Managing Your Volunteer Talent

Managing Your Volunteer Talent

The next DOVIA mtg. will be Fri., Mar. 15, 9:30 am at the Braille Institute. Use best practices from the field of Human Resources to manage your volunteer talent. To RSVP, contact Barbara Bradley at or 949-454-0758.

Managing people is an art.  Learn how Human Resources can be a strategic partner in management fundamentals such as recruitment, strategic planning, and supervision to better serve your volunteers and their supervisors. Ally HR and Volunteer Services and break down silos to align policies and procedures, collaborate on strategic objectives and share information to serve the overall talent of the agency.  Unite to manage your agency’s talent successfully, whether they receive a pay check or not!

Megan Vixie - DOVIA

Presenter Megan Vixie

The presenter for this session is DOVIA Board President Megan Vixie, who has worked in the field of volunteer management for the past seven years.  Through her leadership at the Beach Cities Health District, the Volunteer Services program now hosts over 600 volunteers annually in more than 20 various programs.  In 2009, she led her team in merging Volunteer Services with Human Resources in order to streamline volunteer processes, creating more efficiency and support for volunteer programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with an emphasis in Non Profit Administration from the University of Southern California and a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Financial Red Flags

Financial Red Flags

For many foundations and individuals considering making a donation to your organization, one of the first things they look at are your financials. Are you aware of the warning signs that make your organization look like a bad investment? Come join your colleagues at the Pasadena Executive Roundtable to discuss Audits & Financial Red Flags.

Mark your calendar for next week, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Flintridge Retreat Center, suite 118.

Sue Kujawa, Executive Director of the Pasadena Village will share her experiences and facilitate a discussion about keeping your financial house in order.

To join the Pasadena Executive Roundtable, fill out the attached form or contact Lisa Wilson at the Flintridge Center,

Executive Roundtable

VolunteerMatch Blog

Do you need new and interesting ways to engage volunteers? Check out VolunteerMatch’s “Engaging Volunteers” blog at You’ll get great new ideas and be inspired about all the things volunteers can accomplish!

Meet the 2013 DOVIA Board

DOVIA BoardPRESIDENT: Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, Human Resources Talent Manager, Beach Cities Health District,

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT: Sean D. Devereaux, Manager, Volunteer Services, Aquarium of the Pacific,

PROGRAM AND EDUCATION: Teena Thornton, Volunteer Specialist, Planned Parenthood Los

MEMBERSHIP: Sasha Muraoka, Volunteer Manager, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles,

PUBLICITY: Melanie Goodyear, MAR, CVA, Site Director, Jericho Road Pasadena,

SECRETARY: Nikki Carelli, Program Director, Students Run LA,

TREASURER: Georgina Diaz, Volunteer Manager, California Science Center,

PAST PRESIDENT: Trish Jones, Community Programs Supervisor, City of Palmdale,

CONNECT LA REPRESENTATIVE: Marsha Nave, Coordinator of Volunteer Activities,

VOLUNTEER LOS ANGELES REPRESENTATIVE: Pedro Barrientos, Manager, Agency Partnership & Training,

Administrative Manager: Barbara Bradley,

If you work with volunteers anywhere in the greater Los Angeles region, please feel free to contact us with any questions! DOVIA registration material is at

Jumping Bravely with DOVIA

Rachel FrenchDOVIA-LA had a great meeting last Friday, with a goal-setting presentation by Rachel French of Protea Coaching ( Rachel led us through an exercise in identifying our values, and helping us think about re-energizing our lives by feeding those values regularly. What is it that you love about managing volunteers? Is it the connection to generous people? Or giving people the chance to give back and grow? Or is it mobilizing as many resources as possible to help your agency’s clients? Why do your volunteers continue working with your organization? Connection, learning, or affirmation? The workshop was a great reminder about keeping ourselves and our volunteers connected to passion and values to ensure a rewarding experience for all.

Reminder: Goal-Setting Meeting is Friday

Get help setting goals for your organization’s volunteer program. Please RSVP to Barbara Bradley at Full details on the meeting are here.

Are You a Busy Volunteer Manager?

This is a great article by Susan J. Ellis on having volunteers help in volunteer management: Practicing What We Preach: Volunteers Helping Us, Too ( Great ideas; thanks, Susan!

Next DOVIA Mtg 1/18: Setting Goals in Volunteer Management

Friday, January 18, 2013, 9:30am-Noon, Braille Institute

 Join DOVIA-LA for our 2013 Kickoff Meeting to discuss smart goal setting and learn the secret formula for setting SMARTER goals that will guarantee personal and professional success. This is an interactive workshop so whether you’re launching a new volunteer program or refining your processes, brings your pencil and pad and create SMARTER goals during this workshop to get you off to a successful start to the New Year!

This is the type of workshop that can apply to all members of your organization and can help your team start off the year successfully. So please share with your colleagues, friends, or anyone you feel could benefit!

SPEAKER: Rachel French, Certified Professional Coach & Author

Rachel French specializes in helping smart, successful people set gut-centered goals for greater personal and professional success. Known as the “Life Coach for Smart People,” her humorous, upbeat, no-nonsense talk gets you thinking in a new way about your priorities, obligations and opportunities. With over 20 years of experience, Rachel’s high energy and interactive presentations inspire audiences and get them moving. She’s a certified Professional Coach and author of 5 Big Reasons Smart People Fail: How to Succeed In Spite of Your Big, Fat Brain and Find Your Passion, Fuel Your Action: The 7-Day Plan to Finding What Moves You So You Can Finally Get Moving.

Fee: Members: Free!       Non-Members: $20

To download the announcement flyer, click here.

Please RSVP to Barbara Bradley, DOVIA-LA Administrative Manager at

DOVIA – Becoming a Member

As a professional in Volunteer Management, we welcome you to take advantage of training and development opportunities for your profession as well as the chance to network with other professionals in your area and throughout Los Angeles!

In 2013, we are excited to offer even more benefits to our members, including group membership to AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement), networking opportunities with business and educational institutions, and access to resources offered by our community partners.

PLUS: Don’t miss a special extended May meeting, free to members with international trainer and volunteer management consultant Martin Cowling!

Please download the DOVIA-LA FAQ & Membership Form by clicking here and return to Barbara Bradley, DOVIA-LA Administrative Manager with your dues payment (member dues are $50 and $40 for any additional member from your organization who would also like to join).

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