Georgia Sea Turtle Center Coordinator Earns Volunteer Credential

The Jekyll Island Authority and Georgia Sea Turtle Center are proud to announce that Jeannie Martin has been awarded the credential GSTC_2 (620x412)“Certification in Volunteer Administration,” from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

The new credential, which entitles Martin to use the initials CVA following her name, is the only one in its field that is internationally recognized.

“Being able to participate in this training helped me acquire new skills which I will utilize to enhance the volunteer program,” Martin said. “This new credential is exciting because this will help us enable our volunteers to have the best experience possible and continue performing high caliber work here at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.”

Certification in Volunteer Administration credentials are awarded after a rigorous process that includes an extensive self-evaluation, and preparation of a performance-based portfolio. In addition to the Portfolio, Martin completed a two-hour examination, which tested knowledge application and analysis of skills related to volunteers resource management.

Successful CVA candidates must prove they have a clear philosophy of volunteer administration, pledge to work within a professional code of ethics and demonstrate their knowledge-in-use in the core competency areas of organizational management, human resource management, accountability, leadership and advocacy.

With her CVA in hand, Martin joins a select group of more than 1,200 individuals who have attained this sought-after international credential, as demonstration of their professional excellence in mobilizing and managing volunteers.

Originally from Avis, Pa., Martin attended Juniata College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In December, she will complete her master’s degree in zoology from Miami University. She, too, has completed two terms as an AmeriCorps Member and has served as a Corporation for National and Community Service Peer Reviewer since 2005.

Since coming to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in 2007, Martin has served as a rehabilitation technician, then went on to develop the center’s AmeriCorps program in 2009, and became the Volunteer Coordinator in 2010. Through her role, Martin organizes and manages the rotating AmeriCorps and volunteer groups who are key to the Sea Turtle Center carrying out its mission of research, rehabilitation and education.

“A strong volunteer program relying on many recruited talents and dedicated people has been essential to the work at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center,” said John Marr, general manager of the center. “Ms. Martin’s management, and now with her advanced training and certification, facilitates making it an even stronger program. We’re very proud of Ms. Martin and excited to have such a strong member on our team.”

About the Georgia Sea Turtle Center: Established in 2007 on Jekyll Island and operated by the Jekyll Island Authority, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center was developed as an institution devoted to the conservation of coastal wildlife and ecosystems. Through rehabilitation, research and educational programs, Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff work to increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health, and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. For information, visit or

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