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DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WHAT: We will be learning about the difference between “wild” and “tame” animals as well as those native to Southern Alberta. We will be talking about why the Nature Reserve is an important part of our community and what we can do to preserve it.

Bishop Glenn E Stafford Bishop Glen E. Stafford Sr  of Augusta, Georgia entered eternal rest on Wednesday morning, December 23, 2020 at Augusta University Hospital.  Graveside service  will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. At Robin Spring Baptist Church cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 10 a.m. James Edward Jenkins Mr. James Edward Jenkins, Jr., age 88, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  He was born December 26, 1931 to James Edward and Vera Hay Jenkins who have preceded him in death.  Mr. Jenkins grew up in Porterdale and was a 1952 graduate of Newton County High School.  He served in the United States Navy during the.


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– wear sneakers, not flip flops

– wear sunscreen and a hat

VolunteerMatch Team

The VolunteerMatch team combines a love of community engagement, a passion for technology, and a commitment to building strong relationships. Get to know the folks behind our service!


Todd Anderson
Client Services Manager

Todd left corporate America to join VolunteerMatch in 2015. He works with nonprofit partners and corporate clients to make sure they have the knowledge and support to get the most out of their volunteer programs. When not doing the nonprofit 9-5, Todd walks the walk by volunteering with the Zen Hospice Project and San Francisco Suicide Prevention. He also plays and listens to as much music as possible and wears beanies year round.

Connect with Todd on LinkedIn.

Greg Baldwin
CEO, VolunteerMatch

Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hot-wiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is the web's largest volunteer engagement network strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. . Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife Kathryn and kids Ellie and Matt.

You can follow Greg on LinkedIn


Jennifer R. Bennett, CVA
Sr Manager, Education & Training

Jennifer joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. With her breadth of experience, she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers.

She shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on theLearning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country.

She contributed The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit chapter to the guide Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights that are Changing the World published by VolunteerMatch in 2015. And, she is the current Co-Editor and contributing author for the 4th Edition of Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice.

She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009. She served on the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration from 2012-2018, and was the Chair from 2015-2018.

She currently volunteers with the Justice & Diversity Center and Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco.

She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.

Connect with Jennifer on Linkedin.

Ben Chutz
Senior Director, Business Development & Marketing

Ben Chutz joined VolunteerMatch in January 2020 to help accelerate its vision of getting more volunteers out into the world. He brings over 10 years of experience in founding and growing impact-oriented technology companies and is passionate in his belief that the Internet can and should be used to mobilize people all over the world into taking positive action, serving others, and addressing humanity’s greatest challenges.

Outside of VolunteerMatch, Ben serves as a board director to organizations that support disability advocacy and quality of life, mental health awareness, and homelessness, and actively supports causes that strive to elevate the human condition and enable individuals to live lives of dignity, equal opportunity, and self-empowerment.

He lives in a music-filled home in Metro Detroit with his wife and children and enjoys neighborhood walks, repairing things, flying kites, dark coffee, and most importantly, spending high quality, device-free time with family and friends.
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Judy Guo
Lead Engineer

Judy joined VolunteerMatch as a lead engineer in March 2016. Before joining the company, she was a team leader with rich experience in working with many co-workers from all over the world. She has extensive experience in back end development. Currently Judy lives in Vero Beach FL with her daughter and husband. Judy holds a Master degree in Computer Science from University of Maine.

Connect with Judy on LinkedIn.

Erin Halley
Senior Manager, Business Development & Marketing

Erin Halley is the Senior Manager, Business Development and Marketing for VolunteerMatch. She is passionate about making a positive impact and contributing to a better world. She has extensive experience in marketing from digital to events to trade shows. Her background includes marketing for an international consumer electronics company, a leading national health advocacy nonprofit, a well-known healthcare institution and an arts non-profit. She received a BA in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and has an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.

In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike and doing yoga.

Sarah Hayes
Business Development (Contractor)

Sarah has built a career working with for-profit companies and non-profit organizations around employee volunteer programs and community partnerships. She has worked with many international companies, and recently concluded a contract with the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), developing and managing the Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC), a successful network of global companies based throughout the world that have employee engagement programs in at least three regions of the world. Sarah is an experienced public speaker, trainer, fundraiser, and is very good at partnerships and relationship-building and understanding between these two sectors. Sarah has served on the National Council of Workplace Volunteerism with the Points of Light, and on the U.S. Committee for the International Year of Volunteers. She has also served as a consultant on the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Institute.

Kevin Johnson
Manager, Client Relations

Kevin joined VolunteerMatch in 2007 after a ten year run with the Warner Music Group. He works closely with both nonprofit and corporate partners to ensure that VolunteerMatch gives everyone the chance to make a difference. When not extolling the value of the VolunteerMatch Network to anyone who will listen, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, music, craft and not so craft beer, and quality hair products.

Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

David Lake
VP, Product Management

David joined VolunteerMatch in February 2017 to help develop and deliver products that bring volunteers and nonprofits together -- to do amazing things. He brings over 10 years of experience in product leadership: owning the business strategy behind a product, specifying functional requirements, and product launch and life cycle. He believes that the internet is still an early-stage social experiment that can and will be utilized by people everywhere to do good.

Outside of VolunteerMatch, David lives with his wife of 25 years; has a son recently off to college; and has a home filled with artistic energy. Combined, he and his wife spend time reading, writing, painting, stamping, and banjo playing.

Connect with David on Linkedin.

Henry Liu
Sr Front End Engineer

Born and raised in San Francisco, and probably the only native in the office, Henry joined the VolunteerMatch team in 2011. He brings with him over 10 years experience in front end development, as a coder and UI designer, as well as a graphic designer for more traditional mediums. Having worked primarily with nonprofits and local artists in his career, Henry has a strong belief in VolunteerMatch's mission and for the need to support community-based organizations. He has a particular interest in visual design and finds working in front end development to be an exciting and unique place to observe how humans respond and react to design, technology and information.

Katie O'Neil
Sr. Associate, Client Communications and Support

Katie joined VolunteerMatch in September 2019 as a part of the Product Management team with the goal of helping to build nonprofit client relationships and driving nonprofit retention. She brings over 10 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, working with a state-wide membership association and a vendor helping California school districts receive critical Medi-Cal reimbursements.

Katie, an Oakland native, spends her free time with her gargoyle-like pup, Mabel, training for her first triathlon, creating art, and fostering her budding green thumb by setting up an aquaponics system in her yard with her partner.

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Beilie Peng
Sr Manager, Product

Beilie graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Economics and have been working in the IT industry ever since. Prior to joining VolunteerMatch in November 2014, as a system integrations consultant, then product manager, Beilie spent many years building online software/applications for government agencies and e-commerce systems that powers online travel agencies operated by companies in the travel or financial services industry. In 2014, as a volunteering consultant, Beilie spent 3 months in Nairobi, Kenya, working with and mentoring a team of local engineer and product manager in a software company. Outside of work, her hobbies are mostly food or travel related. At any time, Beilie enjoys eating or cooking delicious food or getting ready to travel to somewhere in the world.

Connect with Beilie on LinkedIn.

Terra Person
Associate, Client Services

Terra joined VolunteerMatch as a Client Services Associate in August 2018 after 18 years in corporate America. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in San Diego as a young child for a year. She graduated from Franklin University with a B.S. in Human Resource Management and currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her two granddaughters.

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Daryll Pierre
Sr Application Engineer

Daryll joined VolunteerMatch at the beginning of 2008. Prior to joining he traveled around the world for a year visiting over 35 countries. For over 4 years he worked for The Biostatistics Center of George Washington University where he built custom applications for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet. He's a native New Yorker and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York.


Laura Plato
VP, Business Development & Marketing

Laura Plato is Vice President, Business Development & Marketing at VolunteerMatch

Laura brings over 20 years of experience leading transformational change for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses to her role on the VolunteerMatch team.

Most recently, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Causecast, a SaaS technology provider of employee engagement and corporate philanthropy solutions, where she led the development of the first Artificial Intelligence-enhanced predictive analytics product for social impact leaders, the award-winning IMPACT AI. In her most recent role in the corporate sector, she led worldwide employee giving and volunteering for Intuit.

Known for her catalyzing energy, resilience, and vision, Laura is also a founder, entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for developing the next generation of socially conscious business leaders. She serves in a volunteer capacity as Executive Director for the Akoin Foundation, where she is helping the next generation of young CEOs in Africa to rise.

A nationally published author and sought-after speaker and advisor in the world of social impact, she has appeared before audiences at events including Social Media Week, CSR 3.0, and COMMIT! Forum, and led educational events for leading organizations including America’s Charities and the Corporate Responsibility Association.

She received her BA with Honors in English from Scripps College, and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics in Criminal Justice Policy.

John Rackwitz
Senior Applications Engineer

John has been writing code since 1984. He is a talented applications engineer and has been a key player on VolunteerMatch's engineering team since 2015.

Kirk Schaper
Chief Technology Officer

Kirk joined VolunteerMatch in Sept. 2012 as an engineer. Born and raised in the Toronto area, he studied math and computer science at the University of Waterloo. As part of his studies, he spent a year on exchange in France, before moving to the Bay Area. Kirk has an extensive background in the security software industry, most recently coming from SafeNet, where he worked on enterprise authentication software.

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Samir Shah
Technical and Business Director, Client Services

Samir joined VolunteerMatch to cultivate valuable relationships with socially responsible companies engaging in community involvement. By helping corporate clients connect their employees to nonprofit volunteer opportunities, he maximizes the social value of the VolunteerMatch technology and corporate services. Samir has five years of experience in the corporate sector. In sales and marketing roles, he has successfully managed relationships with companies like Apple, Microsoft and AT&T. In 2004, Samir became involved with civic engagement by actively participating in the Presidential election. He is currently a tutor at the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club. Samir studied Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and has an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.

Connect with Samir on Linkedin.


Kim Shumsky
Sr Front End Engineer

Kim joined the VolunteerMatch team with 8 years of experience in both back and front end development. She is a self-taught coder who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Management. Kim is passionate about travel, food, yoga and being outdoors. She has lived in several countries including England and Grenada where she discovered how important and rewarding it is to give back to her community.

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Hsiaoyun Sue
Sr Application Engineer

Hsiaoyun joined VM on July 2014, and just hit her 3 year mark. She has had a wonderful 3 years working here at VolunteerMatch. This is her 5th and favorite job. Hsiaoyun has a master's degree in software engineering. Starting off as a QA engineer in a semi-conductor equipment company, Hsiaoyun found a role that sent her traveling around the world. Now Hsiaoyun just enjoys being a JAVA developer. It's her 6th year doing so and she wouldn't change it for the world.

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Eric Swanson,
Systems Administrator

Eric joined the staff at VolunteerMatch in May 2012, after several years supporting VolunteerMatch as an IT service provider. Eric brings over 30 years of widely varied technology operations experience to his role, and relishes the day-to-day challenges of keeping the systems humming. He claims he was born in a wiring closet and grew up in a climate-controlled server farm, but we are certain that's a joke. When not toiling in his hermetically sealed Nerd Pit, Eric enjoys cooking, canning, bicycling, reading, and long road trips.

Connect with Eric on Linkedin.

Board of Directors

Jay Backstrand
Managing Director, Citi Private Bank

Jay co-founded VolunteerMatch in 1998 and served as its President until July, 2003, joining the Board of Directors in 2005. Jay attended the Sloan Business Program at Stanford University where he studied leadership, strategy, and organizational development. A graduate of Brown University and The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, he began his career as a Marketing Manager of Sun Microsystems.


Meg Garlinghouse
Head of Social Impact, LinkedIn

Meg Garlinghouse leads LinkedIn's Social Impact team and is responsible for leveraging the LinkedIn platform to connect its professionals' knowledge and experience with nonprofits' needs, globally. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience in the technology and philanthropy sector. Prior to LinkedIn, Garlinghouse spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!'s global community relations function. She has a background in international development, working for the Asia Foundation as special assistant to the president and in the private sector development department of the World Bank. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, running projects designed to raise the social and economic status of rural villagers. Garlinghouse received her B.A. in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also serves on the Board of Network for Good.

Craig Jacoby
Partner, Cooley Godward LLP

Craig Jacoby is a Co-Founder of VolunteerMatch. Mr. Jacoby is a partner at the law firm of Cooley LLP in San Francisco where he has a general business and corporate practice with a particular focus on serving the needs of venture capital investors and the entrepreneurial companies in which they invest. He graduated from Stanford Law School, where he wrote the HTML code for the first-ever Web-based brief to the United States Supreme Court, and received an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge. Before that, he spent a year cavorting in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Chris Masto
Co-Founder & Partner, FFL Partners

Chris Masto is an investor and board member. He is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at FFL Partners, a private equity firm, which he co-founded in 1997 and where, until 2017, he served as a Partner, member of the Investment Committee, and member of firm leadership. He transitioned to a Senior Advisor role in 2017. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company. Prior to that, he was an analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he also served as special assistant to the head of investment banking. Chris currently serves on the boards of Curo Financial Technologies (NYSE: CURO) and Enjoy Beer, and was previously a director of Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (NYSE: TPX) and Chairman of TriTech Software Systems. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Robert F. Savage
President, KSH Capital LP

Prior to founding KSH Capital, Mr. Savage was Co-Founder, President of KTR Capital Partners (KTR) an investment, development and operating company focused exclusively on the industrial property sector in North America. KTR and its commingled investment funds were sold in May 2015 to a joint venture of Prologis Inc. and Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the Norwegian Government’s pension fund, in a $5.9 billion transaction. Mr. Savage is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Mr. Savage is also a member of the Board of Directors of New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR). He is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association. Mr. Savage received an A.B. in Urban Studies and Business Economics from Brown University.

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Premal Shah
Co-Founder of, Chief Business Officer at Branch International

Premal Shah is the Chief Business Officer at Branch International and a co-founder and former President of Premal first began dreaming of internet microfinance while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's 'Top 40 under 40' list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.



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