Meet the 2021 Slate by: Katie Hatch

The Nominating Council is thrilled to introduce you to the Junior League of Boston’s 2021 Leadership Slate! We had the pleasure of interviewing a phenomenal group of committed and talented women. We look forward to seeing them lead the way as JL Boston continues to live its mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Please join us in congratulating these accomplished women!

Interested in joining these women in leading JL Boston for 2022?  Email BeALeader@jlboston.org or Nominating@jlboston.org for more information.

Jasmine Howard
President-Elect

Board of Directors

Jasmine Howard has been a member of the Junior League of Boston since 2012.  She began her League career in community placements, initially serving on the Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence Amiga placement. Jasmine transitioned into leadership roles going on to chair the Amiga Program, as well as, YV-GL Run Club, and Community Impact. During the 2019-2020 League Year, Jasmine served as the VP of Community Service. Outside of community placements, Jasmine has served on the Ball Committee, the Training Committee, the Finance Committee, and on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Jasmine’s community involvement extends beyond her Junior League of Boston service. Jasmine currently serves on the Board of North End Waterfront Health Center, a federally qualified community health center. As a former collegiate coxswain, Jasmine is also very passionate about bringing rowing access to public school students. Jasmine has served on the board of the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association and the Friends of BLS Crew. As a coach, she worked to grow a rowing program from 40 students to 125 students. In 2019 she helped lead Boston Latin School to a State Championship, NEIRA medal, and a trip to USRowing Nationals.

Professionally, Jasmine is an attorney practicing in litigation at Thornton Law Firm. Jasmine has an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a Master’s of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medical, and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.


Celeste Scott-Walker
Executive Vice President-Elect
Board of Directors & Executive Management Team

Currently serving as Secretary of The Junior League of Boston, Celeste Scott-Walker has been a proud member of the League since 2013. Celeste has enjoyed working on a variety of JL committees and in leadership roles, including Strong Women/Strong Girls, JLB Arts, Charlestown Learning Circles committee member, Gala Committee Member, Chair of Gala for the JL Boston’s 110th Anniversary “A League of Our Own” Gala at Fenway Park, VP-Elect Fund Development, VP Fund Development, and Secretary-Elect.

Celeste is a Human Resources professional at Tufts University. She is also the founder of Dream Imagine Studios, an award-winning wedding and lifetime events company, established in 2007. A graduate of Simmons College, Celeste was born in Antigua, West Indies, and later raised in Connecticut. Celeste resides in Boston with her husband, Eric. Married for nearly 20 years, they together enjoy antiquing, cooking, golfing, and — most importantly — spending time with their nieces and nephews.

Celeste is honored to be a member of the Junior League of Boston for the impact it has on the community and on JL members’ lives. She hopes her nieces will learn the importance of giving back to the community; being a part of the League allows her to set that example for them to be the next generation of female civic leaders.

Ashley Bausemer
Treasurer-Elect
Board of Directors

Ashley joined the Junior League of Boston for the 2019-2020 League year and served on the STEM Dorchester committee. For the 2020-2021 League year, she took an Appointed Leadership role as a Chair on the STEM East Boston program and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She also enjoyed being a bin host during this year’s Women 4 Women campaign and participating in the AJLI 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge.

Ashley is a 2013 graduate of Boston College, where she majored in Operations Management and Political Science. From there, she went on to General Electric’s Financial Management Program, where she took roles in General Accounting, Supply Chain Finance, and Financial Planning and Analysis in GE’s Aviation business, requiring her to relocate to Vermont, Kansas, and Ohio. In 2016, Ashley moved back to Boston and took a role with Harvard Business Publishing’s Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis team, where she worked for four years.

She currently works at a robotics company called High Res Biosolutions, as a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager reporting directly to the CFO. She is currently pursuing a dual-degree

MBA and Master’s in Finance from the Boston College Graduate Carroll School of Management.

This past year, Ashley began her pageant journey and served as United States of America’s Mrs. Massachusetts, attending their National pageant in February. She has recently accepted the title of Mrs. Massachusetts International 2021 and will be traveling to Kingsport, Tennessee to compete with women across the United States and around the world. Her platform is empowering the next generation of women through STEM. She is also hard at work training for an Ironman 70.3 in Wilmington, NC this October.

Ashley lives in Salem, MA with her endlessly loving and supportive husband, Jon. Together they have two rescue dachshunds, Elijah and Klaus, who are absolutely adorable and terribly behaved. Their goal this year is to be less naughty and win Pet of the Month.

Jessica Allan Schmidt
Secretary-Elect
Board of Directors

Jessica Allan Schmidt is a long-time member of the Junior League of Boston, joining in 2005, when she was a student at Wellesley College, after completing her military service. Ms. Allan Schmidt balanced her studies at Wellesley in peace and justice studies and history with placements in the predecessor to Community Impact, Done in a Day.

In the years since she has served on the Gala Committee and has been informally participating in this year’s advocacy initiative. Her heart remains in the Boston community, and almost every year, she has selected community placements. Along with her work in the Junior League, she also volunteers at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Unit and serves as an officer in her Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. Jessica lives with her husband Christopher in Cambridge.

Connie Henderson
Director of Nominating-Elect

Board of Directors

Connie Henderson is originally from Detroit, MI where she grew up and attended college. After graduating, she spent some time in Ghana teaching middle school social studies. After arriving back in the United States, she moved to Charlotte, NC where her sister lives, and began teaching middle school English.

It was during Connie’s time in Charlotte that her sister encouraged her to join The Junior League of Charlotte. Her first year, Connie was on the Thompson Child & Family Center Committee which worked with at-risk youth in foster care. She then spent two years as a reporter for the JL Charlotte quarterly magazine, The CRIER. Her final year was as a Committee Member for the General Membership Meetings.

In 2015, Connie moved from Charlotte to Boston, MA where she transferred her membership and was placed in JL Boston Arts HQ. She also became actively involved in the Transfer Group attending many of their events. In the following 2 years, Connie was a Transfer Advisor before becoming Transfer Manager. This past year, Connie has served as the Vice President of Membership.

Connie has taught for Cambridge Public Schools for the past six years teaching both 7th and 8th grade English and serves as team leader for the 7th grade. In normal times, she plays in an intramural kickball league throughout the year, as well as enjoying bowling and playing volleyball.

Avery Russell
Member-at-Large, Active

Board of Directors

Avery Russell joined the Junior League of Boston in 2014. She was Community based for her first three years, serving as a volunteer with Leader Within and two years as the chair of JL Boston Arts BRCS. Avery transitioned into the Internal side of the League in 2017 and has served as Diversity and Inclusion Membership Lead, New Member Advisor, Internal Communications Manager, and New Member Program Manager.

Outside of the League, Avery holds a Bachelors in English from Rutgers University and was recently certified in Event Planning and Design by the Flower School of New York in 2020. Volunteerism is a big part of her life and she regularly works the Welcome Center desk at Women’s Lunch Place. Lastly, Avery is passionate about her weddings and events floral studio, Floral Fleurt, and is gearing up for wedding season this year. She spends her time between Boston, Cape Cod, and Florida, with her Yorkie, Mickey, by her side and is currently writing her first novel.

Urszula Wojciechowska
Member-at-Large, Sustainer

Board of Directors

Urszula is an experienced executive with over thirty-five years of professional activity in organization management and leadership, event and strategic planning, marketing, business development, and project management in national and international arenas.

Urszula is a proactive member of the Transatlantic Business Community, where her focus is to facilitate transatlantic trade and assist the establishment of ongoing relationships between US companies interested in exporting to other nations. Her background is in education, public relations, marketing, and international affairs.

She joined JL Boston in 1986, starting her League journey on the Public Affairs Committee where she organized two Legislative Days in the MA State House. She has served on the JL Boston Board and chaired a number of Committees including Community Relations (CRC), Communications & Public Relations, where under her chairmanship, JL Boston won the prestigious AJLI Award for its newsletter ‘Happenings”. From 2003-2006 she chaired the Sustainer committee and is currently co-chairing it this year.

Urszula has attended numerous League trainings and conferences. She received the JL Boston Volunteer Award in 1988 and the Outstanding Sustainer Member Award in 2018-2019. She is a member of the Chowder Society and the Garden Club.

Her other professional activities include Co-Founder and Chair of Women in World Trade NE, President of the Global Business Alliance NE, and the National Committee of District Export Councils of where she is the Northeast representative with seven local DECs in her portfolio. She is also a Trustee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, MA Chapter.

In 2016 she was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire), by Queen Elizabeth 11 for services to the British, American, and International business communities in North America and the United Kingdom.

Katelyn Tucker
Vice President of Community-Elect

Executive Management Team

Katelyn Tucker has been a member of the Junior League of Boston since 2015 and has served in both community-based and internal supporting placements.

She is an Active Member of the Hingham’s Women’s Club supporting charitable giving and direct community service for Hingham and South Shore communities. Katelyn spent 10 years in the employee benefits field working in Massachusetts and Virginia. From 2015 to 2018 she was a VP with Eastern Benefits Group a division of Eastern Bank. Her specialization was developing employee benefits programs for non-profit organizations, balancing individual and business needs within a dynamic health care market.

Katelyn and her husband Sean and their two children reside in Hingham, MA.

Caitlin Berger
Vice President of Membership-Elect

Executive Management Team

Caitlin began her JL Boston career in 2011 right after her graduation from Boston College. After serving her provisional year working with Learning Circles in Allston, she transferred to the New York City League. At the NYJL, Caitlin worked with women on interpersonal skills at the Bayview Correctional Facility as well as developing a new placement with the Women’s Prison Association in the East Village.

In 2014, Caitlin moved back to Boston continuing her career in JL Boston on Community Council leveraging our relationships with our community partners to host Impact Nights where education on an issue was paired with service. She then served as Transfer Manager continuing the JL Boston tradition of providing a welcoming landing base for all transfer members new to our league and the city. She then served two years as chair of the Jeremiah Program working to expand our impact by helping the organization empower both single mothers and their children with the tools to pursue higher education. Most recently Caitlin has served as the VP of Training where she has had the honor to work with a team committed to providing JL Boston members with the highest caliber learning opportunities in a wide variety of topics.

Professionally, Caitlin is a project manager for large-scale residential construction and design projects at Koo de Kir, an Interior Design firm in South Boston. She lives with her husband, Evan, in Lower Mills.

Erin Maloney
Vice President of Fund Development-Elect

Executive Management Team

Erin has been a member of the Junior League of Boston since 2010. Her past placements include Learning Circles Charlestown, Chair of the Germaine Lawrence Amiga Program, and Nominating Council Member.  Recently, Erin has served as co-chair of the Active Membership Advisor Committee, where the focus has been on enhancing the Active Member experience.

Professionally Erin is the Operations Manager at DentaQuest in Boston, she has a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from Northeastern University and just completed her MBA from Northeastern University. She also serves on the Board of the Community Gardens of Charlestown and actively volunteers in the Charlestown community.  When she is not volunteering, she is playing golf or reading a great book.

Kristina Mahar
Vice President of Training-Elect

Executive Management Team

Kristina Mahar is a Consultant at Korn Ferry in their Leadership Development practice and is focused on creating learning journeys in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space.

Kristina joined the Junior League of Boston in 2019 and has served on the Training Council and the Strategic Research & Analysis Committee. She is looking forward to bringing her leadership development background to her new role as Vice President-Elect of Training.

Kristina is nearing completion on her M.S. in Human Resources Management at Northeastern University, specializing in Organizational Communication, and has a B.A. in History from Western Connecticut State University. In her spare time, Kristina is planning her pandemic-postponed Summer 2021 wedding, skiing, and hiking with her partner, Jack.

Sara Manago
Vice President of Placement-Elect
Executive Management Team

Sara Manago has been a member of the Junior League of Boston for four years and has a passion for improving the lives of others.  She uses her experience in communications, operations/decision sciences, and organizational management to advance STEM education, to improve community resource accessibility, and to advocate for some of the Junior League of Boston’s key priorities, including food security, assisting survivors of domestic violence/human trafficking, and addressing challenges that lead to continued generational poverty.

As an advocate of ethical global AI policy for the protection of children, and for the advancement of advanced analytics, decision sciences, and mathematics in STEM education, she currently Chairs the K-12 Education Outreach Committee for Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and has co-chaired the Junior League of Boston STEM East Boston program. Sara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, and enjoying the outdoors.

Kirsten Alexander
Member of Nominating Council

Nominating Council

A Boston native, Kirsten Alexander joined the Junior League of Boston in 2001. Professionally, she’s a marketing, development, and editorial consultant working with start-ups, academia, government, and non-profit clients. Previously she led marketing, development, and membership at several non-profits and headed up the marketing and editorial teams at several tech startups.

Kirsten has more than 25 years of experience serving on non-profit boards, including three terms on the Junior League of Boston board, most recently as a Member at Large in 2019-2021. She’s a member of the Junior League of Boston Garden Club and Chowder Society and has served as Director of Community and Director of Sustainer Membership.

In 2020, she co-founded the Hamilton-Wenham Human Rights Coalition, a 501(c)4, and serves as its Vice President. She currently volunteers as the Development Chair of the Wenham Village Improvement Society, as a moderator for Blue Revolution, and as chair of the Wenham Democratic Town Committee. She has a deep knowledge of local history, ranging from early New England history to witnessing desegregation as one of the kids on the bus to work with hundreds of local non-profits through her work.

She attended NYU and the American College in Paris for her undergraduate studies in Art History and received an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Kirsten lives on the North Shore with her husband Jeremy Gross, teenage daughter Sadie, and fluffy dog Luna.

Marie Schmidt
Member of Nominating Council

Nominating Council

Marie has been in the Junior League of Boston since 2012. Her previous internal placements include Board Member at Large (2019-2021), Chair of Strategic Research & Analysis (2018-2019), Director of Strategic Management and Planning (2017-2018), and Strategic Management & Planning Committee member (2013-2014, 2016-2017). Previous community placements include Done in a Day (2014-2016) and Strong Women, Strong Girls (2014-2015).

Professionally, Marie is a research psychologist and currently a Research Manager and Senior Interviewer at Center for Strategy Research, a full-service market research firm specializing in custom-designed qualitative and quantitative research studies.

Prior to her market research career, Marie worked at the intersection of psychology, public health, and academic medicine as a research scientist at The Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she conducted research on the effects of screen media on children. Her work has informed interventions and been published in top journals, such as Child Development and Pediatrics, and her research has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Reuters, and CBS Evening News. Marie began her career as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Marie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and English. She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.

Active in volunteer service, Marie has served on several school and community boards. She lives in Walpole, with her husband Doug, three daughters, and her 18-month-old rescue dog, Sawyer.