Leadership

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Susie Berg – President

Susie has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. since 2003 and is honored to serve the JLSF.  As a member of the JLSF, Susie has gained incredible training by serving in a variety of leadership positions such as: Home Tour Co-Chair, Public Policy Council Director, Community Program Development and Done-in-a-Day chair.  She also served as a Co-Chair to the California State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) which represents the advocacy efforts of 17 California Junior Leagues.  When she is not working as corporate attorney or volunteering she can be found playing tennis, skiing or running after her dog.

 

Kristen Zeitzer – Secretary

Kristen has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2005.  She served on several committees such as Nominating, DIAD, and various Ad-Hocs.  Her leadership experience includes chairing Community Program Development, Membership Outreach (now ROC), Arts Outreach, and Membership Activities.  She also served as a Steering committee member on Home Tour.  Kristen previously sat on the JLSF board of directors as Grantmaking Council Director and as Vice President.  In 2009, the JLSF awarded her the Active Volunteer of the year.  When she isn’t working or volunteering, Kristen enjoys spending time with her son Xander, hiking, and exploring the bay area with her friends.

 

Elizabeth Dooley – Executive Vice President

Elizabeth Dooley has been an active member in the Junior League since 2007.  She joined the Junior League of San Francisco after transferring from the Junior League of Washington DC, and prior to that, the Junior League of Las Vegas.  Her past board experiences includes being the Membership Development Council Director and before that, the Assistant Membership Council Director.  She has several other leadership roles within Junior League including: Special Events Rising Chair, ODI Steering Committee, Southwest Exchange Steering Committee, Literacy Task Force Steering Member, Centennial Steering Committee, and Membership Outreach Co-Chair.  By day, Elizabeth is a Civil Rights attorney and when she isn’t volunteering or working, Elizabeth loves to workout, play with her dogs and cats, and travel with her husband.

 

Lata Prabahkar – Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Warnkea – Treasurer-Elect

Lynn joined the Junior League in 2005 and looks forward to her first year on the Board.  Last year, Lynn served on the Finance Committee, the Signature Program Development Committee and was Assistant Treasurer for Home Tour.   She has also served on other committees including Arts Outreach, Compass Community Services, San Francisco School Volunteers and several ad hoc committees throughout the years.

 

Christina Curry – Nominating Chair

Christina joined the JLSF in 2011 after transferring from the Junior League of Boston. Christina has served on the Fogcutter and Volunteer Training and Development committees, has chaired two committees, and most recently served as the Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee. Christina’s focus in the League has been on member education and training; her passion is helping members develop the skills needed for their careers within and beyond the Junior League. Christina is a scientist at Genentech, Inc. and in her spare time she enjoys exploring the outdoors (particularly while traveling!), testing new recipes, and spending time with family and friends. She’s always on the lookout for good book recommendations – feel free to send any her way!

 

Christina Alvarez – Nominating Chair-Elect

Christina Alvarez has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2011.  She has spent most of her time in the League as a leader in the Grantmaking Council, serving most recently on the Board of Directors as the Grantmaking Council Director.  She has also volunteered as a two year Chair of the Enabling Funds committee and a member of the International Rescue Committee and Volunteer Training and Development committees.  She is the President and Principal Consultant of Prospect Consulting Group, and also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of The Gubbio Project.  She lives in San Francisco with her wife and two sons.

 

Tammy Braas-Hill – At-Large Director

Tammy joined the Junior League in 1992.  She has been on Board of Directors as Fundraising Council Director, Corresponding Secretary, Assistant to the President, and Sustainer Council Director.  She has been the Chair of the Next-to-New/Consignment Boutique, Merchandising, Endowment Fund, 95th Anniversary Ad Hoc, 16th Annual Home Tour, Cookbook, and the Women at the Center Honors (WATCH) luncheon. Her past committee experience includes La Casa de las Madres, Transfers, Protable/Empowerment Project, Fashion Show, Provisional Education, Nominating, Strategic Planning, Finance, The Centennial Celebration, having written, “A Century of Commitment” and the Fund Development Ad Hoc .  She was awarded Active of the Year in 2004 and the Spirit of the League in 2013.  In addition to her work with Junior League, she is a member of the Metropolitan Club and the President of the San Francisco Garden Club.  Tammy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Randy for 30 years.

 

Caroline Bruister- At-Large Director

Caroline joined JLSF in 2009 after transferring from Junior League of Santa Barbara. During her League career, Caroline has held leadership positions on the Fundraising, Public Policy and Strategic Planning Councils.  She also served as a Co-Chair to the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC) which represents the advocacy efforts of 17 leagues and 10,000 women.  In 2013 she received the JLSF “Active of the Year” Award and the CalSPAC “Rising Star” Award. In 2015 she was honored to be among the CalSPAC leaders accepting the inaugural AJLI “Public Policy & Advocacy” Award for Maternal Mental Health.

Caroline is a public affairs consultant with over a decade of legislative policy experience and statewide campaign success. She is a passionate digital strategist for affecting change and empowering women. She loves to spend time exploring the beautiful Bay Area with her husband Tom including stand up paddle boarding and bakery hopping.

 

Alex Haygood- At-Large Director

Alex Haygood has been a member of the Junior League since 2010.  Alex joined with the Junior League of Oklahoma City, then transferring to the Junior League of San Jose, and to San Francisco in 2014. She has held a variety of leadership roles for the league including: Kids in the Kitchen Chair, Provisional Advisor, Strategic Planning Chair, Fund Development Co-Chair, and Membership Engagement Chair. As co-chair of the Fund Development committee, she received the 2016 “Committee of the Year” award. She has also served as a member of the KIPP, Finance, and Marketing and Communications committees. Alex is the Senior Development Director for Code2040 in San Francisco. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys reading, cooking, sports, fashion, and traveling with her fiancée.

 

Sharon Lai – At-Large Director

Sharon has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2011. During her League career, Sharon has served on Enabling Funds and Strategic Planning and has chaired Done-In-A-Day committee with a record number of events. Outside of the League Sharon is also involved with March of Dimes. Sharon is currently the Director of Development for One Vassar LLC, a commercial real estate development company, and previously spent 10 years working in Urban Planning for local government agencies. Her passions include traveling, urban living, food, and spending time with her growing family.

 

Jolsna Thomas John- At-Large Director

Jolsna joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2007. She has served on Community Programs Development, Membership Activities (MAC), Recruitment and Outreach, General Meetings, and Placement/Transfers committees. Her leadership experience includes serving as General Meetings Co-Chair, Strategic Development Council Director, and Parliamentarian. The JLSF awarded her the 2012-2013 Melissa Harrington Hughes New Leader award for her work as General Meetings Co-Chair. Jolsna serves on the National Advisory Counsel and chairs the Endorsements Committee for the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA). She previously served as President to both SABA and its charitable arm, SABA Foundation.

Jolsna is Senior House Counsel at Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3. She married Hon. George C. Thomas on November 12, 2016. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling, entertaining, photography, and cooking with her new husband.

 

Andrea Wagner – President’s Assistant

Andrea Wagner joins the Junior League of San Francisco as a first year active member and President’s Assistant.  Following an engaging provisional year, she is excited to learn more about the league while supporting the leadership team.  Andrea works as an Executive Assistant and supervisor in the Private Client Services group at City National Bank.  She delights in the decorative arts, and serves as treasurer for the San Francisco Ceramic Circle, an affiliate of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  At home Andrea enjoys reading and hanging out with her charming dwarf rabbit, Emile.

 

2016-2017 Executive Management Team

Elizabeth Dooley – Executive Vice President

Elizabeth Dooley has been an active member in the Junior League since 2007.  She joined the Junior League of San Francisco after transferring from the Junior League of Washington DC, and prior to that, the Junior League of Las Vegas.  Her past board experiences includes being the Membership Development Council Director and before that, the Assistant Membership Council Director.  She has several other leadership roles within Junior League including: Special Events Rising Chair, ODI Steering Committee, Southwest Exchange Steering Committee, Literacy Task Force Steering Member, Centennial Steering Committee, and Membership Outreach Co-Chair.  By day, Elizabeth is a Civil Rights attorney and when she isn’t volunteering or working, Elizabeth loves to workout, play with her dogs and cats, and travel with her husband.

 

Courtney Risman-Jones – VP of Administration

Courtney has enjoyed volunteering and improving the community as a member of the Junior League of  San Francisco since 2008. She is excited to continue her service as the Vice President of Administration. Her previous leadership with the League experience focused on community programs and included two terms on the board as the Community Programs Council Director, Co-Chair for La Cocina Committee and the Vice-Chair of Compass Family Services Committee. She also served on the Strategic Development, Cookbook, and Public Advocacy Committees. Courtney is the Director of Customer Finance of the Pet Strategic Business Area at JM Smucker and has a 3 year old Chihuahua Terrier Mix. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling and discovering the amazing food options in San Francisco.

 

Cindy Weydt – VP of Community

Cindy Weydt has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2011. She enjoys volunteering with our community partners and is very excited to serve as VP of Community Programs. Cindy spent her first few years in the League as a member of Raphael House, Enabling Funds, and Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, of which she still volunteers with whenever she can. Most recently, she was a member and then had the honor of chairing the Community Programs Development committee. Cindy is a data & growth marketing whiz (technical term) at an education startup and when she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys local sports (Go Bears!), rock climbing, running, and exploring the never-ending food options of San Francisco.

 

Dana Marie Knapp – VP of Fund Development

Dana Marie Knapp has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2010. She has served on several JLSF committees including, General Meetings, Web, Done-In-A-Day and Home Tour. Her most recent leadership position was as Co-Chair of the 21st Annual Home Tour. Dana Marie also contributes time and energy to the San Francisco SPCA and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, both of which are near to her heart. When she is not volunteering, Dana Marie is a Senior Litigation Paralegal and Trial Specialist for a boutique law firm in San Francisco. Such a busy life style necessitates a counter-balance of peaceful travels with her husband, needlepoint, meditation and yoga.

 

Laura Zoufal – VP of Membership

Laura Zoufal joined the JLSF in 2010.  Her previous experience in the JLSF has been in Fundraising, Communications and the majority of her time has been spent in Membership. Since the age of 15 she has always been involved in philanthropy having served several years in Tau Beta, FJC Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Ad2SF.  She has received the Rockstar Award from the JLSF and Lynn Ingham Community Service Award from the Bay Area Innovation Group. By day, Laura is the Sr. Director of Advertising Sales at Supersonic.  Laura enjoys oil painting and interior decorating as well as taking full advantage of the amazing surrounding areas including; wine tasting, hiking, golfing and sailing.

 

Renee Goldstein – VP of Sustainers

Renee has enjoyed volunteering and serving our community as a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2007. She is looking forward to continuing the legacy of our Sustainer membership by providing fun, meaningful, engaging events and volunteer opportunities. Last year, she served on the Sustainer Council as the Sustainer Tea Chair.  Her previous Active leadership with the League has focused on fundraising and membership by serving on Home Tour Steering, Cookbook, Provisional Education and Nominating committees in various roles.  Renee is Principal of The Firefly Group, a management consulting firm specializing in customer purchase journey and onmi-channel customer experiences for financial services institutions. In her free time, Renee enjoys helping friends create beautiful spaces, entertaining, exercising, traveling and taking advantage of all that the Bay Area has to offer like hiking, sailing, art/music and wine country.

 

Kelly Lovlien – VP of Training

Kelly Lovlien joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2013. She has served on the Done in a Day Committee as member and Co-Chair. She is also serves as a Board Member for the not for profit Working Solutions, a Bay Area organization that provides working capital loans to entrepreneurs that are ineligible for bank financing. Kelly works for the technology startup Thumbtack, a company that helps entrepreneurs grow their business by connecting with customers online. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, hiking, working out, checking out new restaurants, spending time with family and friends.