By: Danielle Kaslow
Following up on our recent profile of Show House Co-Chair Alison Webb, today we are featuring fellow Co-Chair, Hayley Hannan. Hayley shares her journey of first becoming involved with the League, her transition to becoming Show House Co-Chair, and her proudest moment from this year’s highly successful Designer Show House.
Hometown: Williamson, New York. I grew up on an apple farm in a town of about 6,000 people.
Current city/neighborhood: Back Bay.
JL Boston Committee/Title: 2017 Designer Show House Co-Chair.
How did you first get involved with the Junior League? I joined in 2014 after hearing about the Junior League of Boston from current member, Vanessa Driscoll. My first volunteer placement was Kids in the Kitchen. I loved seeing just one way in which the Junior League of Boston impacts the community, but ultimately this placement was too similar to my job as a teacher. I wanted to try my hand at a placement outside of my comfort zone.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining the League? If you are considering joining the League, go for it! It has been a phenomenal experience that has allowed me to make new friends, grow professionally, and feel more confident in myself.
What do you enjoy most about Junior League? I love how the Junior League has given me a chance to explore different parts of myself. During the day, I’m a second grade special education teacher, and through the Junior League, I’m a fundraiser, event planner, and leader.
How did you choose your current placement? I was one of the Signature Events Chairs in 2016-2017 and served on the greater Fund Development committee with the Show House Chairs. At a meeting they mentioned events and my ears perked up. I loved the idea of generating sponsorship and planning events for the 2017 Designer Show House. I chose to join as a co-chair in the spring of 2017 and spent the last few months of the year chairing two committees.
What are you most proud of from this year’s Show House? I am most proud of the work that the Show House committee did to pull off the League’s largest fundraiser. There were two years of planning that went into the opening of the 2017 Designer Show House. We could not have done this without the countless hours by our committee members.
What is your favorite activity or place to visit in Boston? I love trying out new restaurants and breweries in the area!
Thank you to Hayley and her fellow co-chairs for their tremendous work in making the 2017 Designer Show House a great success!