• 11/26/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn more about Gerri Lyons Bell, the 2021-22 Junior League of Greater New Haven Community 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.

    Q: What inspired you to volunteer to serve in a leadership role for JLGNH?

    A: What inspired me to volunteer to serve in a leadership role is my desire to make a positive impact serving our community. 

    Q: How many years have you been involved with Junior League? 

    A: I’ve been involved with Junior League for 8 years.

    Q: Many members are interested in a literacy focus for our League. Can you tell us about a book you read recently and loved?

    A: The book that I am currently reading is We Should All Be Millionaires.

    Q: In the 21st century, there are so many ways for women to connect--what do you think is unique about Junior League and the women it brings together?

    A: I love that Junior League is focused on cultivating leaders and building up communities. 

    Q: What holiday tradition are you most excited about celebrating this season?  

    A: Christmas tends to be my favorite. I love the traditions of lighting the tree, family gatherings, and everything that comes along with Christmas

  • 11/19/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn more about Ashley Ahearn, the 2021-22 Junior League of Greater New Haven President-Elect.

    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.

    Q: What inspired you to volunteer to serve in a leadership role for JLGNH?

    A: I love our mission & the fact that we have chapters across the nation. When asked to become a member of the board I saw it as an opportunity to really learn about the ins and outs at facilitating operations on the back end for the league as a whole. 

    Q: How many years have you been involved with Junior League? 

    A: This will be my 3rd year! 

    Q: Many members are interested in a literacy focus for our League. Can you tell us about a book you read recently and loved?

    A: I love any murder mystery or anything that takes me out of the here and now. I recently read The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda.

    Q: In the 21st century, there are so many ways for women to connect--what do you think is unique about Junior League and the women it brings together?

    A: It’s an opportunity to meet and foster relationships with women you might never cross paths with. I love that you get to connect while giving back and doing something great in the community. 

    Q: What holiday tradition are you most excited about celebrating this season? 

    A: I’m excited to watch movies with my family on Christmas Eve! We always have a causal Christmas Eve night and I love it. We just spend time together laughing, playing games and enjoying each other’s company. 

  • 11/12/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn more about Ashley Fitton, the 2021-22 Junior League of Greater New Haven President.

    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 holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont, with a focus on Business Administration. She currently works in Human Resources for a CT-based insurance company. Ashley resides in Essex with her husband and daughter.

    Q: What inspired you to volunteer to serve in a leadership role for JLGNH?

    A: In my time at JLGNH, I have seen some very inspiring women come before me in leadership roles. I’ve watched them balance families, jobs, hardships, etc, all while volunteering in their leadership roles with JLGNH.

    In my mind, Serving on the board initially seemed like it should be left to the seasoned veterans of our organization, but I quickly learned in my third year of the league (while helping as an honorary co-chair of Community/DIAD) that almost anyone could take on a leadership role as a growth opportunity. Given our smaller league size, It’s not uncommon for members to take on different leadership roles throughout their League journey, and last year was my time to take on an expanded leadership role (President Elect) which led me to my role as President today. It’s been a great learning experience so far!

    Q: How many years have you been involved with Junior League?

    A: This is my 5th year!

    Q: Many members are interested in a literacy focus for our League. Can you tell us about a book you read recently and loved?

    A: I’m not as avid of a reader (of adult books) as I’d like, or should be, but did read The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes, and sped right through it.

    Our family reads a ton with my 1st grader who is an emerging reader. I started reading books to her as an infant and we have some classics that we still enjoy and reread today (including any Sandra Boynton books).

    Q: In the 21st century, there are so many ways for women to connect--what do you think is unique about Junior League and the women it brings together?

    A: An organization that is local AND nationwide. We see lots of transfers (in and out) of JLGNH, and it shows the strength of a nationwide organization that allows, and promotes, movement when members move. Often, women are looking to make community connections outside of their family and work circles, so having the League (wherever their location) to help facilitate those volunteer and social connections is ideal.

    Q: What holiday tradition are you most excited about celebrating this season?

    A: My daughter was born on Thanksgiving (and wow was it a memorable entrance!) so it’s a holiday that my family cherishes. Our family is local and small, so get togethers often occur throughout the year for birthdays and whatnot, but given the health challenges a few in my family members have faced this year, make coming together for thanksgiving even more important and memorable. If I’ve learned nothing over this past year+ (other than how to navigate zoom/Google meet/etc) Getting together to celebrate family and good health is something I won’t take for granted!

  • 10/21/2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, October 20th, JLGNH members gathered at the community room at McConaughy Terrace to clean any dust or unwanted items that may have made their way in over the summer.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make the space sparkle - it looks great!

      

  • 10/13/2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, October 12th, members participated in a Done-In-A-Day Activity partnered with the United Way of Greater New Haven's Day of Caring. 

    Throughout the day, multiple clean-up projects were organized throughout New Haven, with JLGNH members located at Lighthouse Point Park. Members worked through wind and rain to clear sand and debris from the parking lot so that the cement barriers could be repainted.

    For a summary video of the work done throughout the city, click here.

    Thank you to everyone who participated!

        

  • 10/11/2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On October 10th, JLGNH members gathered for a Done-In-A-Day event at the Fisher House located in West Haven on the VA Hospital Campus to decorate the home for Halloween. 

    The West Haven Fisher House opened in May 2018 and operates to provide a comfortable home where military & veterans' families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital, along with operating the Hero Miles program, Hotels for Heroes program, and managing a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

    Members worked to get the house fun and spooky just in time for Halloween, to keep the Fisher House feeling more like home for guests. Following the DIAD Activity, the October GMM was held in the Fisher House's Dining Room. Thank you to everyone who participated, and for the Fisher House of West Haven for sharing their beautiful home with us!

    To read more about the Fisher House's Mission and efforts, click here.


       

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