Board of Directors
The MVMA Board of Directors is an all-volunteer board reporting to the general membership. MVMA operates within the belief that a member-led Board of Directors is a way for the membership to invest in the future success of their profession and the organization.
Meet Your 2019 Board
Katelind has been with United Way of Greater St. Louis for a little over 4 years in the role as Lead Volunteer Center Manager. In her role, she has the incredible opportunity to work to further develop the programs and services the Volunteer Center offers to nonprofits, companies, and volunteers throughout the bi-state region. Through which, she leads the United Way’s premier volunteer management tool STLVolunteer.org.
She recently completed her second term as MVMA’s board treasurer. She holds a bachelor degree in Social Work from Missouri State University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Social and Economic Development and Nonprofit Management.
Jessa brings passion and energy to her work with volunteers at Easterseals Midwest. She is responsible for mobilizing advocates and creating meaningful opportunities for community members to get involved supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Jessa’s work history includes the YMCA and the American Youth Foundation; she has a passion for camping, and the personal growth she calls “turbo grow” that youth of all ages can experience in recreational settings. Previously, she volunteered with the United Way, and other organizations and foundations as a program evaluator, latke-maker, song leader, and facilitator. She earned her Bachelors from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Jessa completed her Graduate Portfolio in Non-Profit Management (RGK Center, LBJ School of Public Policy) and Master’s in Social Work at the University of Texas – Austin.
Heather started with HavenHouse St. Louis in 2013 as a House Manager and transitioned into the role of Volunteer Manager in late 2015. Heather loves sharing her passion for helping the patients and families who stay at HavenHouse St. Louis with the volunteers who assist with many different tasks on and off campus.
Heather believes she has the best of both worlds in her role as she gets to work with amazing volunteers, awesome co-workers, and build relationships with the patients and families. Being able to make a difference in the lives of others is a big deal to her!
Heather previously worked for ten years in the medical field. She holds an Associate’s degree in General Studies and is in the process of completing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews, seeing live music, and trying new places to eat.
Julie grew up in Alton, IL, and has spent the last 10 years in St. Louis. She currently lives in Tower Grove South and works as Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Assistant for Bethesda Hospice Care. Julie is a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity, and of the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL, where she received her B.A. in History. Julie is also a graduate of Cottey College, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry from Eden Seminary. Julie has spent the past five years specializing in volunteer coordination, and often leads workshops on volunteer engagement best practices for nonprofits and faith communities. For the last four years, she has been an active member of MVMA and a voting member of the United Way Volunteer Center’s Certification Committee.
Ella holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Oswego State University and a Master of the Arts in Teaching from the State University of New York at Cortland. She currently works as the Volunteer Center Manager for United Way of Greater St. Louis. In past lives, Ella was an AmeriCorps State member in Boston and a high school English teacher in upstate New York. Ella is also an active member of the Friends of Saint Louis Public Schools and a Young Friend of the Missouri Botanical Garden. When not at work or MVMA meetings, Ella enjoys baking, reading, and riding her bike around St. Louis.