Leadership

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Katie Colendich – President

Katie has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. since 2009. She spent her first four years in the League focused on community programs, membership engagement and grant making, including launching a new community program in 2011. She served on the JLSF Board from 2012—2016 as Community Programs Council Director, Strategic Development Council Director and two terms as Vice President; and from 2017-2018, she served on the JLSF Board as Executive Vice President & President-Elect. By day, she’s an Associate General Counsel, Corporate Securities and M&A at HP Inc. She’s also on the board of microfinance lender Working Solutions and chairs its Governance Committee; she is an active member of Full Circle Fund; serves on committees of the Metropolitan Club; and is on the leadership team of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, Northern California. Katie is also active in several visual and performing arts organizations in San Francisco. When you can’t find her on the tennis courts or moonlighting as a pastry chef, she’s walking her dog, Benson, in SOMA.

 

 

Jillian Bales – President Elect

Jillian Bales has been a member of the JLSF since 2002. During that time, she has held a variety of roles in community programs, finance, fundraising and strategic planning, including launching the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. She served on the JLSF Board as Strategic Planning Council Director, Treasurer and Treasurer-Elect, as well as serving as a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating, Corporate Solicitations, and the Endowment Fund Advisory Board. She is also a member of the National Charity League, the Bay Area Women in Finance, and room parent for her twins. In her professional career, she is Go To Market lead for Wells Fargo’s API Gateway open banking channel. She and her husband Thom have three young daughters, and love hiking, skiing, traveling and entertaining together. In her spare time, Jillian enjoys running, volunteering, and early morning spin classes.

 

 

Becca Berry – Secretary

Becca joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2016 after transferring from the Junior League of Nashville. Throughout her League career, she has served on a variety committees including, Saddle Up!, the Members Activity Committee (MAC), SMART, and Provisional Education. In addition to the Junior League, Becca also volunteers her time with the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Mt. Sutro Stewards. When she’s not giving back, Becca enjoys hiking, learning to play tennis and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Channing Hussey – Nominating Chair

Channing joined JLSF in 2015. She’s served for multiple years on the membership side of the League. Most recently, she chaired Provisional Education, where she successfully transitioned the new member training program into a semester system, allowing the JLSF to bring on two incoming classes of new members each year. Channing is passionate about helping women develop skills needed in order to grow into leadership both inside and out of the League. By day, she is the Director of Operations for Mosaic Financial Partners, a wealth management firm focused on providing critical planning services and support to breadwinning women of San Francisco. In her free time, she loves urban hikes, picnics in the park, exploring historical homes and interior design. 

 

 

Simone Scarmozzino – Chief of Staff

Simône has been a proud member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2011. Following her first committee placement on Home Tour, she’s spent her active years in leadership roles supporting Membership. Professionally, Simône spends her days managing HR at Instacart. When she’s not working and leading our HQ staff, Simône spends her time brunching, spinning, traveling and music festing. 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Risman-Jones – At-Large Director

Courtney has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc, since 2009. She has spent most of her League time focused on community programs, including leading a new community program in 2012 to 2014 and serving on the board as the Community Programs Director 2014- 2016. She has also branched out of her community programs path as a member of the cookbook, advocacy, strategic planning, and audit committees. She is excited to continue her board position. Through her years in the league she has developed her leadership skills that have helped her both within the league as well as in her career.

When not working with the great members of the JLSF, Courtney is a Director of Financial Planning & Analysis working for a large consumer goods company.   She is a new mom who loves to be outside doing anything active, reading, discovering new foods, or walking her dog Levi.

 

 

Jaimie Lynn Feliz – At-Large Director

Jaimie has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2006 and is very excited to be serving on the Board representing the Sustainer population.  Her Previous Leadership and experience within the Junior League has been on a variety of committees including the longtime running JLSF Fashion Show, Nominating, MAC, Recruitment and Outreach, Web, and former JLSF sponsored community program, The Ronald McDonald House. In her career, Jaimie is the recent founder of a Bay Area Recruitment Firm. For the last decade, Jaimie has been focused on talent acquisition and consulting for various Bay Area Venture-backed companies helping them reach hiring and company growth goals. In her personal life, Jaimie and her husband Thomas, spend time with their daughter Palmer exploring Marin County and beyond. Whenever possible, Jaimie additionally continues working on her never-ending quest towards Spanish fluency.

 

 

Jennifer Bell – At-Large Director

Jenn joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2013. In the past 5 years, Jenn has served as a mentor on SMART, a member of the Enabling Funds committee and, most recently, a co-lead on the Technology Governance committee helping the League think through how best to leverage technology. In addition to the Junior League, Jenn also volunteers her time with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association leading the mentoring program across the Pacific region. Jenn works at Genentech, leading a team in Field Analytics and Operations. When she’s not at work and or giving back, Jenn enjoys spending time outside, in the yoga studio or learning about new wines.

 

 

Meghan Keane – At-Large Director

Meghan has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2014 and is looking forward to serving on the board this year. She has served on Enabling Funds and Provisional Education, and her leadership experience includes Provisional Education Advisor and Chair. Meghan works in Strategy & Growth at Compass, a real estate technology start-up. When she’s not working or volunteering, Meghan enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, discovering new restaurants, and going on long walks with her recently adopted dog Buddy.

 

 

Melissa McKenzie – At-Large Director

Melissa McKenzie has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2011. During that time she has served on a wide range of committees including, Finance, Fund Development, Communications, Recruitment and Outreach, Done-in-a-Day and Placement. In addition to her work with the JLSF, she is an active member of the Edgewood Auxiliary. Melissa holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is an avid skier, cyclist and trail runner.

 

 

Stefanie Maier – At-Large Director, Governance

Stefanie Maier joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2012 and she is currently serving as Director At Large, Governance. She has served on the Raphael House Committee, Safe & Sound Committee, Innovation and Technology Ad Hoc Committee and was Co-Chair of Safe and Sound for two years. Stefanie served in 2017-2018 as Executive Vice President, Elect and in 2018-2019 she was JLSF’s Executive Vice President. Stefanie works for Google as a Strategic Account Manager and loves helping her customers grow their business in the cloud. When she’s not working or volunteering, Stefanie enjoys traveling, exercising, hiking, snowboarding, sailing, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Lauren Cohen – President’s Assistant

Lauren joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2016 and is completing her second year as President’s Assistant. She has served on the Audit Committee and Fund Development committee. One of her accomplishments was the creation of the first JLSF Annual Report. Currently, she is the Assistant Treasurer for the fundraiser Touch-A-Truck. Lauren works as an accountant for a local Bay Area CPA firm and is switching gears to become a nurse, enrolled in Samuel Merritt University’s accelerated program. She is also an advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta at UC Berkeley. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. She loves the theater, especially Broadway musicals.

 

 

Erinn O’Reilly – Treasurer

 

2019-2020 Executive Management Team

Alexandra Trabulsi – Executive Vice President

Alex Trabulsi has been a member of the Junior League for nine years, joining the League during graduate school in Oklahoma City in 2010. After moving to the Bay Area in 2012, Alex joined the San Jose Junior League, and transferred to the San Francisco League in 2014. During her tenure, Alex 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, Membership Engagement Chair, and served on the Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. 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 (Knowledge is Power Program), Finance, and Marketing and Communications committees. In her professional life, Alex is the Head of West Coast Business Development at Acumen, a global impact investing organization focused on changing the way the world tackles poverty. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys reading, blogging, sports, fashion, spending time with her dog, Theo, and traveling with her husband, Andrew.

 

 

Katie Aspell – Executive Vice President, Elect

Katie Aspell has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc since 2014. She has served on Done In A Day, Raphael House, as the Communications Committee chair, and as the VP of Communications. By Day, Katie is a software engineer at a startup. Outside of work and volunteering, she can be found planning her next backpacking excursion, frequenting art museums, or planning a dinner party. She is thrilled to be serving on the Executive Management Team as the Executive Vice President – Elect and looks forward to another great year of collaborating with the amazing women of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc.

 

 

 

Andrea Cunningham – Vice President, Fund Development

Andrea has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2015. Her prior leadership roles with the League include March Madness Kickoff Party Chair, General Meetings Chair and President’s Assistant. Andrea works as an Executive Assistant supporting the head of Private Banking at City National Bank. She is Corresponding Secretary for the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary and Treasurer for the San Francisco Ceramic Circle. At home, Andrea enjoys reading and hanging out with her charming dwarf rabbit Emile.

 

 

 

Amanda Wintenburg – Vice President, Communications

Amanda Wintenburg is in her third Active year with the Junior League of San Francisco and honored to serve as Vice President of Communications. She’s served previously on the JLSF Communications Committee as a member, then Co-Chair, and loves using the power of social media and websites to promote JLSF’s community impact and engagement. Amanda also volunteers as President of the Alpha Omicron Pi Alumnae Association of SF. Her day job is at Google, where she writes about books, movies, and TV shows for the Play Store. When she’s not writing or volunteering, Amanda enjoys exploring the West Coast, trying craft cocktails, reading 2-3 books a week, and planning social events.

 

 

 

Kalla Vieaux – Vice President, Membership Development

Kalla has been an active member of the Junior League since 2011. She began her San Francisco Junior League career on the Finance and Fashion Show Committees, then transferred to the New York Junior League where she served first as a member and later Secretary/Vice-Chair of the Winter Ball fundraiser. She returned to the Junior League of San Francisco to serve again on the Fashion Show committee, mentor on SMART, and participate on the Placement Committee. In 2017, she led the creation of the Membership Support Committee, and continued to chair the committee through the 2019 League year. Kalla is the founder of online vintage & designer fashion boutique Haute Heaven, and adores hunting for fashion treasures. In her spare time, she loves cooking through cookbooks cover-to-cover, hosting cocktail and dinner parties, and volunteering with San Francisco Ballet’s Bravo Association.

 

 

Michelle Mukherjee – Vice President, Community

Michelle Mukherjee has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2008. She is excited to support the JLSF’s community partnerships with Breakthrough, Institute of Aging, Safe & Sound, and SMART. She has broad League experience across community programs, membership and fundraising. She is eager to bring these experiences together to benefit our community partners through our trained volunteer workforce and grant support while promoting a positive member experience. Michelle has worked in advertising for a variety of technology companies and is currently working for an advertising agency. She is a proud auntie to her biological and honorary nieces and nephews, and a terrible but enthusiastic beginner-golfer.

 

 

Pernella Sommerville – Vice President, Sustainers

Pernella is a celebrated public relations strategist and writer, with extensive professional management experience in the public and private sectors. Pernella launched her public relations and strategic communications boutique practice PRbyPR (Public Relations by Pernella Rose), before joining the distinguished ladies of Junior League of San Francisco in 2011, after her move from her Southern, CA hometown of Redlands. Her experience within the League spans many committees, from Home Tour, SMART, Fashion Show, Web, PR/Marketing and more. With over 15 years experience in public relations/special events, Pernella Sommerville holds a MS, Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Certificate in Public Relations. She is active with nonprofit organizations including but not limited to, SF Symphony, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Project Open Hand and more.

 

 

Shari Foldes – Vice President, Community Impact

Shari has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2012 and is honored to serve the JLSF as Vice President of Community Impact.  As a member of the JLSF, Shari has served in a variety of positions including the California State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), representing the advocacy efforts of 17 Junior Leagues in California, and as a member of the JLSF Advocacy Committee and Safe and Sound.  When she is not working as a PR executive or volunteering, she can be found doing yoga, running, or cycling.

 

 

 

 

Susan Williams – Vice President, Training

Susan has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2018. She has served as Vice Chair on the Done In A Day Committee. In addition to the Junior League, Susan chairs the Alumni Council of a cancer fighting nonprofit, Texas 4000. By day, Susan is a customer success manager at an education technology startup. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, theater, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Seidman – Chief of Staff, Elect

 

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