Affiliate Assembly

The Affiliate Assembly is a representative body of HandsOn Network Members, elected by Affiliate peers. The Assembly collaborates with the national office to establish strategies and policies that strengthen the entire Network and grow the volunteer movement through HandsOn Affiliates.

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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Becky Blumer, Director
Hands On Greater Portland

Becky Blumer has devoted her professional career to providing people with the opportunity to transform themselves and the community through service. She's the Director of Hands On Greater Portland and a 13-year veteran of the organization. Prior to joining Hands On, Becky was a National Service Fellow with the Corporation for National Service and worked as the Program Manager at the Idaho Commission for National and Community Service. Becky is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) and chairs the Certified Volunteer Administrators Test Writing Committee. She is an active community volunteer and serves on the board of a senior service organization and a charter school. Additionally she's a volunteer driver with Store to Door of Oregon, delivering weekly groceries to home bound seniors and had been volunteering with Portland Center Stage for the past 5 seasons.

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Brian Dean, Executive Director
Jersey Cares

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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Brian Williams, CEO
Hands On Nashville

Since joining Hands On Nashville (HON) as executive director in April 2007, Brian Williams has overseen a historic growth in its number of volunteers, transforming the nonprofit into one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind worldwide. Each month, HON offers over 400 service opportunities to the general public that address diverse and critical community needs, ranging from hunger and homelessness to animal welfare and environmental protection. HON’s impact on the community is transformative – In 2012, Nashville achieved its highest-ever ranking in the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, placing No. 14 of the 51 largest cities in the United States. That’s up from No. 38 in only three years!

A Tennessee native, Williams received his Master of Social Work (MSSW) with honors from the University of Tennessee, and he is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker. Williams’ professional experience includes nonprofit financial management, disaster preparedness, program development, and resource development. Williams is the board president of Liberty Collegiate Academy, a charter school serving students in East Nashville. He also serves on the Nashville Social Enterprise board, the St. Thomas Health Systems Mission & Outreach Committee, the Center for Nonprofit Management board, the Advisory Council for the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and the Association of Nonprofit Executives Council.

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Carrie Vanderbush, Executive Director
Volunteer Kalamazoo

Carrie Vanderbush has served as Executive Director of Volunteer Kalamazoo since January 2013. She received her Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and has over 20 years of management experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Volunteer Kalamazoo’s mission of building capacity for effective local volunteering, connecting people with opportunities to volunteer and promoting volunteerism resonates with Carrie. Throughout her life, Carrie has valued giving back to the community and has made time to volunteer. In addition to volunteering at various local nonprofits, she is a graduate of Leadership Kalamazoo and past president of the Junior League of Kalamazoo. In her current position, Carrie feels fortunate to be able to share her enthusiasm for volunteering and to inspire other people to help make Kalamazoo an even better community. When she’s not busy encouraging others to volunteer, you can find her attempting to become a runner, playing taxicab driver to her three children for their various events and activities, and walking the family dog with her husband.

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Daniel McQuaid, President/CEO

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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Eric Law, Executive Director
Hands On Charlotte

Eric Law is Executive Director of Hands On Charlotte. Since 1991, HOC has created and managed flexible volunteering opportunities for individuals and businesses, connecting them with service projects that have meaningful impact in our community.
Born into a multigenerational family of educators and raised in Charlotte, Eric earned degrees from Wake Forest and Duke Universities and taught Spanish for twelve years, including eight at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. After earning tenure at JCSU, Eric started a second career in nonprofit management in 1997, accepting a grant making position at Foundation For The Carolinas, the Charlotte region’s community foundation. Since then, he has worked with FFTC and several other nonprofits in North Carolina as a staff member, volunteer and board member. 
After serving on the board of directors of Hands On Charlotte from 2009 through 2011, he succeeded HOC co-founder Lisa Quisenberry as executive director in May 2012. Eric is a proud husband, father and grandfather, an avid but mediocre golfer and a wannabe writer.

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Gigi Rolfes, Executive Director
Volunteer Macon

Gigi Rolfes, Executive Director of Volunteer Macon since 1999, received her Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2002.

As a Master Trainer for the Points of Light Foundation and a member of the Leadership Faculty of the Hands On Network, she has trained volunteers and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico on many varied subjects including nonprofit management, volunteer management, mentor program development, community leadership and disaster related programs and activities. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds a Volunteer Management Certificate from Washington State University and an Excellence in Non-Profit Management Certificate from Emory University.

Her experience prior to serving as the Executive Director of Volunteer Macon includes director of a substance abuse prevention program, a director of a voter education program and several community and civic leadership positions.

She is a graduate of Leadership Macon and Leadership Georgia. Gigi and her husband Palmer live in Macon and have three sons; Nash, Quinn, and Preston.

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Gina Simpson, President/CEO
Hands On Atlanta

Gina Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hands On Atlanta, brings over 20 years of education and experience in social service and community leadership.  Over the years Gina served on the Early Learning Commission, mentored young executive women through Pathbuilders, and Co-chaired the Governor’s Commission on Homelessness. Since 2009, Gina has led Hands On Atlanta in becoming an epicenter for community improvement to create a more vibrant Atlanta. Hands On Atlanta now mobilizes over 50,000 Atlantans every year providing nearly $4 million in annual volunteer service that supports families, enriches schools and empowers individuals to take action in their own communities. 
Gina has served in a variety of community leadership roles including the United Way Community Investment Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, Mayor’s Service Board and Leadership Atlanta. Before joining Hands On Atlanta, Gina served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and served as a Congressional Liaison for the State of Alabama and developed a strategic plan to address budget and program issues in Washington, D.C. for the 4,400-employee agency.  She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Jenné Myers, CEO
Chicago Cares

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

Since 2002, Linda Davis 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, is married and has two sons.

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Karen Delaney, Executive Director
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County 

Karen Delaney is a nationally recognized leader, practitioner and trainer in the field of volunteer and nonprofit management.  She has a passion for empowering people to take action that makes our world better. She is past Chairperson of the National Council of Volunteer Centers, served as a Board Member of the Points of Light Foundation and as President of California Volunteer Centers.  She is Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, and is celebrating 30 years with the Center.

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Rhonda Oliver, CEO
HandsOn Greater Phoenix

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

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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Vanessa Diamond, Director
HandsOn Greater Richmond

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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