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Elisa Kosarin, Principal, Twenty Hats, Falls Church, VA

With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Elisa’s work is driven by the underlying belief that volunteers have the potential to transform communities – if nonprofits commit to developing high impact volunteer programs.

Elisa consults, coaches, and trains on volunteer management best practices. She has presented at numerous conferences and has served on the faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the Catalogue for Philanthropy, both located in Washington, DC.

Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA), Elisa blogs regularly on her Twenty Hats website and guest posts frequently for the VolunteerMatch Engaging Volunteers website.

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woodsideJames Woodside, SBI Specialist Supervisor, Maine State Police, Augusta, ME

James Woodside has worked at the State Bureau of Identification (SBI) for 17 years. He oversees the public and applicant sections of SBI. He is an FBI-trained AFIS Tenprint Operator and is certified in fingerprint pattern analysis and comparison. He is an instructor on fingerprint law and how to take fingerprints at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He is also a notary public. 

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molleoEd Molleo, State Coordinator, ME-MRC; Volunteer Management, ME-CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Maine Medical Reserve Corps; Maine CDC, Augusta, ME

Ed graduated from Dartmouth College with his degree in Environmental Studies. He then began a diverse career path that saw him serve as Strategic Marketing Consultant for IDEXX Laboratories’ water diagnostics; District Executive for the Boy Scouts of Maine; and most recently as Staff Analyst for L.L.Bean Corporate Security. Before his current role, Ed founded the Maine Medical Reserve Corps unit covering Kennebec and Somerset Counties. In 2017, Ed became responsible for Public Health volunteer management at Maine CDC. Ed is most interested in the intersection between climate change, emergency preparedness & management, and public health.

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hagerCaity Hager, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Portland

Caity coordinates the development, implementation and maintenance of a City-wide, comprehensive, all hazards emergency management program. She also is the program manager for the Maine Cities Readiness Initiative. Prior to taking her current position in 2016, Caity worked for five years on the Maine Cities Readiness Initiative as a coordinator and private consultant. Caity earned her neuroscience undergraduate degree at Bates College and her public health masters degree at University of Southern Maine. In addition to research assistant positions at Brown and Yale, Caity served a year in Maine as an AmeriCorps member developing health programming for Community Clinical Services which operates 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Lewiston/Auburn, ME area.

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nate wildesNate Wildes, Executive Director, Live + Work in Maine

Maine native Nate Wildes said that after he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2012, he knew he'd be back to "the way life should be." He just didn't know how long it would take. The University of Maine graduate moved to the Midwest for a consulting job after earning his bachelor's degree in political science. But he said Vacationland is where he wanted to raise a family. Wildes and his wife moved back to Maine in 2014, and now have a home in Bath.

Wildes, who co-founded Flight Deck Brewing at Brunswick Landing in 2017, is executive director of Live + Work in Maine, after having served as an independent marketing consultant for the organization for several years. Now he is helping others find their niche in the Pine Tree State by raising awareness about the job opportunities that are available in Maine and the quality of life Maine has to offer. Live + Work in Maine is an initiative that was created to increase awareness and education about career opportunities in Maine while promoting the state's quality of life.

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hawthorneSusan Asselin-Hawthorne, Volunteer and Intern Manager, Sweetser, Saco, ME

Susan has been a Volunteer Manager for 19 years with 3 major non-profits: one that worked with Developmental Disabilities; one with Mental Health; and Sweetser, a Trauma Informed Care facility

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Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector, University of North Carolina Wilmington

jl brudneyThe Urban Institute in Washington, DC, calls Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney "the foremost research expert on volunteer management programs and community volunteer centers in the United States." Dr. Brudney is the Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premiere international journal in nonprofit sector studies. He serves on the Expert Advisory Board of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program on the State Of The World's Volunteerism Report. 

Dr. Brudney has received numerous awards for scholarship and service. He is the 2015 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research given by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). His article, "Toward a Definition of the Coproduction Concept," published in Public Administration Review, was selected as one of the 75 most influential articles appearing in this top-ranked journal since its inception in 1940. He has been a Fulbright-Kahanoff Scholar at York University (Toronto, Canada) in the Voluntary Sector Management Program. 

Dr. Brudney received the Mentor Award of the Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association for "Exceptional Guidance of Women Graduate Students and Junior Faculty Members in Political Science." He has also received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from ARNOVA, and the Harriet Naylor Distinguished Member Service Award from the Association for Volunteer Administration Dr. Brudney is the author of Fostering Volunteer Programs in the Public Sector: Planning, Initiating, and Managing Voluntary Activities, for which he received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education. His research is used by both the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the two leading U.S. government agencies on volunteering and service.

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mullinTom Mullin, Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources, Unity College, Unity, ME

Tom is an Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources at Unity College.  As a Founder and Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in creating engaging and valued interpretive signs, displays, exhibits, and publications for visitors and clients.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Interpretation as well as numerous other national and state non profits

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Kimberly Simmons, Sociologist, Portland, ME

simmonsKimberly Simmons, Ph.D. has been studying and working in social justice movement organizations for several decades.  The sociological research on volunteerism and "sustainable activism" suggest that individuals and organizations can help develop practices that reduce burn-out.   Lived experience suggests that creating self and community care plans is essential in this moment of many demands on people willing to volunteer in our communities.

lyntMeredith Lynt, Director, Trekkers Training Institute, Rockland, ME

Meredith brings nearly 15 years of experience to fields of experiential and outdoor education, youth development, mentoring and education. Meredith has focused most of her career on leading, managing, and directing Trekkers’ long-term, expeditionary-based mentoring program for older adolescents growing up in Midcoast Maine. Meredith now leads the professional development arm of the organization as the Director of the Trekkers Training Institute (TTI). TTI shares the unique program principles that have contributed to Trekkers’ incredible success over the last 25+ years.

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elsJaphet Els, Director of Outreach, AARP, Portland, ME

Japhet says that building communities around ideas, candidates, and policies to solve problems, educate, and inspire action is the primary objective of his professional work and life. Since 2003, he has been organizing communities as an online organizer, a volunteer director, new media director, fundraising director, field organizer, and now outreach director. During a stint as owner of a media firm, he worked with non-profits, campaigns, and organizations to develop email and social media campaigns promoting events, ideas, and issues across multiple sectors of society.

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mccannell-jJared McCannell, Grants Manager, Alfond Youth Center, Waterville, ME

Jared McCannell, CVA has worked with numerous nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the United States . He worked as the Medical Reserve Corps State Coordinator and oversaw the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) for the State of Maine. During his employment at Knowledge Center Enterprises, LLC, he helped bring new tech tools to the volunteer management sector. He earned his Certification in Volunteer Administration (the internationally recognized credential in Volunteer Management) in 2016. Currently he is employed as Grants Manager for the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville and recently helped convene the area’s first association of volunteer managers.

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nehemieNehemie Joseph, Volunteer Coordinator, Heart of Biddeford, Biddeford, ME

Through the Goodwill AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership, Nehemie Joseph is the Volunteer
Coordinator at Heart of Biddeford located in Biddeford, Maine. Nehemie is originally from Florida
but now she is here in our great lobster state. Her hobbies include biking, trying new foods and
meeting new people. Her favorite poet is Maya Angelo whom once stated: " I've learned that
people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel." She applies this statement to her role as a Volunteer Coordinator in
order to make volunteering, an experience for everyone.

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kelliKelli McCannell, President, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Waterville, ME

For over 18 years, Hardy Girls Healthy Women has been taking girls seriously and putting the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. Since day one, Hardy Girls' programming, resources, and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development.  Kelli McCannell, HGHW President, has nearly 18 years experience in nonprofits from outreach, marketing, development, programs and leadership. She has a MA in Organizational Leadership and has experience at large, national nonprofits such as Girls Scouts and American Red Cross and smaller ones including Volunteer San Diego and Words Alive. At HGHW, Kelli has trained social workers, teachers, parents, and other adult allies on engaging youth in program development and implementation.

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ashmoreMichael Ashmore, Program Dev.& Training Officer, Maine Commission for Community Service, Augusta, ME

Michael is the state lead contact for NCCC program development, supporting the NCCC campus that serves Maine, in assisting agencies who wish to engage an NCCC teams.    Michael Ashmore joined the Commission staff in April of 2010.  As Program Development & Training Officer he is responsible for outreach and pre-application training for organizations interested in using National Service as a solution and is also responsible for providing training to funded agencies and other organizations interested in increasing their capacity to utilize the power for volunteer service.

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