Our Faculty

The faculty of the Everyone Ready® Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program includes internationally recognized trainers – the very people whose books and articles are recognized as valuable contributions to the field – and who you would send your staff to conferences to learn from in person. Since 1977, Energize, Inc. has developed unequaled relationships with the most respected trainers, authors, and consultants in the volunteerism field around the world. We bring these experts directly to your paid staff and lead volunteers.

Susan J. Ellis is president of Energize, Inc. and the dean of the faculty for the Everyone Ready® program. Since 1977 she has contributed to the volunteer field through writing and training. Several of her 17 books are considered must-reads, including From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement and The Volunteer Recruitment Book. Susan is editor of e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community and writes the bi-monthly "On Volunteers" column for The NonProfit Times. In great demand as a speaker and trainer, Susan conducts sessions for thousands of participants each year throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Her monthly "Hot Topics" on the Energize, Inc. Web site deal with cutting-edge trends and issues in volunteer management.

Susan J. Ellis

Energize, Inc., USA

Recently retired from consulting, Peter C. Brinckerhoff, founder of Corporate Alternatives, is an internationally known expert at helping not-for-profits get "more mission for their money" and the author of Generations, The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit.

"I finally got the time to watch/listen to the Generations seminar.
I am so, SO impressed! It's just an awesome improvement on the standard webinar.  A big shout out to you and all your staff!
" --Peter Brinckerhoff

Peter C. Brinckerhoff

Corporate Alternatives, Inc., USA

Tracy Brown is president of Diversity Trends, LLC, a consulting and training firm based in Dallas, Texas, and is a dynamic and popular presenter. Since 1991 her company has helped clients nationwide design successful diversity strategies and develop skills that support inclusion.

Tracy Brown

Diversity Trends, LLC, USA

Sheri Wilensky Burke, Associate Director of Everyone Ready, has more than 30 years of experience working with national non-profit organizations and understands that volunteers are the soul of any non-profit.  She empowers organizations to develop volunteer-based projects and volunteer leaders, and offers consultation and training in volunteer management, board development and special events. Prior to developing her own business, Sheri was the Director of Volunteer Management & Board Development for the American Lung Association National Headquarters for 12 years. She has also worked for Volunteers of America’s Greater New York Branch, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City Chapter. Sheri previously served as President of the New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NYAVA) and also served on the national board of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).

Sheri Wilensky Burke

Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC, USA

Katie Campbell has worked in the field of volunteer resources management for over 30 years as practitioner, author, trainer and leader. She most recently served as the executive director for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and is Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Katherine H. Campbell

Skye Consulting, USA

Martin J Cowling has had over 25 years of leadership roles across the not-for-profit, corporate, and public sectors in Australia. He has conducted workshops in 15 countries across the Pacific, North America, Asia Europe, the Middle East, and Europe. He authored the “How Volunteer Managers Sabotage Their Programs” article series in e-Volunteerism.

Martin Cowling

People First-Total Solutions, AUS

Jayne Cravens is an internationally-recognized professional with more than 25 years of experience regarding communications, volunteer involvement/community engagement, and capacity-building on a variety of topics for nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/civil society, government-based community programs, and corporate philanthropy programs. Jayne is a pioneer regarding the research, promotion and practice of virtual volunteering/online volunteering, and a veteran manager of various nonprofit and community-focused initiatives. In 1994 Jayne created one of the first web sites focused on helping to build the capacity of nonprofits to use the Internet and is the co-author of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook: Fully Integrating Online Service into Volunteer Involvement.

Jayne Cravens

Consultant and Researcher
Coyote Communications

Andy Fryar is the founder of OzVPM (Australasian Volunteer Program Management) – a consultancy, training and resource company specializing in volunteerism and online discussion forum. He has contributed significantly to the Australian volunteerism community, and his achievements include serving as president of both Volunteering Australia and Volunteering South Australia, co-authoring the book, Essential Volunteer Management, and founding/moderating the listserv, OzVPM. Andy is the in-country Everyone Ready representative for Australia. He presently runs the Australian division of the volunteer tracking software company,  Better Impact.

Andy Fryar


Linda L. Graff, recently retired, is internationally acknowledged as the volunteer field’s leading expert in risk management issues. Her books, such as Beyond Police Checks: The Definitive Volunteer & Employee Screening Guidebook, are the go-to source for clear advice on safety in volunteer engagement.

Linda L. Graff

Linda Graff and Associates, Inc., CAN

William R. Henry, Jr., ABC, is Director of Communications of Volunteer Insurance Services of The CIMA Companies, Inc., an insurance and risk management firm with headquarters in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. The Volunteers Insurance Service (VIS®) program offered by CIMA is designed to address the accident and liability concerns that are shared by many volunteers, would be volunteers and the nonprofit organizations that use their help.

William R. Henry, Jr.

Director of Communications
CIMA Volunteer Insurance Services® , USA

Rob Jackson has worked in the volunteering movement since 1994, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels. Rob writes, speaks and trains about volunteer management internationally through his consulting company. He is the founder and moderator of  UKVPMs, the first email networking resource for UK-based volunteer programme managers; a member of the editorial team e-Volunteerism; and is an active volunteer in various community groups.

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson Consulting, Ltd., UK

Colleen Kelly served as Executive Director of Vantage Point (formerly Volunteer Vancouver) in Vancouver, Canada from 1999 to 2015,  leading a team of 10 staff, approximately 126 volunteers and the delivery of nine programs including GoVolunteer.ca, BoardMatch.org, a full program of open and customized workshops, and their Executive Director & Board Governance Learning Circles. Now retired but still blogging, Colleen co-authored the groundbreaking book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit.

Colleen Kelly

Nonprofit Management Consultant and Blogger, CAN

Suzanne Lawson is a seasoned professional consultant in the Canadian and international voluntary sector. She previously held a variety of positions in the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario; was executive director of Ontario’s Arthritis Society, of program for The Anglican Church of Canada, and the ALS Society of Canada; and, was director of volunteer resources for Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital. While continuing as an active volunteer in both church and secular organizations, she is now working with the Anglican Church of Canada in its Resources for Mission Department, doing some consulting which focuses on helping leaders lead and organizations excel, and gaining joy through volunteering.

Suzanne Lawson

Suzanne Lawson and Associates, CAN

As a writer, speaker, and nonprofit leader focusing on community engagement, fundraising, executive leadership and transition, governance, and program development, John has worked with a variety of organizations over the past 29 years. His book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, was published in October 2009 from Alpha/Penguin. In 2015, he was a featured contributor to the anthology Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World from Jossey-Bass. He was President/CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco from 2004-2011 and most recently served as Associate Vice President, Volunteer Engagement for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.) He is a writer for The Coffeelicious on Medium and currently serves as Acting Director for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. 


John L. Lipp

Lipp Consultants

Steve McCurley is an internationally-known trainer and speaker in the field of effective volunteer involvement and co-founding publisher of e-Volunteerism:  The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community. He recently retired as a principal in VM Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve their utilization of volunteers. His book, Volunteer Management: Mobilizing All the Resources of the Community, is the most assigned text book for teaching volunteer management.

Steve McCurley

VMS Systems, USA

Betsy McFarland, Associate Director of Everyone Ready, is a principal at Adisa, a consulting firm dedicated to helping purpose-driven individuals and organizations unleash talent and achieve impact. Betsy has more than 20 years of experience in maximizing volunteer engagement in the animal protection, much of it with The Humane Society of the United states. She was the first to launch comprehensive volunteer engagement training for the animal sheltering field, authoring the book, Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations, and publishing research on staff-volunteer relationships. She worked with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to develop a research-supported Volunteer Program Assessment model that serves nonprofit volunteer programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Betsy McFarland

Adisa, USA 

Connie Pirtle serves nonprofit organizations in all areas related to volunteerism. She has more than 20 years of experience working with trustees, volunteers, volunteer program managers, executive directors, and senior staff members on effective utilization of volunteer resources. She presently directs Oklahoma State University's pet therapy program, Pete’s Pet Posse.

Connie Pirtle

Strategic Nonprofit Resources, USA

For four decades, Ivan Scheier was a cutting-edge thinker in the field of volunteerism and a guiding light to many colleagues. To our sorrow, Ivan passed away in 2008. Up to the end, he was active as a contributor to e-Volunteerism and remains on this list of Everyone Ready trainers because his written materials such as a Self-Instruction Guide on volunteer/employee relationships are still utilized in the program. If you wish to learn more about Ivan and his legacy, see the January 2009 issue of e-Volunteerism memorializing his work.

Ivan H. Scheier


Betty Stallings, MSW, is an international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant, and author specializing in volunteer management, nonprofit fundraising, leadership and board development. She has written many popular books including Getting to Yes in Fund Raising; A Resource Kit for Managers of Volunteers; Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers: The 55-Minute Training Series and her newest, Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives.

Betty B. Stallings

Building Better Skills, USA

David Warshaw is founder and principal of Vistas Volunteer Management Solutions, a consultancy formed to help businesses and nonprofits build capacity to improve their communities through strategic volunteering. Prior to starting his firm, David was a public relations executive for the General Electric Company (GE) for 27 years and directed GE’s award-winning global workplace volunteer effort.

David Warshaw

Vistas Volunteer Management Solutions, USA

Carol Weisman, president of Board Builders, is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who specializes in volunteerism, fund raising and governance. She has worked with a wide range of clients, and has personally served on 32 boards and been president of 7. She is an hilarious and pointed public speaker in wide demand.

Carol Weisman

Board Builders, USA
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