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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2021 Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference! This page will serve as an archive until we are ready to share details about the 2022 conference.

Get to know the presenters of the 2021 Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference! Please check back for updates as we confirm this year's lineup of speakers.

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Keynote speaker: T.J. Holloway, President, The Holloway Group LLC

Bio courtesy of Husson University

Terrence "T.J." Holloway is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader that speaks from experience as well as years of his own personal and professional development. He completed his undergraduate degree, as a two-sport athlete, graduating with honors and achieving a degree in Business Communication in 1998 from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina. A decade later, in 2008, he completed his first graduate-level degree at Husson College, a Master's of Science in Business (MSB), where his focus was on Organizational Analysis & Design. He is currently in the dissertation stage of a doctoral degree at Liberty University where he is seeking a Doctorate of Business Administration with a concentration in Executive Leadership.

It was then that he became founding partner and senior executive vice president of the HG, LLC Professional Development & Consulting Firm (Holloway Group). While serving the Maine community he also earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Husson University in 2013.

T.J. Holloway was a tenured professor in the Business Management Department at Eastern Maine Community College for nine years, and is now the Director of Internships in the College of Business at Husson University. He continues to professionally coach many business leaders and executives throughout New England, as clients seek him by name for his depth of business knowledge, ability to motivate, educate, and inspire executive leaders to achieve a higher level of success through improved relationship management skills and organizational communications.

T.J. Holloway is committed to his family life in Glenburn, Maine with his wife, Breanne, and children, Grace-Lyn (12), Jace (6), and three-year old son, Jaxon.

Use the following link to watch an interview and keynote preview with T.J. -- click here.

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Michael Ashmore

Training and Program Development Officer, Volunteer Maine

Michael joined the Volunteer Maine 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. He also trains AmeriCorps grantees on best practices and leads Service Enterprise training. In addition, he co-chairs the State Emergency Donations Coordination Team where Volunteer Maine has responsibility for managing volunteers during statewide disasters.

Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Michael was Director of the Maine Transition Network, a nonprofit providing training to schools and agencies helping youth with disabilities transition from school to adult life.  He was also a teacher and school district administrator for almost two decades and brings experience guiding volunteers as the onetime director and coordinator of volunteers for the NAMES Project-Maine; AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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Margaret Brownlee

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Maine College of Art and Design

Margaret Brownlee (she, her, hers) is MECA's first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer. Her goal is to unveil new initiatives aimed to improve DEI on-campus using design thinking and principles of transformative change. Margaret is focused on serving the students of color coalition, students of faith club, and students of the LGBTQAI+ community. Margaret is working on her doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership at UNE, holds a Master's degree in education, and a Bachelor's degree in performing arts.. Outside of work, Margaret serves on the South Portland Human Rights Commission and spends time with her wife and 5 -year old daughter Estella Rose.

Use the following link to watch an interview and session preview with Margaret -- click here.

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Charles Curtis

Outreach Manager, Volunteer New York!

Charles engages the community-at-large in volunteerism and raises awareness for the inclusion of diverse populations. Prior to joining Volunteer New York!, he was a program manager for a national mentoring organization. Charles has extensive experience in the non-profit sector specializing in curriculum development, tapping into community resources, and creating collaborative and mutual relationships between community organizations, school systems, and individuals.

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Elisabeth Donovan

Elisabeth Donovan is a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Alum. As VP of Sales and State Network Liaison, she leads the Get Connected team in understanding the challenges facing nonprofits in working with their volunteers, gathering actionable data, and engaging and growing their community's impact. Her degree in communication paired with over a decade of experience supporting United Ways and consulting with Nonprofits across the nation provides a unique take on the most practical and simple strategies that real world nonprofits are implementing every day to create sustainable programs with measurable results.

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Jessica Friedlander

Volunteer & Nonprofit Engagement Manager, Volunteer New York!

Jessica creates connections between local do-gooders and the nonprofits who need them, as well as manages Volunteer New York!'s database and e-newsletters for both volunteers and agencies. Jessica also leads the organization's youth service programs, delivering presentations to schools to inspire civic engagement, managing its youth mobile app, and hosting job readiness.

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Sara Grant, LMSW

Senior Companions Program Director, UMaine Center on Aging

Bio coming soon!

Photo courtesy of UMaine Center on Aging

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Tracy Harkins

Founder, Harkins Consulting

Prior to founding Harkins Consulting, Tracy worked as an Education Consultant, Education Program Manager and, most recently, served as the Executive Director of the non-profit company, KIDS Consortium. In these positions, she created and delivered professional development programs and resources on service-learning for fourteen years. She worked with school districts, communities and state agencies as they developed policies and support structures to sustain service-learning. Tracy co-authored three books: KIDS as Planners Guidebook, Working With KIDS: A Service-Learning Guide for Community Partners, and Integrating Scientific Practices and Service-Learning: Engaging Students in STEM.

Tracy began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher. She holds certificates in mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine, a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Southern New Hampshire, and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management.

Use the following link to view a conversation on service learning, featured on our interview series "Issues" -- click here.

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Susan Asselin Hawthorne

Volunteer and Internship Director, Sweetser

Bio coming soon!

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Jared McCannell, CVA

Executive Director of Penobscot Bay Language School

Jared McCannell CSV,  has worked in Volunteer Management for over 17 years. His career in nonprofits started as the volunteer & activities coordinator for Hostelling International USA, San Diego Council, while still in college finishing a degree in Spanish at San Diego State University. Since then Jared has worked with numerous nonprofit agencies and state governments across the country to build successful and lasting volunteer programs. Currently Jared is the Executive Director of Penobscot Bay Language School--coming full circle with his academic background as a linguist and years of professional experience working as a nonprofit professional.

Use the following link to watch an interview and session preview with Jared  -- click here.

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Patricia Oh, Ph.D., LMSW

Patricia Oh, Ph.D., LMSW is a program manager working with the Maine Center on Aging and works closely with older volunteers who are active in Maine’s age-friendly community movement. More than 500 older volunteers are working throughout the state of Maine to enhance local physical, social, and service environments so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the best possible health and well-being and remain as engaged in community life as they want to be. Dr. Oh has presented and published her research widely but what most excites her is working with volunteers to transform their communities for aging.

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Rachel Puckett

Rachel Puckett is an AmeriCorps alumna who currently manages 4-H STEAM Corps, a statewide AmeriCorps program hosted by Michigan State University Extension. She most often presents on topics related to AmeriCorps member training and support as well as communication styles and youth development. Rachel believes in the Oxford comma, pineapple on pizza, and that the Detroit Lions will win a Super Bowl in her lifetime.

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Carin Reisch

With nearly a decade of experience in the industry, Cairn has firmly established herself as a leader, innovator, and strategic professional in every aspect of volunteer engagement. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Non-Profit Management at Central College in Pella, Iowa. In addition to her professional experience, she went on to obtain her Certification in Volunteer Administration, the first person in North Dakota to do so.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and fur babies. They love to travel and spend time exploring unique culinary experiences in new cities. 

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Alina Wright

Individual Assistance Officer for the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Alina Wright is the State Individual Assistance officer, and Continuity Program Manager for Maine Emergency Management Agency. First introduced to Continuity of Operations planning at Maine Revenue Services, Alina has been working in the Emergency Management field for 7 years. She is certified as both an Associate Business Continuity practitioner through Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and as a Master Continuity Practitioner through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

At MEMA, Alina works to support Individuals and families, as well as the voluntary agencies that serve them. Her work focuses on the promotion of Whole Community inclusion in planning for disaster response and recovery, and on supporting organizations in their internal Continuity of Operations planning needs to enhance their abilities to complete their disaster missions.

Most recently, Alina participated in series of pilot courses through the FEMA National Continuity Program (NCP) to provide feedback on updates to course material. She is certified as part of the Instructor Cadre for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Continuity Program.

Use the following link to watch an interview and session preview with Alina -- click here.