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Karmit Bulman
Executive Director
Karmit Bulman is MAVA’s Executive Director. She has extensive experience running non-profit organizations and has a strong background of leadership in international, national and statewide coalition building. In the past Karmit has served as an attorney and as executive director for nonprofits. Her roles have involved financial management, program development, public and community relations, fund raising and oversight of organizational operations. She has a particular passion for facilitation of collaborative processes, conflict assessment, coalition building, executive coaching and consulting, new business development, organizational turnaround, and revenue expansion. Karmit oversees strategic planning, board development, financial management, fundraising, program development and day to day programming at MAVA.

Contact Karmit: kbulman@mavanetwork.org or 651-756-8449



Krista Eichhorst
Program and Operations Manager
Krista Eichhorst is MAVA’s Program and Operations Manager. In this role she oversees office operations and communications, coordinates programming, and manages the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) cohort. Prior to joining the association she managed a statewide leadership training program for community and technical college students and spent three years in the national service field, serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Saint Paul and working in the community relations office for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Iowa.

Contact Krista: office@mavanetwork.org or 651-493-7724



Hannah Gerdes
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Hannah Gerdes is MAVA’s current VISTA Leader. She completed her first year of service with Jeremiah Program through MAVA’s VISTA program in 2016-2017. As a VISTA Leader, Hannah helps coordinate, plan, and facilitate monthly trainings for MAVA’s VISTA members and provides them with ongoing support and resources during their service year.

Contact Hannah: vistaleader@mavanetwork.org or 651-797-4076



Lisa Joyslin
Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager
Lisa Joyslin is MAVA’s Project Manager for Inclusive Civic Volunteerism, an initiative focused on engaging diverse and immigrant communities in city and county volunteer programs. Lisa has worked in the field of volunteer services for over 10 years, most recently as the Volunteer and Communications Manager at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul. Prior to that she served as Volunteer Services Officer for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region, and has held positions with Community Thread, Hands On Twin Cities, and Chicago Cares. Before joining the MAVA staff, Lisa was a volunteer trainer for MAVA’s Volunteer Impact Leadership Series and Cutting Edge Strategies trainings. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Contact Lisa: ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org or 651-414-0048



Polly Roach
Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager
Polly Roach is MAVA’s Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager, providing support for activities related to the Service Enterprise Initiative, funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund. Prior to joining the MAVA staff in 2018, Polly served on the MAVA Board of Directors, where she chaired the Strategic Services Committee and was involved in shaping MAVA initiatives such as the Shifting Environment research. Polly received MAVA’s Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources in 2011. Previously, she worked at the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (now MENTOR Minnesota) as the Senior Director of Program Services, delivering resources, training and technical assistance to youth mentoring programs to strengthen their efforts to provide young people with high quality, long-lasting relationships. Prior to this position, she directed a one-to-one mentoring program for girls at the YWCA of St. Paul for 16 years. Polly holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota.

Contact Polly: proach@mavanetwork.org or 651-756-8016



Scott Stivers
Membership and Fund Development Manager
Scott Stivers manages the membership and fund development efforts for MAVA. He works to bolster the association’s resources by recruiting and retaining volunteer engagement professionals, and identifying and cultivating financial donors and sponsors. Scott’s entire 30-year career has been spent in the non-profit sector, and includes experience in volunteer engagement, communications and fundraising. He holds a Master of Systematic Theology degree from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. After working primarily in faith-based settings, Scott spent the last five years working as Development Specialist for Kaposia, a customized supported employment service for people with disabilities and mental wellness challenges. Before joining the MAVA staff, he served on the Board of Directors.

Contact Scott: sstivers@mavanetwork.org or 651-756-7016



Julie Vreeland
Greater MN Program Manager
The Greater MN Program Manager is responsible for working to expand and build capacity for Greater Minnesota nonprofits and government entities through excellence in volunteerism. Vreeland will work to assess needs and create strategic partnerships while building capacity for volunteerism in Greater Minnesota. Vreeland comes to MAVA with over 30 years of non-profit experience, over 15 of those years in the Chamber of Commerce management field. Following her chamber career she continued to work for regional non-profit organizations including: Minnesota Technology and as the Non Profit Resource Specialist for Bremer Bank in Brainerd. Vreeland received her IOM designation at the University of Colorado, Boulder, through the US Chamber of Commerce IOM Program. She received her undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University and is a 2016 graduate of the University of St. Thomas Executive Director Leadership Program.

Contact Julie: jvreeland@mavanetwork.org or 218-537-1792