JLA Leadership

The Junior League of Albuquerque's Board of Directors ensures the future of the entire organization at all levels. Board members act as trustees and stewards on behalf of our members, including financial management of the League.

The Management Team provides vision across our multiple Council systems – which includes Community, Fundraising, Communications, and Training and Membership. These women make sure that all our League programs are consistent with our mission and that our strategy is pushed forward according to yearly strategic priorities.

2018-2019 Board of Directors and Management Team

Board of Directors

Nataley Quintana, President

Nataley Quintana is a native New Mexican, originally from Santa Fe and currently resides in Albuquerque. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and member of the New Mexico Bar. She is also a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Psychology. Nataley joined the Junior League of Albuquerque (JLA) as a new member in 2009. In the past, Nataley has served on the Board of Directors of the JLA as Community Vice President (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) Community Member at Large (2013-2014), and Secretary (2012-2013). She has also served as Co-Chair of the New Member Committee, Grant Writer Chair and Assistant Chair, and on the Internal Communications and JLA University committees.

Nataley has always been drawn to volunteering and public service. She has spent her professional career working solely in various government agencies and grew up volunteering for events supporting police officers, veterans, and their families. Additional volunteer service included some time working at the legal clinic on skid row and a spring break service trip for Hurricane Katrina relief. Nataley has also served on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals of Albuquerque as the Civic Engagement Chair and as a member of the committee.

Natalia Marek Griffin, Executive Vice President

Natalia is from Lexington, Kentucky. She went to Vanderbilt University, where she received her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and St Louis University, where she received her Masters in International Business. Natalia works as a Risk Manager for Century Automotive Service Corporation and is responsible for underwriting, pricing, and risk analysis functions, and oversees the IT team.

Natalia Joined the Junior League in 2007, and transferred her membership to Albuquerque in 2015. She credits her League membership with giving her the opportunity to grow as a leader. She has applied the skills she has learned in the League to both her other volunteer service and to her career.

When she is not volunteering, Natalia and her husband Mike are busy keeping up with their triplet boys born in 2016, Daniel, Victor, and Jeffrey.

Darlene Noyes, Treasurer

Darlene was born and raised in Northern California.  She has been a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico for 13 years.  She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California and then went on the complete her Master’s of Nursing in Case Management degree from Samuel Merritt College.  She worked as a Labor and Delivery RN for 7 years until she had her children.  She then chose to stay home with her children and work part time for her husband’s dental office as a bookkeeper.

She joined the league in 2011 to be a part of the community through volunteering.  She has experienced different roles as part of the fundraising, community, training/membership and communications committees.   Being part of the league has allowed her to meet some amazing women, educate herself on the functions of a non-profit organization, and participate in some inspiring volunteer opportunities.

When she is not managing her children’s busy schedules or working she loves going hiking, trying new foods, painting, and watching movies or playing games with her husband, John, and children Mia (11) and Kai (9).

D'Aun (Dee) Flesher, Secretary

D'Aun is from Deming, NM, and graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR, with a Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy. After briefly living in Spokane, WA, she returned to Albuquerque in 2011 to be closer to family. She joined the Junior League in 2016 to develop meaningful friendships with local women and to gain experience outside the healthcare environment.

She is constantly finding new things to learn, and she loves her current job as an outpatient pediatric respiratory therapist and asthma educator. She likes to stay busy, so she also provides freelance writing and editing services and volunteers as a Peer Editor for Respiratory Care Journal. Her hobbies include quilting and reading, and she is currently trying to learn Chinese.

Torri Jacobus, Sustainer Director, Board

Torri joined JLA in 2005 shortly after relocating to Albuquerque from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a graduate of The University of Arkansas School of Law and member of the New Mexico Bar. She is also a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in Psychology.

Torri has served the JLA in various capacities including but not limited to President-Elect, Training and Membership Vice President, New Member Co-Chair, Community Vice President, Community Member at Large, Project Share Co-Chair, Nominating & Placement Committee, and Membership Development Chair prior to serving as President.

Torri is the Director of the Center for Self Help and Dispute Resolution for the Second Judicial District Court. She is actively engaged in her community and profession and serves as Secretary for the Albuquerque Chapter of the Links Incorporated, a member of the Second Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee, a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, a Commissioner on the New Mexico Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, and volunteers at a local elementary school to assist with developing literacy skills in emerging readers. When not volunteering or working, Torri spends her time with her husband, Jesse, and three children, Alexander (12) and Sebastian (8) and Camille (6).

Tory Witt, Nominating Chair

Tory is a Native New Mexican, growing up in Albuquerque. She attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 2012 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and a minor is Psychology. She then went to graduate school at Marquette University, receiving her Master’s of Science in Human Resources. In 2014 Tory moved back to Albuquerque to begin her career as a Recruiting Specialist for Sandia National Laboratories, concentrating on university recruiting for STEM talent. It was then she also joined the Junior League of Albuquerque and has since served as a New Member Advisor, Membership Recruitment Retention and Placement Co-Chair, Done In A Day Chair, and as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Outside of Junior League, Tory serves as a high school mentor for Big Brother’s Big Sister Mentor 2.0 program and the Treasurer of the Kappa Alpha Theta Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter. She has also previously volunteered with Junior Achievement in elementary school classrooms and various other volunteer work in her community since she was a child. She has received her SHRM – CP professional human resources certification as well as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. You will often find Tory at the Albuquerque International Sunport heading on travel for work or pleasure, but her free time at home is spent with family and friends and trying out new breweries or entertainment venues around town..

Management Team

Jennifer (Jen) Bishop, Communications Director

Jen moved to Albuquerque in 2016, transferring from the Junior League of Greenwich, CT, which she joined in 2014. She has served on the fundraising/events committee for the past two years. She spent the last eighteen years on the east coast and is a new Southwestern transplant. She works at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center.

When not at work or Junior League activities, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Yorkshire terrier, Guy. A graduate of Wellesley College ('03), she is passionate about women's health and wellness, women's rights, skiing, fine arts, ballroom dancing, and gluten free baking/cooking.

April Lynch, Treasurer Elect

April Lynch is from Anderson, South Carolina. She went to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts – Sociology with a minor in Social Work and Kaplan University for her Masters degree in Healthcare Administration. April works in healthcare and continues to enjoy working on the IT side of electronic medical records. April takes pride in working with the community through healthcare and understands the vast need of someone working behind the scenes to keep organizations moving daily. Although she doesn't always receive patient interaction, she does realize the help she provides through technology to clinicians on a day to day basis.

April became interested in the Junior League in the fall of 2016 and became a member in the spring of 2017. While growing up in South Carolina, April was taught by her mother to always give back to the community and help others when in need. As an adult April has carried this tradition of giving and shows her son and husband the importance of taking a stand within the community. April applies her professional skills throughout the league and enjoys contributing to the mission statement of Junior League of Albuquerque. JLA is one of many boards that April has served on throughout the community and cherishes the sisterhood that Junior League has to offer.

April is married to Terrence Lynch, and has one son named Wyatt along with two fur-babies, Cooper and Charlie. April enjoys playing tennis and is learning how to play golf with her husband and son.

Nicole Kaufman, Community Director

Nicole is a native New Mexican, who grew up in the North Valley of Albuquerque. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies at the University of New Mexico. She then earned her Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Child Welfare at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Nicole's career experiences include Child Protective Services, Medicaid Behavioral Health Case Manager, Teacher, and currently as a High School Social Worker. She enjoys her role as a high school dance coach.

Nicole has always enjoyed volunteering and serving the community. She is very involved in serving at her church. In Arizona, she helped start a non profit, i6eight, which builds homes and supports a community to promote healthy families in Mexico. She has participated in numerous international mission trips. Nicole joined Junior League Albuquerque in 2014. She says it has been the greatest opportunity to connect with amazing women and serve the community.

Esther Wingfield, Fundraising Director

Esther Wingfield is a native New Mexican and was born and raised in Albuquerque. Esther attended the University of New Mexico where she focused her Bachelor degree studies on Business Marketing. She currently owns her own business, a second generation Allstate Insurance Agency, where she has worked for her customers as a trusted advisor; an Insurance agent and financial advisor, for the past 15 years.

Esther has served the Junior League of Albuquerque in many capacities since joining in 2008, She has served on the Board of Directors for five years, including serving as President of the the JLA in 2016-17. She is truly passionate about the Junior League of Albuquerque, our mission, the goals we working towards, and our amazing members. Esther loves Albuquerque, her community, and will do everything possible that she can to give back.

During any free time Esther has, she spends with her wonderful husband, Sean and her beautiful daughter, Olivia. She volunteers as an American Heritage Girl troop leader for her daughters school, and as class mom. She enjoys attending all of her daughters sports and activities, her husbands baseball games, music, crafting, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Kirsten David, Training and Membership Director

Kirsten grew up in Spring, TX where she started her career as a full time athlete swimming for club teams and Klein high school. She was recruited to swim at the University of Missouri where she was a division 1 athlete, achieved her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, and became a Registered Dietitian. After college she decided to keep pursuing her education and love of sports/exercise further by getting her master’s degree in Sports Nutrition at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and after graduation became a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She is now currently working with our active duty military members as the base dietitian at Kirtland AFB.

Kirsten has been drawn to volunteer work in her community since she was in girl scouts in Texas where she was involved in community volunteer work for over 10 years and achieved her girl scout Silver Award. She started in the Junior League in 2015 as a new member of the Junior League of Fort Myers and later transferred here to Albuquerque in January 2016. She was MRRP Co-Chair this previous year and is looking forward to furthering her leadership skills more as Training and Membership director.

When not volunteering, Kirsten likes to be active by running outdoors and training for upcoming races. She is a self-proclaimed foodie that loves trying new restaurants and cooking up recipes in her kitchen. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Luna and travelling internationally with upcoming trips to Greece and Peru!