Volunteer Management Association of Western Michigan (VMAWM) exists to enable persons who manage volunteers or volunteer programs, to advocate for volunteerism, and to provide management enrichment.

VMAWM History

 The Volunteer Management Association of Western Michigan was formed in 1975 by Jo Kelly who was the first President.  VMAWM was incorporated as a non-profit organization in April 1981.

Past VMAWM Presidents


1975-1976  Jo Kelly (Voluntary Action Center)

1976-1977  Diane Casey (Women’s Resource Center)

1977-1978  Jon Bradford (Calvin College Kids Program)

1978-1979  Alice LaBour (Project SAVE)

1979-1980  Alice LaBour (Project SAVE)

1980-1981  Judith Wise (Michigan Trails Girl Scouts)

1981-1982  Paula VanderMeulen, then Gwendolyn McBain (Grand Rapids Junior League)

1982-1983  Gwendolyn McBain (Grand Rapids Junior League)

1983-1984  Joanne Smith (Creative Health Consultants)

1984-1985  Martha “Marty” Weirick (Bethany Christian Services)

1985-1986  Ann Post (St. Mary’s Health Services)

1986-1987  Rhonda Berg (Calvin College Student Volunteer Services)

1987-1988  Rhonda Berg (Calvin College Student Volunteer Services)

1988-1989  Bonnie VanEck (Campfire Inc)

1989-1990  Ginny VanderHart (PineRest Christian Hospital)

1990-1991  Barbara Wingard (Metropolitan Hospital)

1991-1992  Ethel Kage (United Way Volunteer Services)

1992-1993  Jennifer Willette (Mary FreeBed Hospital & Rehab Center)

1993-1994  Sue Volkers (PineRest Christian Hospital)

1994-1995  Helen VanBeek (Holland Home)

1995-1996  Tolly Stiffler (Heart of West Michigan United Way)

1996-1997  Karen King (Vision Enrichment Services then ABVI)

1997-1998  Linda Lark (Retired Senior Volunteer Program – RSVP)

1998-1999  Patricia “Pat” Duthie (Spectrum Health Healthier Communities)

1999-2000  Myrna Postema (Gerontology Network/Life Connections)

2000-2001  Ginni Blanchard (RSVP)

2001-2002  Alison Feikema (Spectrum Health)

2002-2003  Sandi Aten (SHARE)

2003-2004  Joyce Makinen (Public Museum of Grand Rapids)

2004-2005  Jan Rosochacki (Grand Rapids Home for Veterans)

2005-2006  Jane Royer (Heart of West Michigan United Way)

 2006-2007  Kathryn Crawford (Ronald McDonald House)

2007-2008  Janelle (Burden) Hill (Arbor Circle)

2008-2009  Janelle Hill (Arbor Circle)

2009-2010   Joy Dornbos (Beacon Hill at Eastgate)

2010-2011   Tina Droski (Baruch Senior Ministries)

2011-2012   Tina Droski (Baruch Senior Ministries)

2012-2013  Megan Priester (Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan)

2013-2014  Carly Karasiewicz (Michigan Blood)

2014-2015  Tom Hoving (Fredrick Meijer Gardens)

2015-2016  Kris Shannon (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

2016-2017   Ana Rau (Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids)

2017-2018  Raechel MacQueen (Better Business Bureau Foundation)

2018-2019 Katelyn Kovalik (Heart of West Michigan United Way)

2019-2020 Lisa Daniell (TrueNorth Community Servcies)

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