Board of Directors

President / Rachel Dressel 

Rachel Dressel has been passionate about the Junior League of Baltimore since becoming a member in 2012. Over the last six years, she has served on the fundraising and membership councils in addition to her board service, and she has held leadership positions for four of those years. Rachel is a champion for women’s causes, especially those that concern access to healthcare and family planning care. This personal commitment can also be seen in her career choice. Rachel studied Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, and she is an analyst working in the healthcare industry for the Federal government.

Outside of the Junior League, Rachel volunteers her time with dog rescues and adoption programs across Maryland. Rachel lives in southern Carroll County with her husband Tim and their two dogs, Maximus (a chocolate lab) and Tillie (a Cunucu rescue from Aruba).

 

President-Elect / Brina Masi Eades 

Brina has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2010, and has previously served on the community, membership, and fundraising councils, and on the Board of Directors as the chair of Nominating committee.

Brina is originally from Bristol, Connecticut, and studied political science at the University of Rhode Island before attending law school at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Professionally, Brina works as an Attorney Advisor at the Social Security Administration. She has been recognized for her volunteer activities outside of the Junior League, including the Ulman Cancer Fund as a Game Changer in 2017. She currently serves as the president of the corporation board for the Sigma Kappa sorority at the University of Maryland, an alumni chapter leader for the University of Rhode Island and is an active Master Gardener. She previously served on the board of YWCA of Baltimore and the Univ. of Rhode Island Alumni Association Executive Board. She lives in South Baltimore with her husband and spends her free time traveling to see live music and learning about wine.

 

Treasurer / Jordan Higgins 

Jordan has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2013 when her mother, who was at the time serving as President of the Junior League of South Bend, encouraged her to join. She has served on the Passport of Baltimore committee, Membership Outreach, Fund Development and the Investment Committees.

Professionally, Jordan is a Relationship Manager at Fidelity Investments. In her role, she supports 2,100 high net worth clients. Originally from Granger, Indiana, Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame before moving to Maryland. She now lives in Lutherville with her husband and new puppy George.

 

Secretary / Narissa Grufferman 

Narissa has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014 and has previously served on the Flashback 5K and Personal and Professional Development committees. She has also served as chair of the Meetings, Trainings and Socials committee.

Professionally, Narissa is a Channel Manager for Eaton Corporation where she leads an external sales force responsible for $16 million in annual revenue. She is committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in the organization by serving as a chair for the Women Adding Value at Eaton employee resource group.

Narissa graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering in 2010 and recently completed her MBA at the University of Maryland with a concentration in marketing. In her spare time Narissa enjoys cooking, baking, yoga, running and traveling. She lives in South Baltimore with her husband.

 

Communications Vice President / Jenna Laube 

Jenna joined the Junior League in 2011 as a member in the Annapolis chapter, where she served her community for two years before transferring to the Junior League of Baltimore. She has chaired the Flashback 5K and Fund Development committees on the Fundraising Council, the Gala committee on the Membership Council, the PR & Marketing committee on the Communications council, and was a member on the Investment committee. This year she serves on the Board of Directors as the VP of Communications.

An alum of Johns Hopkins University, Jenna earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering with a focus in public health. She is a Professional Engineer licensed to practice in D.C. and the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. After managing environmental projects for the U.S. Army Environmental Command, she went into private consulting for nearly a decade at Groundwater & Environmental Services. She currently oversees environmental compliance programs for Textron Systems, a military defense and aerospace production company.

Outside of JLB, Jenna works to improve the lives of those in crisis. She is a trained volunteer crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line and serves on the Board of Safe House of Hope. As shown by her career, she is also passionate about human health and the environment, volunteering with Blue Water Baltimore and at local hospitals in various capacities. She was also a recipient of United Way of Central Maryland’s Philanthropic Five award in 2017 and The Daily Record’s Very Important Professionals in 2018.

Raised in an Air Force household, Jenna moved frequently growing up but planted her roots in Baltimore in 2003. She lives in Canton and enjoys traveling and scuba diving in her free time.

 

Community Impact Vice President / Joanna Barnett 

Joanna has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014. During her tenure she has served on the Fund Development Committee and Scholarship Committee, which she chaired in the 2016-2017 League year, before joining the Board in the 2017-2018 League Year.

Professionally, Joanna is an Environmental Specialist at Maryland Environmental Service, a Maryland based state agency that provides operational and technical services to protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of the people of Maryland.  She was one of the 2017 honorees on the Daily Record’s Very Important Professionals Successfully by 40 list.

Joanna graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy in 2014. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University in Environmental Science in 2012 and has a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. Originally from New York, she now lives in Baltimore County with her husband and rescue dog.

 

Fundraising Vice President / Tiffany Esther 

Tiffany Esther has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2015. She served on the Wise Penny Committee and Chaired the Investment Committee for two consecutive league years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018).

Tiffany is a Manager for Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems Business Sector. She has ten plus years of experience within the defense and aerospace industry. Currently, she leads a team of Procurement Contracting Officers, and provides oversight for the management, execution and negotiation of supplier awards.

Tiffany was a recipient of The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2018. She was honored for her philanthropic spirit and her commitment to paying it forward. Tiffany has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a service-based sorority since 2001, served as a United Way Ambassador and mentor for early career professionals.

Tiffany is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she obtained both her Bachelors and Masters in Psychology.

 

Membership Vice President / Dana Miller 

Dana L. Miller is a staff attorney for the federal government. Dana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. During law school, Dana represented clients as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City. Following law school graduation in 2009, Dana served as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. She then practiced as a civil litigation defense attorney in the Baltimore area. She represented a myriad of clients for approximately eight years, before transitioning out of the private sector.

Dana is barred in Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, and District of Columbia Bar Association.

Dana has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014.  She has served on several committees and in several leadership positions.  Dana co-chaired the Membership & Outreach Committee in the 2016-2017 League Year and served as VP of Communications in the 2017-18 League Year. She has volunteered and served in leadership roles with a variety of national and local community and women’s leadership organizations. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog.

 

Sustainer Vice President / Kate Sullivan 

Service is the rent we pay for the life we are given

Kate Sullivan has been a member of the Junior League for 23 years. She served her provisional years in the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and joined the Junior League of Baltimore when she and her family moved here from Denver in 2004. Kate has served on almost every committee within the Junior League and held various leadership positions within the Junior League of Baltimore, including serving as President in 2011-2012 during the 100th anniversary year. While serving as President, Kate helped raise over $500,000 dollars in the form of government and private grants in support of the organization. As well, while under Kate’s leadership as Community Vice President, the Junior League began two of their flagship initiatives, the Women’s Mentoring Internship Program and Kids in the Kitchen.

First and foremost, Kate is a stay-at-home mother of four active children, ages 16-9. Time with her family is her first priority, however, she has always felt working in the community makes her a better mother. Currently, Kate splits her volunteer time between writing grants for various organizations in the community and supporting local causes she is passionate about through fundraising and event planning.  Kate also sits on the board of CaringOn, a Maryland-based 501(C)3 organization which provides advanced cancer patients the means to say thank you to their caregivers as well as positively impact the way we take care of each other in society when life-threatening illness happens.

Kate graduated from Bucknell University in 1994 and was accepted into the Merrill Lynch Professional Development program where she studied for and passed her series 6, 7, 63, and 65 licensing exams as well as her Life and Health Insurance exams. After passing her required licensing exams, she began work at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant in New York, NY. During the 7 years Kate worked for Merrill Lynch, Kate grew her business entirely through cold-calling to 80 million in assets under management at the time she left the business to raise her family.

Kate lives with her husband Sean of 19 years and her four children, Nan (16), Jack (14), Sto (12), and Luke (9) in Glen Arm.

 

Nominating Chair / Meghan Merkert 

Meghan has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014. She has served on the Fund Development committee, as the Communications Vice President (2015-2016) and as both the Website Chair-Elect (2016-2017) and Website Chair (2017-2018).

Professionally, Meghan is a Senior Communications Specialist at Stanley Black & Decker.  Meghan is a Baltimore native and graduated from Virginia Tech with a business degree in Marketing Management. She currently lives in Lutherville with her husband and their chocolate lab.

 

Community Impact Vice President-Elect / Kara D. Beverly 

Kara has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2016. She served on the Building Committee and was the 2017-2018 Chair of the Partnership & Service Committee.

Kara is a graduate of Villanova University and the Howard University School of Law. Professionally a labor & employment attorney by trade, Kara is licensed to practice in Ohio and D.C. She currently investigates reports of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct at Johns Hopkins University and trains University community members on how to prevent all forms of discrimination in the workplace and academic environment.

In addition to the Junior League of Baltimore, Kara counts it a privilege to work as a leader within other dynamic organizations that seek to improve the lives of women and families in Baltimore City. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and serves as the Parliamentarian of the Psi Phi Omega Chapter (East Baltimore). She is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Housing Coalition, an organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness by providing safe and affordable housing to formerly homeless women and their families. A Prince George’s County, MD native, Kara relocated to the Baltimore area in 2010. She lives in Towson and enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, Marty.

 

Treasurer-Elect / Jillian Alm 

Jillian Alm has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014. She has served on the Investment, PR & Marketing and Community Development committees for the League.

Professionally, Jillian works at Brown Advisory as a Private Equity and Hedge Fund Analyst. Jillian is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Economics and is currently working towards her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Fells Point and enjoys spending time in the historic district.