Energize Team

Betsy McFarland
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Executive Director

Betsy McFarland is a principal at Adisa, a consulting firm dedicated to helping purpose-driven individuals and organizations unleash talent and achieve impact. 

Betsy has more than 20 years of experience in maximizing volunteer engagement in the animal protection field, much of it with The Humane Society of the United States. She was the first to launch comprehensive volunteer engagement training for the animal sheltering field, authoring the book, Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations, and publishing research on staff-volunteer relationships. She worked with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to develop a research-supported Volunteer Program Assessment model that serves nonprofit volunteer programs across the U.S. and Canada. 


Kristin Floyd

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Online Program Manager

Since 1992, Kristin has provided Web strategic planning and development services to Energize and guided the strategic planning and development of Energize's strong online presence including the main Energize site, the Bookstore, and the Everyone Ready® online training program. 


Consultants and Trainers

Energize works with a network of trainers and consultants to ensure we provide a cross-section of expertise and perspectives.  


 Susan J. Ellis 


Susan passed away on February 24, 2019. She founded Energize, Inc. and held an international reputation as a passionate advocate for the power of volunteers and those who lead them...more





























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