IAVE Leaders

IAVE was founded in 1970 by volunteers from throughout the world – and volunteers continue today to set its strategic direction and guide the organization’s work.

The 12-person international Board of Directors, from 12 countries, meets quarterly, including one in-person meeting annually. The board represents both geographic regions and specific constituent groups.

Organizations and individuals volunteer to serve as National Representatives in 66 countries, connecting IAVE to their volunteer communities, helping to build membership and keeping IAVE informed about emerging trends, challenges and innovations. With regional board members, they are the core of IAVE’s volunteer Leadership Network.

The IAVE Secretariat, based in Washington DC, provides the professional staff to implement IAVE’s plans and programs.

Learn more about our leadership below.

The Founding President

Mary Ripley
Founding President
March 19, 1915 – January 27, 2016

In 1970, Mary gathered with a small group of friends in Los Angeles to plan an international conference for volunteers. This was the beginning of IAVE. Mary served as its first President, and dedicated the rest of her life to volunteering, working closely with children and women. On January 27, 2016, Mary passed away in her home state of California, at the age of 100.

Read the biography on Mary’s remarkable life and click here to view the commemorative book dedicated to Mary on her 100th birthday (March 2015).

The Board of Directors

IAVE’s World President who chairs the board is elected by the members. The current World President, elected in 2014, is Kylee Bates from Australia.

The board is made up of two distinct groups.

The Regional Representatives are elected by members in their respective regions: Africa, Arab Nations, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The current Regional Representatives are: Elizabeth Okezie (Africa, Nigeria), Osama Mustafa Suliman (Arab Nations, Sudan), Yoonae Park (Asia-Pacific, South Korea), Eugen Baldas (Europe, Germany), Iraida Manzanilla (Latin America, Venezuela), and Ruth MacKenzie (North America, Canada).

View Regional Representative Bios

The Constituency Representatives are elected by the board to bring to it the perspectives of specific constituency groups: global companies, volunteer centers, youth and IAVE’s own Leadership Network (elected by IAVE’s National Representatives). The current constituent representatives are Eduardo Martinez (corporate, United States), Wendy Osborne (volunteer centers, Northern Ireland), Agnetta Nyalita and Sam Johnson (youth, Kenya and New Zealand respectively) and Silvia Meruvia Landers (IAVE Leadership Network, Bolivia).

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The Executive Committee

The World President is elected by the members to serve a four year term and is eligible to stand for re-election for an additional two year term. The other officers are elected by the board from its membership. The Chair of the Nominating Committee is appointed by the World President with approval of the board.

Together, these five form the Executive Committee that meets and acts as needed between meetings of the board. The Executive Committee members are: Kylee Bates, Australia, World President; Eugen Baldas, Germany, Vice President; Ruth MacKenzie, Canada, Treasurer; Patricia Nabti, Lebanon, Secretary; and Agnetta Nyalita, Kenya, Chair of the Nominating Committee.

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The IAVE Leadership Network

The network includes the elected Regional Representatives and National Representatives in 66 countries, either national leadership organizations for volunteering or established individual volunteer leaders. Appointed by the World President for renewable two year terms, the National Representatives keep IAVE connected to volunteering in their countries and informed about emerging trends, challenges and innovations.

IAVE is happy to receive indications of interest from organizations and individuals who wish to be considered as National Representatives. Please click here for requirements, expectations and information on the appointment process.

The Secretariat Team

IAVE’s Secretariat, headquartered in Washington DC, is managed on its behalf by the Civil Society Consulting Group LLC, a consulting firm that works globally in support of volunteering and the development of effective NGOs.

The Secretariat team is responsible for planning and executing all of IAVE’s programs and administrative functions, working under the strategic guidance of and responsibility to the board of directors.

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