Marion Brunken, Executive Director
Cordell Fields, Volunteer & Database Coordinator
D'Mario Hill, Civic Engagement Manager
Theresa Kramer-Burgess, Social Media Coordinator
Muata J. Langley, Alternative Community Service
Michele Lewis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Ian Sterne, Until Help Arrives Co-facilitator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michele is a value driven leader and strategic thinker with strong interpersonal skills and the understanding that people make the difference. She comes with an extensive background of over 20 years of retail management experience focused on providing outstanding internal and external customer engagement, Human Resources, and operational excellence.
Service for and to others has always been paramount for Michele. She has been involved with various aspects of volunteering from all different levels, helping to coordinate and execute multiple charitable events for previous employers which benefitted both individuals as well as businesses.
As a native Islander, Michele and her family has been personally impacted by natural disasters in the past which led to assisting in shelters, safe havens, soup kitchens and an interest in emergency preparedness. Michele started as a volunteer at Volunteer Alexandria, conducting outreach events across the City and educating the public on how to be preared for different kind of disasters, as well as demonstrated to children how a virus like COVID spreads and why it is important to wear a mask, etc. Michele successfully participated in several FEMA courses and currently is on her way to become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.
In her new role, she will inspire and mobilize people to become involved in emergency response/recovery activities, as well as engage and assist the community to be prepared. Michele has always felt passionate about serving others and helping to keep her community safe.
Contact Michele at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ian is a life-long Washingtonian. He previously worked as a sheltering expert for the American Red Cross (ARC) in the National Capital Region, inspecting over 100 possible shelter sites in the DMV including Mega Shelters and wrote response plans for each of them.
He later transitioned to a disaster response role and became the Disaster Service Coordinator of Fairfax Country, leading ARC disaster volunteers as they prepared for and responded to local disasters. When the National Capital Region merged with the Arlington County and the City of Alexandria chapters, Ian took over Disaster Response for all three jurisdictions for two years before joining Volunteer Alexandria as an Emergency Preparedness Manager where he became an Until Help Arrives (UHA) trainer and has presented UHA to over 500 people.
He has a degree in Justice, Law & Society, and enjoys hiking and camping. Return to top