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MAVA 2018 Awards for Excellence in Volunteerism

Winner (14-18 yrs): Logan Tan
Logan is a sophomore at St. Croix Prep Academy, a small charter school in Stillwater. He participates in his school’s science club and also the Woodbury Police Explorer Program. He started volunteering at Como Zoo in June 2017, teaching visitors about artifacts and animals in the summer and volunteering at special events throughout the year. Recently he also started helping with summer camps Como Zoo has for kids, which he will be continuing next summer. In addition to volunteering at Como Zoo he also volunteers at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, piano, and watching Netflix.

Winner (25+): Xander Broeffle

Xander Broeffle is an active volunteer for The Basilica of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN. He volunteers in multiple ministries including Parish Council, Gifts Leadership, RCIA, and Liturgy. Xander and his wife, Emily Broeffle, live in Fridley, MN. They stay busy taking care of their two dogs and home. Xander works for a software company called Code42 as a Revenue Operations Manager. He would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to his wife for supporting and encouraging him to take on new volunteer opportunities when he can. He has made so many memories and friendships while volunteering at the Basilica that he couldn’t imagine what life would be like without volunteering. He is incredibly honored to be receiving this award today.  

Winner (25+): John Haggerty

John was born in Chicago and raised in the Lake Harriet area of South Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and served as a United States Naval Officer and Naval Aviation Aircraft Carrier Pilot. For his career, his love of animals led him to be a Farrier, along with other occupations including small independent businesses, but mostly sales. He enjoys world travel, is an accomplished musician, has raised champion German Shorthair Pointers for 40 years and enjoys general aviation at Lake Elmo Airport and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He has been married to Kay for 51 years. He began volunteering with Courage/Kenny after his father-in-law was a client and he witnessed the amazing results accomplished by this organization.

Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration

Winner: Judy Urban

Judy Urban has been a consultant for over fifteen years, working with congregations on volunteer issues. She served on the education committee of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, is the past chair of the Association of Directors of Church Volunteer Ministries in Minnesota (now Leaders of Faith-Based Volunteers in Minnesota), and has several dynamic years hands-on experience building a shared ministry system for a growing congregation. In her book New Life through Shared Ministry: Moving from Volunteering to Mission, Judy creates a pathway for building a shared ministry system that others can apply within their own congregations.

Award for Excellence in Executive Leadership

Winner: Jodi Mooney

Jodi Mooney is a retired nurse and Research Director with a 20-year career in Interventional Cardiology Research at the San Francisco Heart Institute and the Minneapolis Heart Institute. She was on the Breck School Parents Association Board for nine years, chairing multiple volunteer committees and serving as Parents Association President. She is a member of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Board currently serving her eighth year. At the Crisis Nursery Jodi has been a Parent support Group childcare volunteer, a member of the one year Volunteer Program Task Force and has served as Chair of the Volunteer Advisory Council for seven years. Also at the Crisis Nursery, Jodi has been involved with the Cook For Kids program, the Skill-based Volunteer Program, the Former Board Member Engagement Program, the Formula for Hope committee and served on the Development committee for eight years. She also serves on the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Women of Habitat Task Force and Hope Builders committee. Jodi was a member of the Parents Council at Miami University for four years, serving with her husband as National Chairs. Recently, Jodi joined the Mill City Summer Opera Board. Jodi is a California native and has lived in MN for the past 31 years. She resides in Eden Prairie with her husband Dr. Michael Mooney. She has two sons, Ryan 28, and Michael 27.

Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development

Winner: Travis Salisbury

For the past 16 years, Travis has served as the Coordinator of Liturgical Celebrations for the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. He leads and coordinates the 500 liturgical volunteers that make the weddings, funerals, and St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese liturgies possible. Upon discovering and getting connected with MAVA, his understanding of the power of volunteerism shifted, and he began to integrate best practices in volunteer engagement to the volunteer program at the Basilica. 
Under Travis’s leadership and direction, volunteers at the Basilica have experienced significant additional purpose and personal growth. He is extremely competent and professional in his job, has extraordinary communication and organizational skills, and treats each volunteer as an individual and knows everybody by name. Travis empowers his volunteers and provides them with additional training and enrichment opportunities. Through Travis' leadership, he has been able to heighten awareness around the importance of a structured volunteer program, enhancing both the volunteer experience and the program as a whole.