NEW ORLEANS – The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) inaugurated their new board of directors during the 99th annual Passing of the Gavel ceremony held at the Audubon Tea Room on May 23. Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn will lead the organization into their centennial year as president.
JLNO is an organization of more than 1,700 women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.
The 2023-2024 board of directors include Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn (president), Tara Waldron (president-elect), Kelly Rauser, Trish Thibodeau, Paige Farrell, Robin Carubba, Rachel Robinson, Allison Shapiro Dandry, Hope Clay, Blair Broussard, Sarah Howard, Dale Ellen O-Neill and Kristen Koppel.
During the ceremony, more than 200 attendees gathered to welcome the new board of directors and celebrate JLNO’s mission. Out-going president, Holly Adkins Paczak, presented $40,000 in grants to five nonprofits as part of the organization’s Community Assistance Program. The grants were awarded to First Grace Alliance ($10,000), Jericho Road ($10,000), Market Umbrella ($10,000), Dress for Success ($5,000) and Operation Restoration ($5,000).
“As we embark on our 100th anniversary, I am humbled and honored to lead this amazing organization as we continue to make a difference in the region,” says Llewellyn. “Together, we are women leading for a greater New Orleans, deeply committed to advancing the well-being of women.”
To learn more about JLNO, visit jlno.org.