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, Fund Development, Communications, and Member Development. 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.

2021-2022 Board of Directors and Management Team

Board of Directors

Michelle Estrada-Lopez, President 

Michelle Estrada-Lopez is a member and current President Elect of the Junior League of Albuquerque (JLA). She has served JLA over the past 10 years on the Community and Training & Membership Councils. Her JLA leadership experience includes chairing numerous committees and serving as VP of Community and Director of Training & Membership.

Michelle has found great value through her membership in JLA. It has helped her advance her career as a Project Manager, brought her quick & strong community ties, gain confidence in her ability to meet challenges with failure and success, and, luckily, great friendships with women she would never have otherwise crossed paths with.

 

 

Michelle McMullan, President Elect (President 2022-2024)

Michelle is from Savannah, GA. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She began her career in college working at Camp Twin Lakes, a fully accessibly non-profit camp facility that provides intentional camp programs for those with special needs and assisted in opening their newest location in Warm Springs, GA in the summer of 2011. After graduating, she became an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and worked in a Methadone Clinic for 3 years. After relocating to Albuquerque in 2014, Michelle returned to her non-profit roots and worked with PB&J Family Services for a year before finding her calling with the ALS Association New Mexico Chapter, where she is the Care Service & Public Policy Director, working directly with families statewide affected by ALS.

Michelle has been an active volunteer majority of her life. She grew up attending Junior League of Savannah meetings with her mom; seeing her mom’s dedication to the community, creating non-profits and devoting her time to local organizations was a huge impact. Later, when she joined Girl Scouts, her troop’s focus was giving back to their community working with local non-profits, helping at their walks and weekend camps. Prior to leaving Savannah, Michelle served on the Froebel Circle for the Fresh Air Home, a faith-based camp on Tybee Island for underprivileged children living in the Low Country. She joined the Junior League in 2016 as a new member. She sat on the Fundraising committee the inaugural year of Truck-A-Palooza, 2017, was a New Member Adviser 2017-2018, and she was MRRP Co-Chair this previous year and is looking forward to furthering her leadership skills as Treasurer- Elect.

Michelle is married to James McMullan III, and has three fur-babies, Maggie, Picard and Cujo. When not occupied by her busy schedule, Michelle enjoys camping, taking weekend getaways, photography, going on Harley rides, and canning food from their garden.

 

Tory Witt, Executive Vice President

Tory Witt has been a member of the Junior League of Albuquerque for almost 7 years and has previously served on Membership, Fund Development, and Community Councils, and served on the Board as Nominating Chair.

Tory is a native to Albuquerque but left to study Business Management at the University of Arizona and then went on to get her Masters in Human Resources at Marquette University. She returned home once graduating to pursue a career at Sandia National Laboratories as a Recruiting Specialist. She now works as an HR Data Analyst at Sandia Labs.

Tory also serves as Treasurer for the Kappa Alpha Theta Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter and mentored a high school student through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She plays in Sandia Labs’ summer softball league as well and enjoys traveling as much as possible.

 

 

Noelle Camp, Secretary

Noelle Camp is a Member of the Technical Staff in the Center for Global Security and Cooperation at Sandia National Laboratories, where she facilitates international workshops and conducts research on counterproliferation topics.

Selected as a 2020 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues Scholar, Noelle’s research interests include insider threat mitigation and East Asia studies. Noelle has worked and studied extensively in China, including with the Press Office of the U.S. Embassy Beijing, and is proficient in Mandarin at an “Advanced Low” skill level. She serves on Sandia’s Insider Threat Working Group and has presented her research on insider threat mitigation at CSIS, King’s College London, and the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management. Prior to coming to Sandia, Noelle completed internships in public and legislative affairs across the government and nonprofit sectors.

Noelle holds a Master of International Affairs from the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service, where she was named a 2019 Robertson Scholar. Additionally, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Politics from Washington and Lee University, a Certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University, and a Certificate in Insider Threat Program Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

She enjoys traveling, volunteering, and spending time with her husband William and two cats Sadie and Stella.

 

Fabianna Tabeling, Treasurer

Fabianna Tabeling joined the Junior League of Albuquerque as a new member in 2018 as a way to learn more about public service and to be surrounded and motivated by inspiring women. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Accounting in 2014 and has since then also received an MBA in Strategic Management. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Studies in Law program at UNM’s School of Law.

Apart from being a professional student, Fabianna is the Associate Director of Business Operations at Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico. Prior to the Junior League, Fabianna’s volunteer experience came in the form of volunteering for community theater groups. Fabianna has pitched in to help paint sets and clean as well as volunteered her time as an actor in local productions. She was recently seen playing Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at the New Mexico Summer Shakespeare Festival held this past summer at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial Park.

 

 

Nicole Streu, Nominating Chair 

Nicole Streu has been an active member for 5 years. She has served as the Chair of the New Member Project in her provisional year, Resource Development Chair and then multiple terms on the New Member Committee, both as an Advisor and a Chair. Nicole has a strong passion for the Junior League and that is part of why she has so enjoyed her time with the new members each year!

Nicole’s time in the JLA has brought her an incredible amount of gifts, including the feeling of impacting the community, wonderful new skills to take into her professional and personal  life, and most importantly great friendships with incredible women she may not have otherwise known. She’s so excited to take her passion for the League to the board!

 

 

 

Anna Doss, Co-Sustainer Director

Anna Doss is a native to Albuquerque and joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2010. During her time in JLA, she has participated in nearly all councils, served as Treasurer, and advised various committees as a Sustainer. Anna serves as the Junior League representative on the Albuquerque Community Foundation Board of Trustees until the end of 2021.

Anna attended the University of New Mexico, received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2005. Upon graduation she worked at Intel Corporation as a Product Development Engineer and in various project management roles for over a decade.

Anna is currently a homemaker and enjoys spending time with her expanding family that currently includes her husband Michael and son Liam.

 

JiSan Lopez, Co-Sustainer Director

JiSan Lopez joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in 2006. She has had a number of placements in the League  with her most memorable being co-chairing A Red Carpet Affair with her best friend, Jenica Jacobi, in 2017 as well as serving as the Treasurer.

JiSan 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). She is married to Shawn Ricketts and enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, live music, and delicious food.

Management Team

Sara Sternberger, Sustainer Engagement Vice President

Sara Sternberger moved to Albuquerque in September 2019 and immediately transferred to the Junior League of Albuquerque as a Sustainer. She joined the Junior League of Minneapolis (JLM) in 1991 and served as its president in 1999. She was also awarded the JLM Sustainer of the Year award.

Sara has worked in senior leadership positions in healthcare and nonprofits. She is currently the Executive Director for the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has extensive professional and volunteer experience, ahs served on multiple nonprofit boards, and has presented to various groups on governance and strategic planning.

Sara is a member of the Tocqueville Society and serves on Women’s Giving Circle Education and Engagement Committee. She also serves on the Albuquerque Museum Foundation Board. Sara and her husband, Howard, live in Placitas with their dog, Bailey. They have 3 young adult children, one (new) granddaughter and four “chosen” grandchildren.

 

Nina Chavez, Communications Vice President

Nina is a passionate advocate for the Junior League of Albuquerque (JLA) as it sets to be a partner in community development and being the standard for women’s leadership development. She currently serves as Communications Council VP.

She believes advancing diversity and inclusion is essential to JLA’s Mission and is relevant to building genuine community prosperity for all. As Vicki Clark says: Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome. With experience bringing strategy to action, Nina has a keen interest and enthusiasm in nonprofit governance, sustainability, coalition building, and membership development.

As a League member, Nina champions how the organization can help its members develop critical skills through expanding membership training events in public policy, leadership, and community building. Nina has served as the Grants Committee Chair and an active member of the DEI Committee, the Membership and Training Committee, and the Fund Development Council. 

Nina’s volunteerism with JLA is complemented by her passion for nonprofits fulfilling their mission, graduate studies in nonprofit management, informational systems and public policy and other volunteerism in the Greater Albuquerque Metro area. Nina is currently Grants Selection VP for the Music Guild of New Mexico Board, Future Fund Board Member, Committee Member for the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, Member-At-Large Board Member for Young Professionals of Albuquerque (YPA), Teach For America Alumni Board Communications Chair, and an active member of the New Mexico Hispanic Heritage Committee. 

Her civic work dovetails with her professional work as Director, Development and Communications for Teach For America New Mexico, a regional state-focused, community-led and student-centric nonprofit and part of the national nonprofit Teach For America which finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders, working together to end educational inequity. 

When she’s not volunteering or working, Nina happily spends time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, running with her dog Serena, looking forward to traveling around the world again, and playing flute and piano.

Nina is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, earning her B.A. in Music Performance and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, earning her Master of Arts Management degree.

 

Tara Dishmon, Community Engagement Vice President

Tara Dishmon is a native of the bay area, San Jose, California and previous member of the San Jose Junior League Chapter. Tara  has been enjoying living in ABQ and being part of the ABQ JL chapter in these last few years. Tara works as a Sr. Researcher at Starbucks Coffee Company, recruiting executive talent at VP level and above (for our corporate offices) and has been a partner (employee) with Starbucks for 5 years.

She has worked and recruited across various disciplines from Technology, Retail and Pharmaceuticals. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University, majoring in Organizational Leadership, and has recently obtained her certification in Competitive Intelligence.

From a personal standpoint, Tara was excited to join the Junior League because of her love for volunteering and community connection. She has volunteered at the Suicide and Crisis Hotline in the Bay area, Loaves and Fishes to serve food to the homeless, as well as an advocate/translator for Battered Women, utilizing her ability to speak both English and Spanish to help translate intake for women being admitted into the shelter. She loves to travel and has traveled to Peru to volunteer working with children in orphanages in the Cusco area.

 

Ashlee Wright, Fund Development Council Vice President

Ashlee was born in Roswell, NM and raised in Albuquerque graduating from Highland High School in 2005.  She attended the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and graduated with her B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies in 2009. While at Notre Dame, Ashlee served on the Student Senate, as the Chair of the University Affairs Committee, and sat on the Executive Policy Board during her Senior year.
After surviving four Indiana winters, she immediately returned home to the Land of Enchantment.
She graduated from UNM School of Law in 2014. While in law school, she clerked for NM Legal Aid and the Southwest Women’s Law Center. Her interest in the legal community led her to the Mexican American Law Student Association where she served as Vice-President during her second and third year of law school. She also coordinated the 17th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2013.
Since graduating in 2014, Ashlee has been involved in many mentorship programs that assist students in reaching their goal of succeeding in the law ithrough local bar associations and has participated in the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship Committee.She has been a part of  the Bar Exam Attorney Coach Program through the New Mexico State Bar’s Committee on Diversity since 2016. She has served on the Board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association during the 2017-2018 term.
Since 2015 she has served on the Board of the Notre Dame Club of New Mexico and has been President of the Club since 2018.
She joined the Junior League of Albuquerque in January 2018. She has been on the Fund Development Committee since 2018 and acted as the co-Chair for the 2019 Red Carpet Affair. She has been the Vice President of Fund Development since 2020.
Ashlee enjoys Notre Dame Football, USWNT soccer, is in love with her three dogs (Paddington, Jemez, and Muffin) and hopes that one day she will actually get to everything on her to-do list.

 

Tassi Rodriguez, Member Development Vice President 

Tassi Rodriguez grew up in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, she graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing, a Bachelors of Science in Finance, and a minor in Economics. She is currently working towards achieving her Masters in Human Resources Management from Colorado State University Global Campus.

In 2015, Tassi, her husband James, and son Zander (8), loaded their Prius with essential items, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico with no plan. They moved to enjoy a different pace of life. Shortly after moving, she was installed as the District 2 Board Member for Keeping Rio Rancho Beautiful, joined the Junior League of Albuquerque, and became a member and active volunteer at Sagebrush Church.

Tassi’s purpose in life is to elevate the lives of others. Through her work and volunteering efforts she’s been able to do just that. She strongly believes that through God anyone can achieve the extraordinary. When not working or volunteering, Tassi spends her time experiencing new things with James and Zander, like eating at Michelin Star restaurants and attending music festivals. Life should be filled with love and adventures.

 

Sara Norton-Sanner, Treasurer Elect 

Sara Norton-Sanner moved to Albuquerque in 2018 where she first joined the Junior League. She has served on the Recruitment & Placement and DEI Committees and is our incoming Treasurer Elect.

Originally from Oklahoma, Sara is passionate about serving her community and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade. She has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Theology from Southwestern Seminary. Currently, Sarah works in developmnet at Animal Humane New Mexico. She has been married to her wife, Raychel, for eight years and they have four furr-babies Maggie, Ari, Fitzgerald, and Cordelia.