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

 

Meet the JLA's
2016-2017 Board of Directors


Esther Wingfield - PresidentEsther Wingfield – President

Esther was born and raised in Albuquerque, and joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2008.  Esther attended the University of New Mexico where she focused her Bachelor degree studies on Business Marketing. She currently owns her own business, an Allstate Insurance Agency, where she has worked for her customers as a trusted advisor; an Insurance agent and financial advisor, for the past 12 years. 

Esther has served the Junior League of Albuquerque in many capacities, but the last four years has been on the Board of Directors. She is truly passionate about the Junior League of Albuquerque, our mission, the goals we have accomplished, and our amazing members. It is because of the JLA that she has found other ways to give back to her community, in every volunteer opportunity that she can.

During all and any free time Esther has, she spends with her amazing husband, Sean and her beautiful daughter, Olivia. She enjoys crafting, reading, travelling, and spending treasured time with family and friends.

  

Jenn James - President ElectJennifer (Jenn) James – President Elect

Jennifer grew up a Navy brat and moved every 2-4 years throughout the Mid-Atlantic and a stint in Texas.  She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Government & Politics. 

She moved to Albuquerque from the Maryland/DC area in 2002 and worked in media selling radio advertising and sponsorships for both iHeart Media and American General Media. In 2012 she moved into the sports and entertainment industry, working for Spectra Venue Management, as the Director of Corporate Sales at the Santa Ana Star Center, where she is responsible for coordinating all corporate sales for the Santa Ana Star Center to include: Naming Rights, Pouring Rights, Signage opportunities, Premium Seating and Sponsorship opportunities.

She has been an active community member her entire life volunteering as a child for the Special Olympics and delivering holiday food boxes to service men and women on Naval Bases. In addition to serving with the Junior League of Albuquerque, Jennifer is Chair, Board of Directors for the Storehouse NM and on the leadership team for the Rio Rancho Visionaries.

When not volunteering or working, Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her significant other Joshua, her Labrador, Khione and family and friends.

 

Windsor Naething – Training & Membership VPWindsor Naething – Training & Membership VP

Windsor is from Liberty, Texas. She went to The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her BS in Human Development and her M.Ed in Educational Psychology. She and her husband, Rick, moved to Albuquerque in 2010 for his career at Sandia National Labs. She is a hospital chaplain, and Director of Christian Education at her church.  Windsor is in seminary pursuing a M.Div to further her career as a chaplain. She has been volunteering with the Children’s Grief Center since February 2012, and serves on their facilitator training committee.

She joined the Junior League in 2011, and became active in 2012. Besides volunteering, Windsor enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, trying new restaurants or breweries, and traveling. 





Michelle Repplinger - Fundraising VP Michelle Repplinger - Fundraising VP

Michelle was raised in a little coastal town in Western Washington.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Washington State University and her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University in California. 

Michelle joined the Junior League in Tampa, Florida in 2011 where she served on the Kids In The Kitchen Committee, the Salvation Army’s Bridges Out of Poverty Committee, the Abolish Movement Committee, and the Fundraising Committee.  In 2015, Michelle’s family relocated to Albuquerque when her husband was transferred from MacDill AFB in Tampa to Kirtland AFB. She transferred her membership to the Junior League of Albuquerque and jumped in as Co-Chair of the Done In A Day Committee and Co-Chair of the Resource Development Committee in her first year with JLA.  Becoming a member of the Junior League of Albuquerque was important to Michelle as a way to get to know her new community and meet like-minded women. 

Michelle has taken the last few years off from her career to stay home with her daughters Emily and Kelsey.  She and her husband, Rob, are also expecting their third daughter in October. 


Katherine (Katie) Roberson – Communications VP

Katherine (Katie) Roberson – Communications VP

Katie has lived most of her life in Albuquerque but did spend a couple years in Austin, TX and Cleveland, OH where she was born. Currently she works for Gallagher Wealth Management as a Registered Relationship Manager but has been in the securities business for over 22 years. In December 2011, she finished up a return to school to receive an Associates of Arts - Liberal Arts at CNM.

Like a lot of our members Katie was referred to the Junior League of Albuquerque by a friend. Funny enough this friend wasn’t a member but always wanted to be a member. The JLA fit right in with Katie’s desire to help her community but also allowed her to make new friends. She has held positions in the Training & Membership, Governance Council, and currently Communications VP.  In addition to serving in the League she is also a volunteer with Popejoy Arts Ambassadors. Before volunteering with the League, Katie was involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities, New Mexico Jazz Workshop, and the Eldorado Choir Boosters.

Katie married her love, Jim Roberson, in 2014 and together, from previous marriages, they have three children – Nicole, William, and Jillian. One important milestone in her life is the adoption of her rescue fur babies, Frankie and Lola, in 2015. When Katie is not volunteering with Junior League or Popejoy, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, doing home projects, hanging out with friends, working on her health, and shopping!

 

Michelle Estrada-Lopez – Community VPMichelle Estrada-Lopez – Community VP

Michelle joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2009 when she moved from Las Cruces to begin her career in Civil Engineering. Michelle is a graduate of New Mexico State University (MSCE 2009, BSCE 2007) proving that not everyone is a Lobo (Go Aggies!).

 The Junior League played a vital role in helping Michelle feel like part of the community in Albuquerque. When not volunteering with JLA, she is a Project Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation and a Jazzercise Instructor. She is also quite busy keeping current on all things ninja-related with her son, Donovan, and husband, Daniel.

 




JiSan Lopez - TreasurerJiSan Lopez - Treasurer

JiSan joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2006 because she believes that women joined together by a common purpose can change the world. The majority of JiSan's JLA placements have been in the Finance Council including Red, Wine and Blues, Cookbook (chair for two years, committee member for one), and Holiday Olé.  She also served on the Marketing Council as the JLA Directory Chair. After a very short visit to Sustainer Heaven, JiSan returned to Senior Active status to join the JLA Board of Directors as the JLA Community Member at Large for the 2014-2015 JLA year.  She stepped up from the Treasurer-Elect position to become the Treasurer in January of 2016 upon the mid-year resignation of the former Treasurer.

JiSan is an attorney for the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She received her J.D., M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of New Mexico, and is an alumna of the Albuquerque Academy ('98).

JiSan is married to Shawn Ricketts, the Chief Financial Officer of Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice, and the couple enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and live music. 



Anna Doss– Treasurer ElectAnna Doss– Treasurer Elect

Anna is a native to Albuquerque and joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2010. Anna attended the University of New Mexico receiving her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2005.

Upon graduation, she worked at Intel Corporation as a Product Development Engineer for nearly a decade before focusing on project management freelance work within the company. Anna serves on the steering committee of the Women at Intel Network (NM), and she also a member of Kiwanis having participated in various leadership roles with the Kiwanis family since high school. 

During her time in JLA, she has participated in nearly all councils and she is looking forward to contributing on the board. Anna enjoys traveling, discovering new foods, and is a glass blowing student at Aurora Borealis Glassworks.

 




Kelsey Wiebelhaus - SecretaryKelsey Wiebelhaus - Secretary

Kelsey grew up in Southern California and moved to New Mexico ten years ago. Kelsey attended the University of New Mexico and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She is currently a Staff accountant at SupplyOne. Before joining the Junior League of Albuquerque Kelsey realized that she had a passion for volunteering. She volunteers for Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding helping people with disabilities learn how to ride a horse and gain independence.

Kelsey is a second year active and joined the Junior League so that she could impact even more lives. Since joining the league she has served on two committees Communications and Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI). Kelsey has enjoyed working on both committees but has been with IBCI since she was a new member. This will be Kelsey’s third year with IBCI and it has enabled her to better understand the needs in Albuquerque.

Kelsey is married to Robert Wiebelhaus and they have two wonderful dogs. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and being a total nerd.

 

Katie Williams – Sustainer AdvisorKatie Williams – Sustainer Advisor

Katie is a development and communications professional. Currently she is a public relations specialist with The University of New Mexico (UNM). Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Equal Access to Justice, an organization that funds free civil legal services for low-income New Mexicans. Katie also served as Outreach and Development Chair for the Access to Justice Commission—a commission of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She is a member of the New Mexico Public Relations Society of America and has also worked as a reporter and producer for television and print news.

Katie joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2007 and has served in many parts of the League in all Councils. Most recently she served in Governance and was President of the Board in 2013.

She and her husband, Lowell Williams enjoy golfing, soccer and baseball games with their three children Lauren (9), Lance (7) and Mace (2).





Rebecca Harrington - Sustainer AdvisorRebecca Harrington – Sustainer Advisor

Rebecca has nearly 20 years of small business and community leadership experience including creating a startup business, “That’s my Baby! Maternity and Baby Apparel boutique and raising funds for several local nonprofits. Prior to staring “That’s My Baby!”, Rebecca was a Expatriate Tax Consultant to US based companies abroad with Ernst & Young, LLP.

She has extensive experience in philanthropy, including managing board of directors, creating and leading committees, overseeing and reviewing financials, managing oversight of Executive Directors, and supporting public relations and community outreach. 

Rebecca currently serves as past President for New Day Youth and Family Services; Trustee for Albuquerque Community Foundation (representing the Junior League of Albuquerque); Board Member for the National Institute of Flamenco; Sustainer Advisor Board Member for the Junior League of Albuquerque; Co-Coordinator and Troop Leader for American Heritage Girls (scouting program).

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and Economics from New Mexico State University.

She is a mom of two girls ages 8 and 6 and has been married to her husband Jason for over 12 years.  She is fluent in both written and spoken Spanish.