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  • 10/03/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Sherese Ward

    Sherese Ward came to the Junior League of Greater New Haven as a native of the namesake city who currently lives and works in Austin, TX. She has a professional background in finance, but has transitioned to a role as Portfolio Director K12 Education Programs with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in education philanthropy, for which she draws upon her passion for social justice.

    Sherese joined the Junior League of Greater New Haven in 2008 and although she calls herself an over-committer who struggles with work-life balance, she says that JLGNH work felt different from her other passion projects because of the deep friendships she has developed through her Junior League membership with other service-oriented women. Per Sherese, “fitting in my JL responsibilities has never been an issue. My League was comprised of the most wonderful humans, who served as a source of constant energy. My JL work was always energizing.” Ms. Ward served on the committee to plan JLGNH’s signature fundraiser, the annual Winetasting and Auction, and counts that opportunity as one of her happiest memories.

    While Sherese has transferred from the JLGNH, she is an integral part of the history of our League and we are proud to count a woman as resilient and curious as Sherese, who believes deeply in the collective power of women, among our lifelong members.

  • 09/26/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Kelly Wakeland

    Kelly Wakeland joined the Junior League of San Diego in 2019 to connect with other women and to have a social outlet that focused on benefitting her community. She now lives in New Haven and works with adolescents who have eating disorders. As a military spouse, Kelly appreciates the overall network of AJLI and that her membership in the Junior League of Greater New Haven is transferable. She was happy to be a member of The League when her family moved to New Haven, because she knew she would have a group to join in her new city. 

    Kelly says her membership in JLGNH is valuable because it helps her, “practice skills that I don’t get to perfect in my job.” She describes her League participation as an exchange. “I give my time and ideas…I get a sense of belonging and purpose, and an opportunity to connect with others.”

  • 09/19/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott

    Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott joined the Junior League in Chicago eight years ago. A true trailblazer, Bonnie is proud of having graduated from Yale Divinity School in the 1960s and becoming ordained. She describes herself as, “one of few women,” to have achieved this accomplishment. In addition to her United Church of Christ ministry, Bonnie is also a practicing psychotherapist.

    The highlight of Bonnie’s time in the Junior League is meeting interesting women and contributing to service projects. She was attracted to join the Junior League by the “emphasis on justice and building strong women in leadership.”


  • 09/12/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Katy Meier

    Katy Meier joined the Junior League of Oklahoma City in 2015 to make friends outside of work after college. She works, remotely, for a company in Austin, TX as a structural engineer who specializes in bridge design. After moving to Connecticut, she re-joined the Junior League of Greater New Haven with the Fall provisional class in 2021. “We [the Provisionals] clicked pretty much from the first time we met.”

    Katy has been a member of three Leagues total, including also the Junior League of St. Louis, and she has accepted leadership positions that gave her practice organizing groups, running a meeting, and communication that transfers to life outside of The League. “Over the 3 Leagues I've been a part of, I have attended trainings on negotiation which I've used in 

    negotiating salary in my career; I learned about financial literacy, which I've used in planning my retirement investments; and I also learned calligraphy which I put to use addressing my wedding invitations.”

    Katy also says that the JLGNH has helped her, “become a member of the community and also given me insight into how I can better serve it.”

  • 09/05/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Cate Kellett

    Cate Kellett was introduced to the Junior League of Greater New Haven when she attended their holiday party with a friend. She remembers how the group made her feel at that gathering saying, “the group seemed very friendly and laid back, so I decided to try it out.” Cate works as the Cataloging and Government Documents Librarian at Yale Law School and has become a mother since joining the JLGNH to daughter Harper, which keeps her booked and busy during the week, so she appreciates that JLGNH has adapted to offer virtual meetings and volunteer opportunities. The flexible virtual options, “helped me participate more than I could have once I had Harper.

    The highlight of Cate’s membership in the Junior League was the Say Yes to the Prom Dress project, which she describes as, “the most fun and fulfilling project we’ve done during my time with JLGNH.” Ms. Kellett is also looking to future projects where she might put her professional skills to use on behalf of the League, including potentially organizing and describing the contents of JLGNH’s archive. 


  • 08/29/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Keisha Harp

    Keisha joined the Junior League of Greater New Haven during the 2016-2017 League year. Among her many accomplishments, she lists first being a mom and a wife, followed by her extensive educational credentials, including a Master’s in Latin American Studies from Cambridge and a law degree from the University of London. Keisha is a New Haven local, having lived here since her family moved here from Jamaica when she was in the seventh grade. Even still, her decision to join JLGNH was influenced by wanting to perform community service and expand her social network. She’s an active woman, working 3 days a week in New York, so she admits that balancing JLGNH responsibilities with work and other roles involves making a lot of lists and having a lot of family support.

    Keisha is a League leader, serving as this year’s JLGNH Assistant Finance Director. The highlight of her time in JLGNH was her involvement with the McConaughy Terrace Reading Program, which included gardening projects, yoga classes, and a Christmas Pop Up Shop. The volunteer experiences were incredibly fulfilling and “the students were so excited about working with us and open to learning new things.”

    Of the JLGNH, Keisha says, “I think that the women of the Junior League of [Greater] New Haven are the friendliest and most open of all the women’s organizations that I have joined. There are so many opportunities to learn and develop personally and professionally. You just have to be open to exploring the opportunities that are presented to you.”

  • 08/22/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Allison Gallaspy

    Allison Gallaspy is a Business Librarian who enjoys singing karaoke and solving puzzles. She joined the Junior League in New Orleans five years ago, but recently transferred to JLGNH when she moved to New Haven in 2022.

    Allison joined the Junior League to give back to her community and meet other women who value voluntarism. In New Orleans, she saw that voluntarism respond quickly to natural disasters near and far every year. After Hurricane Laura, JLNO organized to bring diapers, formula, period products, and other supplies to displaced residents within 24 hours. Allison says, “it made me happy to be part of a caring organization and taught me that Junior Leaguers are all about action.”

    She values her League experience for allowing her to assume leadership roles in two fundraisers and learn a new style of communication as the assistant editor of JLNO’s League magazine as well as teaching her more about the organizations doing the daily work of supporting women and girls. One last thing she likes about being a JLGNH member? “The League is a source of near constant positivity and belief that things can change for the better. That is a rare and special resource.”


  • 08/15/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Caitlin Gallagher

    Caitlin Gallagher is currently a publicist at Yale University Press, but if you ask her, she’ll tell you she’s a “professional book flack.” She enjoys visiting writers’ homes, bookshops, and historical towns throughout New England. Caitlin joined the Junior League of New Haven in August of 2021, “in hopes of giving back to my new community while in the company of like-minded women.”

    Caitlin says the highlight of her time in JLNGH is, “without doubt…making meaningful friendships with my fellow Junior Leaguers in what feels like a surprisingly short amount of time.” She also enjoyed working with other Provisionals and Active members giving back during the holiday season by making blankets for New Reach.

    We’ll let Caitlin tell you one more thing about her time in JLGNH. “At a time when following Foster’s famous imperative to ‘only connect’ seems especially daunting, I’ve been so grateful to the Junior League’s members for their warmth and generosity of spirit, which make connecting with others not only possible, but fulfilling.”



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  • 08/07/2022 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    By: Allison Gallaspy

    Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.

    Ashley Fitton

    Ashley Fitton found her way to the Junior League of Greater New Haven naturally. Though she was familiar with the Junior League because her sister-in-law was a member of the New York Junior League, friends she happened to make at New Haven’s YMCA baby swim class as a new mom convinced her to join about five years ago.

    Ashley has served in several leadership positions since then, including as the 2021-22 JLGNH President, 2020-2021 President Elect, as the Chair of the League’s Winetasting fundraiser, and honorary Co-Chair of the Done in a Day Committee. She describes her progression within JLGNH’s leadership as beginning with baby steps. “I wanted to feel comfortable taking on a leadership role,” she recalls. But along the way, something clicked for Ashley that changed how she viewed the opportunities available to her. “Once I realized that taking on a leadership role was half of the learning opportunity, I decided to take the plunge.”

    She credits the JLGNH with helping her hone her organization skills, especially when handing responsibilities over to new Board members at the end of the League year. She also attributes her ability to balance her League responsibilities with other priorities to, “multitasking, multitasking, multitasking.”

    Ashley’s highlights of her time in the League include the memories and friend she made as Winetasting chair, saying, “tough projects really do cement strong relationships!” She also appreciates the ways her League participation has expanded horizons for she and her daughter. One highlight was when she was able to bring her daughter to a League service opportunity, saying, “the opportunity to bring my daughter to the mobile food pantry was enlightening for her.” Personally, Ashley feels that JLGNH, “is very rewarding. Time spent working on League initiatives… stretches your brain in a different capacity than in my home and work lives. I’m appreciative of the opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.”


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