Jill LaBrie: President

Jill LaBrie is the CASA Program Recruiter for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Pima County. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with major in Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona.  Prior to taking her position with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, she enjoyed a brief 7 month retirement after 28 years of service in the juvenile justice field with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.  Jill has been an active member of SAVMA for the last 4 years.

Jessica Dennes: President-Elect

Jessica Olivares Dennes is a former language arts teacher and educational consultant. After moving to Tucson in 2013, she began working at Literacy Connects where she became the Volunteer Manager and Trainer for the Reading Seed program, training and supporting over 500 volunteers annually for almost 5 years. Currently, Jessica works as the administrator for The Village Community Ministries coordinating volunteers, events, and communications.  Jessica has presented workshops at local, national and international conferences on topics related to education, literacy and training practices.  She holds a masters in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Lohse: Secretary

Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.. As the Program Director of the “Tucson Foundations,” she works with more than 50 grantees annually administering $2.7 million to the local community.

Carlos Chavez: Treasurer

Enthusiastic marketing and social services professional with a strong desire to support youth in gaining positive adult role models.

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Kathy Janssen: Programs and Events

Kathy is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. She is a retired pre-school teacher and is excited by this new career direction. Kathy loves the volunteer world, having been a volunteer for various organizations for all of her adult life. She believes, Volunteers are the unsung heroes of an organization, they give of their time and talents to help without any expectations of reward. Most organizations could not do the fine things they do for the community without the help of volunteers.  SAVMA is a wonderful extension of that ideal and Kathy is honored to be a member of the board. Kathy can be reached at [email protected] 

Alexei Marquez: Communications 

Alexei Marquez is the Program Coordinator of Service for Student Governance and Programs (ASUA and GPSC) overseeing a variety of programs and clubs that cater to the UA student community. She rejoined the UA family in the summer of 2015 after almost 10 years with Bank of America. Alexei, a native Tucsonan, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and certification in Secondary Education from the UA. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Language, Reading, and Culture in the College of Education and will be graduating Spring 2017. She is the faculty advisor and a sister Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and a catechism teacher for first year students at Our Lady Queen of All Saints. She and her husband, Leonel, have two children, Dominic, who is nine years old, and Raquelita, who is two.

Shea Lynn Fernald: Membership

She Lynn is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for Tucson Electric Power Company. She is also an experienced administrator skilled in Event Planning, Customer Service, and volunteer management.

Tori Carlson: Member at Large

With passion, integrity and technical skill, Ms. Carlson leads a diverse volunteer team of over 1000 volunteers for Interfaith Community Services. She balances outreach, program growth and volunteer retention for a complex array of volunteer positions working alongside and providing leadership to support staff. She utilizes entrepreneurial, teaching and program management skills from private education (K-High School), scientific and technical project management skills from exploration geophysics, and vision-driven teamwork skills from serving on nonprofit boards and ministries.

Ms. Carlson achieved her international CVA certification from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. She is certified as a Service Enterprise Initiative Trainer in organizational and change management with Points of Light. She is serving as an Arizona Commissioner with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Ms. Carlson is active on the board of Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association.