Hollie Gordon
Senior Manager Communications and Public Engagement




Fairfax, VA – November 3, 2022 – Susan Sanow, CVA, Senior Manager, Special Programs and Training at Volunteer Fairfax has received national recognition for exemplary leadership in volunteer engagement.  Susan Sanow earned the Impact Award, presented in October of 2022 by the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) in the Exemplary Leader category, for her efforts to provide a quality volunteer engagement program at Volunteer Fairfax, willingness to network, mentor or collaborate with their peers, advocate for the profession, and involvement at the national and/or local level with volunteer engagement professionals. Because of her efforts, all volunteer engagement professionals and the programs and communities they serve are all enhanced and supported to provide a robust, engaging, and meaningful volunteer experience.


Corina Sadler, CVA, National Service Commissioner and Volunteer Resources Supervisor, City of Plano, Texas “…When thinking of who made an impact for the field of volunteer engagement, I chose to nominate Susan for this recognition because of her integrity, honesty and dedication to this important work. All the way from Texas I saw Susan’s beacon of light as a trainer and leader during 2020 and she didn’t stop there. She brought her expertise and humor to national conference stages and created safe spaces for professionals to gather and express what their challenges have been through Volunteer Fairfax programs.” In addition to the honor, AL!VE provides a $500 professional development fund to support Susan’s future professional development activities.   


AL!VE is the national professional association for those who manage or lead volunteer engagement programs.  AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement.  For more information and a complete listing of all of this year’s winners visit


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