Our Board

President: John Sullivan

Vice President: Toni JohnsonIndependent Consultant

Secretary: Jackie Huelbig, Account Lead, Centro’s Candidates + Causes

Treasurer: Paul Kentes, Accountant, Renner and Company, CPA

 

Members:
Nikki Clifford, Volunteer and Operations Manager, Food for Others

Bill Euille, Director, America's Future Workforce

Tavares M. FloydCEO & President, The Be Well Project

Dana JohnstonPrincipal and Founder, S.M.A.R.T Consulting Services

Matt Megary, Senior Vice President–Investments of Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Lisa Nirell, Chief Energy Officer, Energize Growth

Kevin PeachChief Operating Officer, Disaster Services Corporation, SVDP-USA

Alison RauschDirector of Major Gifts for the University of Oxford

Mia Wallace, Business Development Manager, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America


Nikki Clifford has been a City of Alexandria resident, with her husband John, for over 13 years, but has enjoyed taking advantage of its sites and eateries for over 30 years. She has been working with volunteers since 1997 when she joined Single Volunteers of DC (SVDC). While there she worked with numerous area non-profits and provided them with volunteers to assist in completing projects and carrying out their missions. 
 
For the last 6 years Nikki has been coordinating 500 to 600 volunteers per month at Food for Others, a food pantry serving the Northern Virginia area. She witnesses the power of volunteerism on a daily basis and cannot imagine a more fulfilling line of work.
 
Nikki enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, good books, knitting, and the occasional The Ohio State University football game, John’s alma mater. Return to top

 Bill Euille, Mayor Emeritus, is the Managing Director for Government Relations and Business Development with America's Future Workforce. Euille began his business career as an accountant with an Alexandria construction company in 1972, and within eight years, he advanced to Vice President/Controller, ultimately having responsibility for all contracting, financial and administrative functions. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mayor Euille graduated from T.C. Williams High School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 1972.

The former Mayor is active in community affairs in Alexandria and Washington, DC. His dedicated involvement includes the William D. Euille Foundation, which he founded in 1994; many agencies in Alexandria.  e is also active in business and construction industry organizations such as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; the US Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Minority Contractors; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc; and the NOVA Building Industry Association. Euille has received many major awards and honors over the past 20 years. 

Euille was elected as the Mayor to a three-year term on the Alexandria City Council in May, 1994. He was re-elected in May, 1997 (Vice Mayor) and in May, 2000. He was elected the City's first African-American Mayor in May, 2003 and was re-elected Mayor in May, 2006, 2009 and in November 2012. He served on many Board of Directors as member and chairman. Return to top

 Tavares Floyd is a Civil Rights Attorney and the Founder/CEO of the BeWell Project, an organization, centered on ending systems that limit Black wellness and emphasizing the urgency of protecting folks living on the margins of the margins, including men, women, boys, girls, the gamut of LGBTQA folk, and other minorities.

Tavares is active in the community in various capacities including: serving on the Board of Directors for the Charles Houston Recreation Center as Vice President; Living Legends of Alexandria; Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA) as Secretary; the Debra Denise Smith Foundation; Commissioner with the City of Alexandria's Commission on HIV/AIDS; ECHO Virginia Coalition; Ambassador for the Trevor Project (DC); Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Departmental Progressive Club of Alexandria, and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Tavares has served on numerous National Boards, including the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Tavares has also received several awards including being selected as a 2018 recipient of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's 40 under 40. Tavares graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Christian Brothers University, a Philosophy Degree from American, and from Southern University Law Center with a Juris Doctorate. Return to top

Jackie Huelbig, an Account Lead on Centro’s Candidates + Causes team, delivers the digital media expertise and technology that political and issue marketers need to drive action from key constituents. She leads her team to deliver on Centro's goal: to improve the lives of the people behind the campaigns by providing a unified, enterprise-class software and services to simplify digital media operations. Prior to joining Centro in 2011, Ms. Huelbig spent 5 years at Campaign Solutions/Connell Donatelli where she successfully executed paid digital efforts for a variety of races, including John McCain for President and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s successful 2010 write-in re-election campaign. As a result of her efforts, she was named one of Campaigns & Elections’ Rising Stars in 2011.

Ms. Huelbig has been a resident in the City of Alexandria for 12 years and has volunteered on the Alexandria Jaycees Board of Directors from 2010-2017. She held a wide variety of leadership positions including  President, Chairman of the Board, VP of Membership (twice), VP of Management (twice), and VP of Activation. In 2014 she provided leadership at the state level as the VP of Membership for the Virginia Jaycees. 

Ms. Huelbig's awards from the Virginia Jaycees and the Alexandria Jaycees include the VA Jaycees Outstanding Local Officer, VA Jaycees Outstanding Local President, Tucker Watkins Award, Robert "Buz" Schultz Leadership Award, Alexandria Jaycees Life Member and Virginia Jaycees Life Member. Return to top

  Toni Johnson is an experienced non-profit leader with twenty five years of proven organizational management, including expertise in volunteer leadership, staff development, financial accountability, program implementation, public policy initiatives and brand development. She has been a successful fundraiser with substantial experience driving revenue through donor cultivation, event leadership, corporate giving and government grants. Toni has worked with the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of University Women. Some of her professional highlights were organizing and running a Red Cross youth camp for forty youth in Western Samoa, and being the spokesperson for the Red Cross in NYC during 9/11.

Recently retired, she is enjoying time in Old Town with her husband, Terry Johnson, traveling to visit kids and grand-children on the west coast, going to the gym, reading and visiting with friends and family. She believes that volunteers are the heart and soul of all nonprofit organizations, and looks forward to contributing to Volunteer Alexandria as a Board member. Return to top

  Dana Johnston, Business Executive with 30 years of broad executive experience. Outstanding visionary, innovator, motivator, relationship builder and leader. A former senior executive in the Printing and Mailing industry, Dana is currently founder and President of S.M.A.R.T Consulting Services, a business consulting practice focused on assisting companies develop digital communication strategies. These strategies are designed to take full advantage of the “digital transformation” occurring in their business through the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. Dana developed SmartTouch™ a communications engagement platform for use by Small Businesses; Colleges and Universities; Healthcare providers; Non-Profits and Associations.

Prior to moving to Alexandria in January, Dana held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member for InStride Therapy, Inc. A non-profit providing Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT). In this role, Dana had broad responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organization, including a full and part-time staff of 12; 85 volunteers who provided support weekly, 9 therapists (OT; PT and Speech) and 17 horses. The organization delivered programs aimed at individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Dana also served on the Board of Advisors for the University of California Davis, School of Education (SOE) where he advised and mentored faculty and staff at both the SOE and the MIND Institute, a research organization focused on neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADD/ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD.

Dana received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Managerial Economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY and continued his studies in Entrepreneurial Management at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Return to top

   Paul Kentes is Participant Services Director for the company, 501(c)(fit!)®, which provides financial training seminars and advice to nonprofit professionals. Paul helps reach out to the nonprofit community to communicate regarding upcoming 501(c)(fit!)® programs. He assists with online and onsite registration and coordinates web content and participant materials. He works with venues regarding meeting space, audio visual and catering services to make participants feel welcome and comfortable.

He is also an in-charge accountant with Renner and Company, CPA, P.C. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Virginia College at Wise in Wise, Virginia, Paul brings high energy and enthusiasm to the 501(c)(fit!)® team.

When he’s not working on participant services, he enjoys photography, hiking, camping, fishing and spending time with friends in Alexandria Paul is a Board Member of Agenda Alexandria and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Central.

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 Matt Megary is a Senior Vice President–Investments of Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. With more than 20 years of financial investment experience, Matt advises clients on strategies designed to grow and preserve their assets through investment planning and personalized investment management. 

He received his BA in Economics from Rutgers University, where he also served as Team Captain of the Men’s Cross-Country and Track and Field teams. In addition, he received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University.
Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Matt was the Director and Regional Executive of Deutsche Bank's Washington, DC region. He was responsible for the region's regulatory supervision as well as its financial success. Prior to taking over Regional Management responsibilities, Matt headed various Product and Services groups at Deutsche Bank including Investment Analytics, Mutual Funds and Retirement Plan Services.  In addition, he served on Deutsche Bank's Global Third Party Investment Committee and Recommended Mutual Funds Committee.

Matt and his wife, Betsy are active in the community and stay busy keeping up with their two sets of twins, Emma and Jackson and Kate and Tess. Return to top

Lisa Nirell is the Chief Energy Officer of EnergizeGrowth®. Innovative companies such as Adobe, Gannett, Google, and Hilton hire Lisa to gain fresh insights, formulate new strategies, and launch breakthrough marketing ideas.

Apple evangelist and bestselling author, Guy Kawasaki, says “Lisa will help you truly understand growth strategies.”  She is also an award-winning FastCompany, Forbes CMO, and CMO.com contributor. Her award-winning books include EnergizeGrowth NOW: The Marketing Guide to a Wealthy Company and The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World.

With over 30 years of pragmatic corporate experience, Lisa brings cutting-edge strategies and fresh ideas to the stage. She works diligently to tailor sessions to your cultural and audience dynamics, and delivers them in a way that your executive audiences can apply immediately. Return to top
 

  Kevin Peach is a domestic and international business consultant recognized for his ability to create public-private partnerships to drive cross-sector collaboration. He serves in various capacities to advise the United Nations (UN), the Executive Office of the President, the National Security Council (NSC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and private industry.

Kevin's background is in emergency management, leading programs that address preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery and mitigation. Having served in various capacities for various local, state, federal, and international agencies, Kevin possesses extensive and diverse professional experience managing multilateral disaster responses, government organizations, complex disaster projects and emergency management programs. 

He has experience managing emergency field response activities, and the formulation and development of policies addressing the mobilization of resources during emergencies, the preparation of emergency plans, and the coordination of emergency operations. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and organizations that affect emergency management activities in the Unites States and internationally. Has a proven ability to exercise leadership and manage a diverse and complex organization to protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, terrorism, and other man-made disasters through a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery, and mitigation. Return to top

 Dr. Alison Rausch is a senior fundraising strategist who believes passionately in the power of education to positively transform lives. A scientist by training, Alison is currently Director of Major Gifts for the University of Oxford in North America. In this role, she works with a dedicated and talented team to secure principal and major gifts from donors in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Prior to this Alison worked in business development at Oxford University Press and Reed Elsevier in the UK. Alison has been involved in community volunteerism for over twenty five years in both the US and UK and has joined Volunteer Alexandria to help grow volunteerism across her adopted hometown. Alison is mother to two very active children and spends any spare time swimming at the Y. Return to top

 John Sullivan, who describes him self as a “military-brat” who spent his entire “formative” years in different countries, has been an Alexandria resident (with some interruptions) since the late 1970’s.  Our city and communities have grown in incredibly positive directions. Even while his profession took him overseas,, he was able to keep rooted to his adopted hometown and eventually started his family life in Alexandria. Married to Becky McMahan Sullivan (Alexandria Scholarship Fund Co-Chair for 2 years, among other accolades), he is the proud father of two boys who have successfully matriculated the entire Alexandria City Public School system and have now made Becky and him, “empty-nesters”. Retired from a life-long career in the financial world, including international trade, banking, mortgage banking, real estate and his own small business consultancy, John needed to find “fun-work” directed to his community.  He was fortunate to find Volunteer Alexandria, has served on the Development Committee for the last year and he is convinced this is the right place for himReturn to top

  Mia Wallace brings a great deal of not-for-profit experience to bear in her role within the Business Development department. She joined Community Anti-Drug Coalition (CADCA) as a Development Associate and was promoted to Business Development Manager in October 2016. She comes to CADCA from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in Alexandria, where she served for seven years in membership and special project roles. Mia previously worked with Catholic Social Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a child welfare and adoption services specialist. She also worked in customer relations and training with Steelcase Furniture.

Mia is committed to improving living and learning conditions for children, and has served as a mentor to many at-risk students over the years.

Mia holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

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