Board of Directors


MAVA 2015 Board of Directors

Back Row (L-R): Adam Faitek, Mary Capuzzi, Kate Bottiger, Tashia Weisenburger Pomroy, Patricia McCleese, Rut Kessel, Jennifer Halberg, Pamela Mills, Scott Stivers

Front Row (L-R): Judie Russell, Helen Kouba, Jess Swanson, Julie Huck, Danielle Brady, Becky Nahvi, Sue DeGolier, Travis Salisbury, Polly Roach, Amy Homstad

Not Pictured: Shelli Beck, Cheryl Skafte, Haley Nelson

To contact board members or for more information on board involvement, please contact the MAVA office

MAVA Staff

Karmit Bulman
Executive Director 

Karmit Bulman is MAVA’s Executive Director. She has extensive experience running non-profit organizations and has a strong background of leadership in international, national and statewide coalition building. Before coming to MAVA, Karmit was the executive director of the Conflict Resolution Center and previously served as executive director for Temple Israel, Vail Place and Avenues for Homeless Youth. Her roles have involved financial management, program development, public and community relations, fund raising and oversight of organizational operations. She has a particular passion for facilitation
of collaborative processes, conflict assessment, coalition building, executive coaching and consulting, new business development, organizational turnaround, and revenue expansion.
Karmit is excited about supporting the members, networks and stakeholders that make up the unique MAVA family. Her vision is to build upon the strength of the coalition building and education work currently in place so that MAVA can continue to inspire excellence in the leadership of volunteers to impact communities. Karmit firmly believes that increased volunteer infrastructure can maximize capacity by making it possible for all non-profits and government entities to fulfill their missions. In Karmit’s words: “Volunteers are a critical resource for improving lives and communities. MAVA provides cutting edge resources which enable organizations to meet critical community needs”.

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Krista Eichhorst
Services and Operations Manager

Krista Eichhorst is MAVA’s Services and Operations Manager. In this role she oversees office operations and communications, coordinates programming, and manages the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) cohort. Prior to joining the association she managed a statewide leadership training program for community and technical college students and spent three years in the national service field, serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Saint Paul and working in the community relations office for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Iowa.

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Sara Wessling
Project Manager

Sara Wessling is MAVA’s Project Manager providing support for activities related to the Volunteer Generations Fund grant including the Service Enterprise Initiative. Prior to joining the MAVA staff in November 2014, Sara was an active MAVA member serving on the Strategic Directions Committee and also as a trainer for the Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series. Previously Sara worked for Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota where she managed a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA program and provided training and technical assistance to build the capacity of Habitat for Humanity organizations across the state of Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University.


Ashley LaLiberte
Vista Leader

Ashley LaLiberte is MAVA’s Vista Leader. Her role will include supporting the 2015-2016 VISTA cohort, reporting on and celebrating the progress of VISTA projects, and recruiting for the upcoming VISTA year. Prior to joining MAVA, Ashley completed a VISTA term through the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls, serving with the Community Kitchen Program at the College of Saint Benedict. Ashley hails from Duluth, MN and is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with the 2015-2016 MAVA VISTA cohort.

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