Junior League of Albany
Board of Directors 2020-21

President: Meaghan Murphy (president@juniorleaguealbany.org) Meaghan Murphy is currently serving as the President for the Junior League of Albany for the 2020-2022 term. She has served on the Board for three years, first as Secretary and then as President-Elect. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Meaghan served as the chair of new fundraisers, spearheading the creation of the Always A Bridesmaid event, and in the fund development council. Meaghan is also a Trustee of the Board of the Albany Institute of History and Art and a Director of the Board of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Albany Law School and currently practices estate planning, business succession planning and corporate law at Lavelle & Finn, LLP. She and her husband Nick live in Troy with their daughter.

Secretary: Michelle Mahon (secretary@juniorleaguealbany.org) Michelle joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 and currently serves as Secretary.  Previously, she served on the Board as the VP of Fund Development, on the Done in a Day committee, the Centennial Gala Committee, and was Chair of Community Grants.  Michelle received her BS in Finance and HR Management from Boston College and her MBA from The University at Albany.  She has spent her entire professional career in non-profit development. Currently, she is Director of Development for The College of Arts and Sciences at The University at Albany and also volunteers with Boston College and The Academy of the Holy Names.  Michelle lives in Albany with her husband Dave and their dog, Bentley.

Treasurer: M. Elizabeth Ehrichs (treasurer@juniorleaguealbany.org)

Vice President Communications: Nadia Arginteanu (communications@juniorleaguealbany.org) Nadia joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 when looking for a way to give back to the community and meet other, like minded women in the Capital Region. Nadia served on the Touch-a-Truck committee and as a member of the Communications Council before joining the board as VP for Communications. She is a graduate of Bard College and Albany Law School. Nadia is Associate General Counsel for The Arc New York. She lives in Albany and in her free time enjoys tackling DIY projects around her home, cross stitch, cooking, and travel.

Vice President Community: Jessica Rubino (community@juniorleaguealbany.org) Jess joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 and currently serves as the VP of Community. Previously, she served as the Chair for Community Impact and Co-Chair for Touch-a-Truck.   She joined after researching various charitable organizations in the Capital District that would assist her get adjusted to being an “Upstater” while doing good for her new local community. An original Long Islander, she moved north to further her education and hasn’t looked back! Jess works as a Project Knowledge Expert for Auto/Mate by Dealersocket, a global automotive software company . Jess is a NENY’s Red Cross’ Fire & Ice committee member and is also a SPAC Jr. committee member. She currently resides in Clifton Park, NY with her husband Anthony and son Anthony James. Hobbies include trying new restaurants, attaining a new passport stamp yearly & just being the “best boy mom” she can be.

Vice President Finance: Karen Scott(finance@juniorleaguealbany.org) Karen joined the Junior League of Albany in 2009 after researching various charitable organizations in the Capital District trying to find a way to give back to the local community. Since joining, Karen has been actively involved in the Done in a Day Committee, the Communication Committee, the American Girl Fashion Show, served as Treasurer and is now serving as VP Finance. Karen received her B.S. from Clarkson University and received her M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout her 25+ year engineering career, Karen worked for several top engineering firms and currently designs wastewater treatment facilities for various municipalities and industries. She currently is an Associate at Barton & Loguidice in Albany, New York and lives in Loudonville with her husband, Dave and rescue dogs, Sadie and Roscoe.

Vice President Fund Development: Kate Hebert (funddevelopment@juniorleaguealbany.org) Kate joined the Junior League of Albany in 2017 and currently serves as the VP of Fund Development.  Previously, she served as Chair of the Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser. Kate received her BA in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo and her MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design from The University at Albany.  She currently works as a Sr. QA Training Specialist for Regeneron, Pharmaceuticals.  Kate grew up in Albany, and currently lives in East Greenbush with her husband Geoff and their daughters.

Vice President Membership: Fran Pickles (membership@juniorleaguealbany.org) Fran joined the Junior League of Albany in 2014 as a way to connect with like-minded women who are passionate about making a difference in their community. She has served as a Co-Chair for the Inaugural Touch-A-Truck event and as Training Chair for the league. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality Administration at Boston University and her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Fran currently works full-time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Regional Development Director. In addition to the Junior League of Albany, she serves on the Mentorship Committee for the Capital Region Chamber’s Tech Valley Young Professional Network plays in a recreational kickball league.

Vice President Nominating:  Johanna Hackemack (nominating@juniorleauealbany.org) Johanna is the 2020-2021 Nominating VP for the Junior League of Albany. Before serving in this role, she served on the board as the Member-At-Large, was a co-chair for the Mentorship Committee and Touch-A-Truck, and served with the recruitment committee. Johanna joined the Junior League to be involved in the community and form close friendships with wonderful, like-minded women in the area. Being in the Junior League has been more rewarding that she ever knew it could be. Johanna is also a Texas transplant and stay at home mother of two wild and fun little boys. In their spare time she and her husband love to be outside, drink enormous amounts of coffee, and CrossFit.

Sustainer Representative: Jennifer Carraher (sustainer@juniorleaguealbany.org) Jennifer joined the League in 2007 and has been involved in many aspects before becoming a Sustainer. Some of her more memorable positions were serving as the American Girl Fashion Show Co-Chair, Provisional Co-Chair, Vice President of Placement, Rockwell Scholarship Chairperson, and assisting with the Fund Development Committee. A former member of the Southern Saratoga YMCA Board of Managers, Jennifer currently serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and member of the Capital District Youth Chorale Board. Jennifer has earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Cultural Studies, as well as a Master of Science in Secondary Education. She holds NYS certifications in English Language Arts 7-12, and English to Speakers of Other Languages. She works for East Greenbush Central School District as an English as a New Language Teacher. She lives in Clifton Park, NY with her husband Bill, and future-Junior-League-of-Albany-member-daughter Cassandra.

Sustainer Representative: Lisa Walters (sustainer@juniorleaguealbany.org)