Affiliate Assembly

The Affiliate Assembly is a representative body of HandsOn Network leaders, elected by Affiliate peers. The Assembly collaborates with Points of Light to establish strategies and policies that strengthen the entire Network and grow the volunteer movement. Alison Doerfler, Executive Director of HandsOn Network, and Gared Jones, Senior Vice President, Global, represent Points of Light and work closely with this group on Network strategies, priorities and communications.

Jenné Myers, CEO
Chicago Cares

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Jenné Myers is a lifelong volunteer who has converted her passion into a successful career. As chief executive officer of Chicago Cares, she leads the organization to connect people, communities and causes by mobilizing more than 30,000 volunteers in service each year. In her time with the organization, Myers has worked to expand Chicago Cares’ reach and impact. She has led her team to develop innovative programming that meets critical needs; diversified revenue streams with new funding models; developed an auxiliary board and expanded the existing board; established annual events reaching new audiences; and launched an exciting new brand.

Prior to Chicago Cares, Myers served as Chicago’s first-ever chief service officer, launching an ambitious effort in One Good Deed Chicago, a full-scale, integrated awareness campaign around volunteerism. Prior, she served as executive director for Working in the School (WITS). Myers currently sits on the board of The Mikva Challenge, is a member of the Hands on Network Affiliate Assembly and is also a commissioner for the Governor's Serve Illinois Commission. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

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Rhonda Oliver, CEO
HandsOn Greater Phoenix

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Rhonda Oliver is the President/CEO of HandsOn Greater Phoenix where she has worked for the last 12 years advancing the volunteer service and civic participation movement. Before joining the nonprofit sector 14 years ago as a fundraising officer at The Arizona Humane Society, Rhonda worked for several years in the private sector as a marketing professional.

Rhonda has served throughout the Greater Phoenix in various volunteer capacities including the Mesa Human Services Board, on school and community garden initiatives. She currently serves on the Experience Matters Advisory Board and is the Board Chair of Valley Permaculture Alliance. Rhonda received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.

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Stéphanie Andrieux, President & Founder
Benenova

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Stéphanie founded Benenova in late 2013, with a mission to make it easier for citizens to take actions that can change the world around them. Benenova's name comes from bénévolat (“volunteering” in French) and nouveau (“new”) as the organization offers innovative and flexible ways to be engaged. Benenova currently mobilizes a growing community of 6,000 volunteers and hundreds of community and corportate partners in 3 major French cities: Paris, Nantes and Lille. Benenova's work has been strongly inspired by Stéphanie's experience as an active volunteer and Board Member of HandsOn Bay Area from 2001 to 2005.

Stéphanie has over 17 years of experience developing and managing volunteering and community engagement programs, previously serving as an executive director to Unis-Cité Ile-de-France (implementing an Americorps-like program in France), program director at AFEV (Paris) and community organizer at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (San Francisco). Stéphanie also worked in the corporate sector as an auditor for non-profit and public organizations.

Since 2016, Stéphanie has served on the Haut Conseil à la Vie Associative, a council of 30 members advising the French government on policies related to the non-profit sector. Stéphanie received a B.A in Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris (including a year abroad at Georgetown University) and a Master's degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

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Jay Cranman, President & CEO
Hands On Atlanta

Jay Cranman

Jay Cranman is the President and CEO of Hands On Atlanta, working to connect volunteers to nonprofits and schools in need. From cleaning parks and feeding the homeless, to tutoring and mentoring students, Hands On Atlanta volunteers are at work every day building a more vibrant city.

No stranger to local service, Jay serves on several nonprofit boards (Leadership Buckhead and Jewish Kids Groups), and is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Atlanta. Jay is also an Adjunct Professor and Nonprofit Fellow in Residence at Georgia Tech, teaching on his passion for social entrepreneurship and corporate sustainability. Jay lives in Atlanta with his wife, and his two children.

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Brian Dean, Executive Director
Jersey Cares

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Brian Dean is the Executive Director of Jersey Cares, a HandsOn Network affiliate that works with hundreds of nonprofits to help them identify needs that could be met by volunteers and then creates and manages volunteer projects to meet those needs. Mr. Dean has more than 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, previously serving as Executive Director of a newsmagazine on PBS as well as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for New York Cares, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, where he oversaw development functions producing $2.4MM. Prior to that time, Mr. Dean was Director of Hospitality Helping Hands, a program of Hands On Atlanta that planned large-scale volunteer projects for corporate meetings and conventions. Mr. Dean has served on the board of directors of Hands On Tampa as well as on that of an organization empowering high school girls in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dean was a corporate liability underwriter for a Fortune 500 insurance services firm, where among other responsibilities he projected the financial health of corporations and cultivated relationships with independent brokers. He currently serves as an appointee to the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and serves as Vice Chair of the Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers

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Vanessa Diamond, Director
HandsOn Greater Richmond

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Vanessa's work in the community has been focused on helping youth and adults engage in community by finding volunteer solutions to critical community issues. As Director of HandsOn Greater Richmond, she oversees the central VA regional volunteer hub mobilizing thousands of individuals in volunteer action.  As Vice President of Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she helps facilitate strategic partnerships of HandsOn Greater Richmond's umbrella organization. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Volunteerism and Community Service, University of Richmond's Bonner Center Advisory Council, and the RVA Engage Regional Catalyst Council.

Past positions include director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s service-learning program facilitating partnerships between faculty and community organizations and assistant director of Northwest Service Academy's Portland, OR AmeriCorps program. She is an AmeriCorps Alum, has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and a master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Linda Jacobs, CEO
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (San Rafael, CA)

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Since 2002, Linda Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center of Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Center). The Center advances nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation and empowering individuals in our community.

Linda has 35 years’ experience in nonprofit management, working with both local and national organizations on a diversity of issues. She is a frequent presenter and facilitator on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector and consults with nonprofits on board governance, executive transition, and leadership development.

Linda is the Board President of the California Association of Nonprofits and a Board Member for the Marin Economic Forum and Marin County School to Career Partnership. She is a former appointee to the Marin County Women’s Commission, past President of the Marin National Organization for Women, and a former member of the Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board and the Marin Red Cross Leadership Council. In 2011 Linda was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.

Linda graduated from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. Originally from Florida, Linda has lived in Northern California since 1978, and has two sons.

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Patrice Keegan, Executive Director
Boston Cares

Patrice Keegan

Patrice Keegan has been Executive Director at Boston Cares since 2002. During her tenure, the organization has evolved into New England's largest volunteer action center and has been designated one of only ten Innovation Hubs within the global HandsOn Network.

Prior to Boston Cares, Patrice was founding Director of the CivicHealth Institute at Codman Square Health Center; a civic engagement and social enterprise initiative dedicated to connecting people with one another and improving community life. Before founding CivicHealth, Patrice was Codman Square Health Center’s first Director of Administration & Finance.

In addition to participating in local politics and community groups, Patrice has been a Board member for organizations that include Points of Light, HandsOn Network, Fenway Community Health Center, and Codman Square Neighborhood Council.

Patrice has a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies cum laude from Harvard University. She also completed a Fellowship in Occupational Health at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Patrice is a graduate of Lead Boston, and twice led the United States delegation to the Women Waging Peace colloquium at Harvard University.

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Amy Lytle, Executive Director
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

Amy Lytle is the first-ever Executive Director of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, which began in 2007 with a mission of creating a stronger and more engaged community by building the capacity of local nonprofits and increasing volunteerism in a five-county area in and around Winston-Salem, NC. Our Affiliate provides a “one-stop-shop,” for those looking to get involved with nonprofits, whether as a volunteer, board member, civic or social entrepreneur, or job transitioner, as well as for those already working within the sector by providing training and technical assistance, leadership development programs, and other opportunities designed to help nonprofits be more effective and efficient. We work within a network of more than 400 different nonprofits, and engage approximately 4,500 volunteers in meaningful service each year.  

With nearly 20 years of experience within the field of volunteerism, including nine years at an affiliate in a neighboring county, Amy has been a network groupie since 1998. As a volunteer herself, she has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, and was honored to be recognized in 2006 as one of the Forty Leaders Under 40 by the Triad Business Journal. Amy has a BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology/ Anthropology from Guilford College and graduated from Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management in 2003. She has also received her CAVNC (Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina) credential from the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration, and served as its President from 2006-2007.

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Dan McQuaid, President/CEO
OneOC

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OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, named Dan McQuaid President & CEO in November 2005. Through his tenure, OneOC has expanded its business lines to include volunteering, training, consulting and fiscal sponsoring services. As a result the organization’s total annual revenue has grown from three to over twelve million, expanding its capacity to help build stronger nonprofits and stronger communities in Orange County.

Dan has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a chief executive officer, community leader, board chairperson, organization consultant and trainer. Since 2000, Mr. McQuaid has been retained as a consultant to more than 125 Southern California nonprofits, providing growth planning, evaluation and training services.

For twenty years, he was the Executive Director of Canyon Acres Children’s Services. Dan guided Canyon Acres’ development of a full array of integrated child welfare and mental health services for severely abused and emotionally troubled children and their families.

In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, Daniel is an inactive licensed child, adult, and family psychotherapist. He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a MS in Social Work with distinction from Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Lou Reda, Executive Director
HandsOn Bay Area

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Lou Reda has been with HandsOn Bay Area for 14 years. He has an eclectic background with degrees in physics and finance and a professional background that includes investment banking, corporate strategy and nuclear physics research. He also spent time in New York as an actor and a playwright and is the author of the Sci-fi thriller “Mortality’s End.”

Lou began his work with HandsOn as the Manager of Corporate Programs. In that position he was responsible for creating service projects for some of HandsOn’s largest corporate clients including Levis Strauss & Co., McKesson and Charles Schwab & Co. He was later made the Director of Corporate programs where he managed all of the Corporate Sales and Corporate Programming team. In 2006 he was promoted to Director of Programs, adding the HandsOn Community Program folks to his team. As the Director of Programs he added innovative new offerings such as the Leadership Institute Fellowship Teams (LIFT), The Small Biz program and the Adopt-A-Family program. In December 2008, Lou was named Executive Director.

As Executive Director he has overseen tremendous growth in the organization’s revenue and impact. Lou is very happy to be a member of the HandsOn team because of the great satisfaction it brings him to make a difference in the community he loves so dearly.

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Ben Reuler, Executive Director
Seattle Works

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Ben Reuler is the proud Executive Director of Seattle Works, recently recognized as the Puget Sound region’s “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization”. Prior to Seattle Works Ben spent six years as the Executive Director of the Chicago branch of LIFT, an innovative and entrepreneurial organization helping families to lift themselves out of poverty.

Some of Ben’s earlier roles included providing mental health assessment and counseling to individuals living on the South Side of Chicago; conducting policy research for the City of Chicago Mayor's Office; working line staff at a shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers, and spending five years with LifeWorks NW in his hometown of Portland, Oregon conducting outreach and home visits to families referred by the State of Oregon's Child Welfare Hotline. At LifeWorks Ben also worked with a program that provided psycho-educational groups to children who witnessed domestic violence.

Ben has been interviewed and quoted for numerous media outlets for pieces about volunteerism, poverty, and national service. He earned his AM from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound. Ben received the Outstanding Community Outreach Award from the University of Puget Sound; received a human rights grant from the University of Chicago to travel to Namibia to support UNICEF with combating violence against women and children; and in 2016 received the Social Impact Award from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association.

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Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder & Director
iVolunteer

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Shalabh Sahai began his journey co-founding iVolunteer in 2001 and continues to lead it today as the largest social enterprise for formal volunteering in India counting marquee corporate names as its partners. He is also credited with creating iVolunteer Awards, our nation’s only awards aimed at inspiring and establishing new benchmarks on volunteering.

Shalabh was instrumental in founding the ICICI Fellows program in 2009 and led it till 2013 thereafter co-founding India Fellow, a social leadership program for the youth. Shalabh also co-founded JobsForGood, a boutique consultancy offering Recruitment and HR Advisory services to social enterprises. Shalabh is a Global Probono Fellow and a visiting faculty at leading B-schools in Mumbai – SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, and NMIMS. Shalabh was also India’s first Commonwealth Professional Fellow in 2003.

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Rick Skinner, Vice President
Volunteer Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis

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Rick Skinner joined the United Way of Greater St. Louis in 1999 and is the Vice President of the Volunteer Center. He is responsible for the daily operations of a number of United Way programs within the United Way’s Community Investment Division including Days of Caring, St. Louis Cares, and BoardLinkStL. The Volunteer Center is also very active in disaster response and long-term recovery efforts through its partnership with AmeriCorps-St. Louis and other organizations. Rick has more than 28 years of experience in the field and has served nationally as a member of the Volunteer Center National Network Council with the Points of Light Foundation. Rick received a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and is also a professional disk jockey.

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Sue Toomey, Executive Director
HandsOn Hong Kong

Sue Toomey has more than 20 years of experience running businesses and championing global causes. As Executive Director of HandsOn Hong Kong, Sue leads the organization's efforts to empower the community help address social issues through volunteer services. She developed Hong Kong's first-ever Serve-a-thon, mobilizing thousands of volunteers across 100+ volunteer activities. Prior to joining HandsOn in 2016, Sue was Vice President, global events for The Economist Group where she created and led award-winning events and initiatives addressing pressing issues, including ocean sustainability, food security, diversity and inclusion for 10 years.

Sue’s experience includes extensive work with corporate clients, developing communication and sponsorship programs to meet marketing needs. She previously ran her own social enterprise and headed a marketing agency while living in Mumbai, India and headed the event marketing team for Saatchi and Saatchi Los Angeles before moving to Asia. Sue has an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

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Jamie-Lee Venable, Director
United Way of Genesee County

Jamie-Lee Venable

Jamie-Lee Venable has been with the United Way since 2014. As the Director of Community Impact, Venable oversees all United Way of Genesee County grant making and external programming. The United Way of Genesee County houses the National Service Accelerator Initiative, which is the only program of its kind. The Accelerator is charged with increasing the number of national service opportunities in Flint, MI; while making those positions more impactful for the member and the community. Recognizing service is a means to community revitalization and all should have an opportunity to engage, the United Way launched Genesee Serves in November 2016.

Genesee Serves was launched in the midst of the country’s worst man-made disasters – the Flint Water Crisis. Within four months of launching, Genesee Serves had processed nearly 5,000 volunteers from across the nation. Although a young affiliate, under Venable’s leadership Genesee Serves continues to grow and is breaking down silos. At the United Way of Genesee County all programs under Venable’s direction are creating an integrated and holistic approach to community investments. Prior to coming to the United Way of Genesee County, Venable served as Manager of Charitable Giving for RBSCitizens Michigan. Raised in Michigan and a life-long resident of Genesee County, Venable received a master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit groups from the University of Michigan as well as a bachelor of arts.

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