2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AnnAlia Young – President
AnnAlia has been a member of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay since 2012 and simply loves the League. As a member of JLOEB, AnnAlia gained wonderful training opportunities by serving in a variety of leadership positions such as: Done-in-a-Day Chair, Community Partner (Alameda Point Collaborative) Chair, Assistant Treasurer, and Acting Executive Vice President. While Done-in-a-Day Chair, she led the Build-a-room project for Building Futures for Women and Children’s domestic violence shelter. When she is not volunteering at JLOEB, P.E.O., Cantabella Children’s Chorus, or her church; she can be found working out, reading, or spending time with her family.
Julianne Averill – President Elect
Julianne joined Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (JLOEB) in 2013 after transferring from Junior League of Fresno. She is currently JLOEB’s President Elect. During her League career, Julianne has also held various leadership positions such as Treasurer, Senior State Public Affairs Committee Delegate, and has served as an At-Large Member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (“AJLI”) Governance Committee. In 2017, she received the CalSPAC “Rising Star” Award for her efforts to bring advocacy training and awareness to the East Bay community. In the professional realm, Julianne is a Certified Public Accountant & Certified HR professional with over 17 years of financial leadership experience and currently serves as the VP Finance & Controller for BlackThorn Therapeutics, a computational sciences company that is developing proprietary therapeutics focused on neurobehavioral disorders. The organization has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence (xAi), machine learning, and data science to improve patient outcomes within clinical trials. In her spare time, she likes to spend time exercising with her 2 dogs and husband as well as learning to cook new healthy recipes.
Emily Wasserman – Executive Vice President
Emily joined the Junior League of Oakland East Bay as a transfer from the Junior League of Chicago in the fall of 2016. Throughout her time in JLOEB she has had the opportunity to serve as Community Partner Chair and Membership Director in addition to her current position as EVP. As a transfer to the Bay Area Emily is grateful for the connections she has made through JLOEB, both with the women in the league and the community she lives and works in. She is enjoying learning what it means to serve on the Board of a non-profit and refine her leadership skills. Professionally Emily works in Corporate Strategy for HERE Technologies, a digital mapping and location services company. When not volunteering or working you can find Emily cooking, baking or doing something outdoors- be that hiking, running, or just sitting by Lake Merritt with friends. Emily lives in Oakland with her husband, Peter, and their 4-year old rescue dog, Ned.
Meredith Ross – Treasurer
Meredith Ross serves as JLOEB Treasurer. Following her relocation to the Bay Area last year from Houston, she served on the Done in a Day committee. As a new resident of NorCal, the role helped her quantify the impact of the League and engage with needs in her new community. Her love for fundraising can be traced to her works in politics- first, in the public sector, and now, in the private sector. When not at work or volunteering, she can be found on the tennis court or taking in a baseball game.
Clara Dellenbach – Secretary
Clara joined the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (JLOEB) in 2014, and has loved being involved in a number of different roles over the years. She has served as a member and leader in the MarCom Council, worked closely with members as a Placement Advisor, and is now thrilled to be a part of the Board of Directors as Secretary. Outside of the League, Clara works in fundraising and alumni relations at UC Berkeley and loves hiking, taking dance classes, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Odette Vandaveer – Membership/Nominating Director
Odette joined the League in 2010 and has held several leadership positions including, Grant Writer, MARCOM Chair, Membership Director on the Management Team. Odette is eager to serve the League as the Nominating Director and Board Member. Odette holds a masters degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley and is currently the Marketing & Communications Manager for Pleasant Hill Nonprofit, Youth Homes, which supports and empowers underserved youth and their families.Originally from New Zealand, Odette lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, John and Mini Schnauzer Cooper. When Odette isn’t working or volunteering you’ll find her binge watching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hosting dinner parties, or taking a breather from it all on her yoga mat.
Angela Wuerth – SPAC Delegate
Angela is the Senior State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) Delegate for JLOEB. Her responsibilities include advocating for legislation benefiting women and children in the State. She transferred to JLOEB in 2018 from Sacramento. She was a member of the Public Affairs Committee in Sacramento, and she is very excited to bring what she learned from that experience to JLOEB. Angela works as a Deputy Attorney for the California Department of Transportation. She previously worked as an Attorney for the California Energy Commission and as a Special Advisor, Attorney, and Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In her free time, she likes to hike, read, travel, and spend time with her dog Keiko.
Tabitha Harper – Sustainer Director
Tabitha joined the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay in 2012 after transferring from the Junior League of San Francisco and relocating to the Bay Area in the fall of 2007 from Washington, DC. Her leadership experience within JLOEB includes serving as a Placement Advisor and the Chair of Special Events. Tabitha was an Active Member for over 10 years in JLW and served as the CPC II Director on the Board and Historic Alexandria Docents Chair. Lastly, she volunteers with her daughter in the National Charity League, Livermore Chapter. Tabitha currently works for Kaiser Permanente in Talent Strategy & Organizational Performance. When not working, Tabitha enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
2019-2020 MANAGEMENT TEAM
Katie Clifford – Membership/Nominating Director Elect
Katie has been a member of the Junior League of Oakland-East (JLOEB) since the 2016-2017 League Year. She grew up in Fort Myers, FL, and moved out to the Bay Area a few years ago for work. Before calling Oakland home, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, and earned a Master’s of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Katie enjoys volunteering with JLOEB, making connections with members, and the opportunity to expand her skills in various leadership positions within the League. When Katie isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys getting stamps in her National Parks Passport, finding new places in the Bay Area to explore, and watching reality TV.
Alexandra Fraser – Marketing/Communications Director
Alex has been a member of Junior League since 2014, originally joining Junior League of Fresno. She transferred to Junior League of Oakland-East Bay in Fall 2018 from Junior League of Napa-Sonoma. Alex is currently obtaining her MA/Credential in Elementary Education and works as tasting room associate at a Livermore Valley winery. With a love of volunteering, she has served as past President for the Cal Poly Alumni- North Bay Chapter and leadership positions in Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority. In her free time, Alex enjoys wine tasting, crafting, exploring, reading, and collecting coffee mugs.
Nydia Counts – Fundraising/Finance Director
Nydia has been a member of Junior League of Oakland/East Bay since 2017. She was raised to live her life in service of others as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and various other philanthropies. She has served as a member of the Special Events Committee and the Community and Fund Development Committee. She is excited to embark on the 2019-2020 league year as the Fundraising and Finance Director. Nydia is a Chief of Staff at Teach for America focused on supporting the strategy, funding, and operational success of a portfolio of regions. In her free time, Nydia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, friends, yoga, and traveling to see new places!
Kelsey Wheaton – Community, Advocacy, and Training Director
Kelsey has been a member of Junior League of Oakland/East Bay since 2017. Having grown up with a focus on philanthropy as a member of National Charity League, and Chi Omega Fraternity, Kelsey realized Junior League was a natural next step. She has served as Done In A Day Chair, and is eager to embark on the 2019-2020 league year as the Director of Community, Advocacy, and Training. Professionally, Kelsey is a Financial Advisor partnering with her clients to develop and implement dynamic financial plans that grow as they do. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking and cooking, staying active as a barre fitness teacher and catching up on the latest Real Housewives show!
Lilibeth Gonzalez – Jr. SPAC Delegate/Advocacy and Training Chair
Lilibeth joined the JLOEB in 2018 serving as a member of the State Public Affairs committee and the Grant Committee. This year, Lil is excited to serve as the Advocacy and Training Chair and Jr. SPAC delegate for the Oakland-East Bay chapter. Her current work focuses on the intersection of environmental policy and smart growth. Prior, she has worked in advancing quality early childhood education. She is a believer in the unique power of women to drive social change and the importance of advocacy to elevate the voices of those most vulnerable in our communities. When not working or volunteering, Lil enjoys trips to the beach, live theater, culinary adventures, and exploring museums.