Member Spotlight: February 2019

Member Spotlight


Shelley Orloski, CVA
Volunteer Manager
Akron Zoological Park

We asked Shelley when she got involved with FVA and her answer is indicative of what FVA is all about—to connect, collaborate and grow!  Shelley attended her first FVA workshop in 2016 based on a recommendation from BVU and became a full member in 2017. In 2018 she agreed to be on the board of trustees of FVA serving on the Membership team. 

 Tell us a little about who you are.

I have worked at the Akron Zoo for 13 years and the last 5 as the Volunteer Manager. I have worked with volunteers most of my life, either as a volunteer or alongside them as paid staff. I am married and have a 2.5 yr old daughter. We live in Newbury with our 3 crazy cats.

 What attracted you to this organization in particular?

I am always looking to grow my skills as a Volunteer Manager and I believe networking with your peers is important. Each agency uses volunteers differently, but we all face the same challenges. It is good to know that you are not alone!

 What are your activities and how are volunteers involved?

My volunteers assist with special events, community outreach events, and Education programs. We have events for all availabilities. Volunteers can help out with breakfast events, overnights, adult only events, weekends and weekday events. We also have a docent like aspect to the program.

In my spare time, I play with my husband and daughter. I haven’t figured out how to balance in any other outside activities with my crazy schedule.

 What motivates you to get involved on the FVA board?

I like to challenge myself professionally and try new things.

 In your opinion, what is the most important work that the FVA organization does?

I think the most important thing FVA does is to allow us to build connections with each other.

What things have you learn as a board member/ member of FVA that you would like to share?

I have learned that no matter how long you have been in your role, there is always more you can learn and do for your volunteers.

 Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I was very proud to help create the Volunteer Manager position at my organization and for achieving my CVA credential.

 What do you hope the FVA organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?

My goals for FVA are to continue to connect volunteer professionals in our area in order to support each other and create a greater value for this profess

 Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration? My husband always supports me on my path to greatness.

 What other organizations or causes do you support?

I am a member of DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) Greater Akron and I am the SSP Program Manager for the North American capybara population for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 Do you have a message to share?

Be kind and extend grace. You don’t know what challenges others are dealing with.



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