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Our People

Meet our talented and passionate team!

Linda Jacobs

Linda Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer

Linda Jacobs Linda Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer with Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) since 2002. CVNL advances nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging…

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Melissa Stoakley

Melissa Stoakley

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Melissa holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Dominican University of California, and at Commencement was recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Year. In her undergraduate career,…

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Janette Gitler

Janette Gitler

Director of Executive Search & Transition Services

Janette Gitler Janette brings to CVNL more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, consulting and executive search for organizations in areas as diverse as health, education, youth development, public…

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Gina Guillemette

Gina Guillemette

Director of Consulting Services

Gina Guillemette is committed to meaningful individual and social change that benefits the common good. With more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, Gina partners with nonprofit leaders to explore…

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Elaine Tokolahi

Elaine Tokolahi

Director of Volunteer Services

Elaine Tokolahi Elaine Tokolahi is a third-generation Marin resident and has over a decade of experience empowering volunteers and nonprofits. She began her career as a Tonga National Volunteer, where…

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Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley

Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley

Director of Design & Marketing Communications

Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley is fired up about communication, marketing, business development, and working with diverse leaders in the North Bay to help them carry out their missions. Each day Katelyn works…

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Lievin Mwamba

Lievin Mwamba

Director of Finance & Operations

Lievin Mwamba is a finance and operations professional with 20 years of experience in accounting, human resources, and operations management in nonprofit organizations with budgets ranging $7-$30M. He has successfully…

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Jim Tomlinson

Jim Tomlinson

Manager - Napa Office

Jim Tomlinson came to California from rural Georgia in order to get his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Health Education at JFK University. During this time he began his path…

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Tina Chechourka

Tina Chechourka

Coordinator, Coordinator, Volunteer Solano

As a lifelong resident of Solano County, Tina Chechourka was the perfect fit for the Solano County Volunteer Coordinator. Born and raised in Vacaville, Tina began her career in 1981…

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Molly Schmidt

Molly Schmidt

Leadership Programs Manager

Molly Schmidt worked and consulted with International NGOs and community-based nonprofit organizations for 10+ years on leadership program design, volunteer strategies, fundraising, grant management, marketing and events. She has a…

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Kerry Burke

Kerry Burke

Program Coordinator - Volunteer Services

Kerry Burke was born and raised in the Central Valley prompting her to move to a much cooler climate for college. Kerry recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California…

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Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz

Volunteer Services AmeriCorps Member

Melissa Cruz is originally from San Mateo, CA, in the Bay Area. She recently graduated from Dominican University, earning BAs in both International Studies and History. She was an active…

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Nicholas Morse

Nicholas Morse

Finance & Operations Coordinator

Nicholas Morse is a Marin native and previous marketing intern for CVNL, who recently graduated from University of California Merced with a B.S. in Management. Nick has experience managing environmental…

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