2013-2014 Board of Directors

President Lisa Lumley
Managing Director  Jenn Jones
President-Elect Carleigh Elkus
Vice President, Administrative Susan Schaub
Vice President, Communications Angela Andrews
Vice President, Community Becky Theis
Vice President, Finance CaraMae Jordison
Vice President, Fundraising Nora Heitmann
Vice President, Membership          Liz Dulacki
Vice President, Public Policy Jessica Grimes
Vice President, Sustainers Christina Holderness
Vice President, Training Tess Hill Scalise
Secretary Caroline Gash
Treasurer Laura Paulson

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2013-2014 Junior League of Denver Board of Directors

President, Lisa Lumley 

Lisa is excited to serve as the 2013-2014 Board of Directors President. 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 Headquarters 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 a Senior 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.

Lisa can be reached at president@jld.org

Managing Director, Jenn Jones

Jenn 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 in April 2011, 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. Jenn graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science 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 and son. Her hobbies include trail running, hiking, volunteering and traveling.

Jenn can be reached at jjones@jld.org


President-Elect, Carleigh Elkus

Carleigh fulfills long held aspirations of serving her fellow Junior League of Denver members and the Denver community in accepting the nomination of President-Elect. 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 served on the Community Programs Research & Development Committee and spent two years as a Provisional Advisor before becoming the Vice President of Membership. With the assistance of her dedicated council members and Board of Directors, Carleigh has focused her at tention on building a "corps of committed volunteers" to carry the JLD through to its 100th Anniversary in a few years. 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 to marry her best friend from law school. 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, is a volunteer attorney with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, and serves on the Foundation Development Committee of Children's Hospital Colorado. Carleigh is dedicated to being the best mother she can be to her three and a half year old son and is committed to her husband of nine years. She is passionate about golf, travel and cooking, and enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.

Carleigh may be reached at president@jld.org

Administrative Council Vice President, Susan Schaub

Susan is excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of the Administrative Council. Susan joined the Junior League of Denver in 2006 after moving from North Carolina as a way to give back to the community and connect with others in the area.  She previously served on the “Kitchens That Cook!” Committee as a House Leader as well as several years on the Administrative Council, most recently as Council Manager.  Susan selected the Admin Council as a way to learn more about the operations and inter-workings of the League and is excited to be able to lead this team.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing where she also enjoyed playing on their soccer and rugby teams.  Susan’s professional background is mainly in Human Resources and currently works as a People Services Manager for a subsidiary of DaVita Healthcare Partners supporting her team across the U.S. Prior to this position; she was the Regional HR Director for Lowe’s Home Improvement where she was responsible for over 11,000 employees in multiple states.  Susan loves to travel internationally with her husband Kevin, as well as running, cooking, gardening and playing with her two young boys, Colin and Brendan. 

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 and daughter Letty, and enjoys skiing, biking, and reading.

Angela may be reached at communications@jld.org.

Community Council Vice President, Becky Theis

Becky is honored to serve as the Community Council Vice President for the second year. 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, cycling, reading, traveling, visiting with friends, and spending time outdoors with her yellow lab, Stella.

Becky may be reached at community@jld.org.

Finance Council Vice President, CaraMae Jordison

CaraMae joined the Junior League in 2008 and has enjoyed being involved in the Denver community and meeting great friends. She has spent most of her membership in Community placements as a committee member and Assistant Chair of the Done in a Day Committee, as well as on the Training Council serving as Council Manager. CaraMae has also participated in the Leadership Institute. She received her Masters in International Affairs from The American University (Washington, D.C.) in 2005, and is currently working for DaVita as a project manager. In her spare time, CaraMae enjoys baking, running, reading, skiing, and spending time with her dog Ryker.

CaraMae may be reached at finance@jld.org


Fundraising Council Vice President, Nora Heitmann

Nora was raised in Greenwood Village, CO, and attended the University of Denver. She graduated Cum Laude with honors in both political science and communications in 2000. After a year of working for Governor Bill Owens, Nora left the public sector to begin a sales career at Airborne Express. Consistently winning awards and top rankings, she was promoted to Senior Sales Rep after only one year. Nora stayed with Airborne until they were sold to DHL in 2004. It was in 2004 that Nora began her career in freight forwarding. As a Freight Forwarder, Nora has been the number one sales rep nearly every month despite only working two days a week. In 2009 Nora won an award from ColoradoBiz Magazine naming her one of the top 25 most powerful sales people in Colorado. Nora serves on two boards at the University of Denver. In 2010 the University of Denver recognized her success and dedication and awarded her with the Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement, an award reserved for the top alumni within 10 years of his/her graduation. In addition to her work for DU, Nora is on the Denver board for Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring program based in Oakland, CA. Nora is active in the Junior League of Denver. In 2012 she Co-Chaired the League’s largest fundraiser, Mile High Holiday Mart. The event raised over $85,000 in three days. Her success was recognized with the League’s Shining Star Award. In her free time, Nora enjoys playing tennis, running marathons, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Nora may be reached at fundraising@jld.org.

Public Policy Council Vice President, Jessica Grimes

Jessica is looking forward to serving as the Public Policy Vice President and on the Board of Directors. Jessica began her Junior League tenure as a Provisional and member of the Finance (House Tour) Committee in the Rhode Island League. Upon learning that she would be moving to Denver for work, Jessica joined the Denver League in 2010 as a transfer. Since then, Jessica has spent the remainder of her JLD time as a member of the Public Policy Council and as the Events and Policy Development Chairs within that Council. Professionally, Jessica has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice doing immigration work and is currently an attorney in a local firm, doing employment work. In her free time, Jessica enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, visiting with family and friends, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Jessica may be reached at advocacy@jld.org.

Sustainer Council Vice President, Christina Holderness

Christina is very excited to be a member of the JLD Board of Directors! She joins us as a Transfer from San Francisco, where she joined the Junior League in 2003. Initially she became involved in fundraising, working as one of the steering chairs on the annual Home Tour. Later, she became involved with Community Programs, and had the chance to chair the committees of a number of JLSF grant recipients in San Francisco, such as the Homeless Prenatal Program and Support for Families with Children with Disabilities. In 2010, she was nominated to be Vice President of Community Programs. After the term, her job was transferred to Denver, and she and her husband moved here in 2011. Believing that the Junior League is your “League for life”, Christina immediately transferred her membership, and became involved in the Sustainer Council. She was most recently the Sustainer Events Chair, planning the Sustainer Garden Party as well as other fun events. On the weekends you’ll find Christina cooking and entertaining for friends in her Cheesman park home. She also is a passionate Spanish language speaker, having spent the past summer in Guatemala volunteering!

Christina may be reached at sustainers@jld.org

Training Council Vice President, Tess Hill Scalise

Tess is entering her 6th year with the Junior League of Denver. Having a strong belief in giving back to the community, Tess has served four years on the JLD Community Council and in several leadership positions within JLD. She was Chair of the PR&D, Sponsorship and Healthy Habits Committees and was a member of the Nominating, Read2Kids and Kids in the Kitchen Committees and Assistant Chair for the JLD 90th Anniversary Committee. Tess considers herself blessed to experience firsthand the gratitude of Denver area women and children who have benefited from the kindness of JLD members. Having spent many years in VP and Director level positions, Tess’ professional experience includes coaching and leading staff members, entrepreneurs and working closely with teams and peers to achieve a common goal. She earned an MBA degree from Maryville University and is currently employed as Executive Business Consultant for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. Tess lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband Tony and their dog, Bleu.

Tess may be reached at training@jld.org.

Membership Council Vice President, Liz Dulacki

Liz is very excited to come back to Active status to serve as the Membership Vice President of the Board of Directors after spending her 11th League year as a Sustainer. Though she was a Sustainer this year, Liz was recruited to work with ad hoc groups to evaluate the Board structure and to help form the League’s strategic plan. Working closely with the Board members helped inspire Liz to continue her League career and seek a leadership position. During her active years Liz spent two years as the Nominating Committee Chair, three years on the Nominating Committee, was the Provisional Co-Chair, spent two years as a Provisional Advisor, served on the Leadership Training Committee, and was a committee member at Kids Connect Decatur. In 2008, the JLD gave Liz the opportunity to attend an ODI conference that focused on nominating best practices. Many of the strategies she brought back are still in use at the JLD today. Liz is a Denver native and graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 with a degree in Interior Design. She currently works as a high-end residential designer, working on beautiful homes throughout Colorado and Texas. She lives in southeast Denver with her 13-year old shih tzu, Lulu, and enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, and trying new restaurants with friends.

Liz may be reached at membership@jld.org.

Secretary, Caroline Gash

Caroline Gash is entering her seventh active year in the Junior League of Denver and is honored and excited to serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors. Prior to her current position, she was selected to serve as Board Manager for the JLD’s Board of Directors. Throughout her League career, Caroline was given the opportunity to sit on the Nominating Committee where she learned a great deal about the strategic direction of the League. Additionally, she has served on the Training Council as chair of the General Meeting Committee as well as been a member of the Done-in-a-Day and Training, Research, Education & Development (TRED) Committees. As a member of the TRED Committee, Caroline assisted in developing the JLD’s Leadership Institute. Outside of the League, Caroline sits of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Alumni Association as she holds a BS from the University of Notre Dame. A Denver native, she also holds a Masters of Finance and MBA from the University of Denver. She currently works as an Associate Analyst in a private equity firm, specializing in the oil & gas industry. Caroline enjoys sports of any kind, being outdoors, golfing, traveling, singing, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family. She will be welcoming a new golden retriever puppy to her pack in November. 

Treasurer, Laura Paulson

Laura is honored and excited to serve the Junior League of Denver as the 2013-2014 Treasurer. Laura joined the JLD because of her desire to make a meaningful impact in the Denver community. She believes strongly in the organization’s mission to change lives through literacy. Laura has served on the Kids Connect Children’s Outreach Project group and as a member of the Public Policy Council in prior years. Most recently she has been a member of the Finance Council as the liaison to the Fundraising Council. Laura holds a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Manager of Accounting and Reporting for Arrow Electronics. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in the Denver community, traveling and seeing live music and sporting events.

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