2012-2013 Board of Directors
|Managing Director||Jennifer Jones|
|Vice President, Administrative||Brigette Ruffel
|Vice President, Communications||Angela Andrews
|Vice President, Community||Becky Theis
|Vice President, Finance||Stacey Rubinstein
|Vice President, Fundraising||LaShonda Kennedy
|Vice President, Membership||Carleigh Elkus|
|Vice President, Public Policy||Malia Keck
|Vice President, Sustainers||Deanna Myer|
|Vice President, Training||Megan Maddocks
|Nominating Chair||Tracy Newberry|
President, Cissie Megyesy
As the daughter of a longtime Junior League member, Cissie saw the positive impact the Junior League of Denver has made on the Denver community from a very early age. Inspired by her mom and her mom’s friends she joined the JLD about nine years ago. Cissie has served in a variety of placements such as Marketing Liaison, Kitchen That Cook! Committee, Community Assistance Fund, New Cookbook Committee and most recently Fundraising Vice President. She is honored and excited to serve as President. Cissie currently works as a Senior Client Services Manager for PR Newswire. Prior to this position she was the Director of Special Events for Easter Seals Colorado. Cissie also serves or has served on the Board of Directors for the Girls Inc. Alliance, St. Mary’s Academy Alumni Association, and Rocky Active 20/30. As a native of Colorado, Cissie loves to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor activities the state offers, especially skiing. She also enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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Managing Director: Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones accepted the Managing Director position at the Junior League of Denver in April 2011. She is accountable for ensuring that the day-to-day operations, annual goals, and the long term strategic plan of the JLD are managed in a manner consistent with the priorities of the organization.
Prior to joining the JLD, Jenn held Director positions at government and community non-profit levels, working with key community leaders, administrators, and volunteers from national, regional, and statewide non-profits. Her last position was Vice President of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley in Steamboat Springs, CO. Her responsibilities included prospect management and tracking, strategic development, managing fundraising initiatives for annual appeals, and oversight of special events. Before working for the Healthcare Foundation, Jenn was an Associate Director and then Interim Executive Director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. In these roles she was integral in the overall management of the organization and implementation of programming, fundraising and events.
Prior to working with the Arts Council she was an Assistant Projects Director for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (a national service organization) where she developed national service projects with leaders from organizations including YMCA of the USA, Boys and Girls Club of America, the US Forest Service, the American Red Cross, and more to foster civic engagement in our nation's communities in the areas of education, human needs, public safety, disaster relief, and the environment.
Jenn graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Human and Community Development. Additionally, she was a participant in an Executive Program for non-profit leaders, a joint effort between the Stanford Graduate School of Business - Center for Social Innovation, The Boettcher Foundation, and National Arts Strategies. In her free time, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, and chasing after her son, Bennett. Her hobbies include trail running, hiking, volunteering and traveling.
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President Elect, Lisa Lumley
Lisa is excited to serve as the 2012 – 2013 President Elect. She is committed to Junior League’s core mission of developing the potential of women and improving the community through the leadership of trained volunteers. Lisa sees the upcoming year bringing exciting opportunities for growth and change. She looks forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm with membership as the JLD moves forward working within our community. Lisa joining the Junior League of Denver in 2007 and has served as the Headquarter’s Coordinator on the Administrative Council and Administrative Council Vice President. As a commercial real estate broker she has worked in Denver and Phoenix. Currently, Lisa works for the City and County of Denver as an Asset Manager. She is a Denver native and faithful ASU Sun Devil alum. She enjoys working on her golf game, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
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Administrative Council Vice President, Brigette RuffelBrigette is honored to have the opportunity to serve the Junior League of Denver as the Administrative VP. Brigette joined the Junior League in 2002 and has served in the areas of Communication, Membership, Fundraising, Administrative, and Community. She has also served on the Investment Committee, the Dessert Testing Section of the new cookbook, and participated in the Leadership Institute. Outside of the Junior League, she is a part of the Children’s Diabetes Guild and also volunteers at church, for her sorority, and at her children’s schools. Brigette graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and also studied Greek and Roman archeology in Spain through Boston University. Before becoming a stay at home mom to Zachary, Tyler, and Sophia, she worked in the financial and estate planning field. Brigette likes to travel and her most recent trip was to Austria and Germany last fall. She enjoys being outdoors and going hiking, camping, and skiing in our beautiful Colorado mountains.
Communications Council Vice President, Angela Andrews
Angela is excited and honored to serve as Vice President of the Communications Council. She joined the JLD in 2009, as a way to meet other like-minded women and give back to the Denver community. She has served as the Co-Chair of the PR/Marketing committee and has also been a Finance Council Liaison. She also participated in the League’s Leadership Institute (graduated in the 2010-11 league year) and enjoys the challenge of finding creative ways to promote the great work of the league – both internally and externally. Professionally, Angela has worked with legislatures for almost 10 years and serves as a policy analyst at the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research and services to all 50 state legislatures, more than 7,800 state legislators and 30,000 state legislative staff. She received her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Suffolk University (Boston, MA) in 2008. Angela is a native of Denver, but has also called Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts home. In her free time, Angela loves spending time with her husband Kevin, her family and her friends, and enjoys skiing, biking, and reading.
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Community Council Vice President, Becky Theis
Becky is honored to serve as the Community Council Vice President. She first heard about the Junior League when living in Madison, WI and decided to join when moving to Denver in 2007 because of her desire to become involved in the Denver community and connect with new friends. Since joining the Junior League, Becky has spent most of her time in Community as a member and Chair of the committee responsible for evaluating the various community programs the Junior League sponsors and manages. Throughout this process, Becky had the opportunity to learn about each program in depth, the impact that they have on our members and the Denver community, and the importance of making sure each operates at their fullest potential. She is very excited to work with such a great group of motivated women. In addition to being a member of the Junior League, Becky served as a Board Trustee for the CoBiz Cares Foundation for two years and is an active member of the Womens Foundation of Colorado. In her free time, Becky enjoys running, reading, traveling, visiting with friends, and spending time outdoors with her yellow lab, Stella.
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Finance Council Vice President, Stacey RubinsteinStacey is honored and excited to serve as the 2012-2013 Vice President of Finance of the Junior League of Denver. She transferred to Denver from the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula. Stacey has served as the Administrative Assistant to the Training Council, on the Finance Council as the Liaison to the Administrative Council, and also as the Treasurer. Stacey holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently working as a Systems Engineer in the aerospace and defense industry. Last year was her first year to participate in the Bike MS150, and she hopes to continue to participate in this event annually. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, road biking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Scott, and their dog, Vega.
Fundraising Council Vice President, LaShonda Kennedy
LaShonda is extremely honored to serve as VP of Fundraising. A native of Coastal North Carolina, LaShonda joined the Junior League in 2005. She recently transferred from the Austin League where she served in a variety of placements including Training and Education Chair, A Christmas Affair Merchant Co-Chair, Provisional Team Leader as well as serving on the Nominating Committee and Membership Council. LaShonda holds a BA and MA from Wake Forest University. She has spent the past 12 years as a consultant for Deluxe Financial Services focusing on process improvement for bank mergers and acquisitions. In addition to her League service, LaShonda is a Public Policy Volunteer for the American Heart Association and serves on the board of Project Wise. In her spare time, LaShonda is a foodie who enjoys traveling the globe with her husband, Robert.
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Membership Council Vice President, Carleigh Elkus
Carleigh is humbled and honored to serve the Junior League of Denver as Vice President of Membership. Upon moving to Denver in 2008 Carleigh sought out the opportunity to get involved in her new community. She was awed by the various talents, accomplishments and experiences of her fellow provisionals, but it was their shared interests and commitment to the community that truly changed the course of her tenure in this great organization. She has served on the Community Programs Research & Development Committee and spent two years as a Provisional Advisor. Carleigh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2000 where she was selected to the National Order of Barristers. She began her legal career in Washington, D.C. and moved to Colorado in 2003. After several years of firm life, Carleigh opened up her own law practice in 2009 and was selected by her peers as a Colorado “SuperLawyer Rising Star" in 2009 and 2010. In addition to her career and responsibilities within the League, Carleigh serves as the Director of the “Denver Domer2Domer Jobs Program” through the Notre Dame Club of Denver, and is a volunteer attorney with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Carleigh is dedicated to being a good mother to her two and a half year old son and is committed to her husband of eight years. She is passionate about golf, travel and cooking, and enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.
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Public Policy Council Vice President, Malia Keck
Malia joined the Junior League of Wichita, Kansas, in 2007. Being a Colorado native, she was elated when she was able to move back home and transfer to the Junior League of Denver. Following her transfer year, she became a member of the Public Policy Council, Advocacy Committee. After seeing the success of several supported bills pass and her advocacy efforts put to good use, she most recently chose to take the Policy Development Chair position. She is extremely excited to take on the challenge of VP of Public Policy and continue to develop the League's relationship with Colorado's legislators and our partners. Additionally, Malia had the opportunity to take the JLD's Non-Profit Leadership Development course. In 2010, the JLD gave her the opportunity to attend the White House Project Go Run training where she learned what it takes to run for a political office. Malia graduated from the US Air Force Academy and was an Instructor Pilot on the KC-135 Stratotanker. Currently, she is a pilot for Frontier Airlines. Her husband, Derek, is a pilot for UPS, and her son, Alexander, will be two in April. In her spare time, she has completed 5 marathons and several triathlons. She has coached triathletes and has also been a personal trainer.
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Sustainer Council Vice President, Deanna Myer
The general membership recently passed a bylaw change that added a Sustainer Vice President as a voting member on to the JLD Board of Directors, reporting to the JLD President. We are pleased to announce that Deanna Myer has accepted the Sustainer VP position for the 2012–13 year . Deanna has been a member of the JLD since 1991 and a Sustainer since 1996. She has been an active participant on the Sustainer Council the past several years and is currently Sustainer Council Co-Chair.
Training Council Vice President, Megan Maddocks
Megan is delighted to serve the Junior League of Denver as the Training Council Vice President. Megan joined the League in 2005 and has spent most of her time on Membership committees with a mission to increase engagement and retention amongst members. Her most recent position was as Co-Chair of Regional Connections. Megan believes serving on the Board is a great opportunity to bring her experience in training and development to an organization she feels passionately about. Megan graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication. She attributes her professional successes to the leadership strength of an entire team and has focused her career on empowering others to be strong leaders. Megan currently works in the Leadership & Team Development department at Encana Oil & Gas where she assists with instructional design of leadership programs, facilitates training, manages coaching circles and fosters growth and development opportunities within the company. She recently obtained her Train-the-Trainer certification from the American Society for Training and Development and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She enjoys running, sports, traveling, laughing with friends, writing, reading, and family time.
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