Founders’ Award Recipient Spotlight

Each year the Junior League of Louisville honors its most outstanding sustainers, supporters and community partners with the JLL Excellence Awards. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Founders’ Award Recipient Michelle Black White.

The Founders’ Award is presented to a Sustainer that has demonstrated continued Civic and Charitable Leadership on behalf of the League and the Community.  The Founders’ Award was started in 1982 to honor a Junior League of Louisville Sustainer for her ongoing impact in the Louisville Community. It is the most prestigious award given by the Junior League of Louisville to honor a woman who has used her League training to continue to contribute to the betterment of our community. This award is intended for a member who is community minded, lives the mission of the JLL through her actions and services and inspires others to reach their dreams with courage, strength and love to others.

Michelle has taken her JLL Leadership experience and served on several community Boards such as the KMAC Board and Operation Brightside. She also volunteers for her son’s schools as well, as a mother to 3 boys. What I think it great about Michelle is that although she has been a Sustainer for many years, she has remained involved by spearheading the JLL Book Club for over a decade, she created the monthly Sustainer Lunch Bunch to create more connection for sustainers and she returned to serve on this year’s Board of Director’s as the Sustainer Director.  Michelle re-vamped the Sustainer Advisory Board to get more sustainers involved and made the meetings more effective and impactful. I had the opportunity to witness this first-hand as she led the CAB/SAB members through several exercises to generate many ideas and feedback that have already proved to be useful.

Most sustainers launch from actively serving JLL to go out in the community to make a difference. What makes Michelle unique is that she did this while actually staying involved. I believe Michelle’s consistent connection to the organization made it a win-win… she used her JLL experience to go make an impact in the the community, and then brought her wisdom, loyalty and elevated skills from those experiences back to make our organization an even better place. I would like to see Michelle recognized for continually exemplifying JLL Leadership both within the organization and in our community.  One last note, Michelle has also used her JLL experience to make women feel good and beautiful by creating a successful business through W by Worth. She serves many women in our organization by helping them look and feel their best….I know because she has done that for me!

                                                                        -­ Jennifer Blair, JLL Past President


Leadership Spotlight: Secretary Jessica Dunleavy


Jessica Dunleavy, Secretary 2017-2018

Hi! I’m Jessica Dunleavy and I currently serve as the Secretary on the Board of Directors and as a READ co-chair. As a former first grade teacher and mom to three little ones, literacy is a passion of mine and the Little Free Library project speaks to my heart! I love to read, but I also enjoy exploring Louisville’s beautiful parks with my kids, trying new restaurants with my husband, Mike, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. Though I’m originally from Pittsburgh, I truly feel like Louisville is home, thanks in a large part to my time with JLL and the friendships I’ve made here.

Leadership Spotlight: Executive Vice President Courtney Carter


Courtney Carter, Executive Vice President 2016-2018

Hi! I’m Courtney Carter and I am the current Executive Vice President. Born and raised here in Louisville, I knew JLL was always an organization that significantly impacted our community. It wasn’t until I joined the League in 2008, that I realized just how much JLL can impact individual women! The League has provided me with opportunities that have allowed me to try numerous new endeavors; all while being supported, motivated, and mentored by an amazing group of women. My experiences within the League have been incredibly formative to my career and personal life. JLL has trained me to be a better employee, wife, family member, and overall member of the community. Med-Dyne, my employer, has been the beneficiary of several successful developments because of my training in the League. Likewise, my husband and family have also benefited from my commitment to this organization. JLL not only supports my professional development but also my personal interests in providing for the community, surrounding myself with positive influences, and engaging in meaningful action.

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Ashley Cassetty


Ashley L. Cassetty, Board Member 2017-2019

Ashley L. Cassetty loves being a member of JLL! She currently co-chairs the Centennial Committee and is serving a second year on JLL’s Board of Directors. Ashley moved to Louisville from Bowling Green, Kentucky for college 12 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in History and Humanities from the University of Louisville, and a Master’s in Science for Business Communication from Spalding University. For the past nine years, Ashley has worked at nonprofits committed to addressing housing and social services, and she is currently the Director of Community and Donor Engagement at New Directions Housing Corporation. Ashley has been married to her husband Christopher for ten years, and has a five year old ball of quirky energy named Sophia. Ashley loves all types of music, politics, traveling, Lilly Pulitzer, and bourbon. This is her 6th year in League, and she looks forward to the next six!

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Sarah Wunderlin


Sarah Wunderlin, Board Member 2017-2019

My name is Sarah Wunderlin and I am excited to serve the Junior League of Louisville as a member of the Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term.

I am a Louisville native, and professionally work in the nonprofit sector, my current position is Director of Annual Giving at the Archdiocese of Louisville, where I am responsible for the administration of the Catholic Services Appeal.

I joined the Junior League in the fall of 2012, as a way to meet more people in Louisville and expand my leadership skills. During my time in the League I have served as the Fundraising Research and Development Chair, The Meeting Planning Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President of Fundraising and the Vice President of Fund Development.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time with my niece and nephews as possible, training for half marathons, entertaining family and friends at my home, and spending time with my pets, Fritz (a yellow tabby with an attitude) and Dog Kent (a 8 year old deaf beagle).

Leadership Spotlight: President Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the current leadership for the 2017-2018 Junior League of Louisville Board of Directors and Executive Management Team.  This will be a great way to get to know each leader a little bit better!  Hope you enjoy hearing about all the wonderful things the JLL Leadership does not only for Junior League but the community as well!


Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad, President 2017-2019

Originally from Pikeville, Kentucky she moved to Louisville in 2005 after attending Morehead State University and starting her career in Los Angelos.  Leigh Anne currently works in marketing for MetroPCS and loves that both with the Junior League and her career she has opportunities to give back to the city she loves. Leigh Anne loves animals and has a rambunctious 13 year old beagle, Sophie, and sits on the board at Alley Cat Advocates.  She has been married to her husband Greg for almost 8 years. In their free time they love to travel and explore.

Leigh Anne’s favorite memories include attending her first AJLI Annual Conference and watching in awe at all the powerful women committed to making their communities better marching in representing their home league and a DIAD at a walk for the Down Syndrome Association of Louisville in her provisional year. She had the pleasure of making smiles by “spray painting” the kids hair before the walk. Leigh Anne is looking forward to the next two years and all the positive impact the women of the Junior League of Louisville will lead.

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