Our Staff

Marion Brunken, Executive Director

Cordell Fields, Volunteer & Database Coordinator 

Muata J. Langley, Alternative Community Service 

Courtney McEllen, Volunteer Manager

Isabel Zaru-Roque, MPH , Emergency Preparedness


Marion Brunken, Executive Director 
Marion, a native of Germany and a social worker by trade, has been involved in the Washington, D.C. non-profit arena for over 17 years, working with communities, nonprofit and government agencies, and volunteers. As the Executive Director, at Volunteer Alexandria, she works with local municipal and community leaders to connect needs and people to further enhance the lives of Alexandria residents, visitors and businesses. Marion has served in this role since 2012 during which time she has significantly moved the organization forward to expand programs and increase visibility in the community.

Prior to her service at Volunteer Alexandria, Marion served for eight years as the Employee Engagement Manager at Freddie Mac where she created and oversaw volunteer opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for over 5,000 employees.  During one of her Habitat for Humanity projects she created, she had the pleasure of working with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  In 2005, she received Freddie Mac’s Premium Achievement Award for her leadership in engaging employees in volunteering.

Marion began her career in volunteer service management as the Special Events Coordinator with the DC volunteer center, Greater DC Cares, from 1998 to 2002.  She was responsible for creating service projects for 3,000 volunteers performing community service at more than 70 schools, and nonprofit and City agencies, and for creating an event for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in 2001 involving community leaders within the City, as well as local government.  During this event, she had the pleasure of working with President Bill Clinton.

She followed as Operations Manager from 2002 to 2004 at Volunteer Alexandria (then called the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau).

Marion is a graduate of Leadership Alexandria’s first class (2004) and has served as a Virginia Volunteer since 2009 for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Currently, she serves on several community committees including, the Alexandria Council for Human Service Organizations (ACHSO), ACTion Alexandria, Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, and Hunger Free Alexandria. 

In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her friends, ride her motorcycle, garden and read books.

Contact Marion at mbrunken@volunteeralexandria.org.
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Cordell Fields, Volunteer and Database Coordinator
Cordell joined Volunteer Alexandria in December 2019. He is responsible for managing and maintaining the volunteer database, creating and implementing programming, training volunteers, and conducting community engagement.
Prior to joining Volunteer Alexandria, Cordell managed logistics and operations for a residential summer STEM program, served as a Youth Employment Counselor with Alexandria’s Department of Community & Health Services, and coordinated workforce development and youth programs for a parks-based non-profit. He also worked several years at the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute as a program aide and Internship Coordinator.
When he’s not working, he likes to try new restaurants, deeply ponder our current state of affairs, contemplate whether a second Cinnabon is worth it, and visit baseball stadiums around the country. Cordell graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Public Administration.

Muata Jordan Langley, Alternative Community Service
Muata enjoys good robust coffee and classical jazz. Over recent years travel has ignited his spirit to … explore, dream and discover ... people, cultures and places around the globe.  Wife, Mpande, and Muata moved to the metro-DC area from “The Nutmeg State” (Connecticut), exactly one week before 9/11.  

Muata is a seasoned human service practitioner with a passion for people-centric service. His career began as  protégé to youth development specialist William T. Harper who hired him to manage New Haven’s first runaway youth, women and family shelter. Experienced with startups, later he launched the Governor’s Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, the Youth in Service Ambassadors AmeriCorps public safety program, and the Norwalk-Kiwanis Emergency Shelter. His motto, “Always leave things better than you inherit them,”  focused him professionally as he transformed community-based programs and initiatives to make them better. While branch director of the Red Cross he increased volunteer enrollment to record numbers. Under his leadership the AmeriCorps program became a national model. Further, Muata facilitated community education campaigns for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse treatment and prevention, youth mentoring and served as director of programs helping ex-offenders and their families rebuild their lives at OAR of Fairfax.  

In 2013, Muata founded npo360 solutions and peopleslensfoto to help nonprofits adopt innovative thinking, performance measurement standards and outcomes in order to increase their performance, accountability and success. Studying at Baruch College (CUNY) he earned  a graduate degree in public administration and National Urban Fellow honors.  He pursued a BS in human services from New Hampshire College. Today, education continues for Muata. He is  a masters candidate in the Nonprofit and Association Management program at the University of Maryland.  

Contact Muata at acs@volunteeralexandria.org
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Courtney McEllen, Volunteer Manager
Courtney is an artist, educator, and a planner who has developed, coordinated, managed, and analyzed programs for nonprofits. Soon after she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Her time teaching art education in the Charlotte area showed her the importance and positive impact of community service, which inspired her master’s degree in public administration and concentration in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC).  Recently, Courtney worked with UNCC’s educational support system and nonprofits to lead students, volunteers, and staff through the creation and administration of effective educational programming for grades K-12 and college level students. She has prepared staff by facilitating professional development workshops and coordinating trainings, orientations, program events, and program scheduling.

Contact Courtney at Courtney@volunteeralexandria.org
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Isabel Zaru-Roque,MPH , Emergency Preparedness 

Isabel Zaru-Roque is a life-long Northern Virginia resident and works with various government clients in the National Capital Region. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at George Mason University and has always demonstrated a passion to serve her local community. During the pandemic she volunteered with the Medical Reserve Corps Alexandria Chapter on the COVID-19 Phone Line, as a contact tracer, and also assisted in the mass vaccination clinics. When not responding to pandemics and disasters she can be found playing soccer with her social team, on a paddleboard in the Occoquan River, or at a dog-park with her adopted dog named Bella.
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