Executive Leadership

  • Dave Kneipp

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Dave Kneipp named VOAGBR CEO in July 2019. Mr. Kneipp has extensive leadership experience and expertise in finance and operations for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. His career started in the early 80’s at Guaranty Bank where he served as Vice President of Commercial Lending until he purchased Acadian Travel agency where he served as CEO until selling the company. As Director of Administration at Our Lady of Mercy Parish for over 5 years he was a source of hope for many who fled to Baton Rouge after Katrina and resided at the church hall in the aftermath of the storm. His caring spirit and firm values has made him a respected man of faith and a strong leader in this community.

    Mr. Kneipp has worked in several large industries spanning his almost 40-year career and has overseen accounting and operations processes during most of this time. At Genesis Energy, Dave led a team that created innovative strategies for accounting functions, Human Resources, and IT roles while negotiating service agreements and realizing significant cost savings. His leadership of the Refinery Services group helped grow that division’s profits even during challenging economic times. He is known for his goal-oriented personality, strong work ethic and caring genuine spirit.

    The Baton Rouge resident received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Centenary College in Shreveport, La. and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier School of Banking.

    “I feel extremely privileged to have been selected as the next leader of Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge and look forward to getting started. I believe the key to success includes working with passion and enthusiasm, watching your moral compass, and always treating people with respect and dignity. I look forward to serving our community and advancing VOAGBR’s impactful work.”

  • Shelia Sterling

    Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer

    Shelia has worked for Volunteers of America for more than 25 years in various roles. In 2011, she became the Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President of Southwest Louisiana Programs. Shelia is also a Volunteers of America commissioned minister and a licensed social worker. Under her leadership, the organization was accredited by CARF International in 2014. As Chief Operating Officer, she works with the leadership team and is responsible for the overall management, development, and implementation of service programs in our 19 parish area. In addition, she manages the Information Technology Department, HUD Housing Operations, and Facility Maintenance Department.

    Throughout her career, she has been involved in both community and professional groups. Currently, Shelia serves on the Board of Directors of The Community Provider Association, a statewide advocacy organization. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and was selected to be a member of the Manage Long Term Supports and Services Advisory Council for the Department of Health and Hospitals. Shelia is a member Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. She is an active member of Baton Rouge Links, Incorporated, St Joseph's Academy Mother's Club and Baton Rouge Jack and Jill. She also completed the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and is a Sustaining Member of The Junior League of Baton Rouge.

    Shelia received her B.A. in Social Work from Northwestern State University and proceeded to Louisiana State University to attain her Master's in Social Work. In addition, she completed the Non-Profit Executive Program at University of Notre Dame through the Volunteers of America Executive Development Program.

    Contact Shelia Sterling:
    (225) 408-3795
    ssterling@voagbr.org

  • Allison Traxler

    Vice-President & Chief Communications Officer

    Allison Traxler has over 24 years of experience in the field of Development and Fundraising. She began serving as Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge’s Director of Development Major Gifts in 2007 and currently serves as Vice-President and Chief Communications Officer. She is responsible for managing donor relations, marketing, public relations, the Board of Directors Development Committee and volunteer services throughout our 19 parish service area.

    Allison holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and has been in the fundraising arena since 1996. Allison has spearheaded all of our Celebration for Change events and has extensive training in the Benevon Fundraising Model. Before her employment with Volunteers of America, she joined the organization’s Board of Directors in 2003. She also worked in development at Ochsner Health System, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School and the Red Cross. She has served as president of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Allison is both a past Board member and a past sustainer of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. She is a graduate of Leadership Baton Rouge and Volunteers of America’s Executive Development Program (EDP). 

    She volunteers with her church and her children’s schools. She is married to Dr. Jon G. Traxler and keeps busy as a mom to a college, high-school and middle school aged kids. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, her four dogs, and her children’s sporting events.

    Allison 225-408-3793 or atraxler@voagbr.org

  • Michell Evans

    Director of Accounting