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


Junior League of Louisville announces it 2017-2018 Sustainer Advisory Board

2017-2018 Sustainer Advisory Board

The Sustainer Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of active sustaining members the Junior League of Louisville can call upon for assistance and advice. These women help to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers through a lifetime of membership, and serve as a valuable resource and mentor, providing historical perspective, community experience, and support for League programs and projects.

We would like to welcome the following list of extraordinary Junior League women to this years Sustainer Advisory Board and say thank you for your continued support, dedication and guidance to the Junior League of Louisville.

2017-2018 Sustainer Advisory Board

Kim Baker
JLL leadership: Sustainer Advisory Board

Jennifer Blair
JLL leadership: President, VP Membership, AVP Community, 2014 JLL Founder’s Award recipient.
Community: Speed Alliance Board, Louisville Science Center Board, Louisville Collegiate School Board, Co- Director of GLOW, President of International Coaches Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

Liz Bornwasser
JLL leadership: Campions 4 Her 5K Co-Chair
Community: Zonta International Director of PR, Younger Womens Club Cookbook Committee Chair, Gilda’s Club Advisory Board, DAR Corresponding Secretary, Younger Womens Club PR Director

Linda Brissette
JL leadership: JL of Clearwater- Dunedin – Art Harvest Chair; JL Houston – Community Research/Development Chair
Community: Women’s Club of Louisville

Lisa Causarano
JLL leadership: President, VP Membership, VP Leadership & Development
Community: Board Member for Unbridled Eve Gala and Speed Ball

Blair Crush
JLL leadership: Nominating Committee Member, Board of Directors Member at Large, CLiPS Chair, Marketing/Public Relations Committee

Diann Dries
JLL leadership: Sustainer Advisory Board, Chaired Annual Giving/Endowment and Project Evaluation

Sally Gray
JLL leadership: Sustainer Advisory Board

Kim Judy
JLL leadership: AVP & VP Fundraising, BloomingDeals Co-Chair, Nominating Chair

Blair Klayko
JLL leadership: Transfer Committee Chair and Co-Chaired Membership Enhancement

Jennifer Kramer
JLL leadership: AVP/VP Fundraising, Chaired Sustainers, Sustainer Advisory Board, HollyDays, and Public Affairs
Community: Delta Zeta Alumnae Executive Board, Louisville Collegiate School Board of Trustees VP

Carolyn Lewis
Community: Volunteers for Second Presbyterian Church, Kentucky Country Day, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Visual Arts Association and the Kentucky Derby Museum Ball.

Melissa Marvel
JLL leadership: President, Chaired 85th Anniversary Fundraising, Sustainer Advisory Board, Training and Leadership Development committees
Community: CEO/Executive Director Zoom Group

Marsha Mattingly
JLL leadership: Co-Chair American Girl and has served on the Tulips and Juleps and Website committees.

Dodie McKenzie
JLL leadership: President, Sustainer Advisory Board

Lorie Nichols
JLL leadership: Stand Up for Girls Chair, Sustainer Advisory Board

Sara Pettingill
JLL leadership: Chaired Membership Recruitment, HollyDays Silent Auction, and Dinner on the Fly Silent Auction
Community: NACAC Fair Local Arrangements Chair, BU President’s Society and Focus Louisville

Andrea Scholtz
JLL leadership: AVP & VP Communications & Chaired Social Media, Home of the Innocents, Transfer, HollyDays committees
Community: Executive and Advisory Committee Member for The Salvation Army, former PTA President Greathouse Shryock Elementary and Blue Apple Players Board Member

Mary Stone
JLL leadership: Sustainer Advisory Board

Jessica Thompson
JLL leadership: Community Advisory Board Chair, AVP & VP Community Impact, Keep in Touch(KIT) Co-Chair
Community: Transylvania University Board of Regents, Foundation Board at The Louisville Zoo, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville LobsterFeast Co-Chair

Carter Webb
JLL leadership: served on Nominating, Membership Enhancement, Gilda’s Project and as a Provisional Advisor
Community: CirqueLouis Marketing Director, Gilda’s Club Louisville Associate Board, UofL’s MBA Alumni Association VP

Junior League of Louisville Announces the 2017-2018 Community Advisory Board


2017-2018 Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of community representatives the Junior League of Louisville can call upon for assistance and advice, it’s main purpose is to strengthen the connection between the League and the community.  These men and women are a sounding board and a resource to the League as they help to expand our network and increase our visibility with other organizations, businesses and the community.  CAB members are individuals who live, work or serve in the League’s community, individuals with expertise and skills needed by the League, and individuals who are decision makers and influencers in their networks and organizations. The JLL strives for a cross-section of corporate and non-profit representation with an emphasis on people involved in vital community issues.

We would like to welcome the following list of extraordinary men and women to this years Community Advisory Board and say thank you for your continued support, dedication and guidance to the Junior League of Louisville.

2017-2018 Community Advisory Board Members

Freddy Brown
YMCA Greater Louisville
District Executive Director

Randy Coe
Kosair Charities

Sam Corbett
Jefferson County Public Education Foundation
Executive Director

Henry Cubero
The Cubero Group

Angela French-Coles
Jefferson Country Public Schools
Retired Principal

Jackie Ford
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Kelly K. Higdon
Morning Show DJ

Rupinder Kaur
Norton Healthcare
Senior Physician Recruiter

Brad Keeton
Stoll, Keenon and Ogden

Rob Kester
Blue & Co., LLC
Senior Manager

Angela Leet
Metro Council District 7

Lathon Logan
T-Mobile USA

Aaron Miller
Leadership Louisville Center
Director of Programs

Ricardo Santiago
Office for Globalization, Louisville Metro Government
Globalization Programs Manager

Bill Shory
News Director

Leadership Spotlight: Sustaining Director Michelle Black White


Michelle Black White, Sustaining Director 2017-2018

Michelle Black White currently serves as the Sustainer Director on the JLL Board. She graduated from the University of Louisville with degrees in Marketing and Graphic Design. Before starting a family, she worked for 10 years in advertising in account services and new business development. Michelle has been actively volunteering in the community by serving on the boards of the KMAC Museum, Brightside Inc., Sacred Heart Model School – Official Page and Gallopalooza, Inc.where she also served as Interim CEO. In addition, she is an Agency Leader and Stylist for W by Worth.
Michelle has been a member of the JLL since 1994 and Chaired a Designer Show House Gala, the Website, Membership Recruitment, BloomingDeals, the JLL Book Club and the Sustainer committees. In her spare time, she loves to read, try new recipes, run, and spend time with her family.

Leadership Spotlight: Treasurer Bridget Dale


Bridget Dale, Treasurer 2017-2019

Bridget Dale is honored and excited to serve on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer for the 2017-2019 league years, and looks forward to continuing to grow the organization financially through sustainable strategy efforts. She currently serves as the Treasurer and has held a variety of board positions since joining the league in 2010. These positions include AVP of Finance, Secretary, and Diversity Advisory. In addition she has also served as the Project Evaluation Chair, Finance CMTE member, Fundraising TOAK member, and also on the Community Done in a Day Committee.
Outside of the league, Bridget is currently on a sabbatical and is exploring new career opportunities more in line with her passion for philanthropy, communications, and marketing. Prior to this change, she most recently was the Clinical Learning Communications Consultant in the Clinical Learning & Development (CLD) department at Humana.
Bridget devotes a good portion of her free time to community and professional organizations, as she currently serves on the board of the Junior League of Louisville and the 1+1=U non-profit organization. In her spare time Bridget enjoys playing golf, working out, going to the movies, and exploring the various cultural/arts activities and events Louisville has to offer.
Her favorite memory about being in the league thus far, was serving on the Two of a Kind Gala Planning Committee, for it was during her first year as an active member, that she had the opportunity to meet and work with some great ladies and friends. They had an awesome time planning it, and an even better time enjoying all of our hard work that evening!!

Women’s Equality Day – August 26, 2017

The Junior League of Louisville is a proud sponsor of this years Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2017 presented by the League of Women Voters of Louisville!


On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street

What: Honoring the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote. FREE and open to the public. Music & Refreshments.

Welcome: Dee Pregliasco,

President, League of Women Voters of Louisville


Guest Speaker: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State

Special Recognition

Guest Speaker: Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County Clerk

Suffrage Song


Group Discussions: Update Declaration of Sentiments Marsha Weinstein, Past President, League of Women Voters of Louisville

Call to Action

Closing Song: I am Woman, sung by Sarah Striers

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Ria Chandler


Ria Chandler, Board Member 2017-2019

Ria Chandler currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee and on the Board of Directors for JLL. She is a Louisville native and a proud alumni of Louisville Male High School. She attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Currently, Ria is a Program Assistant Senior at the University of Louisville. She loves reading, volunteering, and traveling when time allows. Joining Junior League Louisville in 2014 has been one of the highlights of her life.