Education Day

2017 Education Day is Scheduled for Friday, August 25th!

At The California Endowment Center

DOVIA-LA hosts an Annual Education Day each September, which is the premier West Coast conference for professional development in the field of volunteer engagement. Education Day is an opportunity for professional development and networking for those working with volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area. This day is designed for all levels of the organization, from executive directors and volunteer managers to volunteers themselves!

*Speaker and topic lineup TBD*

Check out our 2016 Ed Day speakers!

-(9:30am-10:30am)Breakfast & Welcome

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jacqueline Lauder-Manager, Community Giving at SCAN Health Plan

TOPIC: TRADING AGES-an interactive session on working with aging volunteers & clients

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BIO: Jacqueline Lauder is the Manager of Community Giving– a division of SCAN Health Plan.  As the former Director of Education and Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) for Council on Aging Orange County, she is an expert on aging issues and Medicare.  Jacqueline is an educator and advocate for all Medicare beneficiaries as well as the aging “boomer” population.  She has developed a video series for an International Aerospace Company to provide critical information to help their employees, family members and community navigate the challenges that come with aging.


Managing & Engaging Youth & College Age Volunteers by Chris Fajardo-Regional Director of Southern California at Coaching Corps

Chris Bio PictureBIO: Chris Fajardo, Director of Regional Operations. Chris brings 15 years of volunteer management and education experience gained through his work in marine conservation, high school education, and sports. At Coaching Corps, he designed, built and implemented the recruitment model that has been used to expand Coaching Corps from California to Boston, Denver, Atlanta, and Orlando. In addition to creating the recruitment model that Coaching Corps has used to expand nationally, Chris led the growth of the after-school partnership support and volunteer recruitment as the Director of Southern California. Chris is the current President of the West Hollywood Soccer Club, which promotes inclusiveness and creates opportunities for all LGBTQ members and their allies to play soccer. Chris is from San Francisco, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Board Development: Emphasizing How Volunteers Can Best Interact With Their Board by Melanie Goodyear-Executive Director  at Jericho Road

Website Head Shot w LogoBIO: Melanie Goodyear is the Executive Director of Jericho Road Pasadena and has 20 years of nonprofit experience. Melanie has dedicated her career to helping the needy, leading her to diverse experiences such as working at an orphanage in Mexico, and community organizing in a poor immigrant neighborhood in San Diego. She has managed volunteers within public libraries and has consulted extensively with nonprofits, helping to build each organization’s capacity. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a Master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator.

Social Media as a Tool for Engagement & Recruitment by Brittany Gash, Marketing & Public Relations Consultant

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BIO:  Brittany A. Gash is a Marketing & Public Relations Consultant for arts, entertainment and nonprofit organizations. With 10 years of experience, her expertise lies in event publicity, social media marketing, brand management and content creation. Her current clients include the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Towne Street Theatre, Brazilian Nites Productions, and the Da Camera Society of Mount St Mary’s University. She also teaches a variety of classes and workshops on social media, public relations, community engagement, and branding. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. She currently serves as a board member for Emerging Arts Leader/Los Angeles, and the Jane Austen Society of North America/Southwest.  Visit to learn more.

Grassroots Volunteer Engagement & Converting Volunteers into Donors by Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Executive Director at Tiyya

MeymunaBIO: Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her mother, Owliya Dima-Hussein, are co-founders of The Tiyya Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families in the Orange County and Greater Los Angeles regions. Meymuna was born in an Ethiopian refugee camp in Somalia, 1980; her parents having fled Ethiopia in the early 1970s due to civil unrest. She received her B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, her M.A. in Organizational Management from Antioch University – Los Angeles, and she holds a certificate from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Administration & Grant Writing.

Highlights from 2014 & 2015 Education Day:

2015 Education Day was fantastic! CLICK HERE to see the program and CLICK HERE to see video. 

2014 Education Day was great! Check out highlights here.