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Who is TADVS?

The Texas Association, Directors of Volunteer Services (TADVS), an affiliate chapter of AHVRP (www.ahvrp.org), is the choice professional membership chapter for healthcare volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. 


  • Provides forums for information exchange & networking with members around the state,
  • Promotes professional performance standards,
  • Conducts education programs,
  • Keeps you informed on healthcare topics and trends in healthcare volunteer management.

Words from the President

Welcome to the Texas Association of Volunteer Directors, (TADVS). 

John Maxwell said: “The single biggest way to impact an organization is development.  There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”  The goal of TADVS is to just that! 

TADVS provides you an opportunity to make impactful connections that allows you to ask questions, share ideas and receive support from professionals just like you facing the same difficulties.  We have our Member Forum, a Facebook page, and of course our Annual Education Conference that you will walk away with a great toolbox of helpful and useful tips and ideas that will make your program successful and sustainable.

We look forward to you becoming a member and providing you the opportunity to continually develop yourself and your program.

Thank you!

Teresa Laechelin

TADVS President

                       Board of Directors 2019-2020

Where we started...

Marion Blieden

First Elected President of the Organization

(Photo from Valley Morning Star, 1953)

On January 1, 1970, the Texas Association, Staff Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services became an affiliated society of the Texas Hospital Association with the original organization by-laws dated December 17, 1969.  The society began with 62 members and was formed to provide a mechanism for sharing information and methods of operations of salaried directors of volunteers. 

Although this date marks the birth of TADVS as we know it today, our proud heritage began further back on May 13, 1959.  The Directors of Volunteers in hospitals in Texas met and formed a state organization while attending the Texas Hospital Association Convention.  Mrs. Marion Blieden of the Veterans Administration Hospital of Houston was elected as the first president in 1959.  Five vice-presidents were elected to provide communication across the state.

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