The Junior League of Bronxville: Awards, New Sustainers and Leadership

Pictured: Members of the JLB 2023-24 Board of Directors and Management Team. (L-R) Chrissy Martino-Rindler, Janice Duarte, Heather Scholes, Amy Berg, Melanie O’Sullivan, Jennifer Carella, Victoria Thiessen, Olivia Cherundolo, Michelle Schoulder, Diana Deichert, Kelly Shine, Jamie Schwartz. Photo by Aiko Austin.

By Victoria Thiessen, VP of Communications, Junior League of Bronxville

July 12, 2023: The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) is proud to have celebrated “A Year for the Record Books.” As has been done for years, the ceremonial transition of leadership took place on May 31, 2023, with the passing of the gavel, and the JLB honored its impressive recipients of the Women of Distinction awards.

Throughout the year, the League’s leadership and members remained committed to the JLB’s vision of “Mobilizing Women to Ignite & Inspire Community Change.” Outgoing 2022-2023 President, Kristin Smith, shared, “As the Junior League of Bronxville celebrates our 75th anniversary, we are thrilled to have introduced two new outreach initiatives this year, the JLB Joyful Closet and the Book Nook, continuing our long tradition of the JLB responding to needs in the community.”

The following women were selected as recipients of the League’s annual recognitions:

President’s Award: Amy Brown, 2022-2023 Community Outreach Vice President, was selected as the recipient of the President’s Award for her continued dedication to our community and passion for helping others.

Sustained Leadership Award: Jennifer Carella, 2022-2023 President-Elect, received this award, as selected by the Active members of the League. Since joining in 2016, she has been in many leadership roles, including Fundraising Vice President, Executive Vice President and Treasurer.

Sustainer of the Year Award: Julie McNally Daher, Past President 2017-2018, was selected for her impact in both the community at-large and the JLB. Julie is currently the Development Administrator at Concordia Conservatory where she uses her JLB non-profit training to bring music education to a wide group of students.

First Year Active Award: Annie McArdle received this award, as selected by the Active members. She took part in the 2021-2022 Provisional Program and since then has stepped up in every sense.

Nine members received B.E.M.T.Y. awards. The title of these awards is rooted in the towns the JLB represents: Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe & Yonkers. The span of the League is great, but what is even greater are the members that hail from these communities. Members had the opportunity to nominate a peer - someone they felt deserved recognition. The following women were the shining stars whom the League was lucky to count as their own in a year of celebration and new initiatives:

● Amy Berg
● Brigitte Birrer
● Lindsay Johnson
● Chrissy Martino-Rindler
● Angela Neil
● Michelle Schoulder
● Jamie Schwartz
● Victoria Thiessen
● Aubri Veneruso

After all these women have accomplished, the JLB cannot wait to see what they contribute in the years to come!

A special element of the Annual Meeting agenda is when the Board of Directors votes on the eligibility for membership of the women in the Provisional program. This year a group of seventeen individuals attended a fall recruitment event and then successfully completed a full year of outreach, fundraising, and operational activities.

Please join the JLB in congratulating its newest Active members: Nelda Bazil, Brigitte Birrer, Alison Brondeau, Caitlin DeFilippo, Claudia Flynn, Margaret Geagan, Hilary Hughes, Ali Koutsis, Monica Malpass, Caitlin McNally, Christine Muaddi, Christina Provenzano, Avril Roberts, Jenna Shen, Monica Suriano, Patricia Wahl, and Alley Williams.

Finally, a true definition of dedication is that a member of the JLB must serve a minimum of seven years of Active service before the League provides its members with the option to move into Sustainer status - something more akin to an alumni status at a college or university.

The JLB was honored to induct the following five new Sustainers effective July 1, 2023: Susan Gordon, Meredith Grant, Lindsay Johnson, Betsy Putnam, and Danielle Spring. These women were pivotal to the League’s success during their Active years and will undoubtedly make their mark in the larger community in the years to come.

After the Annual Meeting, the JLB closed fiscal and League year on June 30. As the calendar turned to July 1, the League also welcomed the newest slate of leaders. According to incoming President 2023-2024, Jennifer Carella, “The JLB is truly fortunate to have women with this sense of commitment and care for the community within its ranks. It will truly be my honor to serve as their President.”

The members of the 2023-2024 Board of Directors are:

Jennifer Carella, President
Jamie Schwartz, President-Elect
Kelly Shine, Executive Vice President (VP)
Janice Duarte, Board Secretary
Chrissy Martino-Rindler, Treasurer
Melanie O’Sullivan, Nominating Chair
Diana Deichert, Sustainer Chair

The members of the 2023-2024 Management Team are:

Kelly Shine, Executive VP
Victoria Thiessen, Communications VP
Amy Berg, Community Outreach VP
Heather Scholes, Finance & Data VP
Michelle Schoulder, Fundraising VP
Olivia Cherundolo, Membership VP
Jinja Cuevas, Placement VP

If you are a female resident of or work in Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, or Yonkers you are welcome to join the JLB at a free and open-to-all-women informational recruitment event on the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2023, in Bronxville. Whether you choose to continue on after that, or just have a night out with potential new contacts, it is worth an evening’s investment of your time. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Junior League of Bronxville, New York, Inc. is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Please visit to learn more about the 501(c)(3) organization.



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Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

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