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 11-person international Board of Directors, from 8 countries, meets quarterly, including one in-person meeting annually. The board represents both geographic regions and specific constituent groups.
The IAVE Secretariat, based in Washington DC, provides the professional staff to implement IAVE’s plans and programs.
Learn more about our leadership below.
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.
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).
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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 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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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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In recognition of their devoted service to IAVE and the volunteer community, the IAVE Board of Directors has named the following individuals as Life Members. The recipients of the lifetime membership have demonstrated exemplary leadership and have made significant contributions to the development of IAVE: