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VPIA Committees

Communications Strategy and Planning Committee

The mission and purpose of the Communications Strategy and Planning Committee is to advance the orderly and open communications of the global Virtues Project™ community, formulate communications policies that encourage such advancement, and manage the communications systems that support same.  The Communications Committee is responsible for managing the structure and delivery of communications throughout the worldwide community, including those of the Board itself... in a way that balances both open exchange and purposeful results.

Chairperson: Mee Wah Tan


The Committee will call upon its creativity and experience to support the BOD with the coordination of policy development related to Board governance: recruitment, conflict of interest, orientation and training, risk management, privacy, volunteer involvement, board self assessment, and etc. In addition the Committee will provide guidance to the board in developing transition policy and procedures.

Chairperson: Wendy Mather

Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Acting Chair

Establish and oversee policies for Financial Accountability & Risk Management.

Chairperson: Tim Fournier

Fundraising Committee

The purpose of the TVP Fundraising Committee is to assist VPIA with the development, implementation, evaluation and recommendations on deployment of the TVP International Development Fund.

Chairperson: Verona Lucas

Human Resources (HR)

Chairperson: Patrick Duffy

International Advisory Council

VPIA's primary purpose in establishing an International Advisory Council is twofold:

  1. As a vehicle for disseminating VPIA information, guidance, and assistance to the diverse regions of the world.
  2. To acquire feedback from those same diverse regions and to channel it back to VPIA for review and consideration.

The International Advisory Council is appointed by the VPIA Board and functions under the guidance of a Chairperson appointed from among the sitting members of the Board of Directors. The Chairperson also functions as Liaison between the Board and the Council.

Chairperson: Grace Lim Pineda

Mentoring Program Committee

The purpose of the VPIA mentoring program committee is to provide support, encouragement and opportunities for deepening and connection within The Virtues ProjectTM global community of facilitators and master facilitators.

Chairperson: Shannon Silva

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee shall be responsible for managing the operations which support VPIA, its BOD and its Committees. It will carry out specific objectives in pursuit of the overall goals defined in the policies and strategic plans of the Association. The Operations Committee Chair will put infrastructure in place that enables committees and Board members to achieve their objectives. This includes standardization of processes and procedures, organization of corporate information, and website content and organization.

Chairperson: Kathleen Woodward

Products and Services Committee, Acting Chair

The Fund Development Committee is formed to support the BOD and the CEO in the development of a plan and subsequent implementation of initiatives in the following areas: 

1. Product Development and Merchandizing 

2. Professional Development and Training

Chairperson: Valerie Hess

Research Committee, Acting Chair

The Committee will support the BOD with moving forward the VPIA strategic research related objectives: development of a VPIA research plan, establishment of key research partnerships, development of ways to share research results with the global virtues community, identification and promotion of research funding opportunities, coordination of VPIA sponsored research projects and applying for research grants.

Chairperson: Donna Wheatcroft

Strategy Planning Committee

Chairperson: Tim Fournier

Technology Committee

The Technology Committee is formed to help the VPIA BOD grow and scale its operations, enhance membership experience and facilitate communities of members through process and technology infrastructure improvements.  In conjunction with other Committees, it selects new projects and enhancements, prepares specifications and budgets. Through project facilitation and management, it assures successful implementation of projects.

Chairperson: Open

TVP Trauma Healing Program Committee

With purposefulness, this committee will build worldwide capacity to deliver sustainable community based VPIA Trauma Healing Circles in respectful partnership with existing individual and collective community cultures & strengths in response to distressing traumatic events of a national, regional, community and/or individual nature.

Chairperson: Christine Ayling

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Evelyn Belzer, Illinois educator


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Linda Walker, USA, Facilitator


“I have always loved making a difference to people, encouraging my students to be the best they can be, and sharing my journey with others. The Virtues Project and A Pace of Grace are the best vehicles I have found for doing these things. Most of my life I wanted to be profound but The Virtues Project taught me that life is not about being profound and fixing others; it is about journeying together; discerning my own holy ground; and offering companioning to others, trusting them to find their own solutions. Thank you Linda, Dan and John for a great gift and the freedom to share it in ways that work for us. I am loving this focus for my retirement.”

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