Policy Board

Policy Board 2019-2020

Emily Coninx – President

Emily joined the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore in 2015 and handled Fundraising for the New Member class project, Baby Steps.  She had so much fun at the event that she volunteered to serve as the Co-Chair of the New Member Committee for the next two years!   In her professional life outside of the League, Emily is the Director at MacMunnis, Inc. which is a lease administration firm based in Evanston.  She resides in Libertyville with her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Cosette.

Amber Golegos – President-Elect

Joining the Junior League in 2010 Amber Hubbs Golegos has been an active member of the Junior League for 5 years in Portland, Oregon, Tampa, Florida and most recently Evanston, Illinois. As a member of the Junior League of Evanston North Shore (JLE-NS) she has been committed to being a catalyst for lasting community change. In 2017 Amber served on the Thrift House committee. For her efforts on the Thrift House committee, Amber was awarded The Founders Award which was created in memory of Dorothy Mason Croft, who was the founder of the JLE-NS in 1924. This award was presented to Amber in recognition of outstanding service to the JLE-NS through her work on the Thrift House Committee and to honor her visionary community leadership. For 2018-2019 Amber took on the role of Thrift House Chair leading 8 members on her committee. In this role she served as a Management Board member influencing strategic decisions impacting the league. In her professional life outside of the League, Amber works at Barilla pasta in Shopper Marketing.

Melanie Glass – By-Laws Parliamentarian

Nicole Bogdanovich – Community Director

Kris Hagen – Finance Director

Rebecca Garces – Membership Director

Rebecca Garces is a Past-President (2005-2006) of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore and held the position of Executive Director of the Thrift House Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019.  In 1996, she joined the League to spend time with another working mom, since they were only finding time to keep in touch by phone.  Since being in the League, she enjoyed working on numerous Holiday Parties for over 700 abused and neglected children in Cook County, Save the Abandoned Babies Campaign, Girls on the Run partnership, and chairing – and being a part of – the Cookbook Committee, publishing “It’s a Shore Thing” in 2006. She has enjoyed these and other leadership and active member roles over the decades. Outside of the League, Rebecca is Head Portfolio Compliance at an asset management firm in Chicago. She enjoys reading, music and entertaining. Rebecca resides in Wilmette with her husband and small dog, Elly, and loves when her two boys visit.

Carolyn Song-Pegg – Member at Large

Dina Mead – Nominating & Placement

Dina is a long time member of the Junior League. She first joined the Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson, NY in 1985. There she was Membership Development Chair and Provisional Trainer followed by Nominating/Placement Chair. In 1991, Dina moved to Southern California and transferred into the Junior League of Orange County. There she was the Provisional Trainer for a class of 150 new members, followed by the American Girl Fashion Show Chair. In 2005, Dina moved to Wilmette and transferred into the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore. At JLE-NS Dina has Co-Chaired the Admissions Committee, Chaired the Nominating Committee, served as Dues Treasurer, Member-at-Large and Thrift House Chair. Her crowning achievement was to serve as President for the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore 2013-2014. These days Dina remains an active member of JLE-NS but from out of state. She currently lives in Corona del Mar, California and is the Nominating & Placement Chair.

Jeanni McCormick – Personnel Director

Jeanni has been a member of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore for 20 years. She has served in many Management and Policy Board roles, including chairing her new member class project, Thrift House Chair, Nominating & Placement Chair, and President of JLE-NS. Although now a Sustainer, Jeanni enjoys staying involved with the League and utilizing her HR skills.

Nicole Roberts – Recording Secretary

Nicole joined the Junior League in 2014. In her new member year, she served as co-chair for the Day of the Shower Committee for the Baby Steps project. She has also served the League as Co-Chair for the Recruitment Committee.

Anna Pappas – Sustainer Director

Anna Pappas is a former President  (2015-2016) of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore and a Senior Executive at a Fortune 50 Technology company.  When Anna isn’t volunteering with the league, she is a hockey mom to her goalie son, an Aviation Mom to her sophomore at WMU and Best Friends with her daughter who is following in her footsteps.  Anna loves to golf, boat, travel and is currently learning paddle and getting her yoga certification in her spare time.

Paula Danoff – Executive Director of the Thrift House Board of Directors

Paula joined the JLE-NS in 1985.  She has taken an active leadership role over the decades and served as President in 2007-08.  She also worked as an Assistant Manager of Thrift House in 2002-04.  She has served on the Thrift House Board and was excited to be the Chair of Fitting Futures for the 2018-2019 league year.