Meet your Conference Presenters!

Amy Faulkner, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter
Amy has been the primary behind-the-scenes instigator in a wave of change that has redefined volunteerism for literally thousands of Seattleites. With an extensive background in marketing and experiential events, Amy started The World is Fun in 2009 when she realized how much untouched potential there was for putting fun in volunteerism for the Seattle region. Ten years later, she’s grown the organization to over 19,000 volunteers and a volunteer staff of more than 90 that works in partnership with over 150 local nonprofits.

In addition to The World is Fun, Amy is the founder of GiLLY WAGON, an events production company that produces everything fun from large scale festivals to unique fundraising events. She has worked with companies large and small to create opportunities that spark excitement in people and make them see the world from a different perspective.

Amy is nationally recognized for her incredible work fostering community, sparking engagement, and volunteer management. She is the 2013 recipient of The Wendy Walters Truitt Volunteer Excellence Award and the 2016 Jefferson Award for her nonprofit work.
Amy is a mission evangelist, creative mastermind and organizational backbone. Her ability to think creatively and find solutions to motivate others is unparalleled.

Patrick Tefft
Patrick Tefft, CVA, has 30 years of professional experience in volunteer engagement with nonprofit organizations and municipal and county government. Currently as the City of Kirkland Volunteer Services Coordinator, he oversees volunteer engagement within all city departments. Additionally, he volunteers with two local organizations.

Jenny Woods
Jenny has worked with volunteers in the museum field for the past 18 years. Her experience includes museums big and small, urban and rural, national and international. She currently works as the Assistant Manager of Volunteer Programs at the Seattle Art Museum, where she also serves on the Access Team and Equity Team. Additionally she is the current Vice President for the American Association for Museum Volunteers.

Danie Allinice
Danie joined the Volunteer Department at the Seattle Art Museum in 2015 with a background in the arts and small business arts administration. She currently works as the Manager of Volunteer Programs and co-chair of SAM’s nationally recognized Equity Team. Danie loves working with volunteers because they are often the face of art museums, responsible for ensuring a welcoming and inclusive space for our community.

Faarah Misbah
Faarah Misbah is the Volunteer and Resources Coordinator with NAMI Seattle, where she manages volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention as well as supervises the Helpline and Internship programs at NAMI Seattle. She has a year’s worth of experience as a volunteer coordinator and a few years experience before that as a volunteer herself in many different non-profits.

Tony Goodrow
Tony Goodrow is the CEO of Better Impact, a company providing volunteer management software to nonprofits and municipalities in 14 countries. He has been working in the volunteer sector since 2001 and has presented on a variety of topics at workshops and conferences on six continents.

Nikki Russell
Nikki Russell, CVA, is a seasoned professional and leader in the fields of development and community engagement, delivering workshops regionally and nationally that promote the strategic advantage of effective engagement. Nikki has worked in leadership roles at the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, United Good Neighbors, and the United Way of King County. She served as the Chair of Steering Committee of the Volunteer Administrator’s Network (VAN) Northwest from 2009 to 2015; and as VP of Marketing on the Board of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE).

Scott Rice
Scott Rice is currently an Instructor and Volunteer Supervisor at Seattle Goodwill. He has worked in the education and nonprofit sectors since 1998. Scott is passionate about working with adult learners and advocating for social justice.

Cammie Carl
Cammie Carl is the Job Training and Education Reintegration Manager at Seattle Goodwill. Her work is centered on currently and formerly incarcerated persons.

Alex Ropes
Alex Ropes, Volunteer Manager for Amara, has been in volunteer engagement for the past seven years. Specializing in process improvement and relationship development, she has presented workshops regionally, and nationally. Alex has served on the Steering Committee for the Volunteer Administrators Network NW since 2015 as the Professional Development Chair. Born and raised in the South Sound, where she was recognized as a 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2017, she lives in Tacoma with her husband and a menagerie of adopted rescue animals.

Sarah Bustad
Sarah Bustad currently works as the Volunteer Relations Manager for Congregations for the Homeless in Bellevue. She is a graduate of the Leadership Eastside program in Adaptive Leadership, and has a passion for helping people see the world through the eyes of others and creating meaningful experiences for volunteers. Sarah also serves on the Steering Committee for VANNW.

Ania Beszterda-Alyson
Ania supports academic growth of K-12 students by strengthening and expanding volunteer-powered programs in Seattle’s 104 public schools. She is on a mission to leverage volunteer resources to provide equitable education opportunities for all Seattle Public Schools students. She donates her free time to shy shelter dogs and helps them find forever homes.


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