Conference 2018 Spotlight

2018 National VOAD Board of Directors

Listed below are the 2018-2019 National VOAD Board of Directors! We look forward to working together with the Board and our Members to improve in every phase of the disaster response cycle.


Chair: John Ricketts - Feed the Children

Vice-Chair: Keith Adams - New Jersey VOAD

Secretary: Jenn Dorsch-Messler - Brethren Disaster Ministries

Treasurer: Elizabeth Disco-Shearer - St. Vincent de Paul

Asst. Treasurer: Jay Burdick - Rhode Island VOAD


Jane Aslam - ICNA Relief

Ron Busroe - The Salvation Army

Dan Christopulos - International Orthodox Christian Charities

Cathy Earl - United Methodist Committee on Relief

Jim Kirk - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Warren Miller - Mississippi VOAD

Pastor Michael Stadie - Lutheran Disaster Response


Greg Forrester - National VOAD

Christopher Smith - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National VOAD Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year's National VOAD awards! National VOAD would also like to extend our gratitude to our members, partners, and volunteers who, together, make the VOAD Movement a reality.

National Member of the Year: Hope AACR
State VOAD of the Year: Texas VOAD
Partner of the Year: ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network)
Innovative Program of the Year: Tzu Chi USA for the "Turn Trash Into Gold" Program
Spirit Award: Flo Walker Knox of The Salvation Army USA
Volunteer of the Year: David Rauer of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Conference By The Numbers

  • Over 615 Attendees! Our highest attendance ever! 
  • 175 First Time Attendees
  • 10,000 pounds of food packed at the annual service project!
  • 40+ exhibitors and sponsors

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! Without the generous donations of our sponsors, Conference, and much of our work throughout the year, would simply not be possible. Below is a list of all of our wonderful sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Adventist Community Service
  • Airbnb
  • American Red Cross
  • Americares
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Churches of Scientology
  • Commerce Bank
  • Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy
  • Dollar Days International
  • FEMA
  • Friends of Disabled Adults & Children
  • Good360
  • Headwaters Relief Organization
  • IAEM
  • ICNA Relief USA
  • IFOC
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • Kits for Kidz
  • LABX Presented by the National Academy of Science
  • Mennonite Disaster Service
  • OnStar
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • Scientology Volunteer Ministers
  • Shelter Box USA
  • St Vincent de Paul USA
  • The Home Depot
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tzu Chi Foundation
  • United Way
  • UPS
  • Uzima Water Filters
  • Verified Volunteers
  • Visionlink, Inc
  • Wal-Mart
  • World Renew

Conference Evaluation

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