Board of Directors

2020-2021 League Leadership

Jessica Nason - President

Jessica joined the League in 2012 and is currently an Active member on the Mentoring Committee. She recently served two terms on the Board of Directors as the Vice President of Fund Development. Prior to that, Jessica worked on the Annual Event Committee and as a member, Assistant Chair, and Chair of the Leadership Development and Membership Events Committee. 
Jessica was the winner of the 2015 Sally G. Vamvakias President's Award--which honors an individual who exemplifies the Junior League mission and makes exceptional and lasting contributions to the League and her community.
Jessica is the Director of Marketing and Operations at Portside Real Estate Group where she started the Portside Gives Back Campaign which consists of a series of community fundraising events that donated over $45,000 back to four local non-profits this year alone. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Maine. She currently resides in South Portland. 
Marguerite (Maggie) Fleming, Assistant to the President

Maggie joined the Junior League of Portland, Maine (JLP) in 2017 and is currently the Assistant to the President. She previously served as a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Maggie is an Administration Analyst at the Town of Falmouth, Maine. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, she moved to Maine six years ago to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer at Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. She then worked as Special Assistant to the Dean at the University of Maine School of Law before joining the Falmouth staff. Maggie serves as Chief Administrative Officer for Just Love Worldwide, a Portland based anti-human trafficking organization. She is also a member of the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors. 

Maggie holds a Master of Policy, Planning, and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University.

Natalie Kreckel, Recording Secretary

Natalie Kreckel joined the Junior League of Portland Maine in 2018 after moving to Maine from New York City. She joined the League to get involved in the community through volunteering and to connect with other women.

Prior to serving as Recording Secretary, Natalie was a member of and the recording secretary for the Leadership Development and Membership Events Committee. She enjoys using her organizational skills to help support the League.

Natalie graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a BA in English. She then received her JD from Fordham University School of Law in New York City and passed the Maine Bar. Natalie works for the Maine Judicial Branch.

Natalie lives in South Portland with her husband, Brendan, who is also an attorney, and their dog, Lucy. Natalie stays active through hiking, skiing, and barre. In her down time, she enjoys painting, baking, and playing cards and board games.

Christine Babb, Treasurer

Christine joined the Junior League in 2014 after learning about the organization from a friend's social media post and is currently serving on the board of directors as Treasurer. 

 Professionally, Christine worked in IT for many years in various capacities, including technical writing, training, and sales/marketing support. Most recently, she has utilized her extensive administrative, organizational, and financial skills to support local nonprofit organizations in both paid and volunteer positions. Christine is a self-described "high school rise-out" who started college in Arizona when she was 16, where she studied business administration for a few years before relocating to New England. She is an advocate for sex worker rights as well as the proud mom of a Millennial son and a Gen Z daughter, and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, sewing and cooking for her family and friends.

Hilary Manuel, President-Elect

Hilary joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2013 and currently serves as President-Elect. She joined the League after returning home to Maine and was looking for a way to reconnect with the community. Hilary has previously held positions on the Marketing and Communications and New Member Committees, and most recently served on the Placement Committee. When you ask her, #WhyIJLP, she’s quick to point to the relationships the JLP has been instrumental in forging, professionally and personally.

Hilary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Science in Political Science degree from Suffolk University. Currently, Hilary works at Covetrus in downtown Portland. After completing Lift360’s Emerging Leaders program in 2016, she began board service for two local nonprofits; Acorn Productions and Hear ME Now.

In her free time, Hilary enjoys hiking, kayaking the Saco River, exploring Portland’s food scene, and making people laugh. She currently resides in Dayton.

Laura Carpenter,  Vice President of Community Impact 

Laura Carpenter joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2016 after moving back to Maine from Washington, DC, as she was drawn to the opportunity to connect with other like-minded women who are passionate about being engaged citizens and making a positive impact in the community. Laura was honored to receive the Outstanding New Member Award in 2017 and subsequently served on the Community Impact Committee as a member, Assistant Chair, and Chair. Laura is pleased to join the Junior League of Portland, ME’s Board of Directors as VP of Community Impact and looks forward to guiding the League’s efforts to support positive youth development in the greater Portland community.

In addition to her work with the Junior League of Portland, ME, Laura is a 2020 Maine Fellow of the New Leaders Council. Laura has a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. Professionally, Laura has dedicated her career to advancing clean energy and environmental policies and initiatives. She is currently the Energy & Sustainability Program Manager at BaselineES where she develops and oversees the implementation of commercial energy efficiency projects.

In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling the world, sailing, reading, and spending time outdoors, preferably near the ocean. She currently resides in Portland.

Katy Giampetruzzi, Vice President of Placement and Mentoring 

 Katy joined the Junior League of Portland after moving to Maine from Nebraska. As a life-long volunteer, Katy was looking for ways to continue her volunteer work while connecting with other women from diverse backgrounds.Prior to serving as Placement and Mentoring Vice President, Katy served on the Placement Committee for three years, as well as LDME, Community, and Annual Event Committee.

As a life-time volunteer, Katy left for the Peace Corps, Rwanda after graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon her return to the United States, Katy wanted to continue to change the world and knew the best way was with our youth. Katy moved to Maine to teach English Language Learners in Lewiston. She completed her Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is currently working as an English Language Learner Instructional Coach and Interventionist in Lewiston.

Katy currently lives in Brunswick with her husband, Mike, and amazing son, James. Katy loves seeing movies, being outside, spending time with her family and friends, and being active.

Mollie Kaubrys, Vice President of Fund Development

Mollie Kaubrys joined the Junior League of Portland in 2017. Prior to serving as the VP of Fund Development, Mollie served as the chair of the Fundraising/Event Management Committee. Mollie joined the League upon returning to her home state of Maine in order to connect with like-minded women who share a passion for community service, activism, and leadership development.

Mollie received a BA in International Studies from American University. She spent nearly a decade working in the field of international education and is now a full-time student pursuing a Master of Science in School Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. In addition to her involvement in JLP, Mollie was a 2019 New Leaders Council-Maine fellow, and is an advisor with the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

A native of Rumford, Mollie now resides in Augusta. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, travelling, running, skiing, cycling, hiking, and spending time at her family camp on Roxbury Pond.

Abigail Henry, Vice President of Marketing and Communications 

 Abbie joined the Junior League of Portland, Maine (JLP) in 2018 and is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She has previously served as a committee member and the Chair of the Marketing and Communications committee and represented the JLP at AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute in Orlando, Florida in 2019. Abbie was honored to receive the JLP Outstanding First Year Active award in 2019. She volunteers with the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Fund Builders Committee and The Breakwater School’s Parents Connection. She is a lifelong member of First Parish Congregational Church in Saco, Maine.

Abbie is a mission-driven marketing, communications and advancement professional with extensive experience in higher education and arts administration, most recently as director of the annual fund at The Juilliard School in New York City.  She is currently the consulting director with Generation, a branding consultancy that works exclusively in the third sector. In that capacity, she leads projects related to research and strategy for non-profit organizations around the world.

Abbie earned a BS in communication and women’s studies from Boston University and a MS in communication management from Simmons University. She and her husband Aaron live in Scarborough, Maine with their two toddler sons, Theo and Soren.

Casey Adams, Vice President of Membership

Casey Adams joined the Junior League of Portland, Maine in 2016.  Prior to serving as Membership Council Vice President, Casey served as Chair of the Leadership Development and Membership Events Committee (LDME). She also served on the League’s Public Relations Committee (now known as Marketing and Communications) and volunteers at The Center for Grieving Children where she subs as a group facilitator.

Casey joined the League after moving to Maine from Southern California. Familiar with the Junior League’s long history of service to communities, she knew it would be a great way to get involved in her new community, meet new people, and have a positive impact on the world around her.  Since joining the League, she has become passionate about helping to develop the leadership potential among the membership.

 Casey Adams is Director of RECon Operations for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a global commercial real estate association in New York City. She oversees operations for RECon, its annual convention (the industry’s largest and the country’s 14th largest). Casey holds a B.A. in communications from Sonoma State University, with a minor in psychology, and studied International Media and Communications at Uppsala University in Sweden. She moved to Maine six years ago and currently resides in Dayton with her husband, three rescue dogs, and six Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Kristen Crean, Sustainer Co-Director

Thanks to the encouragement of Hope Bramhall, Kristen joined the Junior League of Portland in the fall of 1995. She served on many committees and in many leadership roles throughout the next 15 years, including two years as Treasurer, Community Vice President (twice), Membership Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, President-Elect, and President during the 2008-2009 League year. She was the 2002 recipient of the Sally G. Vamvakias President’s Award and the 2019 Marion Brown Payson Sustainer of the Year Award. Kristen has enjoyed being a Sustaining Member of the JLP since 2010. 

Kristen holds a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College and an M.A.Ed. in Museum Education from The College of William and Mary. Her career has been entirely in the not-for-profit sector. In 1995, she was hired as the first Executive Director of the Tate House Museum and served in that position for eight years before transitioning exclusively into fundraising. A member of the Leadership Gifts Team at Maine Medical Center since 2016, Kristen has also held leadership development positions at Sweetser, Spurwink, and Fryeburg Academy.

Outside of work, Kristen has always been actively engaged in the community as a volunteer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Portland Family Promise and recently ended her board service with Kids First Center, a past JLP Signature Project. Kristen is an active member of Woodfords Congregational Church, where she sings in the Chancel Choir and has recently joined the Bell Choir.

Kristen lives in Portland with her 16-year-old son, Robert, their chihuahua Hammond, and cat Lily. She loves reading, listening to true crime podcasts, binge-watching a variety of TV series, traveling, spending time with friends, sharing her famous macaroni and cheese, promoting social justice (and parliamentary procedure!), and napping whenever possible.

Cathy Steele, Sustainer Co-Director

Cathy joined Junior League of Portland in 1995 and started her active years of service in 1996, serving on and chairing various committees in the Fund Development Council, Community Council, Nominating Committee and eventually in 2007 became President. Two-years later, Cathy was tapped as a representative of JLP to join the Association of Junior Leagues International in the creation of a mentoring program to help Leagues everywhere increase member retention.

Professionally since 2014, Cathy has worked remotely for the national office of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Salt Lake City Utah, coming on board as a Regional Manager and quickly moving to an Area Director role on the Field Team. Since November 2019, Cathy has been in the role of Director, Strategic Partnerships. In this role she develops fundraising strategy for national corporate partnerships to increase critical funds raised across the USA to support the 170 local CMN member pediatric hospitals and the children served.

Cathy Steele lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Jamie, 18-year old son Josh, and golden retriever Millie. She has been involved in numerous local community groups which have given her the opportunity to give back via volunteer time to the community she loves and calls home, Portland Maine. For Cathy it is working with people to help them achieve their goals that makes the difference both professionally and personally.