Leadership

2017-2018 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.

 

Katie Colendich – President-Elect

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.  By day, she’s an Associate General Counsel, Corporate Securities and M&A at HP Inc.  She’s also on the board of the microfinance lender Working Solutions, 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.

 

Kristen Zeitzer – Secretary

Kristen joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2005. Her leadership experience includes chairing Community Program Development, Membership Outreach, 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, Vice President, and Secretary. In 2009, the JLSF awarded her Active Volunteer of the year. Kristen also serves on the board of Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), which provides support services to women diagnosed with breast cancer under age 45. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Kristen enjoys frolicking with her son Xander, hiking, skiing, and finding adventures with her friends.

 

Kimberley Oberhauser – Treasurer-Elect

Kimberly Oberhauser has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2012. She has served on Audit, Finance, General Meetings, and Membership. Her leadership experience includes Finance Committee Chair, Assistant Treasurer for Touch a Truck, and Provisional Education Advisor. Kimberly is a compliance attorney at a fintech startup company. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys hiking, sports, cooking, and hanging out with her dog.

 

Nicole Bonar – Nominating Chair

Nicole has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2003. She served on several committees and steering committees such as Nominating, Membership Outreach (now ROC), Provisional Education, La Casa de las Madres, Fashion Show and Home Tour. She has chaired Membership Outreach (now ROC), Provisional Education and Home Tour. Nicole’s passion in the league is helping members develop the skills needed for their careers within and beyond the Junior League. Nicole is a Managing Director at Charles Schwab and in her spare time she enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 

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 founded GGB Consulting, a public affairs and digital strategy firm, with over a decade of legislative policy experience and statewide campaign success. She is a passionate about 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.

 

Heather Cotanch – At-Large Director

Heather has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2014. Her most recent work within the League includes serving as the HUGS Chair, a member of the Placement committee, and Provisional Project Advisor for the 2017 March Madness event. The JLSF awarded her with the Melissa Harrington Hughes Leadership Award for this work. Heather currently works for Flexport as an Instructional Designer in charge of the global onboarding and training program. When not working alongside her passionate and talented peers at the Junior League of San Francisco, she loves to spend time with her husband discovering new adventures and destinations. She is also a member of the SF Opera BRAVO! Club, attending as many performances as the season allows.

 

Elizabeth Dooley – At-Large Director

Elizabeth Dooley has been an active member in the Junior League since 2008.  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 of Directors experiences includes being the Executive Vice President, 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, Membership Outreach Co-Chair, and Placement Chair.  By day, Elizabeth is an attorney and when she isn’t volunteering or working, Elizabeth loves play with her dogs and cats, and travel with her husband.

 

Jaimie Lynn Feliz (Craig) – At-Large Director (Sustainers)

Jaimie has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2006 and is very excited to be serving on the Board this year. 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. Outside of the JLSF, for the last decade Jaimie has worked as a Partner at a Bay Area Search (Recruitment) Firm. In her spare time, Jaimie enjoys traveling internationally and domestically with her husband Thomas, as well as indulging in the occasional Netflix Series Marathon. She additionally continues working towards her never-ending quest towards Spanish fluency.  

 

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 the Done-In-A-Day committee. Outside of the League Sharon is a civic leader, and is appointed by Mayor Ed Lee as a Director on the Treasure Island Development Authority. She is also on the board of Hep B Free and involved with the local chapter of 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.

 

Sabrina Lowell – At-Large Director (Governance)

Sabrina joined JLSF in 2005.  She spent her first five years in the League focused on the fundraising side participating actively on the Fashion Show Steering Committee.  She’s also been on Fogcutter, Enabling Funds, Co-Chaired Provisional Education, Chaired Nominating, and previously served on the Board as both the Fundraising Council Director and Parliamentarian.  Sabrina has a passion for saying yes…which means she also holds current board and committee positions with The NorCal Financial Planning Association and the Olympic Club.  She’s also in the final stages of obtaining her Co-Active Coaching Certification.  By day, Sabrina is an advisor and COO for Mosaic Financial Partners focused on working with breadwinning women and tech entrepreneurs.  Downtime involves taking urban hikes, golfing, and trying new restaurants in SF in search of tasty food and amazing wine.

 

Christina Zhao – At-Large Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Wagner – President’s Assistant

Andrea is in her second year serving as President’s Assistant and is also the 2017-2018 General Meetings Chair. During the week she works as an Executive Assistant in Private Banking at City National. Andrea 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 she enjoys reading and hanging out with her charming dwarf rabbit, Emile.

 

2017-2018 Executive Management Team

Katie Colendich – President-Elect

 

Stefanie Maier – Executive Vice President-Elect

Stefanie Maier joined the Junior League of San Francisco in 2012. She has served on the Raphael House Committee, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC) Committee and was Co-Chair of SFCAPC for the past two years. Last year she also served on the Innovation and Technology Ad Hoc Committee. 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, working out, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Kimberley Oberhauser – Treasurer-Elect

Kimberly Oberhauser has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2012. She has served on Audit, Finance, General Meetings, and Membership. Her leadership experience includes Finance Committee Chair, Assistant Treasurer for Touch a Truck, and Provisional Education Advisor. Kimberly is a compliance attorney at a fintech startup company. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys hiking, sports, cooking, and hanging out with her dog.

 

Priyanka Advani – Vice President, Membership

Priyanka has been an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2012. She has gained a wide breadth of experience on several committees, including Advocacy, Issue-Based Community Impact, Community Program Development, and Provisional Education. Most recently, she served as Vice-Chair of the Provisional Education Committee. In her role as VP of Membership, she hopes to help all members achieve a meaningful and fulfilling League career. In addition to volunteering, her passions include cooking, crafting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Katie Aspell – Vice President, Communications

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, and as the Communications Committee chair.  By Day, Katie is a software engineer at a commerce startup. Outside of work and volunteering, she can be found planning her next camping excursion, frequenting art museums, or trying the latest workout fad the city has to offer. She is thrilled to be serving on the Executive Management Team as the VP of Communications, and looks forward to another great year of collaborating with the amazing women of the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc.

 

Aimee Ellis

Aimee Ellis – Vice President, Training

Aimee Ellis has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2009. During her League career, she has co-chaired the Advocacy Committee, was the Actives to Sustainers Liaison, and was part of the Centennial Celebration and Fund Development Committees. Additionally, she has served on the Women At The Center Honors Planning Committee for the past three years, leading media outreach efforts and day-of event operations. Professionally, Aimee is political consultant and strategic advisor, specializing in public outreach for hard-to-reach audiences. She has worked with a variety of clients, including lobbying and communications firms, elected officials, artists, small businesses and non-profits. In her free time, she directs a youth dance troupe and volunteers for the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Northern California, while leading their marketing and community engagement efforts.

 

Renee Goldstein – Vice President, 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.

 

Dana Marie Knapp – Vice President, 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.

 

Cindy Weydt – Vice President, 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.