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Hi, I’m Elisa

Headshot - circleI’m a coach and consultant, and my clients work with one of the most powerful resources in any nonprofit: volunteers with the skills and the talent to transform our communities for the better.

Managing a volunteer program is more than just a job – it’s a rewarding, purpose-driven profession IF you are trained in best practices and supported to keep growing.

That’s where I come in.

  • I provide volunteer engagement professionals with the training and coaching they need to do their jobs effectively and advance professionally.
  • And I work directly with nonprofits to help them build robust volunteer programs that expand capacity and increase revenue.

It takes a least twenty hats to create the kind of program that draws us to this profession ─ hats like marketer, recruiter, interviewer, supervisor, manager.  The most important hat of all is leader, and I will help you wear that hat with confidence.


Mission possible: what happened when a military intelligence analyst became a volunteer manager

All the wheels are turning in this volunteer program – thanks to a leader with a passion for his work

from-military-intel-to-vol-mgmt-twenty-hatsCompare intelligence work to volunteer management (not counting all those spy movie clichés). Intelligence sounds so left-brained, so centered on data and analysis while volunteer management is people-oriented and relationship-driven. And while our work may require confidentiality, it’s rarely top secret.

For one CVA, though, military intelligence turned out to be the best preparation possible for a second career in volunteer engagement.

Jerome Tennille, is the Manager of Volunteer Services for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization that provides comfort and care to military families who have lost a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. He came to TAPS straight from an eight-year career as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.

“If you had mentioned volunteer management as a possible vocation six years ago, I would have said it was not within my scope,” Jerome reflected. Read more…