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.
Leann’s heart for servant leadership started at a young age when she helped to organize blood drives at her local school and traveled abroad serving others in developing countries on short term mission trips. Since then, Leann has developed strong ties to the community that she resides in. She has been a volunteer with organizations such as Metro Atlanta YMCA, United Way, and her local church. She currently works in youth development serving hundreds of youth in Manatee County. She has a passion for youth advocacy, adoption and women empowerment.
A proud League member since 2016, Leann’s leadership was quickly demonstrated as she stepped up to serve as the Chair for the Community Affairs. Since then she has also served as the Arrangements Chair and Community Vice President.
Leann’s heart for community and passion to serve others, both within the League and throughout the community, define her. Her goal is to help women to not just cultivate their leadership skills but to harness their for the betterment of Manatee County through civic leadership.
Membership Vice President
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.
Finance Vice President
Heather grew up in Yorktown, Virginia where her father retired to after his service in the United States Air Force. After graduating from high school, where she was involved in select music groups and served as her high school mascot, Heather attended and graduated from Longwood University in central Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Heather and her husband, Anthony have lived in Florida for 5 years and have a son, Lincoln. She has the privilege of being a Stay-at-Home/ Work-from-Home mom. Currently, Heather works as a Quality Control Specialist for a local company that serves as the marketing branch for several labs processing genetic testing samples, helping patients discover problematic medications and/or the potential for hereditary cancers. She is also an active volunteer in her church’s Worship Arts and Youth Ministries.
Heather has been an active member of the Junior League of Manatee County for 3 years. She has a passion and heart for the women and children of Manatee County.
Community Vice President
Beth was born and raised in Maine but moved south to warmer weather at the first opportunity. She graduated from Campbell University in North Carolina with a Bachelors in Trust and Wealth Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. After graduation she moved to Bradenton where she has lived for nearly a decade.
Beth joined the Junior League of Sarasota in 2014 as a way to meet new people and get involved in the community. In Sarasota she had the opportunity to participate in fund development and community committees. This culminated with her chairing the signature project, Hunger Outreach. In 2018 she decided to transfer to the Manatee league to reduce her travel time and increase the hours she can spend volunteering in the community. She loves the people of Bradenton and is excited to serve as the VP of the community council.
Beth and her husband Tim have a four year old biological son, Corbin. In 2017 Beth left her job in corporate America to be a stay at home mom. At that time they opened their home as licensed foster parents. When she is not volunteering in the community or advocating for new foster homes, Beth enjoys wandering the aisles of Target and crocheting.
Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Kate moved to Florida after high school to attend the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor's degree and a J.D. After working for the City of Tampa for several years, Kate moved south of the Sunshine Skyway to work as a real estate attorney for a small law firm in Sarasota.
Kate currently lives in Lakewood Ranch with her husband of nine years, Shine, and their three-year-old son Sam.
Jamie is a Bradenton native. She graduated from Manatee High School (Go Canes!) in 2007 and then went on to graduate from The University of South Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She currently works as a VPK teacher.
Jamie became an active member of JLMC in 2018. Prior to joining league, she served in a leadership position, volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church. She is also an active member of the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament committee.
Jamie is married to her husband of 5 years, Jared, and the two share a 4 year old son named Carter. Over the last two years they have also served as foster parents to numerous children in the area.
In her free time you can find Jamie hanging out at Disney or Universal, cheering on the Florida Gators, or training for her first half marathon, which she hopes to complete later this year.
Maddy is from Glen Ellyn, IL and graduated with a BA in French and Communications, going on to get her Masters of Science in Education in Blind Rehabilitation. She lives in Bradenton and works for the Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center as a Rehabilitation Manager and Blind Rehab Specialist.
Maddy Joined Junior League of Manatee County three years ago to learn more about her new community and to meet other women with a passion to help others. Maddy has worked on Community projects and chaired the Provisional Committee. Her best memory is attending the Provisional Project Event and seeing all the hard work come together.
Maddy and her husband Dan Spencer have 2 doggos and like to spend their time camping and completing home projects. She also skates for the Bradentucky Roller Derby on days she's not working with Junior League.