Christian Volunteer Managers Network: Staying in the Game

Julie Darnold

Christian Volunteer Managers Network: Staying in the Game

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
11:30am - 1:00pm

The Heights Community Center (8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO 63117)


Determining how to grow in your role as a volunteer manage can be tricky when the professional development landscape is not as clear as other professions. Whether you see volunteer management as your “forever career” or for only the next couple of years, you should consider how to stay engaged and growing.

Join this lunch-time session with lunch provided to hear brief presentations from three veteran volunteer management practitioners who will share how they have grown personally and professionally in their roles, followed by a panel discussion on the evolving nature of the field.

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Featured Presenters:

Sherry Keller 
Volunteer Manager
Community Hope Center

Sherry is a volunteer manager with 33 years of experience working for nonprofits. As Volunteer Manager at the Community Hope Center, she is responsible for 150 active volunteers and 50 seasonal volunteers. Sherry is very active with her family — her three sons, their wives, and her grandchildren enjoy a home-cooked dinner at her home every Sunday. She also is a member of the Roxana (Ill.) School Board, a site leader at the Overnight Warming Center in Alton, Ill., and actively involved with women’s and children’s programs at her church.



Dan Richter 
Director of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning
LifeWise StL

A native St. Louisan and graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. (Go Bluejays!), Dan has always made volunteerism a part of life. It is no coincidence, then, that he has worked in volunteer engagement at various nonprofits at both the local and national level for 20 years. Dan began his time at LifeWise StL as Coordinator of Individual Volunteers in 2014 and assumed the role of Director in 2015. When not at work or at home, you can find Dan going to concerts and art fairs around town, heading out for a hike or stand-up paddle, or checking the next place off the family travel list. He is husband to Kelsey and father to Liam and Julian.



Karen M. Zelle 
Services Manager
Shepherd’s Center

Karen has spent much of her professional life in the field of coordination, holding positions of Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator with Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Young Years Coordinator with the Community Music School of Webster University. Married for 33 years to Rick Zelle, she has three sons and three dogs and lives in Manchester. In her spare time, Karen teaches early childhood music with the Community Music School of Webster University, sings with her family band, and volunteers with the Great Rivers Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist, the Endangered Wolf Center, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.