Policy Board

Policy Board 2021-2022

Nicole Bogdanovich – President

Nicole Bogdanovich is a long-time member of The Junior league of Evanston-North Shore; joining in 1998 while still in college. Nicole has held many Management and Policy Board roles, including Cookbook chair, Scholarships and Grants chair, Nominating and Placement chair, recording secretary, Membership Director and Community Director. For her work as Nominating and Placement chair in 2014, Nicole was awarded The Founder’s Award. Outside of the League, Nicole is a family medicine physician. She resides in Wilmette. In her spare time, Nicole, likes to travel, explore Chicago, cook from scratch and has recently taken up embroidery.

Shauna Myers – President-Elect

Shauna joined Junior League of Peoria in 2009. She served in several different roles, including Community Chair, Sponsorship Chair, Director of Operations and ultimately President-Elect before transferring League membership to Portland, OR. In the Junior League of Portland, Shauna served as Marketing Director, Information Director and was a committee member of the first annual Rose City Women’s Summit. In 2019, Shauna move back home to Illinois and transferred her membership to the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, where she has served as Social Chair and now President-Elect. Shauna lives in Park Ridge with her husband, Peter, daughter Victoria and two puggles, Jack and Sophie. She works as a Communications Manager at Caterpillar and her hobbies include traveling, running, reading and getting involved in the community where she lives and works!

Dina Mead – By-Laws Parliamentarian

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 also the Nominating & Placement Chair-Elect.

Bernadett DeLise – Community Director

Bernadett DeLise joined JLE-NS in 2017. She served as a New Member Chair welcoming new women to the organization. Bernadett loves that JLE-NS has been able to give back to the community even during difficult times and looks forward to getting involved in connecting the league to even more outside organizations so that it can have a bigger reach and impact on all North Shore communities. Bernadett is originally from Budapest, Hungary, and moved to the U.S. in 2000. She lives in Lake Forest with her husband, two young daughters and dog. Their family enjoys spending as much time outside as the weather permits.

Cara Heiser – Finance Director

Cara Heiser Joined Junior League Evanston North Shore in 2016.  Cara has spent her time in Junior League focusing on recruiting and increasing interest in the Junior League throughout the North Shore Community.  In 2018-2019 she co-chaired the committee for the Trivia Night fundraiser.  In addition, she initiated and took part in many successful programs that benefit the community.  Some of her highlighted projects include providing financial education to elderly retirement community residents, Junior Achievement instructor, and working with local special education classes to increase financial knowledge.  In her professional life, Cara Heiser is the Assistant Vice President of Fifth Third Bank in Lake Forest with the responsibility for managing a financial center with $66MM in assets.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa Henry B Tippie College of Business and a Certificate in executive Leadership from DePaul University.   Prior to holding her current position Cara worked as a Licensed Banker and a Wealth Management Advisor assisting clientele with their individual investment strategy.  Cara has received the Curious Banker award for her creative ideas on how to bring financial education to the community.  Cara resides in Libertyville with her husband, 3 year old son, and dog.  When not at work Cara enjoys volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family, especially her son Cameron.

Jennipher Tejano – Membership Director

Elizabeth Osborne – Member at Large

Emily Coninx – Nominating & Placement

Emily is a Past-President (2019-2020) of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore.  She 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.

Leynette Kuniej – Personnel Director (*Interim)

Eilidh Geddes – Recording Secretary

Eilidh joined the JLE-NS in 2019. She previously served as a member of the Recruiting and Trivia Night committees. Eilidh grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Evanston when she began her PhD program in Economics at Northwestern University. She joined the League to meet other women in the area and give back to the local community. Eilidh enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, and board games. She resides in Evanston with her husband.

Melanie Glass – Sustainer Co-Director

Melanie joined the JLE-NS in 2004. She began her career in the Junior League as a Co-chair to her New Member Class Project. Her leadership experience includes roles as Membership Director, Diaper Drive Chair, Thrift House Phase I Chair, Thrift House Co-chair and Admissions Co-chair as well as an active member on Cook Book, Nominating & Placement, Scholarships & Grants and Thrift House committees. She has also served on JLE-NS Policy Board as Member-at-Large, Recording Secretary and By-Laws Parliamentarian and currently serves on Policy Board as Sustainer Co-Director and on the Thrift House Board of Directors.

Tammy Mitchell – Sustainer Co-Director

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.