Manager of Volunteer Services
Cleveland Sight Center

When did you get involved with FVA?
I got involved with FVA 4 years ago when I first started in my role at Cleveland Sight Center.  
Tell us a little about who you are.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I enjoy reading, running and learning. I love working in a sector that values making a difference. I am passionate about accessibility. I have a dog named Harriet, and a husband named Tim.
What attracted you to this organization in particular?
I was introduced to FVA as a way to familiarize myself with volunteer management. I stayed because I learned information that was invaluable to my work, and I fell in love because of the passion our members have for community. I will never forget the feeling I had at my first conference. “These are my people,” I thought.
What motivated you to get involved be on the board?
The relationships I have formed during my time being involved in FVA have come to mean so much to me. The kindness, compassion and energy I have seen from our board members, even in the short time being involved with the board is one I know I will learn and grow from being connected to. I am looking forward to continuing to learn new things, and to the opportunity to meet more individuals in our field and get to know them on a deeper level.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
FVA provides enriching professional development content that keeps volunteer professionals current. The organization empowers professionals to be at their best for their volunteers and for the good of their organizations and holds the space needed to maximize the impact volunteers have across member organizations.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?
Short Term: Continued opportunities for networking and professional development.
Long Term: Increasing the knowledge and understanding about volunteer management as a profession, and garnering continued and greater respect for the profession within non-profit and community settings.
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration.
My supervisor Steve is really supportive and understands the value being involved brings. My husband also is very supportive and encouraging. I draw inspiration from co-workers, fellow FVA members, my own experiences and from my volunteers.
Do you have a message to share?
I am excited to serve as a member of the board, and appreciate the opportunity to be involved.