Leadership

 

Raylene Johnson
2019-2020 President

president.jlp@gmail.com

Raylene, a Pueblo native, has been a member of the Junior League of Pueblo since 2015.  She attended CSU-Pueblo, and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Science of Nursing.  Raylene’s nursing career has always been in the cardiac field with 6 years on the telemetry unit and now 6 years in the Intensive Care Unit at Parkview Medical Center.  During that career she’s been married, and has had two children Connor, 6, and Ella, 3.  Zach and Raylene were married in 2008 and share one anothers interests of baseball, hunting, fishing, camping, working out, and running.

After the birth of Ella, Raylene decided it was time to work part-time and spend more time with her growing children.  At that time, she decided to join the Junior League of Pueblo.  Since then she’s served as Event Chair for Touch-a-Truck, and Girls Night Out silent auction.  She also served a year as Funds Development Chair on the Board of Directors.  She is proud to live in Pueblo and strives to be a part of positive impact on the community.
 

 

Emily Stewart
President Elect presidentelect.jlp@gmail.com

Jesse Ones
Past President pastpresident.jlp@gmail.com

Jessi is a Pueblo native with more than 15 years of marketing and public relations experience.  She has worked as the Marketing Director of Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo, as the Marketing and SalesDirector for the Pueblo Convention Center, Event Marketer for Clear Channel Radio, and as a Communication Technician for the Durango School District 9-R Public Relations Office.  She currently works from home as a contract graphic designer raising her two boys Paxton and Everett while her husband Chad travels for work.  She has been a League Member since 2011 and held the Membership Chair position on the Board in 2016.  She’s also held various Chair positions fundraising money for the League.  Jessi has a passion for literacy, and also currently serves on the Pueblo Library Foundation Board and Friends of the Library Board as its Promotions Chair, proudly promoting the institution which was named America’s Best Public Library in 2018.  Jessi continues to serve within the League because of her genuine desire to empower women and influence a more modern and progressive League.  Her goal is to lead the 2018-19 Board, promoting those progressive practices, while providing positive leadership that encourages direct and meaningful community impact projects and personal relationships among members and community partners.

Alexandria Romero

Treasurer

treasurer.jlp@gmail.com

Alexandria Romero joined Junior League of Pueblo this past January and jumped right in. She is a Pueblo native and is married to her high school sweetheart, Patrick.  Together they have a 6-year-old boy named Julius. Alex earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Colorado State University – Fort Collins and her Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from Colorado State University – Global Campus.  Alexandria is a Certified Public Accountant and works at McPherson, Goodrich, Paolucci & Mihelich, PC, a local CPA firm in Pueblo where she performs audits, prepares tax returns and provides accounting services, as well as manages the firm’s social media accounts. 

Alexandria is on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Promotions Committee for the Pueblo Downtown Association, she serves as Treasurer for the Southern Colorado Runners and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), and the Colorado Society of CPA’s where she has served for the last three years on the Emerging Leaders Symposium planning committee.  Alex was recently named one of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders by the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce and was one of thirty-eight CPA’s nationwide to be selected for the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. Alex’s hobbies include running, cake decorating and reading. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and going on adventures with her husband and son in their multi-colored 1978 VW bus.   

Kalan Ewing

Secretary

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Kalan, originally from Fort Collins, has been living in and around Pueblo for 14 years. She currently lives in Rye with her husband, Shane, and her three kids. Kalan holds bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Instructional Technology, both received from CSU – Pueblo. Kalan is in her tenth year of teaching and is presently a fifth-grade teacher at Rye Elementary school. Wanting to become more involved in the community, Kalan joined Junior League of Pueblo in 2017. Outside of school and Junior League, Kalan loves baking and camping or hiking with her family.  Kalan looks forward to giving back to the women and children of Pueblo as a part the Junior League.

Anne Weierbach

Sustainer Rep

sustainerrep.jlp@gmail.com

Born in Georgia and lived in 8 states and Anne has called Pueblo home for the last 25 years.  Her daughter Taylor 27, who lives in town, her son Nic, 20, who attends CSU-FC and husband Neal keep her grounded in Pueblo.  Though she has spent all her extra money traveling and attending as many concerts as possible! Anne recently retired from a long, boring career as a Dental Hygienist. At her final office she met one of her favorite people so it was not a total loss. She joined JLP in 1999 and quickly dove in head first. At her first meeting, Carrie Smith and Anne volunteered to run the Whale of a Sale! Neither of them had any idea of the large scope of the fundraiser. Continuing in that role for a few years, this naturally led Anne to the position of Funds Chair, President Elect Elect, President Elect, then President of the League in 2006-2007. She has been fortunate to attend several ODI and Leadership conferences with Junior League. These opportunities as well as meeting the greatest ladies in town have really enhanced Annes life. Her best friends are all JLP members! Later she chaired the Pueblo Health Expo, founded the Pueblo Health Challenge and served on the Boys and Girls Club board of directors.  Anne is very excited to serve the board again as sustainer representative and to continue her support of the mission of preparing members to be community leaders and make a difference in the lives of women and children in our town.

Nicole Baxter-Stout

Sustainer Rep

sustainer.jlp@gmail.com

I was born and raised in Southeast Colorado and always considered myself a small-town gal with big city energy. I moved to Pueblo over 20 years ago to attend University Southern Colorado (CSUP) to pursue a major in Mass Communications- Public Relations. In that time, I worked numerous jobs, worked at the school paper and eventually did an internship with Walt Disney World. I had aspirations to move to a bigger city until I met a local boy, my husband of almost 10 years, Brock Stout. It was then I knew I would be putting down roots in Pueblo calling it officially my adulthood home. Pueblo has a way of drawing you into its unique culture, traditions and small-town city living that you can’t help but fall in love with. Since I have lived here, I have pursued careers in corporate retail, administrative medical field and now construction industry where I’m the administrative assistant for our family owned masonry business.

Over the years I have found a passion for voluntarism and it all started when I joined JLP 10 years ago just after I lost my mom to Ovarian Cancer. I felt I needed to fulfill my time and efforts to something greater and it was then one of my best friends introduced me to Junior League. In my time with the league I have served as fundraising chair, funds board chair, JLP President, past president, and currently sustainer representative. Junior League opened the door for me personally, professionally, develop lifelong friendships and to further explore other non-profit adventures such as United Way Mentor Program where I will be finishing up my first three-year term with my mentee at Vineland Middle School here this spring. I also have joined Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance and would like to start my own Ovarian cancer awareness nonprofit here in southern Colorado in memory of my mom and also strive to educate and spread awareness of the struggles of eating disorders.

When I’m not working or volunteering my efforts to our local community you can find me traveling, cooking/entertaining, writing, taking great pride in all our nieces and nephew’s activities or traveling to wild horse races to see my husband compete. My husband and I live our life on the go a lot with our two furry babies, Armani and Dolce but our family is about to grow as we embark on our most exciting and blessed journey, Parenthood. Finally!! We will be welcoming Baby Girl Stout in the Spring of 2020.

Lastly, I like to leave you with this, if you get the chance to use your voice, hands and heart to volunteer in our community, please do so! Our community is so dynamic and special that there is always a place for your volunteerism and helping build up our community.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters… compared to what lies within us.”

~Nicole Stout~

Tara Cooper

Communications Chair

communications.jlp@gmail.com

Tara was born and raised in Pueblo and has been a member of the Junior League of Pueblo since 2015. Having lived in Nebraska and Montana, Tara will always call Colorado home. Tara studied for her associates in Psychology and now currently works in Customer Services and Billing with The Pueblo Board of Water Works. 

She is married to her husband Blair and has two beautiful children Kaitlyn and Gaven. Both of Tara’s children are currently in high school so you can image how busy they are! Active throughout the Southern Colorado community, you can find her guiding a local yoga class as a registered yoga teacher for the last five years. On top of all that, you can also find her at her husbands side, as he helps run the family business and travel throughout the Mid-west racing sprint cars. 

Tara has served as Chair for The Junior League of Pueblo’s Girls Night Out and has attended AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute in North Carolina. With a big heart and tremendous love for Pueblo County, Tara looks to continue her journey with the Junior League of Pueblo by empowering the community and its people with encouragement and reminders of their strength to shine. 

Antoinette Ramos

Community Impact Chair

communityimpact.jlp@gmail.com

Pueblo native, Antoinette Ramos has been a member of Junior League of Pueblo for six years. Antoinette wanted to impact the community by investing in the woman and children and to be proactive rather than reactive. Antoinette has served on the Community Impact committee her entire membership in the league. During that time, she has co-chaired Touch-A-Truck and Kids in the Kitchen. Antoinette’s favorite JLP event is Holiday with Heroes. 

Antoinette has a B.S in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and a Minor in Psychology, a Master of Science in Management concentrated in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. Antoinette is currently employed at the Pueblo Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant. She is Co-Director of CIT (Crisis Intervention Teams), Crisis Negotiator Team Sergeant, teaches the PPD police academy and is a Taser instructor. Antoinette was recently named one of the 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders by the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce.  

Antoinette was the 2018-2019 Community Impact Chair and is honored to continue in that position for the 2019-2020 league year. She is excited to continue to give to her community with strong women by her side.

Kelly Payne

Fundraising Chair

funds.jlp@gmail.com

Kelly has been an active member of the Junior League of Pueblo since 2016.  She has spent her League time as the “Organizational Chair” for the Holiday with Heroes 2016 event, the Marketing Chair for Girls Night Out 2017, and the Co-Chair for the Holiday with Heroes 2018 event. 

She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science in Policy and Management

Kelly is currently a stay at home mom (a.k.a. Household CEO), but has prior work experiences as a Legislative Assistant, Company Trainer, and Office Manager.

She is married to Pueblo native Dr. Brandon Payne.  They have three children, Cecily (8), Byron (5), and Maewyn (6 mo.).

Kelly is thrilled to be a part of a community that not only values and empowers the potential of women, but also contributes to the improvement of the community and people of Pueblo.   As the Fundraising Chair, she has the privilege of helping the next generation of women leaders in the League.  It is her hope that in this busy world, that women will continue to see the value of being a Junior League member and continue to join with us on a path of learning, personal growth, and friendship!

 

 

Jessica Sanchez

Funds Development Chair

fundsdevelopment.jlp@gmail.com

I am from Springfield Colorado, which is a very small town in the south east corner of Colorado. After graduating High school I came up to Pueblo to go to School at Colorado State University Pueblo. In 2009 I graduated with my Business Management degree and a minor in Leadership. Right out of college I started teaching at GOAL high School where I have been for over 10 years now. I later went back to school to get my principal license and am currently an Assistant Principal at GOAL. I love working with the high school population in Pueblo, I believe to truly make a difference in our community it starts with our youth.

I’m currently working on my Principal Induction Program through District 49 and plan to go back to school within the next couple years to continue my education.

I’ve been a member for Junior league of Pueblo for three years. I’m excited to be a part of the board for the 2020-2021 year. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outdoors hiking, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying Colorado.

My live with my boyfriend Jason Hochevar. We have 2 kids, a daughter named Jocelyn (8) and a son named Brayson (10). Both kids are heavily involved in sports, so we spend a lot of time helping coach for various teams. We also enjoy traveling and exploring as much as possible when we have free time.

Shelby Vaughn

Membership Chair

membership.jlp@gmail.com

 

 

Erica Watts

Membership Chair

membership.jlp@gmail.com

Jenna Seddon

Parliamentarian

parliamentarian.jlp@gmail.com

Jenna Seddon is an account manager in the construction industry, a position that combines her interest in budgets and blueprints. Jenna fell in love with architecture as a girl helping her father design and build a vacation house at the lake. Her appreciation for budgets grew from her previous work as a campaign and legislative consultant in Kansas. 

In 2012, Jenna readily agreed when her fiancé Ryan called her up at work and asked her to move to Colorado. They landed in Pueblo and settled in, got married a few years later, bought a house and welcomed their daughter Leah, now three. Inspired by the mission of promoting voluntarism and improving the community through the effective leadership, Jenna joined Junior League in 2016 after three years volunteering with the United Way in District 60. When she’s not busy with Junior League, taking Leah to the neighborhood park or cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, you can find her tending to her flower beds or browsing Pinterest.