Registration Open for July 18 DOVIA-LA Meeting: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Registration Open for July 18 DOVIA-LA Meeting: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? Join us for a discussion and share your success and challenges for these transitions. We will discuss challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and share best practices to minimize these situations in the future. Free for DOVIA-LA members; $20 for non-members. Register at If you have any questions or would like to pay by check, please contact Barbara at

DOVIA-LA Member Highlight: San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center

DOVIA-LA Member Highlight: San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center

Charlie Rubin is the Volunteer Coordinator at the San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center, current Vice President of DOVIA-LA, and won the 2013 ‘Excellence in Volunteer Leadership’ Award. Charlie shared:

I have been married for 26 years; we have two children and a grandchild. Prior to working in a nonprofit, I worked in retail management for over 30 years.

I placed my first volunteer back in July 2011. The five months previous I was putting my volunteer program together and I can remember my second day on the job: I was doing a lot research, sitting at my computer, surfing the internet and I stumbled across DOVIA-LA. Read More »

The 3 Rs of Volunteer Management: Recruitment, Retention and Recognition

March 21: The 3 Rs of Volunteer Management: Recruitment, Retention and Recognition

laval.brewerImagine having not only the financial resources to carry out your mission, but a dedicated team with the desire and skill to help you succeed. An engaged volunteer base is essential to your success, but knowing how to create the right jobs for them, and connect with qualified people to fill those jobs, can be a challenge. Growing your organization takes more than money. You must find and engage individuals who are passionate about your mission.

Presenter by LaVal Brewer, President of LaVal Brewer Consulting, is a proven nonprofit executive, experienced in operations, board development and revenue generation. Before starting his own consulting practice LaVal had a 21-year career within YMCA operations and development. LaVal’s experiences in day-to-day operations gives him a unique prospective on the challenges small and medium nonprofits face everyday.

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LaVal Brewer Workshop is March 21!

LaVal Brewer Workshop is March 21!
Volunteer-WorkersImagine having not only the financial resources to carry out your mission, but a dedicated team with the desire and skill to help you succeed. Read More »

2014 Kick-Off Meeting

Daniel Tamm2014 Kick Off Meeting! Think comprehensively about service and volunteerism in our region. How does a regional approach to service influence your organization? How can your agency promote a culture of service? With presenter Daniel Tamm, Chief Service Officer, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

We need help on the Membership and Nominating Committees. Both committees are great opportunities to network with other volunteer managers and raise professional capacity in our profession. Membership Committee members greet new members and guests at meetings and introduce new members at general membership meetings. To get more information about the Membership Committee, contact VP of Membership Sasha Muraoka at

For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Administrative Manager Barbara Bradley at

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).

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

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.

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