Ashley is the current President and has been a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven since 2017. She most recently served on the JLGNH board as President-Elect, and previously served as the Chair of the fundraising event Winetasting (Finance) and interim Done-In-A-Day Committee Co-Chair. She is a recipient of the Community Award presented by the Junior League of Greater New Haven, due to her significant contribution to her community in a previous league year (via her Community/Done-In-A-Day work). This year, with the League and board’s help, she’ll be primarily focused on fostering and developing volunteerism and training opportunities for the league, with an eye towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Ashley is the current President-Elect and has been a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven since 2018. She most recently served on the JLGNH board as Membership Council Director & Communications Council Director. Previous to that she served as the Chair of the fundraising event Winetasting (Finance). This year Ashley is eager to support the other Board members in their different roles as well as develop the Strategic Plan for the League to help drive our League's volunteer and fundraising efforts for the next few years.
Ashley holds two bachelor’s degrees from Merrimack College one in Psychology and one in Criminology. She currently works in the Wellness Industry as a Business Coach for a franchise company.
Gerri Lyons Bell
Community Council Director
Gerri S Lyons Bell’s professional background includes many years of sales and account management within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Insurance Industries, working for Fortune 50 Pharmaceutical and Insurance companies. Currently, she serves on a variety of internal leadership committees within her company Johnson and Johnson’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She is also one of the past President of National Sales Network – NJ/NY. During her affiliation with this organization, she served in many leadership roles, including the founder and President of the New England chapter. In addition, currently she is the CEO of her own Health and Wellness company. She resides in New Haven, CT
She joined Junior League in 2013 and has served as the DIAD Committee Chair for both the Stamford/Norwalk and Greater New Haven chapters. Gerri is the current Community Director for JLGNH.
One of her greatest enjoyments in life is giving back by educating, encouraging, and empowering women to be the best version of themselves. Traveling and spending time with her family are some other pleasures that make her life worth living.
Membership Council Director
Maeghan is the current Membership Council Director and Communications Council Director. She transferred to the Junior League of Greater New Haven in 2018 from the Junior League of Charlotte, where she joined the League in 2015. Maeghan joined the Junior League to better connect with the community in which she lives, and meet like-minded women looking to do the same. During the 2020-21 League year, Maeghan was awarded the "In-League Award" for her work on the Provisional Training program. Maeghan has worked on various internal placements, working to help support the day-to-day operations of the League. She is currently responsible for recruitment and retention of League members, as well as all internal and external communications for the JLGNH.
Maeghan holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Georgia. She has taught grades three through six; and worked for various nonprofits including Autism Speaks and the American Cancer Society. She currently lives in Groton with her husband, young son, and their beloved dogs.
Finance Council Director
Amy is the current Finance Director and has been a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven since 2018. She has held roles in Service Learning and Winetasting committees in past years. This year Amy is excited to work with the Board on fund development and financial stability to support the League's volunteer efforts in New Haven.
Amy lives in New Haven with her husband and two dogs. She currently works in institutional investing.
Assistant Finance Council Director
As Executive Director of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) in New York, Keisha Blake overseas all outreach efforts and develops the organization’s programs and events. Her responsibilities include regional management of the WBENC Certification Program for women-owned businesses and certification committee membership, as well as recruitment and retention of Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). She joined WPEO-NY as Regional Director of Certification and Programming.
Keisha’s past work experience includes managing the Screen Actors Guild’s Commercials & Industrials Contracts Division in New York City. She also handled constituency issues for The Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, in Washington, D.C.
As an entrepreneur, she managed the European market planning, trend forecasting, budgeting and sourcing for a woman-owned fashion retailer. She volunteers with The Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Habitat for Humanity, and The Junior League of Greater New Haven.
Keisha graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Spanish. She did research at Oxford University in Refugee Law, has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Cambridge University and holds a Law degree from the University of London.
She serves on the boards of the Supplier Diversity Development Council, the Connecticut Supplier Connection Roundtable and the Advisory Council for the Center for Women in Business at Quinnipiac University.
An avid traveler, Keisha has lived in Cambridge, London and Madrid.