germany and a social worker by trade, has been involved in the Washington, D.C. non-profit arena for 20 years, working with communities, nonprofit and government agencies, and volunteers.  As Executive Director of Volunteer Alexandria, she works with local municipal and community leaders to connect needs and people to further enhance the lives of Alexandria residents, visitors and businesses. Prior to her service at Volunteer Alexandria, Marion worked for eight years for Freddie Mac where she created and oversaw volunteer opportunities for over 5,000 employees. Marion began her career in volunteer service management with Greater DC Cares in 1997. She was responsible for recruitment and training volunteer leaders and creating service projects for 3,000 volunteers. She established a collaboration to implement the first MLK Day involving community leaders and local government.

Katherine H. Campbell
Skye Consulting
Katie has worked in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for more than 30 years as practitioner, trainer and leader. She now serves as Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), managing professional credentialing programs for leaders of volunteers. Her career began in 1973 at the Philadelphia Family Court where she helped develop an extensive volunteer program.  For 14 years she worked at the Virginia Office on Volunteerism, eventually becoming director. From 1997 to 2003 she served as executive director of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). Katie is also an independent consultant and has taught as adjunct faculty at several Virginia colleges. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Earlham College and holds the Certified in Volunteer Administration credential.

Lorie Coker
Founder, Table 5 Consulting
Lorie Coker, PhD, fell in love with nonprofits and social change when she was a teenager and quickly developed a deep passion for community engagement, volunteerism, and social justice advocacy.   She earned a BA in Sociology and Africa American Studies and MEd in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.   Lorie is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Table 5 Consulting, which provides support to nonprofits, public agencies, and foundations focusing on education, out-of-school time programs, positive youth development, social services, and volunteer engagement.  Currently, Lorie serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Mentoring Partnership and the Junior League of Richmond.

Jeffrey Cooke
Capital One
Jeffrey Cooke leads volunteer engagement at Capital One. Coordinating days of service, skills-based opportunities, and community engagement strategies for the Technology and Digital teams across the U.S. footprint and the LGBTQ Business Resource Group. Jeffrey supports programs in New York, Wilmington, Northern VA, Richmond, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. He has been with Capital One since 2012 in various roles including corporate volunteerism strategy, national nonprofit partnership management, and most recently, engagement consulting.

Rachel Covington
Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Averett University
Rachel has led a number of community-based initiatives from the beginning brainstorming stages to implementation. She has presented to Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, faculty at Averett University and local community colleges, the Danville Regional Foundation Board of Directors, and Junior Leadership Southside.

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.

Alexis Ehrhardt
Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness, Averett University
Alexis led efforts to create the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) at Averett University in 2014.   Since that time, she has presented to a number of community partners, funders, local government agencies, and higher education professionals about the establishment and ongoing work of the CCECC.

Isabel Eljiek
Coming from a family that did not grow their own food or cook much beyond the microwave, Isabel experienced a sharp learning curve when she set out to learn how to do just that. What started as a personal inquiry into her relationship with the earth and community, grew into a strong passion for equity within our food system and belief that food is our ultimate connection to each other and the earth. As a graduate student, Isabel created an innovative partnership between Tricycle and the VCU School of Social Work, which supported her collaborative work in the development of Richmond’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative. She previously worked with Slow Food USA in Brooklyn, NY where she supported local volunteer-led chapters all over the United States in the fight for a better & more equitable food system. Isabel received her Master’s degree in Social Work Administration with a concentration in Food Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also completed a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management. She rejoined Tricycle in 2015 and now oversees Tricycles' mission programs, data, and operations.

Mary Foley
Executive Director, Volunteer Prince William
Mary has served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Prince William for 24 years. She is the past Chair of the Volunteer Center National Network/Points of Light Foundation. Mary also serves as the chair of Regional Support Function 16 - National Capital Area and is a member of the Prince William Coalition for Human Services Board of Directors.  She is an experienced trainer on topics relating to Volunteer Management, Volunteer Reception Center, Donations Management and Court-ordered Community Service.

Katie Goulson
YMCA of Greater Richmond
Growing up in Richmond, when it was time to go to college Katie thought it was time to get out. So on to Brigham Young University she went from 2001-2006. With a degree in Communications she went on to do an internship and job with the American Junior Golf Association. After moving back to Richmond in 2010, Katie found the YMCA where she worked in membership and community development. Running teen, youth development, and social responsibility programs at the Y was one of the most fun jobs she has ever had, but it also helped her see what the Y was missing at the time: VOLUNTEERS! She then moved over to FeedMore to be a Volunteer Coordinator where she learned a lot about volunteers, coordinating volunteers, and the importance of passion. After 2 years there, the Y called her back to be the Director of Volunteer Engagement where she has currently been developing systems and innovative processes/programs to engage more volunteers around the YMCA of Greater Richmond’s 17 different locations.

Sarah Harvey
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.

Steve Hixon
Youth Program Consultant
Steve serves as a Prevention Coordinator with Henrico Community Services Board and as a Youth Program Consultant throughout the state and nationally. He has provided staff development training for businesses, human service providers, state and local government agencies, nonprofits, school divisions, colleges and universities. Steve has more than 25 years of experience working with youth and families in rural, urban and suburban areas. He has developed and implemented three nationally-awarded prevention programs. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University; on United Way’s Family, Youth and Children Action Council; and Virginia Union University’s Social Work Advisory Board. Steve is a national Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a national Substance Abuse Skills Prevention Trainer, and is a state certified Cultural Competency Trainer.

Tammy Hobson
Director of Education & Programs, Avail
Tammy is an educator who believes in creating authentic learning experiences that empower all learners. In the past ten years, she has worked with teachers, volunteers, and other adults. Tammy has served in school administration and has eight years of coaching experience.  Starting in July 2016, Tammy began a new role as Director of Education and Programs at Avail, and Richmond-based marketing firm.

Dani Hottle
Fund Development & Marketing Director, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
Dani currently serves as Fund Development and Marketing Director Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg. She has 16 years in nonprofit fundraising (grants, special events, stewardship) and has presented at the 2015 Volunteerism and Service Conference and the 2014 Virginia Neighborhood Conference. Dani has also presented to numerous small groups and community forums.

Lee Householder
CEO, Project Homes
As Chief Executive Officer of project:HOMES, Lee oversees the operation of a diverse collection of programs that serve project:HOMES’ four core objectives of Revitalization, Rehabilitation, Weatherization and Conservation.  In partnership with the project:HOMES Board of Directors, Lee is responsible for strategic planning for the organization as community need and funding sources evolve. Lee is in his 10th year as CEO at project:HOMES. Lee brings to project:HOMES 20 years of experience in urban planning and community development in the Richmond region. Lee is an adjunct faculty member at L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and where has taught Housing and Urban Planning for 11 years.

LaToya Hyler
Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads
LaToya began her service journey as an AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps member in 2004. Her service background has led to her passion and belief that volunteers are the backbone of nonprofits.  LaToya lived in Philadelphia and Chicago managing volunteer programs for the American Red Cross and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She has delivered presentations at the Center for Nonprofit Learning in Chicago, the Illinois Conference on Volunteerism, the Rural Public Health Conference and frequently facilitates volunteer orientation and training. A graduate of Temple University with a degree in communications, LaToya has obtained a Certification in Volunteer Administration and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Alison Jones-Nassar
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. She is also an adjunct faculty member with VCU’s Nonprofit Learning Point and co-teaches the Topics & Trends in Volunteer Management class with Katie Campbell for the Volunteer Management Certificate. For seven years she served as the Volunteer Resources Manager for Virginia Supportive Housing, where she led her organization through the Service Enterprise Initiative certification process, and prior to that she managed volunteer engagement at the Children’s Museum of Richmond for three years.

Veronica Laughman
Volunteer Program Manager, Community Residences
Veronica has spent the 15 years of her professional career as a recreation therapist, including ten years as the Director of the Recreation Therapy Department for the Commonwealth of Virginia. For the past six months, she has served with Community Residences as the Volunteer Program Manager. Veronica has presented at the Mid-Eastern Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, the Longwood InTRventions workshop, and the Virginia Parks and Recreation Association Conference.

Susan Long-Molnar
Managing Communications
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.

Melissa McGinn
Prevention Coordinator, Greater Richmond SCAN
Melissa is the Prevention Coordinator at Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).  She has served as the Director at Family Insight and State Coordinator of Virginia’s Child Welfare Stipend Program.  Melissa has 14 years of training experience at the Virginia Department of Social Services, and she has served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.  She also has extensive experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy.

Kate Meechan
Executive Director, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
Kate has extensive training experience in the corporate field as a certified executive trainer and in the nonprofit field where she has trained on an array of topics around nonprofit capacity building. She has presented at several national conferences on volunteering for Service Enterprise, Corporate Engagement, Corporate Volunteer Councils and other volunteer topics. As the Executive Director of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads she is often asked to present at various meetings about the organization as well as to serve as an expert on panels around volunteerism and the nonprofit sector.

Sarah Milston
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.

Amy Nisenson
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.

Hannah Pace
Capital One
Hannah Pace supports volunteer engagement at Capital One for HR and Staff groups associates across the US footprint. Main responsibilities include coordinating team volunteer events, skills-based opportunities, pro-bono opportunities and engagement strategies for Capital One associates. She has been with Capital One since 2010, prior to joining the Community Affairs team she supported Talent Acquisition for multiple lines of business including Card, Retail Bank and Staff groups.

Matthew Peterson
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.

Donna Proctor
Executive Director, Free Clinic of Franklin County
Donna has more than 20 years of experience as a community health educator with the Virginia Department of Health and an extension agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension. She also has 12 years of experience as a nonprofit executive director. Donna is a trained facilitator and qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and has been a presenter of statewide training sessions for the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and the Virginia Public Health Association. She has also conducted numerous training sessions for the Roanoke area Diocese of the Episcopal Church and for many individual church boards.

Diane Reale
Goochland Family Services & Free Clinic
Diane has worked with volunteers in schools and other non-profits. Currently, she is Director of Volunteer Resources at Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services where she engages over 400 volunteers in 11 programs. Through the Service Enterprise certification process she has been able to maximize the contribution volunteers make to the organization by expanding volunteer opportunities. She earned a BA in History from St. Joseph’s College and an MS in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University.

Jacqueline Rearick
Grant Writer & Evaluator, The RLI Group
Jacqueline has more than seven years’ experience in secondary and post-secondary education grant evaluation and development. Currently she serves as a managing partner serving as both a grant writer and evaluator with The RLI Group, an education and nonprofit consulting firm.  She previously served as a Grants Specialist at Virginia Western Community College where she provided support for foundation, state and federal grant applications and assisted with regulatory grant management and compliance.  Jacqueline’s grant funded projects include: the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.

Tara Richardson
Volunteer Program Coordinator, Dominion
Tara has close to 20 years of experience planning volunteer projects with Capital One and Dominion Energy. She plans opportunities that are designed to address issues within communities that positively impact the environment and vulnerable community members while engaging corporate volunteers in a meaningful way. She resides in Richmond, Virginia and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Strayer University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Liberty University.

Laurie Rogers
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.

Jamie Seagraves
Capital One
Jamie Seagraves, Principal Engagement Strategist Associate with Capital One supports volunteer engagement at Capital One. Coordinating days of service, skills based opportunities, and engagement strategies for Capital One associates, Jamie supports teams in Richmond, Chicago, and the Greater DC regions. Jamie has been with Capital One for 2 and half years and worked with HandsOn Greater Richmond previously, coordinating corporate volunteer events in the Richmond community.

Jessica Turley
Director of Fund Development, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jessica serves as the Director of Fund Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has a record of success in recruitment, fundraising, and grant-writing. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in marketing, she was trained for four years in public speaking and has facilitated many large and small group presentations and discussions on volunteer recruitment and fundraising.

Antonio Vaughan
Capital One
Tony Vaughan supports volunteer engagement at Capital One. Coordinating days of service, skills-based opportunities, and community engagement strategies for the Card business and the Black Business Resource Group. Tony supports teams in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia areas in Virginia as well as Chicago, Las Vegas, Tampa, and Wilmington, Delaware. He has been with Capital One since 2009 in various roles including direct banking, brand strategy, and most recently, community relations.

Martha Walker, PhD
Community Viability Specialists, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Martha serves as one of five Community Viability Specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and is a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. She launched VCE’s grassroots leadership program and in collaboration with colleagues has trained master trainers to teach the program across the commonwealth.  Martha co-teaches the Virginia Association of Counties’ County Supervisor Certification program and engages leaders throughout Virginia in facilitated discussions and decision-making processes. In 2015, Martha received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension (Individual Specialist).   Virginia has been recognized as a Stronger Economies Together state in both 2013 and 2015 under Dr. Walker’s leadership.