About the Speakers: How to Maximize the Value of Volunteers
General Manager, Volunteer Development
YMCA of Greater Toronto
Faiza Venzant has more than 18 years of volunteer-management experience and
has held her current role for more than eight years. Venzant oversees more than
5,700 volunteers who help to run the YMCA’s health and fitness, employment,
immigrant services, youth development, and other programs each year. Venzant
holds two professional certifications in volunteer administration and volunteer
management, serves as a trustee for the Council for Certification in Volunteer
Management, and is a member and volunteer at several professional associations.
She has received several awards for volunteer leadership, including the 2019
inaugural Impact award from the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada.
Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration
Amira Barger has been an active board and committee member at the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration since 2012. Before joining communications firm Ogilvy & Mather as a senior vice president in 2019, she worked for 14 years as a fundraising, communications, and marketing executive at nonprofits including the Public Health Institute, Second Harvest Food Bank, Feeding America, and Project Open Hand. Barger teaches a variety of courses for nonprofits at Cal State East Bay and Vanguard University and is a frequent speaker on strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, communications, and volunteerism. A Certified Volunteer Administrator and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Barger also is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the Public Relations Society of America.
Editor, Online Learning
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Lisa Schohl helps produce the Chronicle's webinar series and writes and edits how-to articles on philanthropy.com. Before joining the Chronicle, she worked in nonprofit communications and management. Most recently, she led Spanish-language communication strategy at Polaris, a nonprofit working to end human trafficking. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer, contributing to news outlets such as the Knoxville News Sentinel.