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Our People

Meet our talented and passionate staff!

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

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Melissa Stoakley joins the CVNL team with the intention of helping others realize their personal and professional leadership potential. As a fairly new Marinite, the draw of living in a…

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Susan Brown

Director, Executive Search Services

Susan Brown Susan began her search career with Korn/Ferry International as part of their general search practice. Following a move to Boyden International as a Partner, she was recruited to…

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Kristen Grattan

Executive Search Assistant

Kristen Grattan graduated from Whitworth University, in Spokane Washington with a BA in Communications. Her liberal arts education has helped her uncover her desire to help people and make the…

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Gina Guillemette

Director, 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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Cinzia Perlingieri

Director of Learning & Leadership

Cinzia Perlingieri is excited to work with CVNL to strengthen local nonprofits through creative services, capacity building, research, planning, and development. Native Italian with a post-doctoral degree in anthropology, Cinzia…

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Elaine Tokolahi

Director, 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

Director, 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

Director, 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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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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Atashi Chakravarty

Membership Coordinator

Atashi Chakravarty is a lifelong nonprofiteer! She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and has a passion for helping nonprofits with fundraising. She has worked as an…

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Fethi Gokce

Independent Contractor

Fethi Gokce Fethi began his career as a web developer at Utopya Visual Communications. Utopya is one of the first Turkish Internet companies which developed Project Asiaminor to promote Turkish…

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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

Volunteer Coordinator, 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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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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Aeryn Jungerman

AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Services

Aeryn Jungerman is the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. She recently graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Environmental Science. Aeryn has always…

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