WELCOME To novaa

NOVAA is a nonprofit association for volunteer management professionals, founded in 1982. Volunteer-led, NOVAA offers a variety of programming designed to support the professional development of leaders of volunteers with all levels of expertise. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for many years, NOVAA has something to offer everyone become a member today!

We remain committed to providing support and resources for leaders in volunteer management, all our 2020 programming will be hosted remotely. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Statement of Solidarity
Dear Colleagues,

NOVAA stands in solidarity with social justice movements across the country speaking up and taking action for the lives and rights of Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities. 

To truly serve our members, we acknowledge the need to understand the impacts of systemic racism within our organization and the greater community. Despite past efforts, we have struggled to enact diversity equity and inclusion practices that have led to tangible actions, but we are evaluating ways we can make change, and we will share our commitments and planned actions with you in the coming months. 

As we are a community organization, we would love to hear from NOVAA members. Please share your thoughts and suggestions, and hold us accountable as we work to create an equitable and safe organization, community and society.

In humble solidarity,

Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association

Upcoming events

    • January 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Injecting practices of DEI and anti-racism is a must for the long-term sustainability of any institution engaging volunteers. Participants will learn how to more purposefully design volunteer engagement mechanisms within the formalized institutes where they work and support.


    Participants will understand a foundational level of the following;

    • The historical background of formalized volunteerism through the institutions supported.
    • The practices that can be implemented to increase inclusion of diverse communities you seek for support.
    • Identifying and acknowledging the policies and guidelines within the institutions supported that may adversely affect the diversity of the volunteer populations engaged.

    Presenter Jerome Tennille is the Manager of Social Impact & Volunteerism for Marriott International. Jerome is also an independent consultant and advisor in the subject matter of Sustainability and Social Impact. Prior to that Jerome held the position of Senior Manager of Impact Analysis and Assessment for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s armed forces. Jerome also served on the board of directors of Peace Through Action USA for four years and also serves on the PsychArmor Institute Advisory Committee for the School of Volunteers & Nonprofits. Jerome holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in operations management and a Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL) from Arizona State University. Jerome is designated as Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and is also a veteran of the US Navy.


    • February 04, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a lunchtime social hour discussion centered around last month's equity workshop with Jerome Tennille.

    Let’s come together to share ideas and resources to help each other move equity and antiracism work forward in our profession and organizations. 

    Remote zoom link access will be provided in your event reminder email. 



    • February 18, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Learning Communities invite volunteer management professionals to gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations.

    Are you currently job hunting or looking to improve your resume and interview skills? This Learning Community is just from you!

    NOVAA looks forward to hosting Sarah Howard, Recruiter with Medical Teams International. Sarah Howard has been with Medical Teams International for 20 years the last 7 of those has been spent supporting the recruitment function for this international non-profit. Most recently her responsibility has been in full cycle recruitment. Sarah works with client groups to fill both employment and volunteer needs across the organization. Finding the right talent for the right position is what she enjoys most. Sarah will share her experiences on how to build a great resume and share some interview tips. During the facilitated discussion you will be able to share your own tips on how to find and land a job!

    Learning Communities are free for NOVAA Members and members of our partner organizations and just $10 for other guests.

    Due to COVID-19 and nationwide prevention measures, we will be offering this Learning Community remotely via Zoom. A link will be sent to registered participants in your confirmation email. 

    • February 22, 2021
    • 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
    • 13
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    Are you new to the field?
    Did 'volunteer manager' just get added to your job description?
    Looking to learn 'best practices' to support your organizations volunteer program

    This training is for you! 

    Join us and develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    Our Volunteer Management 101 Training will help you maintain a thriving volunteer base that gets more work done, builds community support and increases your organization's effectiveness. Specifically designed to assist anyone new to volunteer management, this typical one-day training has been modified for our remote reality and will take place via Zoom in two 3.75 hour morning sessions, offering a mix of content presentation, activities, and small group discussions in breakout rooms. The training will covering the following topics and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

    Day 1: Monday, February 22nd, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Placement, Orientation, and Training
    Day 2: Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Risk Management
    • Supervision
    • Volunteer Recognition
    • Breakout Group topics

    Registration for this event will sign you up for both sessions. Zoom links to join this training remotely will be sent in the week before the event to those who have registered, along with a workbook to be used throughout the training. Questions? Contact melia.novaa@gmail.com

    About your Trainers:

    Melia Hadidian Tichenor, CVA is in her eleventh year of working in the volunteer management world in Portland, specializing in bringing learning experiences into the service environment. She currently serves as the Coordinator for the Student Community Engagement Center at Portland State University, helping empower students to engage with communities to create positive social change, in addition to training colleagues in volunteer management best practices with NOVAA. 

    Melia completed her Masters degree in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) and a Service-Learning Graduate Certificate through PSU’s Graduate School of Education and has been a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) since 2014. Prior to coming to Portland State, Melia spent eight years at Hands On Greater Portland, working to support hundreds of Hands On's nonprofit partners in developing a wide array of episodic volunteer projects, both for the Hands On Project Calendar and for various national days of service. In addition to her work with Hands On's nonprofit partners, she ran the Hands On Greater Portland TeamWorks program, which brought together teams of 10-12 volunteers to explore specific issue area or neighborhood through the lens of service learning and experiential education.

    Melia has also taken her volunteer management experience abroad to Armenia, where she served for four months as a volunteer consultant and trainer to the staff at Birthright Armenia, a program designed to connect young diasporan Armenians to their cultural and ancestral roots through volunteer positions and internships in the Armenian homeland. 

    Lupine DeSnyder is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) with over 20 years of experience in volunteer program management and community engagement in private, non-profit and government settings with organizations ranging from private businesses to public and non-profit organizations, such as the City of Portland and The Nature Conservancy. She also co-founded, managed and grew the affordable health care-based business, Working Class Acupuncture. Most recently, Lupine served as Community Access Coordinator in Volunteer Services with Metro Parks and Nature, and as Partnership Manager with the statewide environmental nonprofit, SOLVE, in Portland, Oregon.

    Lupine has trained and served as a neighborhood mediator with PCC/East Metro Mediation. She facilitates the East Portland Youth Advocates group, which strives to creatively connect and inform youth service providers in East Portland. She also serves on the board for Morpheus Youth Project, a non-profit that builds healthy communities for young people thru arts and culturally responsive activities both in and outside of correctional institutions. She has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Utah with a stint at University of Oregon tucked in there as well.

    In her distant past, Lupine was a State Parks Seasonal Park Ranger in Southern Utah and blames this for her passion around connecting people with natural areas by promoting equity in access and volunteerism. She is excited to share and learn from workshop participants.

    • February 25, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a Happy Hour. Grab a drink and let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other through these changing and challenging times.

    Join us!

    Remote Zoom link will be provided in your event reminder email, sent a few days prior to the event date.

    • April 12, 2021
    • 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
    • 20
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    Take the next step into the amazing field of volunteer management and join us for Volunteer Management 201!

    This training prepares volunteer managers to tackle the challenging and complex issues of volunteer engagement and program sustainability, to help you build the skills you will need to lead the volunteers of 2020 and beyond.

    This interactive training is designed for volunteer managers who have completed Volunteer Management 101 or those who are seeking advanced training in the field. Facilitated by Lupine DeSnyder and Melia Tichenor, both of whom have been working in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for over a decade.

    Typically a full-day offering, this training has been modified for our remote reality and will take place via Zoom in two 3.75 hour morning sessions, offering a mix of content presentation, activities, and small group discussions in breakout rooms. The training will covering the following topics and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

    Day 1: Monday, April 12, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Organizational Culture & Volunteers
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Equipping Staff to Engage Volunteers
    • Cultivating Leadership Volunteers
    Day 2: Tuesday, April 13, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Motivational Leadership
    • Advocating for your Volunteer Program
    • Program Evaluation Strategies
    • Breakout Group topics

    Registration for this event will sign you up for both sessions. Zoom links to join this training remotely will be sent in the week before the event to those who have registered, along with a workbook to be used throughout the training. Questions? Contact melia.novaa@gmail.com

    Join us and develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    About your Trainers:

    Melia Hadidian Tichenor, CVA is in her eleventh year of working in the volunteer management world in Portland, specializing in bringing learning experiences into the service environment. She currently serves as the Coordinator for the Student Community Engagement Center at Portland State University, helping empower students to engage with communities to create positive social change, in addition to training colleagues in volunteer management best practices with NOVAA. 

    Melia completed her Masters degree in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) and a Service-Learning Graduate Certificate through PSU’s Graduate School of Education and has been a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) since 2014. Prior to coming to Portland State, Melia spent eight years at Hands On Greater Portland, working to support hundreds of Hands On's nonprofit partners in developing a wide array of episodic volunteer projects, both for the Hands On Project Calendar and for various national days of service. In addition to her work with Hands On's nonprofit partners, she ran the Hands On Greater Portland TeamWorks program, which brought together teams of 10-12 volunteers to explore specific issue area or neighborhood through the lens of service learning and experiential education.

    Melia has also taken her volunteer management experience abroad to Armenia, where she served for four months as a volunteer consultant and trainer to the staff at Birthright Armenia, a program designed to connect young diasporan Armenians to their cultural and ancestral roots through volunteer positions and internships in the Armenian homeland. 

    Lupine DeSnyder is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) with over 20 years of experience in volunteer program management and community engagement in private, non-profit and government settings with organizations ranging from private businesses to public and non-profit organizations, such as the City of Portland and The Nature Conservancy. She also co-founded, managed and grew the affordable health care-based business, Working Class Acupuncture. Most recently, Lupine served as Community Access Coordinator in Volunteer Services with Metro Parks and Nature, and as Partnership Manager with the statewide environmental nonprofit, SOLVE, in Portland, Oregon.

    Lupine has trained and served as a neighborhood mediator with PCC/East Metro Mediation. She facilitates the East Portland Youth Advocates group, which strives to creatively connect and inform youth service providers in East Portland. She also serves on the board for Morpheus Youth Project, a non-profit that builds healthy communities for young people thru arts and culturally responsive activities both in and outside of correctional institutions. She has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Utah with a stint at University of Oregon tucked in there as well.

    In her distant past, Lupine was a State Parks Seasonal Park Ranger in Southern Utah and blames this for her passion around connecting people with natural areas by promoting equity in access and volunteerism. She is excited to share and learn from workshop participants.

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