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Bios of 2016 Workshop Presenters

beth-steinhornBeth Steinhorn is President of the JFFixler Group and a nationally recognized leader, writer, and innovator in volunteer engagement and nonprofit management. Throughout her 25+ year career with nonprofit organizations, Beth has helped organizations and their leadership achieve their missions through strategic and innovative engagement. She has served as a consultant, executive director, trainer, and program director, and has worked with museums, education agencies, faith-based organizations, health and human services organizations, volunteer centers, and universities. In addition to presenting at local and national conferences including the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Beth is a certified Service Enterprise trainer. Beth co-authored the book Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Facilitator’s Tool Kit and served as editor for the book Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Collaborate Today, Thrive Tomorrow. She is also a contributing author to VolunteerMatch’s recently published Volunteer Engagement 2.0 and Charity Channel’s You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. As President of JFFixler Group, Beth leads consultations, facilitates workshops, coaches executives, presents keynote addresses, and publishes blogs and articles.

Rick_4aRichard Lynch is a Seattle-based management consultant with a variety of clients in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Russia, and Brazil. He is the President of Lynch Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help organizations create productive workplaces. Each year, Mr. Lynch speaks at approximately 100 workshops, conventions, and conferences around the world on topics related to personal growth and management effectiveness. He is the co-author of the books Secrets of Leadership, Keeping Volunteers, and Volunteer Management, the world’s best-selling book in the field of volunteer management. This book has been translated into four languages. Before starting his own firm in 1977, Mr. Lynch worked for five years as a project director and senior trainer for three management consulting firms in New York and Washington, DC. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Karen Thomas, Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant, works for Simply Placed where she and her colleagues help clients increase productivity, maximize efficiency and bring balance and control into their work and lives. Simply Placed associates work with individuals and businesses to create effective organizational systems, clear clutter, successfully manage time, focus on priorities and achieve goals. They help people work smarter, not harder, to increase their bottom line and peace of mind through consulting, hands-on organizing, and group training. Simply Placed is ultimately about helping you achieve a level of efficiency that allows you to get not just more, but more of what you want, out of work and life.

Patrick Tefft, CVA, has 25+ years of professional experience in volunteer engagement with nonprofit organizations, municipal government and county government. Currently as the City of Kirkland Volunteer Services Coordinator, he oversees volunteer engagement within all city departments. Patrick earned his CVA in 2012 and additionally, volunteers with three local organizations.

Ariel Novick is the Volunteer Engagement Manager of Food Lifeline. Ariel engages a volunteer corps of 10,000 volunteers to repack nearly 40 million pounds of food to a network of 275 hunger-relief agencies in Western Washington. She brings more than 7 years’ experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, and community building. Ariel has also worked with the Campus Kitchens Project where she was responsible for overseeing a national anti-hunger program. Ariel received a Masters Public Administration concentrating in nonprofit management from University of North Carolina and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Human Services from the George Washington University.

Marxa Marnia, MES, is the Staff Training & Development Coordinator of Sound Generations. Marxa uses her background in Environmental Studies and Global Change to connect with people on topics of intersectionality, equity, equality and structures of social development. She has led workshops on the intersectionality of race and sexual orientation, the disparities between wealth and health, and the system of racial inequity. Her best experiences have come from collaborating in groups where everyone learns from each other and she strives to create engaging environments for exploration and discovery. She is currently in her second term as the co-chair of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission.

Cassidy Stout, MSW is the Project Coordinator Health & Wellness of Sound Generations. Cassidy has extensive experience in working with volunteers and facilitating trainings around Evidence-based Programs. Cassidy also has experience in Equity and Inclusion work both with Sound Generations and at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington where she has co-taught classes and guest lectured. She is also currently the President of the Board of Directors for People’s Memorial Association, another Washington non-profit.

Juli Forman divides her time between serving as the state-wide coordinator for Volunteer Centers of Washington, and managing the Volunteer Manager Corps at 501Commons. She previously worked for over 20 years in research and evaluation consulting firms, including as Evaluation Manager at ORS Impact. Juli holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in Geography, with a specialty in statistics.

Nikki Russell, CVA, is the Director of Community Engagement at United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County. A seasoned professional and leader in the field of volunteer engagement, Nikki delivers workshops regionally and nationally that promote the strategic advantage of effective volunteer engagement. In 2014, Nikki ventured into the consulting arena, launching The Volunteer Advantage. Prior to UGN Nikki worked with United Way of King County as the Volunteer Initiatives Manager, facilitating the volunteer resources management training series and managing United Way’s Annual Day of Caring, the largest single Day of Caring in the State of Washington. In her leisure time, Nikki rows with Tuf As Nails and Rat Island Rowing; sings with Songlines, a local community choir and is a member of the Poetic Justice Theater Ensemble. Nikki currently serves on several Boards/Steering Committees.

Jonathan Rhodes is founder of Voila, dedicated to connecting nonprofits and companies to fulfill mutual needs and develop deeper partnerships. After several years as a software engineer at Google, Jonathan is now an aspiring entrepreneur, exploring how we can use business to influence and empower people to grow. He loves to learn, read and travel and has a special connection with China and Japan.

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