• 02/25/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Haley Sabitus

    Tell us a little about yourself: I am relatively new to the New Haven area, I moved here in December 2019 for a fundraising job at Yale. I now live in Westville with my fiance. The past decade, I was in State College, PA and earned both my bachelor's and master's degree at Penn State. I love reading, traveling, and watching Penn State football. 

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? I was in a service sorority in college and enjoyed being able to serve the community while also meeting like-minded people. Being new to the area, I am really excited by the idea of being able to do the same here in New Haven. 

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? I am excited to learn more about the non-profit organizations here to find the ones that are the most meaningful to me. Additionally, I am looking forward to getting to know the ladies of  the JLGNH better! 

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? Do it! It's been a great way to meet people and there are so many opportunities to get involved. 

    What is something you want your fellow JLGNH members to know about you? I am a huge reader- I read 52 books last year and have already read 63 this year, so please send good book recommendations my way :)

    In what city do you live? New Haven, CT 

    Where is your hometown? Frederick, Maryland



  • 02/18/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Amanda Lorenz

    Tell us a little about yourself: I moved to CT just a little under a year ago from Memphis, TN, and I’ve loved being back on the East Coast! I’m a nurse with a primary background in pediatric oncology, but just started teaching nursing students this past spring. With so much recent change, it’s been nice to join the JLGNH and feel like I’m finally finding my own little community here in CT!

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? Being new to the area and moving during the pandemic made it kind of difficult to meet people and find opportunities to get plugged in. I’ve always loved volunteering, so when I saw that the New Haven area had a Junior League, I knew I wanted to get involved!

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? I’m really looking forward to getting to know the New Haven area on a different level than I’d be able to without the JLGNH. I think it will be great to learn the different needs within the community itself, and then have the opportunity to actually help out and make a difference. 

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? If someone I knew was thinking about joining the Junior League, I would say go for it! I truly have nothing but positive things to say about my experience so far - the women I’ve met have been so kind and made me feel so welcome. If there’s anyone looking for opportunities to learn and grow in volunteerism or leadership, I think that the Junior League would be a great fit!

    In what city do you live? New Haven

    Where is your hometown? Burke, VA

  • 02/11/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Morgan Hayden

    Tell us a little about yourself: My husband and I moved to New Haven, CT for his residency just this past summer after living in Kentucky our whole lives. Lately, I have been really enjoying exploring everything New Haven has to offer, especially the beaches and pizza. I love being outdoors, listening to podcasts, playing board/card games, traveling with my husband, and running. 

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? I was inspired to join the JLGNH because I came from a community of close, strong, philanthropic, and inspiring women in Kentucky. I was excited to find the same in Connecticut.

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? I am looking forward to learning more about how I can serve my new community while building community.

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? I would strongly encourage any woman to join the Junior League who has a desire to expand her own skill set, be around people who sharpen her, and who would like the opportunity to serve her community in ways she couldn't do alone.

    What is something you want your fellow JLGNH members to know about you? A fun fact about me is I love helping others organize their homes!  

    In what city do you live? New Haven

    Where is your hometown? Louisville, KY






  • 02/04/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Caitlin Gallagher

    Tell us a little about yourself: As a Swamp Yankee from small-town Connecticut, I think it was my spell as a Brownie and Girl Scout that first kindled in me a civic spirit, although this admittedly fell by the wayside while pursuing a degree in English at Smith College and, later, an MA in Victorian Literature at the University of London. Ever the Anglophile, I'm now grateful that my work as a publicist at Yale University Press has me trumpeting biographies of the Bloomsbury Group and retrospectives of Regency dress, and hope to bring my bookish background to bear on various projects for the Junior League of Greater New Haven.

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? It was shortly after moving to New Haven that the pandemic struck and I began working remotely. Not until being confined to my apartment, though, did I realize just how little I'd explored--let alone contributed--to my new community, and so went about researching volunteer opportunities in New Haven. While many seemed promising, I was immediately drawn to the Junior League's storied legacy and its commitment to actively training women to be effective volunteers. Seeking to make a genuine difference and to serve in the company of like-minded women, I joined the Junior League.

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? As hackneyed as it may sound, I'm most looking forward to meeting, getting to know, and learning from my fellow members in hopes of gaining greater insight into the League and becoming a successful member myself.

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? Don't hesitate to get involved! Too often I'm in the habit of procrastinating or putting off worthy ventures for fear that I've nothing to bring to the table. While I've only been a member since this summer, I can say that such fear is unfounded as I've already found a wellspring of warmth and support in my fellow Provisionals.

    What is something you want your fellow JLGNH members to know about you? Before taking the liberal arts path at college, I was an aspiring operatic soprano with an offer to study at the Hartt School in Hartford, although I've long since said goodbye to any dreams of La Scala.

    In what city do you live? New Haven, CT, where I've yet to take a side in the city's pizza wars.

    Where is your hometown? Old Saybrook, CT, where I once saw Katharine Hepburn at the post office and reflexively curtsied as if meeting the Queen!


  • 01/28/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Nicole Thomas

    Tell us a little about yourselfNicole Thomas, a current resident of New Haven, CT has been with Wells Fargo and its predecessor banks (Including First Union and Wachovia) for nearly 20 years, currently working in the Connecticut Middle Market Banking Segment as a Relationship Manager. She completed her Bachelor’s in Finance with Honors at Charter Oak College. She is currently attending online classes at Cornell University to obtain a Commercial Real Estate Certificate. Active in community service, Nicole serves as an International Team Leader for both The Fuller Center and Habitat for Humanity. She has led over 10 teams across the globe to build houses, including Malawi, Chile, Peru, China, Armenia, and most recently to aid in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Nicole’s passion for philanthropy also extends to her role as a Corporate Engagement Specialist for The American Red Cross to support fundraising and corporate participation in Connecticut. She is also serving her third year as a Market Analyst for Wells Fargo’s Global Fellows Program where she works with Bankers without Borders to improve financial literacy programs, develop financial modeling tools, and help companies expand in India. Nicole is an active member of the Pride, Generational, and Hispanic Wells Fargo Team Member Networks and has recently finished serving as the Administrative Chair for the National Women’s Network at Wells Fargo. She enjoys traveling (60+ countries and counting), remaining active, hiking, bicycling, crafts, movies, volunteering, and constantly improving.

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? Heard great things about the organization through previous/ current members across the country. Also, wanted to develop a consistent network within the community to engage in community service together, advance leadership skills, and develop connections.

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? Developing connections with similar like minded women in the local community.

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? Great opportunities to connect, help, engage, and develop.

    What is something you want your fellow JLGNH members to know about you? Very straight forward, honest, transparent, personality. I’m easy going, love to continually devote time for personal and professional growth. Try to surround myself with people who are similar.

    In what city do you live? New Haven, CT

    Where is your hometown? Shelton, CT

  • 01/21/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Name: Katy Meier

    Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a civil engineer specializing in bridge design. I love working on home improvement DIY projects and watch way too much This Old House.

    What inspired you to join the Junior League of Greater New Haven? I was a member in OKC and St Louis. I loved the OKC league and wanted to rejoin.

    What are you looking forward to most about being a Junior League member? I'm new to CT and currently work 100% from home, so I'm looking forward to getting out of the house and making friends.

    What advice would you give someone thinking about joining the Junior League? Give it a shot! The best way to see if you like the Junior League is by joining.

    What is something you want your fellow JLGNH members to know about you? If you want a friend to try a new restaurant, go for a hike, or peruse an antique store, I'm your girl.

    In what city do you live? Hamden, CT

    Where is your hometown? Plano, TX


  • 01/14/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet transfer, Jessica Preece.

    Q: How many years have you been involved with the Junior League?

    A: Two years.

    Q: From which League are you transferring?

    A: JL Philadelphia

    Q: What brought you to the Greater New Haven area?

    A: I bought a house in Groton. After living away from CT for so long, I figured it would be good to come home.

    Q: What's the best restaurant you've tried since moving here? 

    A: N/A but looking forward to being close to New Haven pizza!

    Q: What is something you're excited to do in Connecticut this fall?

    A: I hope to go hiking and do day trips to Newport, Boston, etc. so much beauty in New England.

    Q: Are there any fun traditions from your former League that you would like to get started in the Junior League of Greater New Haven?

    A: Most of my Philly experience was disrupted by the pandemic, but I loved the social events and hope to attend some with the New Haven league.

  • 01/07/2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet transfer, Jessica Preece.

    Q: How many years have you been involved with the Junior League?

    A: I joined the Junior League in the Spring of 2018

    Q: From which League are you transferring?

    A: Transferring from The Junior League of Northern Westchester

    Q: What brought you to the Greater New Haven area?

    A: We purchased a house in Southbury, CT, in May, having never been to the area before house hunting.

    Q: What's the best restaurant you've tried since moving here?

    A: Probably Mercato's Italian Kitchen and Bar in Southbury. I don't get out to eat much these days.

    Q: What is something you're excited to do in Connecticut this fall?

    A: We found a local farm just down the road that is owned by this little old lady and she sold us our pumpkins this year, we went back for apple picking, and they do cut-your-own Christmas trees, which we've never done before.

    Q: Are there any fun traditions from your former League that you would like to get started in the Junior League of Greater New Haven?

    A: Not that come to mind. They hosted a lot of sponsored dinners, where a portion of the nights proceeds went to the Chapter, and the social events were really great to get out and see people.

  • 12/31/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet transfer, Anna Doremus.

    Q: How many years have you been involved with the Junior League?

    A: This is my third year in the Junior League.

    Q: From which League are you transferring?

    A: Washington, D.C.


    Q: What brought you to the Greater New Haven area?

    A: My husband’s career

    Q: What is the best restaurant you’ve tried since moving to the Greater New Haven area?

    A: I love Lenny’s Indian Head Inn in Branford for lobster rolls--definitely the best I’ve ever had.

    Q: What is something you’re excited to do in Connecticut this fall?

    A: Apple-picking! And then baking desserts with all the apples.

    Q: Are there any fun traditions from your former League that you’d like to get started in the Junior League of Greater New Haven?

    A: We did a Galentine’s Day Party with fun pink treats and drinks where everyone brought items to donate to a local women’s shelter. I appreciated that it was a social event that also made an impact!

  • 12/24/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet transfer Kate Reid.

    Q: How many years have you been involved with the Junior League?

    A: This will be my 3rd year, joined as a provisional in 2019.

    Q: From which League are you transferring?

    A: Tampa, FL

     

    Q: What brought you to the Greater New Haven area?

    A: My husband is attending Yale for his MBA and I work remotely so it was easy for me to join him!

    Q: What's the best restaurant you've tried since moving here? 

    A: I'm loving the New Haven pizza scene - Modern, Sally's, & Pepe's are all delicious\

    Q: What is something you're excited to do in Connecticut this fall?

    A: See all the leaves change!

    Q: Are there any fun traditions from your former League that you would like to get started in the Junior League of Greater New Haven?

    A: Not that I can think of top of mind, but I'll let you know if I think of something.

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