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Mary Merrill
International Consultant and Trainer,
author of VPES - Risk Management on VolunteerToday.com

Mary V. Merrill
Merrill Associates


Experience in Volunteer Management/Administration:

  • International consultant in volunteer management/administration
  • Adjunct Faculty The Ohio State University, The Institute for Leadership and Volunteer Administration
  • Editor, Journal of Volunteer Administration
  • Licensed social worker
  • Invited speaker, three World Volunteer Conference: AVA Asia Pacific Regional Conference, South American Regional Conference and Ontario Provincial Conference
  • Annual presenter, International Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICVA), and National Volunteering and Community Service Conference (POL).
  • Lecturer, University of North Texas, Social Evolution of Contemporary Volunteerism Internet Course
  • Member, International Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA), International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE), and Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • Volunteer Executive, The International Executive Service Corps
Previous experience:
  • Director of Training and Consultation for major metropolitan volunteer center
  • Director, inner-city church based senior outreach program
  • Volunteer Program Director, Settlement House
  • Past President, Volunteer Administrators’ Network of Central Ohio, recipient of Award for Excellence
  • Past President, Volunteer Ohio, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awar


  • Volunteer Literacy Manual, Reading Recovery Council of North America
  • Combining Inspiring Leadership and Effective Management: The Underpinnings of a Strategic Volunteer Program: The Paradigm Organizational Effectiveness Series, Points of Light Foundation

Referred Journal Articles (Samples):

  • Management Implications of Contemporary Trends in Voluntarism in the United States and Canada
  • Personal Capacities for Volunteer Administrators: Drawing Upon the Past to Move Into the Future
  • Assessing the Impact of Volunteer Programs

Magazine Articles (Samples):

  • Leadership and Ethics, Leadership Link, Spring 2002
  • Exploring Contemporary Trends in Volunteering, Connecting the Points, Fall 2001
  • Volunteers: The Next Generation: The Federal Credit Union, March/April 2001
  • Merrill, Mary V. (2001). Family Volunteering: Personal Excellence, February 200l
  • Strengthening the Link Between the Corporations and the Not-for-Profits: The Not-for-Profit CEO Monthly Letter, June 1999

Special Projects:

  • A High Stakes Affair: Managing Risks in Volunteer Programs. National teleconference and training video
  • Walking the Management Tightrope Without a Net: Making Ethical Decisions in Volunteer and Service Programs. National teleconference and training video
  • Developing Mentoring Programs (training module). The Salvation Army
  • Volunteer Management Curriculum. CHP International
  • Facilitator, 1997 Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future
  • Organizational Assessment Trainer, Paradigm Project. Points of Light Foundation
  • Consultant/facilitator, International Leadership Study Tour, National Extension Leadership Development. Moscow Russia
  • Consultant/facilitator, International Youth Leadership Study Tour. North Carolina 4-H: Armenia
Clients (Sampling):
  • Bowling Green University
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates & Guardian Ad Litem Association
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Heifer International
  • Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
  • Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
  • Kansas Nonprofit Association
  • New England Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
  • North Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration
  • Ohio Department of Aging
  • Ohio Library Council
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

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