The Junior League of Washington’s Board of Directors leads and advises the League in promoting volunteerism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Board members represent various membership segments and have devoted numerous years of service and volunteer hours to the Junior League. As the League’s governing board, they ensure the League’s adherence to the mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Amanda Walke serves as the 2021-2022 JLW President and a member of the Board of Directors. Amanda has been in JLW since 2003, serving as a volunteer and leader throughout the League and creating a strong base of institutional knowledge leading into her role as President. Most recently, Amanda focused her skills on ensuring the League is positioned for long-term success and has the resources to support the community.
Amanda served as a member of the League’s Fund Development Advisory Task Force in 2019-2020, a role that tasked her with providing input into JLW’s Fund Development Roadmap. This past year, she served as the Chair of the Community Assistance Task Force, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this role, she led a team of dedicated women to review critical community needs and deploy volunteer and financial resources, totaling over $115,000, to local organizations in need.
During her time in the League, she has also served as a volunteer on the Member Communications, New Member, Targeted Grants and Volunteer Resources, and Nominating committees; a leader on the Esprit, Public Relations, and Transfer committees; Co-Chair of the Centennial Luncheon; Assistant Council Director of the Membership Development Council; Council Director of the New Membership Council; JLW Secretary; and Relationship Manager for the Jubilee JumpStart multi-year grant.
Amanda is a Chemical Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is originally from Havre de Grace, Maryland. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running, cooking, gardening, and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and UNC Tar Heels. You can follow Amanda on Instagram @jlwpresident.
President-Elect Katherine Rodriguez (Email)
Katherine Rodriguez serves as the 2021-2022 JLW President-Elect and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2012. During her time in the League, she has served as the Communications & Public Relations Council Director, the New Membership Council Director, an Assistant Council Director for the Ways and Means Council, a member of the Nominating Committee, Co-Chair of the New Member Committee, and a volunteer on Member Recruitment, Community Family Life Services, and Tossed and Found.
Katherine is a Managing Director at DCI Group, a public affairs firm, working with clients on strategic communications and campaign management. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Political Science and The George Washington University (GWU) with a master’s in Political Management. She is originally from Orlando, FL and loves to create new recipes and baking treats, travel, needlepoint (grandmillennial-status!), and volunteer with the Chi Omega Fraternity as an advisor at GWU. She lives in Logan Circle and you can follow her on Instagram at @KathyContessa and Twitter at @kathmarie1.
Secretary Kelly Hunter (Email)
Kelly Hunter serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served on Strategic Planning, Tossed and Found, and most recently the Assistant Council Director for Ways and Means. She has also spearheaded efforts such as the clean out of the Tossed and Found sale site due to the COVID-19 cancellation, as well as the exploration of a new donor management tool.
Kelly is a Senior Manager at Fannie Mae and has worked in this role for four years. Previously, she worked at Johns Hopkins SAIS in a variety of different roles. Kelly graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Public Relations and is originally from Arlington, VA. She currently lives in Falls Church, close to her parents, sisters, and seven nieces and nephews. When possible, Kelly enjoys racing – having completed 15 marathons and four Ironman races since 2013. You can follow her on Instagram @kells5132 or twitter at @kells5231.
Treasurer Jennifer Belair (Email)
Jennifer Belair serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. Jennifer has been in JLW since 2011. During her time in the League, she has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Horton’s Kids Committee, Assistant Council Director for Adult Community Placements, Council Director for Cultural Community Placements, and Assistant Treasurer. She also collaborated on efforts such as the Community Assistance Fund Task Force, the JLW 105th Celebration Committee, and served as JLW Special Project Lead tasked with the creation of the Strategic Advisory Board.
Jennifer is a Congressional staffer who has worked in a number of roles on Capitol Hill since 2009. She also spent time working at a federal agency focused on international development. Jennifer is originally from Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, two tiny humans, and a golden retriever. For gratuitous dog and kiddo photos, you can follow Jennifer on Instagram at @jenn_belair.
Vice Treasurer Rachel Volkmann
Rachel Volkmann serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Vice Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2012. During her time in the League, she has served on Done-in-a-Day, Bright Beginnings, and as Co-Chair of Tossed & Found.
Rachel is a forensic accountant and litigation consultant at Kroll LLC. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Rachel completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at Centre College, where she swam on the varsity swim team, and completed her master’s in Accounting at The Ohio State University. Rachel is originally from Dayton, OH and currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband, Matt, and her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Yogi. She enjoys needlepointing in her spare time. You can follow Rachel on Instagram at @ohheyrayray.
Communications & Public Relations Council Director Brittany SmithShimer (Email)
Brittany SmithShimer serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Communications & Public Relations Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Brittany has been in JLW since January 2017, after transferring from the Junior League of Charleston, West Virginia. During her time in the League, she has served on the Transfer Committee as a volunteer, steering member, and chair, and most recently, she served as Assistant Council Director for Communications & Public Relations. Additionally, Brittany completed JLW’s Get On Board training.
Brittany is an attorney at The Pew Charitable Trusts, focusing on domestic and international business operations, including employment, real estate, data privacy, and project management; she’s worked at Pew since January 2017. Brittany also teaches cycle and group fitness classes at Vida Fitness. Previously, she worked as Associate General Counsel to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) and prior to that, as an Associate attorney at Bowles Rice in Charleston, WV. Brittany graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s in Industrial & Systems Engineering and minors in Business and French. She then graduated from West Virginia University College of Law.
Community Affairs Council Director Sheila Archambault Helke
Sheila Archambault Helke serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Community Affairs Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2015. During her time in the League, she has served on the Targeted Grants and Volunteer Resources, Strategic Planning, Friends of the JLW, Research and Evaluation, and New Members committees. While serving as Chair of the Targeted Grants and Volunteer Resources Committee, she spearheaded efforts to build community relationships and identify potential partnership opportunities with other DC non-profits interested in working with JLW. Sheila has also served as an Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs Council, on the Finance Council, and on the Assessing the JLW Focus Area and Grant and Direct Assistance Task Forces.
Sheila is a national security professional with nearly 10 years of experience with the federal government and currently works in cyber policy and strategy as a liaison to the White House National Security Council. Previously, she worked on counterterrorism and counterintelligence issues. Sheila graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and obtained a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is originally from Minnesota, and currently lives in DC with her husband, Ricky, and two dogs, McGruff and Lady. In her free time, Sheila enjoys trying new restaurants in the DC area and spending time with family and friends. She has prior board experience serving as President and Vice President of the non-profit, Young Government Leaders.
Adult Community Placements Council Director Emily Jordan
Emily Jordan serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Adult Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2016. During her time in the League, she has served as a Chair and Vice Chair for the Langley Residential Support Services committee and was the 2019-2020 Assistant Council Director for the Adult Community Placements Council. She completed JLW’s Get On Board Training in 2018. Prior to transferring to JLW, Emily was a member of the Junior League of Charlotte for three years, where she also held leadership roles.
Emily is Vice President of Connect K-12 at Connected Nation, advocating for better broadband opportunities in all K-12 schools. Previously, she worked in operations and as an executive assistant and has five years of classroom experience as a special educator. Emily graduated from Clemson University, with a degree in Special Education and is originally from Long Island, NY. She lives in Southwest DC with her dog, Leonard. In her spare time, Emily is an amateur watercolor artist, and donates her proceeds to a beloved non-profit supporting adults with disabilities. You can see her work on Instagram or Etsy @painted4purpose and can follow her personally on Instagram @erobbinj.
Cultural Community Placements Council Director Kristin Longwood
Kristin Longwood serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Cultural Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2009. During her time in the League, she has served on the Nominating Committee, as Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs and Membership Development Councils, Chief of Staff of Holiday Shops, on the steering committee of Women’s Leadership Breakfast, as chair of Member Resources and Community Outreach, and on the Literacy Events Planning and Development and Training committees. She has also spearheaded efforts such as Season of Giving, served on the Research and Development and Membership Task Forces, and heads the Special Interest Group, JLW Moms.
Kristin is the owner and lead planner at Boxwood and Bloom Events, a wedding and event planning firm. She also serves as the Executive Director of Cantate Chamber Singers and freelances as a classical singer. Kristin also volunteers as an author on the DC Moms Collective and on the membership committee of Westwood Country Club.
Previously, she worked in arts administration and music education. Kristin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance, as well as bachelor’s and master’s in Music from The Catholic University of America and is originally from Albany, New York. She lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, Fred, two young children, Caroline and Spencer, and their English bulldog, Betsy. You can follow Kristin on Instagram @boxwoodandbloomevents.
Youth & Family Community Placements Council Director Alexis Simone Olive
Alexis Simone Olive serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Youth & Family Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2014. During her time in the League, she has served as a volunteer for the Resolution Read and Literacy Event Planning committees. She also served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Washington School for Girls committee. Most recently, Alexis served as the Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs Council.
Alexis is a Senior Protocol Officer with the United States Department of State and has worked in various positions at the Department since 2006. Alexis attended the University of Michigan and comes from an Air Force family — raised mostly in Japan. She lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with her partner, Matthew, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Nemo. You can follow Alexis on Instagram @morenalx.
Membership Development Council Director Jacqueline Frederick-Maturo (Email)
Jacqueline Frederick-Maturo serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Membership Development Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2014. During her time in the League, she has served as Assistant Council Director for the Ways & Means Council, voting member of the Finance Council, Rising-Chair and Chair of the Kitchen Tour Committee, and Vice-Chair and Chair of the Esprit Committee. She has also served on the Fund Development Advisory Task Force, attended AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute (ODI), and is a recipient of the JLW President’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism In-League Service.
Jackie is a Senior Executive Assistant at Sands Capital Management and has worked in this role for eight years. Previously, she worked as a Senior Executive Assistant and Protocol Officer for the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and as an assistant for former Congressman Bart Gordon. Jackie graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science and is originally from Miami, FL. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Justin Maturo, and their cute pup, Truman. In addition to volunteering with JLW, she also volunteers with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She loves to travel, especially to Madrid, and hopes to move internationally sometime in the future. Jackie is a proud Latina with Cuban and Spanish heritage. You can follow her on Instagram at @lady_jackie.fm.
New Membership Council Director Laisha Dougherty (Email)
Laisha Dougherty serves as the JLW New Membership Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2015. During her time in the League, she has served as the Chair of the Development & Training Committee, and the Assistant Council Director and Council Director for the Strategic Sustainability Council. She has also served as a secondary for the Folger Shakespeare Library Committee. She spearheaded efforts such as participating on the Fund Development Task Force, governing the Focus Area Task Force, developing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives, and execution of the Little Black Dress Initiative Fundraiser in its inaugural year.
Laisha recently accepted a position as the Senior External Affairs Specialist for Pepco’s DC region. She previously served as the Community Relations Specialist for the DC Powerline Undergrounding Initiative (DC PLUG) which is a joint project between Pepco and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and worked in that role for two years. Prior, she held many roles with the Council of the District of Columbia. Laisha graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Political Science and George Mason University with a master’s in Public Policy. Laisha is a proud fourth generation native of Washington, D.C. She grew up in Adams Morgan and currently resides in Capitol Hill. When not volunteering with JLW, Laisha enjoys reading, traveling, and all things fashion!
Nominating Committee Chair Adrianne James
Adrianne James serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Nominating Committee Chair/Director-at-Large and a member of the Board of Directors; she became a member of JLW in 2010. During her time in the League, she served on the Transfer Committee as an Advisor and then Vice Chair of Community Experiences, the Membership Development Council as Assistant Council Director, and the Nominating Committee. In 2011, Adrianne transferred to the Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP). During her time in JLP, she co-chaired the Thrift Shop Committee. Adrianne transferred back to JLW in 2016.
Adrianne is the CEO and Founder of Ivy Solutions, LLC in Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a bachelor’s in Political Science and from George Washington University with a master’s in Project Management and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Adrianne is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, Adrianne collects 1st edition books and has an autographed collection. She lives in Washington, DC. You can follow Adrianne on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/adjames and Instagram @ivysolutionsllc.
Strategic Sustainability Council Director Lauren Niles Whalen
Lauren Niles Whalen serves as the JLW Strategic Sustainability Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served as the Literacy Lab Chair, Reading All-Stars Vice Chair, a Nominating Committee member, Community Affairs Council Assistant Council Director, and Membership Development Council Assistant Council Director. Most recently, Lauren chaired the Task Force that evaluated the League’s focus area.
Lauren is Senior Research Associate at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, where she develops quality measures and conducts health systems research in the area of behavioral health, focusing primarily on substance use disorder treatment and high-risk opioid prescribing practices. Lauren is currently completing her doctoral degree in health policy and management at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow focusing on addiction. Previously, she earned her Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s in neurobiology and physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is originally from Maryland and currently lives in Cheverly with her husband, Sean, and two dogs, Finnegan and Fiona. Lauren enjoys exploring art galleries and museums; visiting vineyards and breweries; home cooked meals with family and friends; bad tv and good movies; and being as close to the water as possible.
Sustainer Committee Chair Gretchen Ehle
Gretchen Ehle serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Sustainer Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors; she transferred into JLW in 2017 from the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) where she joined in 2007. During her time in the League, she has served as the Sustainer Vice Chair and on the Sustainer Committee. While in JLNV she served as Treasurer, Treasurer-Elect, Nominating Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair-Elect, Parliamentarian, and Strategic Planning Chair. She also spearheaded the move from Closerware to Digital Cheetah while Treasurer for JLNV.
Gretchen currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Atlas Service Corps and has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation Board of Directors and the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle Board of Directors.
Gretchen is the Senior Director for Business Development and Operations at the foreign policy think tank the Atlantic Council. She previously served Meridian International Center as Vice President of Global Programs. Gretchen graduated from The George Washington University and George Mason University Schar School of Public Policy where she completed all requirements towards a PhD. She lives in Woodley Park with her husband Quinn and Carolina Dogs Dingus and Mila.
Ways & Means Council Director Charlyn Stanberry (Email)
Charlyn Stanberry serves as the 2021-2022 JLW Ways & Means Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors; she has been in JLW since 2013. During the 2020-2021 League year, she served as the Adult Community Placements Council Director. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Council Director for the Membership Development Council, Strategic Advisory Board Liaison, Chair of the Leadership Institute, and as a volunteer with the Community Outreach and Horton’s Kids committees. Additionally, she recently completed JLW’s Get On Board training.
Charlyn is Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters. Previously, Charlyn served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Vice President of External Affairs for Net Communications, Counsel for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, and Professional Staff for the Congressional Black Caucus. Charlyn earned her J.D. from Florida International University’s College of Law and her B.S.B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of Central Florida where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, she currently lives in the Fort Dupont neighborhood of Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys DC brunch, dance classes, watching Netflix and spending time with family and friends including her adorable goddaughter, Mya. You can follow Charlyn on Twitter @charlyn_esq.