2021 Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award

 Nominations Due by 5:00PM on Friday, September 17, 2021

The Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA) is currently accepting nominations for the 19th Annual Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable work volunteer administrators contribute to our community and for the volunteer administrator’s organization to receive due recognition.

In addition to the award, the recipient will receive a one-year individual membership to FVA and a $1,000 award for the organization’s volunteer program. Previous winners have represented both large and small agencies in Northeast Ohio.

The recipient of this award will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of previous winners and other experienced leaders in the Northeast Ohio nonprofit community.

Nomination Criteria

  • The nominee shall have worked for a minimum of one year as a volunteer administrator in Northeast Ohio in either a paid or volunteer capacity.
  • The winner and nominator shall be present--either in person OR virtually--to accept the award at the FVA Annual Meeting and luncheon as part of the 2021 FVA Annual Conference on Thursday, November 4th at the Northeast Ohio Educational Service Center in Independence, Ohio. The award includes admission to the luncheon session for the recipient, nominator, and one guest. Additional tickets to the luncheon may be purchased at a discount by the award recipient or nominator.
  • Nomination applications should be submitted by a supervisor, colleague or volunteer who is familiar with the nominee’s management and leadership skills. 

1. Tell us why you feel the nominee is deserving of the Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award.  Please limit the length of this section to no more than 300 words.

2. Share your thoughts on how the nominee's volunteer management and leadership skills demonstrate the following:   Please limit the length of each section to 150-200 words.

MODELS THE WAY - "walks the walk and talks the talk"

INSPIRES A SHARED VISION - envisions the future, enlists others

CHALLENGES THE PROCESS - searches for opportunities, takes risks

ENABLES OTHERS - fosters collaboration, strengthens others

ENCOURAGES THE HEART - recognizes contributions, celebrates values & victories

ADAPTS THROUGH ADVERSITY - successfully adjusts & continues to thrive through changes & challenges

3. Optional: Up to two letters of support may be included.


Questions? Please contact:

Sarah Cooney, FVA Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award Chair

(440) 759-4502 or [email protected]


Nominations and all supplemental materials can be submitted HERE.
Nominations should be 1,500 total words or less.



Support for this award is provided by http://www.psawards.com

Previous award recipients


2020 - Tracee Patterson, Holden Forests & Gardens (Cleveland Botanical Gardens)

2019 - Merle Walker, Lake Metroparks

2018 - Shawna Gorchek, University Hospitals Southwest General Hospital

2017 - Mary Kate Hageman, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

2016 - Sarah Cooney, Youth Challenge

2015 - Robin Ott, Holden Forest and Gardens

2014 - Lisa Scotese Gallagher, Hospice of the Western Reserve

2013 - Allison Powell, James A. Garfield National Historic Site

2012 - Sue Duffy, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

2011 - Betsy Kohn, The Gathering Place

2010 – Lydia Bailey, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Mens Emergency Homeless Shelter

2009 – Melissa Ghoston, The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland

2008 – Heather Triplett, Cleveland Metroparks

2007 – Kate Schantz, Adoption Network Cleveland

2006 – Lona Gruber, Southwest Community Access Network

2005 – Kate Schantz, Adoption Network of Cleveland

2004 – Barbara Nalette, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

2003 – Jo Ann Schindler – American Red Cross