Association of Volunteer Administrators of Central Arizona (AVACA) 2022-2023 Board of Directors
Susan is the Lead Director of Community Engagement for the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services Arizona Bar Foundation and engages volunteers to assist with the legal services and Law-Related Education programs administered by the Foundation.
Her credentials include Certified Volunteer Administrator and Non-Profit Administration. She has been with the Foundation since 1996, and her background covers over 35 years of working with non-profit organizations, including volunteer administration, training, victim assistance, and serving on various Board of Directors.
“Being in community with some of the most generous and caring individuals I know is the reason my passion centers around volunteer engagement. I LOVE my job and the people it brings into my life on a daily basis. Together we make a difference in the lives of those we touch!
I am the mother of twin daughters and find such joy being a grandmother to my “snuggle puppy” grandson!”
Treasurer and Enrollment Specialist
Susan keeps track of our spending and membership registrations, while ensuring that all new members get added to our roster and receive a copy of the book club selection. Have questions about your membership, or how to make a tax-deductible donation? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Retention and Appreciation Specialist
LaTisha leads the charge to make every AVACA member feel welcome, heard, and appreciated. She will be focusing on ongoing quality assurance, celebrating our AVACA members, and sending out the year-end survery. Have an idea for surveys, celebrations, or gifts? Let LaTisha know at email@example.com.
“I am the Senior Manager, Philanthropic Experiences at Southwest Human Development. I have been with my current organization since 2006 and have a masters from ASU in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. I’ve been an AVACA member since I started developing the Volunteer Engagement Program at Southwest Human Development in 2014.
Since starting in my current role, I’ve developed a number of community connections, and I have learned a lot about the unique needs of both the nonprofit sector and volunteer administrators. In addition, I have a number of connections with Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs, and I think I could bring in some new speakers with interesting perspectives on our work. Information on volunteer administration skills is important, but so are other skills related to nonprofit work, such as how to ask for a raise, how to take the next step in your career and how to find new and innovative ways to share your impact.”
Informational Meetings Specialist & Web Guru
Annette coordinates when and where our Morning Mixers will be held, including working to make sure we have fun and interesting speakers to hear from. Do you know someone who would like to share their knowledge with us? Share their contact information with firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Mars de La Tour (they/them)
“As an advocate and ambassador for the missions of progressive nonprofit organizations, I am motivated by a commitment to improving the quality of life in our communities.
I am currently employed by Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona as the Senior Volunteer Coordinator and dedicate my free time to the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix as the Service and Participation Director. Making connections, strengthening relationships, and inspiring people to serve in ways that excite them amplifies my joy and pays returns with growth and success for everyone involved.
If you happen upon me wandering along a forest creek or through the library stacks, please ask about my cats and my next big speech. I’d love to hear your story, too!”
Book Club Specialist
Mars coordinates our Book Club Meetings, including guiding our discussions over breakfast. Is there a book that you think we might enjoy reading and discussing in the future? Send your suggestions to email@example.com.
“I am currently the part-time volunteer coordinator for Mission of Mercy, a nonprofit providing free primary healthcare to the uninsured across the Valley. Prior to MOM, I spent six years with Make-A-Wish Arizona as a Wish Manager, where I planned over 500 wishes for children with critical illnesses.
From 2010-2011 I served on the AVACA Board while working as the volunteer coordinator at Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. I was the PR Chair and even designed the “puzzle piece” AVACA logo! I gave our logo a refresh in 2022, as well.
I also run a small marketing firm where I create content and manage email marketing and social media for a variety of businesses.
I have two daughters, a son, and a giant Labradoodle named Booker. I love sushi, art, and sports!”
Communications Specialist & Web Guru
“I am a Volunteer Recruiter at Food for the Hungry, currently managing the volunteer recruitment and retention process, including training, scheduling, coordinating volunteer events, and educating volunteers about the different administrative projects relating to the facilitation of addressing the effects of human poverty.
I have a professional background in the nonprofit arena with extensive experience in community relations, volunteer recruitment, and coordination. This knowledge, combined with numerous years of administrative duties when working as a Community Relations Coordinator at Scottsdale Ranch Community Association and an Executive Assistant for Food for the Hungry, has equipped me with solid practical skills and a deep understanding of working with volunteers.
As an extroverted and personable communicator with a proven track record, my focus on building strong professional relationships has been an asset throughout my career. Leadership, people-centric nature, and eagerness to please have afforded me excellent decision-making skills.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, arena football games, and managing a small event management business.”
Event & Recruitment Specialist
- Website Specialist
Talk to one of us at our next meeting!