JLSD Community Partner Breakfast

On November 9, 2017, The Junior League of San Diego was excited to partner with Girl Scouts San Diego once again to hold the 2017 Community Partner Breakfast. To show appreciation for the hard work our community partners do, attendees enjoyed a hot breakfast buffet from Corner Bakery, a moving story of success from Youth Spotlight speaker Luciano Castillo, and the always engaging Jerry Troyer speaking about the programming and positive impact of Urban Street Angels and 8West.

New this year, the attendees had an opportunity to provide feedback on the Junior League’s impact on community needs. They also enjoyed connecting with the JLSD TAY Outcomes Taskforce and SPAC committee representatives for personal updates on upcoming projects/legislative action and how to get involved.

In addition to some special thank you gifts courtesy of The LOT and JLSD, each of the 60 attendees took home a reusable tote filled with give-aways and green shirts from UC Health System to recognize National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In support of the work each community partner does to support the Foster youth of San Diego, Adoption World Publishing and Dr. Jamie Schwandt’s also graciously provided each of the 60 attendees with Dr. Schwandt’s new workbook “Succeeding as a Foster Child.”

The Junior League of San Diego gives thanks to all our hard working community partners and we look forward to continuing our work together to impact the lives of youth in our area!

JLSD Impact Forum 14 November

Please join the Junior League of San Diego for the 2017 Impact Forum: Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women. This year’s event will be held from 6 – 8 pm at Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109.

Our speakers for the event will be Joseph Travers of Saved America, and Kristen Knepper, owner of Kristen Knepper Consulting, a professional development firm. The evening will end with the powerful documentary film The Empowerment Project.

This is a community event, open to the public and all are welcome.



JLSD Day At City Hall 23 October 2017

The first ever JLSD Day At City Hall was a resounding success! Twenty active and provisional members had a tour of city hall and spent a morning meeting with San Diego City Council members to learn about local issues and how to get more involved.

Council member’s Barbara Bry and Chris Ward, City Attorney Mara Elliott, and County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar spoke to the group about their career paths, civic and organizational leadership and ways JLSD might get more involved in developing local legislation.



A lunch and Happy Hour followed at The Local in the Gaslamp District.

Our thanks to JLSD SPAC Dominique Coulon for initiating and developing the first JLSD Day At City Hall.


JLSD Executive Vice President’s Message

On behalf of the 2017-2018 Junior League of San Diego Executive Management Team, I welcome you to our 89th League year.  For over a year, your Management Team has been hard at work brainstorming and planning ways to improve your membership experience.   We are only a few months into this League year and we’ve already welcomed 118 new provisional members, held two General Membership Meetings with record-breaking attendance, started work with our new public relations consultants, Mixte, sold out the 69th annual Day at the Races, and offered countless (and popular) volunteer shifts and member connections events including a new opportunity, Day at City Hall.

I can’t wait to share what we have in store for you over the next 9 months.  Be on the lookout for more small group neighborhood meetings, an Impact Forum focusing on Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women, a Board Academy with a new opportunity to network with local community partners, the Public Policy Institute, the Women’s Minds Women’s Bodies training symposium, our 89th Charter Day celebration, and our 18th annual Food & Wine Festival.

I encourage each one of you to get involved, work together, be connected, be thirsty for knowledge, share your expertise, and be a change maker as all the women before us have.  We, The Junior League of San Diego, are very powerful when we work together and continue to move us into the future.  I look forward to celebrating all of our accomplishments together.

Jennifer Glaser, Executive Vice President, Junior League of San Diego


JLSD President’s Message

On behalf of the Junior League of San Diego Board of Directors, I welcome you to our 89th year as one of the finest, and most deeply-rooted, organizations in southern California.

Since 1929, the Junior League of San Diego has identified underserved needs in our community, developed solutions to meet those needs, and created positive change throughout the city. We have addressed challenges ranging from literacy to domestic violence prevention to childhood obesity, and several organizations that were created through JLSD’s efforts—including The Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego—continue to serve the community and operate as self-standing entities, supporting our rich legacy of leadership and vision in San Diego.

Today the Junior League of San Diego has over 1,000 members and continues to dedicate tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service to our community each year. For the past five years we have focused our efforts on supporting transition-age foster youth (TAY) as they move into independent adult life. The 2017-2018 League year will see our fourth annual Solutions Summit—an outcomes-focused two-day conference that brings together more than 50 community leaders for discussion and active problem-solving surrounding the challenges facing our TAY population—as well as several other community initiatives in this area. JLSD also will continue to strengthen its advocacy efforts surrounding human trafficking awareness and prevention as this modern day slavery epidemic continues to plague San Diego TAY and our community as a whole.

The Junior League of San Diego is fortunate to have a passionate and diverse membership of women who are embracing these challenges, building partnerships and inspiring shared solutions in our community. We are disrupting convention, changing the conversation, and bettering ourselves for the betterment of society, which is why it is my great honor to serve this organization and its members as JLSD’s first two-year president. Now in my second year of this leadership journey, as I continue to find myself surrounded by the best and boldest female leaders in San Diego–the real wonder women–I am more energized than ever to continue our critical work in the community.

There are many exciting initiatives on the horizon for the Junior League of San Diego, including even more impactful training opportunities for the community leaders of tomorrow and a large-scale restoration of our historic headquarters in Bankers Hill, so I invite you to join us a member, donor, community partner or supporter as we continue our work to promote voluntarism, improve the community, and develop the potential of women.


Rachel Scatizzi Thompson


Meet the 2017 – 2018 JLSD Leadership Slate

The Junior League of San Diego is in its fourth year of a dual-structured leadership team. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the League, and develops the strategic plan and initiatives for each League year. The Executive Management Team (EMT) is led by a volunteer Executive Vice President and Council Vice Presidents, and is responsible for the operations and management efforts of the League.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Rachel Scatizzi
President-Elect Joni Flaherty
Executive Vice President Jen Glaser
Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer) Mason Szuberla
Recording Secretary Courtney Prado
Director of Compliance Kathleen Emery
Director-at-Large (1-year) Emily Green
Director-at-Large (2-year) Katie Rosenthal
Sustainer Directors Debbie Rider and Alison Bushan
Nominating Chair Andrea Myers
Board Assistant Marissa Johnson
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM Executive Vice President Jen Glaser
Executive Vice President-Elect Kim Jackson
Community Vice President Larissa South
Finance Vice President Rachael Marini
Fund Development Vice President Amber George
Marketing Vice President Ilo Neukam
Membership Vice President Carolyn Bohana
Training Vice President Betsy Miller Vixie
Sustainer Advisor Barbara Kramer
Nominating Chair Andrea Myers
IT Chair Melissa Davies
EMT Secretary Jackie Kallberg
EMT Assistant Lisa Meyer
COMMUNITY Community Vice President Larissa South
Community Assistant Emily Pickering
Community Vice President-Elect Melina Flanders
Brand of Brothers Carlisa Endoso
Impact Chair Angela Venuti
Mentoring Chair Camila Harenau
Solutions Summit Chair Angel Roy
Solutions Summit Chair-Elect Emily Pickering
TAY Task Forces Chair Kym Singer
TAY Task Forces Chair-Elect Jennifer Williams
Advocacy Chair Mallory Leonard
Advocacy Chair Elect Leticia Smith
Sr. SPAC Delegate Dominique Coulon
Jr. SPAC Delegate Lynn Shauger
Legislative Liaison Brandy Cropper
Legislative Liaison Shawna Sliwkanich
FINANCE Finance Vice President Rachel Marini
Finance Assistant Carolyn Russell
Finance VP-Elect/Payments Treasurer Elle Masri
Food & Wine Event Treasurer Erin Huffman
FD Special Projects/Provisional Event Treasurer Catherine Spanbauer
JBBB/Provisional Event Treasurer Lisa Norris
Main Event/Provisional Event Treasurer Tayler Marshall
FUND DEVELOPMENT Fund Development Vice President Amber George
Fund Development Assistant Dana Kennard
Fund Development Vice President-Elect Bri Matheu
Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash Chair Amanda Mehrens
Main Event Chair Jessica Delinde
Main Event Chair-Elect Jackie Crosby
Food & Wine Co-Chair Briana Barbier
Food & Wine Co-Chair Hope Reilly
Food & Wine Co-Chair-Elect Darlene Robetcky
Food & Wine Co-Chair-Elect Open
Food & Wine Marketing Sub-Chair Miranda Watkins
Food & Wine Event Coordination Sub-Chair Jamie Sullivan
Donor Management Chair Allison Lojek
MARKETING & PROMOTIONS Marketing Vice President Ilo Neukam
Marketing Vice President-Elect Libby Lopez
Marketing Assistant Emily Cabrian
Mission-Based Marketing Chair Pamela Moses
Fund Development Marketing Chair Jennifer Jasnoch
Member Marketing Chair Kristina Wick
Publications & Website Chair (PWC) Charlene Giordano
Social Media Chair Libby Lopez
Social Media Chair-Elect Cristin Wondergem
MEMBERSHIP Membership Vice President Carolyn Bohana
Membership Assistant Open
Membership Vice President-Elect Becky Coulter
Membership Connections Chair Kate Jackson
Member Programming and Special Events Co-Chair Jennifer Kutzke
Member Programming and Special Events Co-Chair Tracy Mitchell
Provisional Training Co-Chair Kim Kochergen
Provisional Training Co-Chair Carrie Mayes
Provisional Training Co-Chair Elect Laura Gonzales
Provisional Training Co-Chair Elect Sydne McMahon
TRAINING Training Vice President Betsy Miller Vixie
Training Assistant Cady Vortmann
Training Vice President-Elect April Joy Galka-Gonyeau
IT IT Vice President Melissa Davies
IT Assistant Open

Thank You – JLSD Day At The Races

JLSD’s Day At The races event had a sellout crowd with 160 members & guests in attendance! It was a beautiful afternoon at the Del Mar track, with Membership Connections hosting several contests throughout the day: Best Hat, Most Dapper G
Gentleman and Best Dressed Couple. There were prizes and some of the winners were escorted down to the winners circle by League President, Rachel Thompson, to congratulate the winning jockey after the 8th race of the day, which happened to be named for the Junior League of San Diego. After the last race, some attendees enjoyed the free show by Ludacris on the Seaside stage. We’re already looking forward to playing next year’s 70th annual event!