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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: or 651-493-7724

Lisa Joyslin
Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager
Lisa Joyslin is MAVA’s Program 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: or 651-493-7724

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 and others 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 that 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: or 651-756-8016

Jenna Egan
Membership and Fund Development Director
Jenna Egan is MAVA’s Membership and Fund Development Director. In this role she builds relationships with new and current members, recruits volunteers, and cultivates financial donors and sponsors. Jenna has worked in higher education recruitment, program development, volunteer engagement, and communications for over 14 years. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Before joining the MAVA staff, Jenna served as the Recruitment and Enrollment Manager for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and currently serves on the American Heart Association Gala Auction Committee.

Contact Jenna: or 651-756-7016

Julie Vreeland
Greater Minnesota Program Manager
Julie Vreeland is MAVA's Greater Minnesota Program Manager; she is responsible for working to expand and build capacity for Greater Minnesota nonprofits and government entities through excellence in volunteerism. She assesses needs and creates strategic partnerships while building capacity for volunteerism in Greater Minnesota. Julie 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. Julie earned 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: or 218-330.1185

MAVA Phone Directory: 

General MAVA Inquiries: (651) 756-7051

Membership and Donations: (651) 756-7016

Service Enterprise and Training Inquires: (651) 756-8016 

Voicemail for Karmit Bulman (Executive Director) and Lisa Joyslin (Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager): 651-493-7724