Elizabeth Ellis is Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC). This new position and initiative is designed to enhance programs and after-care services in Minnesota state prisons through community and volunteer engagement.
Ellis has a B.A. in Non-profit Administration and Resource Development. She has worked for more than 13 years in community partnership development, volunteer, internship and mentoring program design and management in both the local and national non-profit sectors.
Ellis has a passion for communicating the essential building blocks for excellence in volunteer management and foundations for volunteer program development. She has independently initiated and collaborated on the development and presenting of numerous volunteer management topics at local, national and international venues, including the 2001 International Year of Volunteerism Conference (Liverpool, England), 2002 National Conference on Volunteerism (Denver, CO) and 2007 MAVA State Conference on Volunteerism (Minneapolis, MN)
Ellis is a member and active Volunteer Resources Leadership (VRL) trainer http://www.mavanetwork.org/documents/PDFs/Certificate_brochure.pdf for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) http://www.mavanetwork.org/. Based on curriculum from Betty Stallings, VRL lays the foundation for successful volunteer leadership and organizational capacity by building healthy communities and strengthening voluntary involvement. Ellis also serves as MAVA Connections Chair and is a contributor to the newly published MAVA Network Toolkit, a new 33-page, step-by-step guide and resource for building professional peer networks.