Junior League of Summit Announces 2019/20 Leadership Teams

(above, l-r) Board of Directors, Top: Tara Gulla, Erika Melchiorre, Kay Hallenbeck, Tara Charvat; Bottom: Amanda Greenblatt, Nicole Castronuovo, Annell Mitchell.

JLS 2019-2020 Leadership Teams

Submitted by Dana Felmet

The Junior League of Summit (JLS) is proud to announce its leadership teams for the 2019-20 year. The JLS recently underwent a leadership split, which now consists of a Board of Directors and a Management Team. The Board is led by President Erika Melchiorre of Summit, who is serving her second year of a two-year term. Joining Erika is Tara Charvat, President Elect; Tara Gulla, Treasurer; Annel Mitchell, Secretary; Amanda Greenblatt, Sustainer Director; Nicole Castrunovo, Nominating Director, and Kay Hallenbeck, Executive Vice President. Kay Hallenbeck leads the Management Team, which includes Meredith Sachs, Finance Vice President; Tracey Tango, Sustainer Vice President; Stephanie Giblin, Shop Vice President; Andrea Caserta, Community Vice President; Stephanie Wilson, Membership Vice President, and Dana Felmet, Communications Vice President.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Junior League of Summit as we celebrate our 90th year of service to the community,” said Erik Melchiorre, Junior League of Summit President. “We have an exciting year planned for our members and the community. I look forward to leading this network of empowered women dedicated to changing their community for the better.”

Erika and her family live within Summit. Originally from Indiana, Erika attended DePauw University where she met her future husband, Mark. After DePauw, Erika attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. She and her family moved to Summit in 2011 where she transferred into the JLS. Since then, she has served on MAC, 85th Anniversary Gala Chair, Community Liaison, and Administrative Vice President. In addition to her involvement with the League, Erika is a current Board member at The Connection and a former Board member of the Overlook Auxiliary.

(above) Management Team, Top: Meredith Sachs, Kay Hallenbeck, Tracey Tango; Bottom: Stephanie Wilson, Dana Felmet, Andrea Caserta. (Not pictured: Stephanie Giblin)

About The Junior League of Summit

The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving their communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Notable projects started by the League include: the Summit First Aid Squad; the Summit Speech School; two safe houses in Summit for battered women; the Mabie playground in downtown Summit; Senior Connections (aka Big Wheels), a senior transportation system; and a rain garden at the Jefferson Primary School, where children learn about healthy eating and gardening. The League also operates the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, a stalwart Summit shop that offers residents the opportunity to buy highly discounted clothing, accessories, toys and housewares. The Junior League of Summit is always seeking new members of diverse professional and personal backgrounds who are interested in community involvement and would like to develop their personal and professional skills. For more information about membership, please contact jointhejls@gmail.com.

For more information about the Junior League of Summit, please visit the website at jlsummit.org or contact the office at 908-273-7349. Those interested in donating to the League, please visit jlsummit.org/?nd=donate_summary.

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