Mande Mathews

        Mande Mathews                          President                  president.jlp@gmail.com


Mande Mathews is a Colorado Native and has lived in Pueblo since 2001. She joined the Junior League of Pueblo in 2010 in hopes to help better her community, become a community woman leader and to make lifelong friendships. During her journey with JLP she has been the co-chair for Girls Night Out, our largest fund raiser, for two years. Held the position of Membership chair helping lead a very talented group of women who started our second fund raiser; Monster Dash 5k. She has been the Leagues Funds Chair and last year she was proud to be the President Elect.

Mande helps her husband in the family ran business, Mathews Brothers Electric, and is a stay at home mom, allowing her the best of both worlds. Mande and her husband, Spencer has been married for 11 wonderful years and are blessed with 3 boys, Chester (8), Lain (7) and Bolton (4 mo.). When she is not busy with the business, family and her volunteer work she loves to be free on the trails running, it’s the best place to clear the mind!


Amber Hertnecky

Amber Hertneky
Past President pastpresident.jlp@gmail.com

Amber hails from the Buckeye State of Ohio, where she met her husband Brian. Being a Pueblo native, he wanted to return to his roots so they packed up and moved to Pueblo in August of 2009 and have not looked back! It has been a busy 7 years for them! Shortly after moving to Colorado, Amber set out to fulfill her dream of being an educator. She attended CSU-Pueblo and obtained her degree in Elementary Education where that is being put to good use as a 5th grade teacher at Sunset Park Elementary. When she is not in the classroom, you might find her working the family business for B and C Pest Control where she is the bookeeper.

Amber has been in the Junior League of Pueblo for 6 years and has served in many different facets of the league, from sitting on the funds committee to community impact chair and now president. She is most thankful for the rich friendships she has endured during the course of her membership and can’t wait to see the lasting impact that JLP can make on the City of Pueblo. She is proud to call Pueblo home!


Kim Hinkle

Kimberly Hinkle
President Elect presidentelect.jlp@gmail.com

Kimberly is a native to Pueblo, and joined the Junior League of Pueblo in 2011. She joined Junior League to find additional ways to give back to her community, but has enjoyed the opportunities for leadership roles and new friendships she has made along the way.   Past and current roles on the League include the Fashion Show CO-Chair 2013-15 and held the Communications Chair through 2014-2016.  Served on the Community impact and Fundraising committees. She looks forward to continuing serving on the board next year at the President Elect.

Mrs. Hinkle is a former Thunder Wolf graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation (EXHPR) in 2009, (CSU-Pueblo).  As an active member in the community,  a member of Southern Colorado Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha and with various community philanthropies; Special projects committee volunteer for the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation and Young Life, Operation Paintbrush, Salt Creek Clean Up, and Tom and Louie’s Cupboard and has participated in the past with El Pueblo BID-N-BBQ Fundraiser as well as Special Olympics. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the Pueblo Community College Testing Center.

Rebecca Diaz

Rebecca Diaz
 Treasurer     treasurer.jlp@gmail.com

Rebecca has been a member of the Junior League of Pueblo since 2013 and is currently serving in her third year as league Treasurer. In 1996 she moved to Pueblo with her mother and, after being an East High Eagle (Canon Booms Gold!) and a CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolf, she can proudly say that she  is a true Puebloan!  Rebecca graduated from CSU-P with a bachelors in Business Management and Marketing.  In 2008 she married her best friend, Jared. The years have gone by in the blink of an eye.  In 2013, Rebecca started working at Legacy Bank where she is a Bank Officer. Rebecca feels it is so rewarding to work for a company that truly cares and gives back to our community in so many ways. She is truly blessed with a great family, a wonderful job, and terrific friends and can’t wait to see what the future brings in life and in our league!


Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams- Yaklich Secretary    secretary.jlp@gmail.com

Brooke is the woman behind some of the most beautiful works of art in town,  and is proud to come from a talented family of artists, she loves the countless contributions she is able to make to Junior League and our community. Her dedication to the league includes a past co-chair of Kids in the Kitchen, and she is currently serving as JLP’s Secretary. Brooke is  a Pueblo native, and is always trying to be empathetic for the needs of our community and strive to improve the lives of our local children.   She has a deep passion for one little man in particular, her five-year old son Carlo who is full of energy and one of the loves of her life. The other is her husband Guy Yaklich, they had actually known each other for years, but hadn’t seen one another for ten years when they were connected by a mutual friend and were married this past summer at our family ranch in Westcliffe, CO.

Along with volunteering, Brooke spends her days at the family ceramic studio, Williams Studio, with her dad, mom, and sisters creating works of art and responding to calls for artists. She has enjoyed meeting amazing women that are now close friends, and being able to make a good impact in our community.


Lacy Desmond

Lacy Desmond
Communications Chair   communications.jlp@gmail.com

Lacy joined the Junior League of Pueblo to fulfill her desire to be a part of a network of women leaders in the Pueblo community. Lacy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University (Fort Collins). Upon graduation, Lacy completed a marketing internship with Legacy Bank and then held the position of Director of Marketing and Special events for the CSU-Pueblo Foundation for five years.

Lacy currently owns and operates Lacy Details & Design, LLC. which freelances events, marketing, and graphic design. In addition to her business, she is a full time mom to her 2 year old son, Knox and baby boy Vance. In her spare time, Lacy enjoys traveling, reading, hosting parties, crafting, volunteering at her church, spending time with her husband Kellen, as well as her family and friends, and cheering on the Broncos!


Michelle Gallina

Michelle Gallina
Funds Development Chair   fundsdevelopment.jlp@ gmail.com

Michelle  was born and raised in Pueblo and is a 2007 graduate of Colorado State University Fort Collins where she majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Michelle has been married to her wonderful husband Dominic for five years and we have a very energetic two year old little boy, Gionni. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and will soon be working on obtaining a Masters Degree in Education. Michelle has had the pleasure of being involved with Junior League of Pueblo for the last two years. Every year she finds something new and exciting to love about it and the women that make a difference in our community.


Melissa Hodges

Melissa Hodges
Funds Chair funds.jlp@gmail.com

A native Houston Texan, Melissa was thrilled when she learned that she and her parents would be transferring to Colorado in 2005. She quickly settled down into the community where she met her husband while attending CSU-Pueblo in pursuit of her Business Management degree. After the birth of their son in 2009 they spent a couple of years moving around to different states, including a brief stint back in Texas, where their daughter was born in 2011. Finally, both her and her husband realized that Pueblo would always be “home” and moved back to permanently settle in the Steel City.

Melissa joined the Junior League in 2014 as a way to give back to the town she and her family so love and she looks forward to her appointment to Fundraising chair as an opportunity to further the League’s goal of bettering the lives of the youth in Pueblo and the future of this community



Jessi Ones

Jessi Ones
Membership Chair membership.jlp@gmail.com

Jessi Ones joined the League four years ago to connect with like-minded women who have a passion for Pueblo and progress.  Jessi earned a Communication Degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, and has worked as a marketing and public relations professional for 13 years.  Her work has included Communication Coordinator for the Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo, Pueblo Convention Center Marketing and Sales Director, Clear Channel Radio Marketing Director, and Communication Technician for the Durango School District Public Relations Office.  She currently works from home doing contract marketing, sales and graphic work while tending to two busy boys, four-year-old Pax and two-year-old Everett.  She and her husband Chad enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling, hiking, and camping.  In her alone time, Jessi loves running, pilates, painting, and watching a really good Indy movie.  She serves in the Membership Chair position, a natural fit, as Jessi loves people and providing support and encouragement toward personal growth.


Kelly McLean
Community Impact Co-Chair community impact.jlp@gmail.com

Kelly moved to Pueblo as a freshman in high school.  She attended College of Charleston in South Carolina, graduating with degrees in biology and French.  After moving back to Pueblo, she fulfilled her desire to be more connected to her family and four younger siblings, three of which are adopted from China.  She works in the emergency room at Parkview.  She and her boyfriend recently became first time home owners.  Kelly is applying to graduate schools in the healthcare industry, and is hoping to start school next year.

This is her first active year in Junior League, but accomplished much during her provisional year. She participated in Leadership Pueblo, Touch a Truck, and Decorations Committee for Girl’s Night Out.  She looks forward to a great year with her fellow Community Impact chair Erica Watts.


Erica Watts
Community Impact Co-Chair kitk.jlp@gmail.com

Erica Watts is 30 years old and a Pueblo native. She has been in Pueblo most of her life and loves the family environment that this town has to offer. Erica is married and has two dogs that are like her children. She is a fashion forward hairstylist with a passion for making people feel good about themselves! Erica works at Headlines salon as a manager and stylist and has been there for 3 years.  She has been in the Junior League for 4 years, and every year she gets more excited and looks forward to the endeavors that the League has to offer! Erica has a big place in her heart for this community and wants to give back in a positive way.




Sommer Street

Sommer Street
Sustainer Representative sustainer.jlp@gmail.com


Sommer is a Colorado native and has lived in Pueblo for almost 20 years. She has been involved in the Junior League of Pueblo for 10 years and has held numerous board positions over the years including President, Funds Chair and Communications Chair. She is a 1999 graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo where she received her BSBA with an emphasis in Marketing from the Hasan School of Business. Currently Sommer is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at CSU-Pueblo. She has been married to her husband Steve for 12 years and they have two sweet, energetic little boys, Steven (5) and Logan (1). When Sommer is not busy working or volunteering she enjoys being at the motocross track with her family, or at the Pueblo Reservoir on their boat.

Laura Heberly

Laura Heberly
Parliamentarian parliamentarian.jlp@gmail.com

Laura currently serves as the League’s Parliamentarian, following two years serving as Membership Chair.  Laura joined the League in 2012 with a large new member group, a recruitment trend that continues to grow the League.  She is most proud of the accomplishments of her Provisional class whose project was completed in conjunction with the League’s 35th Red Heels Anniversary Gala.  The project was threefold, with an artifact display at the Gala including treasurers from Sustaining members, a professional video capturing the history of the League and highlighting some of its major accomplishments, along with a beautiful art piece designed and created by current members that is now displayed in the Buell Children’s Museum.  In addition to her League service, Laura is a working mother of two with a husband who serves the community with the same fortitude and passion.  Laura cherishes her time spent with the JLP, serving the needs of our community while developing strong bonds with other like-minded women.