2014-2015 Board of Directors

President Carleigh Elkus
Executive Director  Jenn Jones
President-Elect Becky Theis
Board Manager CaraMae Jordison
Secretary Angela Andrews
Vice President Sustainers Susan Harned
Sustaining Advisor Nancy Schotters
Vice President Training Tess Hill-Scalise
Vice President-Elect Training Kodee Gartner
Vice President Community Kristin Bieberly
Vice President-Elect Community Alison Keiser
Vice President Fundraising Nora Heitmann
Vice President-Elect Fundraising Allie Ingalls
Vice President Membership          Liz Dulacki
Vice President Communications Kali Handford
Vice President Public Policy Jessica Grimes
Nominating Chair Brittany Sever
Vice President Finance & Operations Laura Paulson
Treasurer Laura Perry

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2014-2015 Junior League of Denver Board of Directors

 


President: Carleigh Elkus

Carleigh is honored and humbled to join the illustrious list of women who have led the Junior League of Denver throughout its rich history. Upon moving to Denver in 2008, Carleigh sought 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. During her time on the Board of Directors, Carleigh has focused her attention on building a "corps of committed volunteers” as well as bolstering the League’s training programs to assist our members in reaching their full potential and to prepare our next great leaders to serve the Denver community.

Carleigh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a BA 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. She 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 on the Children’s Circle of Care Committee of Children's Hospital Colorado. Carleigh is dedicated to her two boys, Cooper (4) and Hudson (10 months), and husband of ten years. She is passionate about golf, travel and cooking, and of course, the Junior League of Denver.


Executive 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: Becky Theis

Becky is honored to serve as President-Elect in 2014-2015 after serving as Community Vice President for two years. She first heard about the Junior League while 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 the 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 JLD, Becky served as a Board Trustee for the CoBiz Cares Foundation for two years and is an active member of the Womens Estate Planning Council. Professionally, Becky works as a Trust Officer at Steele Street Bank & Trust. She received her BA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2000. In her free time, Becky enjoys running, cycling, reading, traveling, visiting with friends, and spending time outdoors with her yellow lab, Stella.

 

Board Manager: CaraMae Jordison

CaraMae joined the Junior League in 2008 and has enjoyed being involved in the Denver community and meeting great friends. Most recently, CaraMae has served as Finance Vice President and Treasurer for both
the Junior League and Junior League Foundation Boards. She has also spent several years 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 also participated in the JLD 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 corporate development. In her spare time, CaraMae enjoys baking, biking, running, reading, skiing, and spending time with her dog, Ryker.

 

Secretary: Angela Andrews

Angela is excited and honored to serve as Secretary of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. She joined the JLD in 2009, as a way to meet other like-minded women and give back to the Denver community. Angela has served as VP of Communications, Co-Chair of the PR/Marketing Committee and has also been a Finance Council Liaison. Professionally, Angela has worked in or for legislatures for more than 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 7,300 state legislators and 30,000 state legislative staff.She participated in the League’s Leadership Institute (graduated in the 2010-11 League year).  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.

 

Sustainer Council Vice President: Susan Harned

Susan has been a member of the Junior League for 25 years and is looking forward to serving the needs of our Sustainer group. The first six years of her Junior League career took place in Atlanta. In 1995 she moved to Denver and joined the JLD. As an Active, Susan served as assistant editor and Editor of the ink member newsletter, committee member and co-chair of CARE, committee member on Kids Connect and a new member advisor. In 2003 Susan went Sustaining to focus on her family. In 2010 Susan joined the Sustainer Council and served as co-chair of community projects where she helped provide Sustainers with volunteer opportunities. As Sustainer Vice President, Susan looks forward to increasing our active Sustainer numbers by providing them with a variety of events. Susan lives in Greenwood Village with her husband Roger, their teenage sons Tyler and Spencer, and Sochi their border collie/chow. Thanks to both of her boys, Susan is an avid hockey mom and also enjoys golf, skiing, and gardening. Susan graduated from the University of Nebraska - GO BIG RED!

 

Sustaining Advisor: Nancy Schotters

Nancy is honored to serve as Sustaining Advisor and is continually awed by the work JLD volunteers do to fulfill ourmission and make an impact of the lives of others. She joined the JLD in 1984 as a transfer after a career in New York and California in investment banking as a way of participating in a meaningful way in the Denver community. Her leadership positions include chair of the Curtis Park Community Center project, Project Impact planning chair, Treasurer, EVP of Finance, and President of JLD in 1994-95. Nancy has also been on the JLD Foundation Board, serving as President on two occasions. She most recently served as the Denver Botanic Gardens chair, and still sits on the board. She has also been Treasurer and board member of Colorado Academy and its endowment, the Denver Ballet Guild and its endowment, Friends for Families First, , Central City Opera Guild, chair of the Parents Council at University of Denver and member of the Colorado Cabinet for Washington University in St. Louis. Nancy attended Wheaton College and University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating with a degree in Political Science, as well as NYU Graduate School of Business. Nancy and her husband, Barney, live in Greenwood Village and have three grown children and a menagerie of pets. She is an avid gardener, reader, loves to travel and participate in JLD Sustainer activities.

 

Training Council Vice President: Tess Hill-Scalise

Tess is entering her 7th year with the Junior League of Denver. Having a strong belief in giving back to the community, Tess has served four years on the 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 President and Co-Owner of RE/MAX of Cherry Creek. Tess lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband Tony and their dog, Bleu.

 

NEW POSITION! Training Council Vice President-Elect: Kodee Gartner

Kodee was inspired by the Junior League’s vision of women serving as catalysts for community change and joined the JLD in 2011. She’s served on the New Community Initiatives Committee and is currently chair of the University League Committee. Her passion is in women’s leadership and providing experiences for women that challenge, connect and inspire them to lean into opportunities that disregard traditional boundaries. A native of North Dakota, Kodee graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Marketing and now leads a department for an Indianapolis-based nonprofit association with a membership of over 150,000. She’s a perpetual learner and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and cheering on her favorite teams.

 

Community Council Vice President: Kristin Bieberly

Kristin has been an Active in the Junior League of Denver for three and a half years. Her love of helping the community brought her to the JLD shortly after moving to Denver. She has been active on different community committees since the start of her Junior League career. First serving as step up chair, and then chair of Kids in the Kitchen, this year she has been working closely with the VP of Community as the Council Manager. She helps oversee the council and works directly with half of the committees as well as seeking out new opportunities in the Denver community for partnerships. Kristin grew up in Dallas, Texas and after completing her BBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oklahoma, she moved to Denver. In addition to the Junior League, Kristin serves as president of her college alumni association for Colorado and raises money through different events and fundraisers to offer college scholarships to Colorado students. In her free time she loves to travel, hike, cook and spend time with her two huskies, Bailee and Boomer.

 

NEW POSITION! Community Council Vice President-Elect: Alison Keiser

Alison is a Southern transplant who considers herself a Colorado “new native” after over 10 years in Denver. Before she started her career in academic publishing, she worked for Americorps, overseeing an inner-city literacy program, and felt that joining the Junior League would be a perfect way to get involved with literacy efforts in Denver. Since joining, Alison has been involved with the Read2Kids community program and has enjoyed the opportunity to engage more closely with principals, teachers, and students this year as the Read2Kids Chair. Throughout her involvement with the League, she has been grateful to work alongside service-minded women who are leaders in their professions and in the community. In her free time, Alison relishes a good book, traveling, hiking in Colorado’s beautiful mountains, and living near City Park, where she enjoys long walks with her Great Dane, Zelda.

 

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 for her company nearly every month. 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 several 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 serves on the board for the Junior League of Denver as Vice President of Fundraising. Nora also volunteers her time at History Colorado. Additionally, Nora is on the Denver board for Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring program based in Oakland, CA. In her free time, Nora enjoys playing tennis, running marathons, and spending time with her husband and two children.

NEW POSITION! Fundraising Council Vice President-Elect: Allie Ingalls

Allie was raised in Greenwood Village, CO, and attended Miami University of Ohio. Upon graduation and after a year spent in Chicago, she joined the Chicago League. Allie grew up at the Junior League of Denver, tagging along with her mom as she attended her numerous committee and Board meetings. Through her position at the Foundation and her mother’s influence, Allie became involved with Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver and the Junior League. With Girls Inc., Allie served on the Alliance Board for 3 years and assisted in the planning and execution of the organization’s largest fundraising event, Girls and Guys Night Out. Since joining the Junior League of Denver as a transfer in 2009, Allie has served on the Holiday Mart Steering Committee for 2 years, chaired the Kids in the Kitchen Committee, co-chaired the Day of Operations Committee for the immensely successful first year of The Journey, and is currently the co-chair of The Journey 2014, set to occur on March 13th. Allie, currently a Digital Marketing Manager at STARZ Entertainment, enjoys weekends in Grand Lake, Colorado, reading, running and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.


Membership Council Vice President: Liz Dulacki

Liz Dulacki has been a member of the JLD for almost twelve years. During that time she had a brief stint as the Board Secretary before becoming the Membership Council Vice President, spent two years as the Nominating Committee Chair, three years on the Nominating Committee, and was the Provisional Co-Chair. She also 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 spent one year as a Sustainer and during that time worked with ad hoc groups to evaluate the Board structure and help form the League’s Strategic Plan. That year, Liz was honored to be awarded the Spirit of Service Award for her commitment to the Junior League.

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.

 

Communications Council Vice President: Kali Handford

Kali is honored with the opportunity to serve on the 2014-2015 Junior League of Denver board. She has been a member of the Junior League of Denver since 2008 and has had the pleasure of serving on a variety of committees, most recently as a Communications Liaison for the past two years. In addition to being a Junior League member, Kali has served as an alumnae advisor to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, volunteered at the Tennyson Center for Children and participates in several professional organizations. After earning her MBA and MS Marketing degrees, Kali spends her day job working for an integrated marketing and CRM provider executing on all aspects of go-to-market for strategic partnerships. As a self-described foodie Kali can be found trying new restaurants, hitting the slopes, whacking away at golf balls and entertaining friends with her husband and their furry-child, Makenzie the bulldog.


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 for a second year. 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.



Nominating Chair: Brittany Sever

Brittany Sever is beginning her 12th Active year in the Junior League of Denver. This is her second year on the Nominating Committee for the JLD and she served on Nominating Committee for the Junior League of Chicago in 2005. She also served as Communications VP, chair for Special Project “Find the Focus”, and as a committee member for the Leadership Development. Brittany is originally from Chicago and has lived in Denver for the last seven years. She graduated from Miami University with her undergraduate degree in Finance and then from the University of Michigan with her M.B.A. She currently works for a Mining Services Company managing their North America Resourcing and Graduate Rotation Program. She lives in central Denver and enjoys spending her time skiing, hiking, biking and competing in triathlons.


Finance & Operations Council Vice President: Laura Paulson

Laura is honored and excited to serve the Junior League of Denver as the 2014-2015 Finance & Operations Vice President. 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 most recently served as the JLD Treasurer, and she has served on the Kids Connect Children’s Outreach Project group, as a member of the Public Policy Council, and she has been a member of the Finance Council as the liaison to the Fundraising Council. Laura holds a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is the Director of Accounting and Reporting for MWH Global. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in the Denver community, traveling, seeing live music and sporting events.

 

Treasurer: Laura Perry

Laura joined the Junior League of Denver (JLD) to fulfill her desire to be part of a network of women leaders working together to have an impact in the Denver community. Her involvement in the JLD has strengthened her dedication to improving lives through community programs and civic leadership. Laura holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Political Science with a graduate minor in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. Laura currently works as the Capital Improvement Program Administrator for Denver’s Budget and Management Office overseeing a budget of over $100 million with the mission of enhancing Denver’s quality of life through its unparalleled infrastructure. In addition to being a member of the JLD, Laura has served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado City and County Manager’s Association (CCCMA), various committees for the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), and is a leader in organizing the Colorado Women Leading Government group, a statewide group focused on the development of women leaders in local government. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, running, cooking, spending time with her husband Charlie, and cheering on the Florida Gators.

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