Affiliate Assembly

The Affiliate Assembly is a representative body of HandsOn Network leaders, elected by Affiliate peers. The Assembly collaborates with Points of Light to establish strategies and policies that strengthen the entire Network and grow the volunteer movement. Alison Doerfler, Executive Director of HandsOn Network, and Gared Jones, Senior Vice President, Global, represent Points of Light and work closely with this group on Network strategies, priorities and communications.

Amy Lytle, Executive Director
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

Amy Lytle is the first-ever Executive Director of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, which began in 2007 with a mission of creating a stronger and more engaged community by building the capacity of local nonprofits and increasing volunteerism in a five-county area in and around Winston-Salem, NC. Our Affiliate provides a “one-stop-shop,” for those looking to get involved with nonprofits, whether as a volunteer, board member, civic or social entrepreneur, or job transitioner, as well as for those already working within the sector by providing training and technical assistance, leadership development programs, and other opportunities designed to help nonprofits be more effective and efficient. We work within a network of more than 400 different nonprofits, and engage approximately 4,500 volunteers in meaningful service each year.  

With nearly 20 years of experience within the field of volunteerism, including nine years at an affiliate in a neighboring county, Amy has been a network groupie since 1998. As a volunteer herself, she has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, and was honored to be recognized in 2006 as one of the Forty Leaders Under 40 by the Triad Business Journal. Amy has a BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology/ Anthropology from Guilford College and graduated from Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management in 2003. She has also received her CAVNC (Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina) credential from the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration, and served as its President from 2006-2007.

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Brian Dean, Executive Director
Jersey Cares

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Brian Dean is the Executive Director of Jersey Cares, a HandsOn Network affiliate that works with hundreds of nonprofits to help them identify needs that could be met by volunteers and then creates and manages volunteer projects to meet those needs. Mr. Dean has more than 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, previously serving as Executive Director of a newsmagazine on PBS as well as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for New York Cares, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, where he oversaw development functions producing $2.4MM. Prior to that time, Mr. Dean was Director of Hospitality Helping Hands, a program of Hands On Atlanta that planned large-scale volunteer projects for corporate meetings and conventions. Mr. Dean has served on the board of directors of Hands On Tampa as well as on that of an organization empowering high school girls in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dean was a corporate liability underwriter for a Fortune 500 insurance services firm, where among other responsibilities he projected the financial health of corporations and cultivated relationships with independent brokers. He currently serves as an appointee to the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and serves as Vice Chair of the Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers

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Daniel McQuaid, President/CEO

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OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, named Dan McQuaid President & CEO in November 2005. Through his tenure, OneOC has expanded its business lines to include volunteering, training, consulting and fiscal sponsoring services. As a result the organization’s total annual revenue has grown from three to over twelve million, expanding its capacity to help build stronger nonprofits and stronger communities in Orange County.

Dan has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a chief executive officer, community leader, board chairperson, organization consultant and trainer. Since 2000, Mr. McQuaid has been retained as a consultant to more than 125 Southern California nonprofits, providing growth planning, evaluation and training services.

For twenty years, he was the Executive Director of Canyon Acres Children’s Services. Dan guided Canyon Acres’ development of a full array of integrated child welfare and mental health services for severely abused and emotionally troubled children and their families.

In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, Daniel is an inactive licensed child, adult, and family psychotherapist. He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a MS in Social Work with distinction from Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Jenné Myers, CEO
Chicago Cares

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Jenné Myers is a lifelong volunteer who has converted her passion into a successful career. As chief executive officer of Chicago Cares, she leads the organization to connect people, communities and causes by mobilizing more than 30,000 volunteers in service each year. In her time with the organization, Myers has worked to expand Chicago Cares’ reach and impact. She has led her team to develop innovative programming that meets critical needs; diversified revenue streams with new funding models; developed an auxiliary board and expanded the existing board; established annual events reaching new audiences; and launched an exciting new brand.

Prior to Chicago Cares, Myers served as Chicago’s first-ever chief service officer, launching an ambitious effort in One Good Deed Chicago, a full-scale, integrated awareness campaign around volunteerism. Prior, she served as executive director for Working in the School (WITS). Myers currently sits on the board of The Mikva Challenge, is a member of the Hands on Network Affiliate Assembly and is also a commissioner for the Governor's Serve Illinois Commission. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

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Linda Jacobs, CEO
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (San Rafael, CA)

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Since 2002, Linda Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center of Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Center). The Center advances nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation and empowering individuals in our community.

Linda has 35 years’ experience in nonprofit management, working with both local and national organizations on a diversity of issues. She is a frequent presenter and facilitator on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector and consults with nonprofits on board governance, executive transition, and leadership development.

Linda is the Board President of the California Association of Nonprofits and a Board Member for the Marin Economic Forum and Marin County School to Career Partnership. She is a former appointee to the Marin County Women’s Commission, past President of the Marin National Organization for Women, and a former member of the Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board and the Marin Red Cross Leadership Council. In 2011 Linda was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.

Linda graduated from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. Originally from Florida, Linda has lived in Northern California since 1978, and has two sons.

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Rhonda Oliver, CEO
HandsOn Greater Phoenix

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Rhonda Oliver is the President/CEO of HandsOn Greater Phoenix where she has worked for the last 12 years advancing the volunteer service and civic participation movement. Before joining the nonprofit sector 14 years ago as a fundraising officer at The Arizona Humane Society, Rhonda worked for several years in the private sector as a marketing professional.

Rhonda has served throughout the Greater Phoenix in various volunteer capacities including the Mesa Human Services Board, on school and community garden initiatives. She currently serves on the Experience Matters Advisory Board and is the Board Chair of Valley Permaculture Alliance. Rhonda received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.

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Rick Skinner, Vice President
Volunteer Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis

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Rick Skinner joined the United Way of Greater St. Louis in 1999 and is the Vice President of the Volunteer Center. He is responsible for the daily operations of a number of United Way programs within the United Way’s Community Investment Division including Days of Caring, St. Louis Cares, and BoardLinkStL. The Volunteer Center is also very active in disaster response and long-term recovery efforts through its partnership with AmeriCorps-St. Louis and other organizations. Rick has more than 28 years of experience in the field and has served nationally as a member of the Volunteer Center National Network Council with the Points of Light Foundation. Rick received a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and is also a professional disk jockey.

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Vanessa Diamond, Director
HandsOn Greater Richmond

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Vanessa's work in the community has been focused on helping youth and adults engage in community by finding volunteer solutions to critical community issues. As Director of HandsOn Greater Richmond, she oversees the central VA regional volunteer hub mobilizing thousands of individuals in volunteer action.  As Vice President of Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she helps facilitate strategic partnerships of HandsOn Greater Richmond's umbrella organization. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Volunteerism and Community Service, University of Richmond's Bonner Center Advisory Council, and the RVA Engage Regional Catalyst Council.

Past positions include director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s service-learning program facilitating partnerships between faculty and community organizations and assistant director of Northwest Service Academy's Portland, OR AmeriCorps program. She is an AmeriCorps Alum, has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and a master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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