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The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) has appointed a new Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 year, kicking off the next century with new projects.

“Following the Centennial year, the new Board of Directors is committed to kick starting the next century by developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and addressing the critical needs in Dallas through the effective action and leadership of the League’s trained volunteers,” the JLD said in a press release.

The new board consists of:

  • President Emily Somerville
  • President-elect Christina Eubanks
  • Administrative Vice President Isabell Novakov-Higginbotham
  • Communications Vice President Jacqueline Was
  • Community Vice President Katy Ratley
  • Development Vice President Marisa Partin
  • Diversity & Inclusion Vice President Lanasha Houze
  • Finance Vice President Rhonda Williams
  •  Membership Vice President Heather Lorch
  • Secretary Lara Bubalo Manor
  • Signature Projects Vice President Megan Ladriere White
  • Strategy Vice President Kristen Shear
  • Training Vice President Jessica Pantano
  • Sustainer Advisor Bonner Allen

The new board has already begun planning the new year’s projects. These projects will start this summer with a the third annual Diversity & Inclusion Summer Series for members. Other projects include the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and JLD’s auction at Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

“Last year was dedicated to the reflection of our history while celebrating the women who have dedicated their service to the city of Dallas. This year, we look toward the next century to determine how we can best achieve our goals and continue to provide support for the Dallas community,” said Somerville. “We have made it our goal to revive the membership experience, redefine community, and reimagine training. We are honored to serve as the Board of Directors for the 2022 – 2023 year, and we look forward to the next 100 years of service.”

The Junior League of Dallas is one of the largest Junior Leagues in the world, providing leadership opportunities to nearly 4,500 women each year through experiential and formal training. The club donates approximately 130,000 hours of volunteer service and $1 million in funding yearly.