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Executive Council 2017 - 2018
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Amanda Marello

President

Amanda is a true manatee county native with strong roots that date back to her maternal grandfather. She is a graduate of Manatee High School and The University of South Florida where she obtained a degree in business Management.

Amanda joined the Junior League of Manatee in 2009 and in 2010 served as one of the America Girl fashion show chairs. She briefly took a leave from league (2011-2012) to focus on family but came back in 2013. Her other placements with league include American Girl Chair (2014-2015), Finance VP (2015-2016), and President Elect (2016-2017).

Professionally Amanda works as a branch manager at a Harbor Community Bank in Bradenton. Personally she is married to her wonderful husband Louis and they have two children, Weston (5) and Whitney (3).



Bobbi Jayne Vitale

President Elect

Bobbi Jayne is a Georgia native. She graduated from the University of Georgia (Go DAWGS!) with a Finance degree. She then got her Master’s in teaching and has taught elementary school and middle school health. Currently Bobbi Jayne teaches HOPE for Florida Virtual School. Bobbi Jayne and her husband moved from Atlanta in 2012, wanting to move to the water. They got married on Anna Maria Island and like it so much decided to move to the area!

Bobbi Jayne joined the Junior League in 2012. She wanted to meet new people and give back to the community. Bobbi Jayne has served as the Public Relations Chair on the American Girl Committee for 2 years and served as Finance VP (2016-2017).

She is currently living in Ellenton, FL with her husband, Ben (UF graduate)  and sons Maverick and Jett. They enjoy boating as a family and throwing their annual Georgia/Florida Tailgate every year, since they live in a house divided.


 

 

Brittany Wentzell

Finance Council VP

Brittany is a proud Navy brat who spent most of her childhood on bases in Maine and Virginia but calls Bradenton her hometown. She met her husband, Robert, at Manatee High (Go Canes Go!) and they currently live with their fur-baby Taylor, in downtown St. Pete.

Brittany completed her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Education at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) before spending the next several years in Washington, D.C. and Westport, CT in the private sector of education. Upon coming to their senses, Brittany and Robert returned to the Sunshine State in 2014.

Brittany joined the Junior League of Manatee County in 2015 to give back to the community that has always been home. Prior to serving as Finance Council VP, Brittany was Chair of our Lucky with League Fundraiser and a member of our American Girl Fundraiser team.

 When she isn’t spending her time working, volunteering, or developing more databases to organize everything, Brittany can be found with her nose in a book, a camera to her eye or flying off to the next location on her never ending list of places to visit.

 



 


 

Calaina Goodyea

Community Council VP

Calaina graduated from Ohio University with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and currently works for the Manatee Community Foundation. Her work background includes AmeriCorps VISTA and working for other local non-profits in Manatee County. Her passion is for fundraising and has years of experience with recruiting volunteers, grant writing, special events, and social media.

 

Calaina joined Junior League of Manatee County in Fall 2011.  She immediately fell in love with the organization and wanted to take a leadership role. Currently serving at Community VP, Calaina has served as President 2016-17 and in Treasury since 2012.  She also was double placed in Grant Writing and was on the committee for the inaugural year of Lunch with League.

 

During her free time, Calaina volunteers with many other organizations, visits Disney World,  watches Food Network and is a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

Calaina moved here from the Ohio Valley area with her husband Phil Green, and their dog, Hannah.



 

Lauren Taylor

Membership Council VP

 Lauren is a California native, making her way across the country to settle in St. Petersburg, FL in 1991. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and obtained a B.A. in Music Studies. Here, she met her husband, Darius, of nearly 10 years. They have three children: son, Braxton (8) and boy/girl twins, Camden and Harper (5). 

 
Her passion for the performing arts, particularly orchestral music, compelled her to pursue a career in Arts Administration. She has worked in Development and did philanthropic work with an orchestra in Tampa which eventually led to more artistic centered work with an orchestra in Bradenton/Sarasota; moving to the area in 2005. 
 
After becoming a Stay-At-Home Mom, Lauren was eager to find ways to connect with her community, give back and maintain her leadership and organizational skills. She joined the Junior League of Manatee County in 2015 and has since served as the American Girl Fashion Show fundraising co-chair, provisional/admissions chair, and currently serves as the Membership Vice President. 
 
When she's not volunteering, you can find her at Disney World, spending time with family and friends, day dreaming about traveling, collecting medals by running a distance race, or chasing her children (which she wishes she could get a medal for too). 
Bio coming soon

 


 

Erika Lisch

Treasurer

Erika is a 5th generation Manatee County resident. After graduating from the University of Florida (Go GATORS!), she wanted to explore the world outside of Bradenton and moved to Chicago. While living in Chicago, she went back to school to get her masters in accounting and knew as she started her new career, that she wanted to come back to the family and community that was always "home".

 

Shortly after coming back to Bradenton, Erika continued in her mother and sister's footsteps and joined Junior League of Manatee County in 2011. She has worked on fundraiser and provisional committees as well as chairing the Kids in the Kitchen committee twice, putting on the annual Get Your Fit On event and joining the Executive board as Corresponding Secretary for the 2015-16 year.

 

Now a Certified Public Accountant, Erika works in the audit department of CPA firm Cavanaugh & Company. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling as much as possible, and all things Gator (for better or worse)!


 


 

Julie Jensvold

Treasurer Co-ordinator

Julie is a Bradenton native. She graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. After graduating she moved to Winter Park, Colorado to do a one year internship at a Young Life camp, Crooked Creek Ranch. Colorado stole her heart and she ended up staying in the Mile High City for another 7 years. In 2015, she returned to Bradenton to be closer to family again.

 

Julie joined Junior League in 2016. She has enjoyed serving the community alongside the amazing women on JLMC and looks forward to serving as the Treasurer Coordinator.

 

Professionally, Julie is an Accountant for the Manatee County Clerk of Courts. In her “free time” she enjoys being mom to Bryson, watching Paw Patrol, playing outside and cheering on the Gators!


 

 

Sierra Tomlinson

Recording Secretary


Sierra is a Florida native who grew up in Southeast Florida before heading to The University of Florida where she met Josh, her husband of 12 years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Josh’s career brought them to the west coast of Florida in 2004 where she later earned her MBA from Webster University.

 

Sierra currently works as a Senior Project Manager for Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in their Operational Excellence Department.

 

Sierra joined League in 2014 as a Provisional and has worked on the American Girl Committee two years and served as Corresponding Secretary (2016-2017).

 

Sierra lives in Ellenton with her husband, Josh, and their son Joshua.

 

 

 

Lauren Geraldson

Corresponding Secretary

Lauren is a Florida native who grew up in Southeast Florida.  She attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology.  She met her husband Steffen, a Bradenton native, at UF and moved to Bradenton in 2013 after graduating from UF.  She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2017.

 

Since she was new to town Lauren joined Junior League as a Provisional in 2013 to meet new people.  Prior to serving as Corresponding Secretary Lauren served on the American Girl Fashion Show Fundraiser committee and as Membership Council VP.

 

In her free time she enjoys reading a good book on the beach, being out on the water, and cheering on the Gators in the Swamp every Fall.  She has a huge obsession with all things monogrammed!  Lauren lives with her husband and their fur babies in Northwest Bradenton.


   

 

Kara McAllister

Parliamentarian

Born in Pennsylvania and moved to Bradenton at the age of 10. She Attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and graduated from Manatee High School in 2000 (GO Canes!). Kara Attended and graduated from Florida State University (2004) with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs.

 

After returning to Bradenton, Kara decided to pursue a nursing degree and received both Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from State College of Florida. Currently Kara works as, a registered nurse at The Eye Associates.

 

Kara has been an active member of the Junior League of Manatee County since 2007 and served in various capacities.  She is also the Board Secretary for Foundation for Dreams/Dream Oaks Camp.  Currently spend time with my family, friends, and 2-year-old English Springer Spaniel Sierra.

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