Marlene Wilson

Marlene has been in the field of volunteer management for 35 years including 30 years as a trainer and consultant and seven years as Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Boulder, Colorado, where she still lives. Prior to her career in volunteerism, Marlene worked in Personnel Administration in industry for six years.

In 1976 Marlene wrote her first book, The Effective Management of Volunteer Programs, applying classic management principles to volunteer administration. It was only the second book on this subject in the United States. Other books by Marlene include Survival Skills for Managers (1981), How to Mobilize Church Volunteers (1983), and You Can Make a Difference (1990). Marlene was also general editor of the six-volume Volunteer Leadership in the Church set in 2003. During the 1970s, she was also editor-in-chief of Volunteer Administration , the forerunner of today’s The Journal of Volunteer Administration.

Marlene is a widow with two grown kids, living in the mountains of Colorado and loving it!

From the Last Issue

Training Designs

Tricks and Tips to Help Learners Learn from Each Other

By Susan J. Ellis
Adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge to any training session. But more often than not, they still expect the trainer to do most of the teaching. As trainers, we have plenty of information to... Read more

Elf Management

By Steve McCurley
Just think about it: What helps explain why organizations don’t bother giving volunteers proper training or structure? Why do paid staff often act as though volunteers aren’t really human? Why are... Read more
Research to Practice

Calculating an Organization’s Social Return on Investment in Volunteers

By Laurie Mook
This quarter’s Research to Practice reviews an article that presents a way to measure the social returns on investment in volunteer recruiting, training, and management. Called Social Return on... Read more