Meet one of Junior League of Omaha’s Sustainers, Jessica Holdenried!
“I currently manage the Project Management Office at Nebraska Medicine. I am lucky to have an awesome team of projects managers that work to support the goals of the organization in whatever way possible. I moved to Omaha from Wisconsin in 2009 and originally thought I would only stay for two years. This city has a way of keeping you here! My husband Jake and I have two daughters Charlotte (two years) and Anna (10 months).”
“One of my favorite JLO experiences was working on food photography with Joshua Foo and Kendra Delacandena for the JLO Cookbook. It was an area that both Kendra and I had no experience in and really pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone.”
“While this hasn’t been the spring we’ve all planned for I’ve found a lot of comfort in finding time for the little things. We’ve really enjoyed slowing down and being able to have daily family walks and a lot of FaceTime with family. This year I am serving on the Sustainer Advisory Council to the Sustainer Engagement Committee.”
Did you know that Sustaining Members make up almost 60% of The Junior League of Omaha’s total membership of 682 members? Sustainers are the true backbone of our organization, providing support in a variety of ways. Whether it is offering advice and guidance to the Board, financially supporting a fundraiser, or training a group of members on a professional or personal skill, Sustainer support is an integral piece of JLO’s ongoing success.
One of the strategic priorities going into the 2020-2021 League year is to provide additional quality opportunities for Sustaining members to connect with the organization and with each other. We know this membership group is looking for unique and varying ways to engage, including through mentoring, community service, socials, providing guidance and advice, and training.
Sustainers spoke… and we listened! The Junior League of Omaha has formed a NEW group to prioritize these efforts. The Sustainer Engagement Committee (SEC) will sit on the Management Team and be responsible for planning and implementing engagement opportunities. The committee leaders will collaborate closely with the president and Management Team to bridge the gap between New and Active Members and Sustainers. Current Board Member-at-Large Lisa Buckentine was selected this month to serve as chair for 2020-2021. Lisa is excited for next year and says, “We have so many wonderful Sustainers looking to engage more with our Active and New Members. I believe that this committee can provide opportunities for more Sustainers to share their thoughts, talents and time with the League!”
Stay tuned for more exciting news about Sustainer engagement!
The Junior League of Omaha Foundation hosted the annual Past Presidents and Sustainer Luncheon on a beautiful October day at Champions Run. Kathy Martin, Junior League of Omaha Foundation Board President, welcomed a large group to the luncheon, introducing past Junior League of Omaha Presidents and past Foundation Presidents. Current Junior League of Omaha President Lindsey Tonniges updated the Sustainers on the exciting projects with which the League is currently involved.
The 100th Anniversary Co-Chairs, Patricia Stillmock and Bethany Bannister, spoke on the upcoming events for the centennial celebration of the Junior League of Omaha in 2019. Foundation President Kathy Martin shared, “All the Sustainers are looking forward to attending the March 15th luncheon celebrating our 100th anniversary!” In addition, the Junior League of Omaha Cookbook Co-Chairs, Ashley Rich and Jamie Schneider, were there to promote A Century of Serving: A Centennial Celebration Cookbook.