Cheff University Presents 

Exploring Volunteer Management

an in depth look at a piece of EAAT
that can make or break your program


Join us at the Cheff Center as we look closely at the following topics- learning closely from experts in the field and from each other.

- Leadership and burnout prevention
- Recruitment strategies
- Database management vs. paperwork overload
- Training, policies, generational differences, and problem solving
- Retention and furthered involvement
- Recognition on a budget
- Info on Volunteer Administration Certification


March 24th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (includes lunch)

COST: $175 to attend in person
          $125 to attend via webinar

Held on site at Cheff therapeutic riding center

This course is eligible for 6 CEU's for PATH Intl. 

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About The Presenters 


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Whitney has been the Volunteer Administrator at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center since October of 2015. In her time here, she has implemented new volunteer management software, updated orientations and trainings, and advanced volunteer communications to aid in scheduling and retention, among many other things. Whitney is an active member of the Volunteer Coordinator Network through the United Way of Battle Creek and sits on the Board of the Kalamazoo Area Volunteer Administrators as Secretary. She has participated in numerous leadership programs through Southwest Michigan First such as Catalyst University, First 50, and most recently, Leadership Kalamazoo. Whitney also holds a Certification in Volunteer Administration through the Council of Certification in Volunteer Administration.  In 2017, she gave a presentation, “Evolving Your Volunteer Program: From Paper to Paperless”, at the PATH International Conference in San Antonio and has also written an article expanding on that talk, that will appear in STRIDES magazine later this year.



A member of the Southwest Michigan First team will be joining us for an in depth analysis of burnout including: 

o Portrait of a burnt-out leader
o The real consequences of burnout – for yourself, your organization, your career
o How to identify burnout in yourself and others
o The first step you should take after a moment of recognition
o Strategies you can implement today to break through burnout and baby step your way toward Zen

Southwest Michigan First was created for one singular purpose: To assist companies in growing jobs. Among their many services, Southwest Michigan First strives to offer leadership development to individuals and organizations alike, as they know that preparing the workforce of the future is a top priority of all organizations. They truly have the skills to develop individuals and teams to greatness.