Perspectives Spring 2022

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March Area Meetings focused on DEI&B


The Columbia Center Renovations are complete


This year’s Sustainers Luncheon honored three incredible women


In this issue

Your Perspectives Team


President’s Perspective


Closing out the Year at JLC’s 102nd Annual Meeting


Bringing Members Together for the March Area Meetings


Renovating the Home of the JLC


The Spring Fashion Show is Back at the Hilton with a New Theme, Silhouette


Photo Review: Spring is in Full Bloom at the JLC


Pivoting and Producing: HyperFarm


Partnership With the CMC Continues With Upgrades to the Grin Up Exhibit JLC Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week


Exploring Cincinnati’s Women-Owned Businesses

Managing Editor Katie Ziegler

Assistant Editor Talyah Button

Writer Jenn Bakes

Writer Sarah Flohre

Writer Amber Garrett

Writer Carrie Starts

Writer Meggan Thompson

VP Communications Sam Zehnder

Family Nurturing Center Advocates for Ohio House Bills 13

Last Three Years of Cookie Nowland Sustainer Award Winners Honored at this Year’s Luncheon


Member Milestones NEW: Special Acknowledgements Section

Thank You

The Perspectives Committee would like to extend our gratitude to the many women who volunteered their time, knowledge, opinions, and experiences to make this issue possible.

2021-2022 JLC Leadership BOARD OF DIRECTORS


TARA J. MOSLEY, President

TARA J. MOSLEY, President

KATE FORTLAGE, President-Elect

KATE FORTLAGE, President-Elect


EMILY UEBEL, Recording Secretary


MEGAN BUSAM, VP Training & Development

JJ WALES, Presidential Advisor

PAMELA LONG, VP Membership

SARAH E. RIEGER, Past President

MYRKOL BOLDEN, VP Sustainers Council

KATIE MAY, Strategic Planning Director

​N AZLY MAMEDOVA, VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


SAM ZEHNDER, VP Communications

KELLY BARBER, Nominating Chair

LESLIE TOUASSI, VP Community Impact

SARAH CLARK, At Large Member



SADIE BONIFAS, VP Fund Development


KATIE DULLE, Nominating Vice Chair


ANDREA HENDERSON, VP Sustainer Council

MEGAN STACEY, At Large Member


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Spring is upon us! What an amazing and fulfilling year we have had so far. I hope that each of you is as proud of the hard work and accomplishments of the year as I am. Thank you for placing your trust in me to not only serve this organization, but to also to represent us this year within our community. The energy that began our year was contagious! Within the first 5 minutes of our September GMM, you could sense not only the excitement to be together in the same room, but also the desire to work harder and push ourselves further than we ever had before. We hit the ground running by voting as a membership to approve two new leadership roles within our organization, Executive Vice President, and Executive Vice President Elect. I am so excited to see these new roles in action. What a major advancement for our league! In November we saw record sign up and completion of CandO events, an amazing fall fundraiser, and a joyous holiday celebration just to name a few. As we entered the second half of the year, we confirmed a phenomenally talented slate, conducted so many wonderful trainings, began a partnership with a great DEIB consultant, celebrated with our new community partner FNC at their annual blue ribbon ceremony and spring prom fundraiser, and gathered at the Hilton for our own phenomenal spring fashion show fundraiser, Silhouette. This year has not been without challenge, however that’s what makes the women of JLC so special. We never falter in the face of hard work or obstacles. In fact, they propel us further. We are at our best when we are side by side, sleeves rolled up, doing the work that’s needed within our community. Always with Love,

Tara J. Mosley JLC President 2021-2022

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Closing Out the Year at JLC’s 102nd Annual Meeting


he closing of the Junior League of Cincinnati’s 102nd year took place during our Annual Meeting at Mojave East on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The Membership Engagement Committee, chaired by Casey Burleigh and Meg Anacker, planned this wonderful event, with breezy casual attire, a Southwestern menu and a bake-off competition. Members were asked to wear specific colors based on their current roles: New Members wore red, outgoing EMT and Board Members wore pink, blue or purple, and all other attendees wore white, creating a rainbow of celebration across the venue. The evening included a sweet farewell to our outgoing President, Tara J. Mosley, who will continue on the board next year as Immediate Past President. We also welcomed our incoming President, Kate Fortlage, whose term begins on June 1, 2022. We would also like to recognize our outgoing 2021-2022 Board and EMT leaders: •

Kelly Barber: Nominating Chair

Andrea Henderson: Co-VP, Sustainers

Myrkol Bolden: Co-VP, Sustainers

Pam Long: VP, Membership

Erica Burns: VP, Finance

Judy Dalambakas: Board Member, At Large - a 6-year tenure!

Nazly Mamedova: VP, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)

Sam Zehnder: VP, Communications

Thank you to all of these incredible women for their years of service in these positions! We look forward to watching you succeed in your next roles. Additionally, we would like to congratulate this year’s award winners: •

Community Impact Award: CandO Committee

Jeanne Boyce Morrison President’s Award: Jeri Duncan

Rising Star Award: Kamara Douglas

Excellence in Training Award: Samantha Evans

Transformational Team Award: Future of JLC Membership Ad Hoc Committee

Shanon Marks New Member Award: Maddie Russell

Cookie Nowland Sustainer Award: Amelia Crutcher



256 Active

20 Senior Active

18 Transfers

55 New Members

437 Sustainers


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Bringing Members Together for the March Area Meetings By: Katie Ziegler


n lieu of a March General Membership Meeting at the Columbia Center, members hosted multiple smaller roundtables in their homes around the area to dive into the topic of diversity and inclusion. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, now called Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) have been undergoing many changes this year with the help of Tristan Vaught, Inclusive Excellence Facilitator at Tristan N. Vaught Consulting, LLC and the Co-founder/ President of Transform Cincy. They have been hired by the League as a consultant to help us refine our goals around DEI&B. Tristan’s advocacy and education work focuses on intersecting identities and how they impact individual’s lived experiences. Tristan was our guest speaker at the February GMM and served as an active resource to our in-home facilitators during the March area meetings.

The agenda was not posted, so members arrived at their in-home locations not knowing what was in store for the evening. To start the meeting, members answered ice breaker trivia questions about microaggressions, followed by completing “The Heterosexual Questionnaire,” (Rochlin, 1977). The goal of the questionnaire was to illustrate how harmful some of the questions that are asked to those in the LGBTQ+ community can be. Members discussed with their small group how the questions made them feel and how the LGBTQ+ community faces these microaggressions daily. Samantha Evans, who was instrumental in organizing these meetings, said, “we are still having the same DEI&B conversations and we will continue to have them for as long as it takes.” The meetings wrapped up with a powerful TED talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw titled, “The Urgency of Intersectionality.” She uses the term “intersectionality” to describe the intersection of race and gender bias.

Tristan Vaught

A few of our in-home hosts shared about their experiences: “March in-home GMM meetings are my favorite meetings of the year. These meetings allow members to get to get to know each other on a deeper level and this fosters meaningful conversations about key DEI&B topics that make us stronger as both individual women and as a League.”

Meeting in Sam Zehnder’s Home

- Sam Zehnder, VP of Communications “The opportunity to host roundtable conversations allowed JLC members to have more candid conversations in a safe space, where we can build trust, learn, grow and deepen our relationships. Our facilitator, Courtney Sutherland, did a remarkable job guiding the flow of the conversation, practicing pause and using her poise to stretch us into uncomfortable topics, and allowing people to feel heard. I believe we all left the table feeling more aware of ourselves, the needs of our peers and how we can contribute to making the Junior League a more inclusive organization.”

“Our meeting was really good even though it was small. Maybe it was good BECAUSE it was small. We could’ve talked even longer and we were all emotional and vulnerable. We’re eager to see where the League takes this after the small groups are complete.” - Sadie Bonifas, VP of Fund Development

- René Robers, Operation Liaison These conversations will definitely be something to remember for weeks and months to come, and as Tristan will continue to work with the League, talking with leaders and members, to build a report on what the Junior League of Cincinnati could do to improve from within and in the community as a whole. Our goal is to become more inclusive for League members, those interested in joining as New Members, and the community we support.

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Renovating the Home of the JLC By: Amber Garrett


he Columbia Center is a beautiful, historical building that serves as the headquarters to the Junior League of Cincinnati. The Junior League moved into the Columbia Center on June 25, 1988. Through the generosity of our members and supporters, funds from the Centennial Campaign allowed us to explore opportunities for renovating our beloved building, which began in July of 2020. These updates were revealed in the building as we began to meet in person following the pandemic, including new paint, new carpet, furniture and fixtures. From meeting spaces to the reception area, to new kitchen accommodations, this facelift shows our love and care for this special space. Saralou Durham, Sustainer and Board Member, who led the campaign to raise funds to purchase Columbia Center in the 1980, said “I was thrilled to see the refurbishment that was done to make all of the rooms function even better. Adding in the meeting rooms and archive space in the basement was so needed. This will help truly utilize the entire building.” Jeri Duncan, chair of the Columbia Center committee, has been a member of the Junior League since 2009 and has served across four Leagues. She has a passion for internal operations and the women of the Junior League. Creating a comfortable and updated space for the woman of the League was a central focus of the renovation. The purpose of the renovation was to create a multipurpose space that will serve the women of the Junior League and also improve our rentable event spaces for the community. The basement has undergone a major makeover, including a brand new catering kitchen for hosting events and an updated kitchenette outside the auditorium upstairs.This allows


caterers to seamlessly support events upstairs . Furnished meeting rooms have been added in the basement as well. The meeting rooms upstairs can now be converted in small or large spaces with retractable walls and foldable tables to suit the various needs of our committees and community. Next year the focus of the Columbia Center Committee will be to create a marketing plan to inform the community that it is available for use. The Junior League will use revenue that is made through the rented spaces to further support the League and its mission Currently spaces are being advertised on the Junior League website at community/columbia-center Jeri thinks, “the best part of this renovation are the little gems that add versatility and functionality to the Columbia Center.” The committee has worked hard to understand the needs of our building and community. As you walk down the original marble staircase from 1904, remember that the Columbia Center is the foundation of our members and this renovation will enhance the membership experience and rental potential moving into our next one-hundred years. On Tuesday, May 17th, Jeri Duncan and Kari Williamson, Chairs of the Columbia Center committee, hosted the official ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for JLC members and community partners to experience the newly updated spaces throughout the building. President Tara Mosley welcomed guests and Jeri did the honors of cutting the ribbon. The Junior League is grateful that our Centennial campaign donors and Junior League members have invested in our home for the coming years.

First Floor Board Room

Lower Level Meeting Space

Tara Mosley and Jeri Duncan at the Ribbon Cutting

Lower Level Seating Area

Lower Level Kitchen Addition

Jeri Duncan performing the ribbon cutting

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The Spring Fashion Show is Back at the Hilton with a New Theme, Silhouette By: Meggan Thompson


unior League members and supporters experienced Silhouette, a fresh take on the annual Fashion Show fundraiser and luncheon. Committee Chair Ashley Yanzsa and Vice Chair Erin Lee were inspired to create a more inclusive theme and bring more people together, as every woman has a unique and beautiful silhouette. Attendees enjoyed returning to the familiar location of the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati, where the event was hosted in 2019 and prior years. The French Art Deco architecture of the Pavilion Caprice ballroom provided a perfect backdrop for the event. This year the committee added new vendors, boutiques, and secured more sponsorships than ever before to create an unforgettable event for everyone to enjoy. To secure so many great designers, the entire committee pulled together and used all of their connections; Ashley believes that “this event would not have been a success without them. It was a group effort asking boutiques all over the city.” The models in the fashion show included Junior League of Cincinnati members, their family, and friends of the League. Each model captured the excitement of spring with each look. Hair and make-up for the event was provided by Major Sponsor, Brideface, owned by JLC Sustainer, Julie Niesen.

Boutiques in the show included Alligator Purse, Capsule, Castle House, Delamere & Hopkins, Grey Hall Designs, Hellman Clothiers, Honey on Miami, Hutch Baby, Idlewild, Jacob James, Meas Active, Originalitees, Pen + Nash, and Portaluca. All of the vendors are local to Cincinnati and many of them were in included in the pop-up shop as a part of the events of the day. Additional pop-up vendors included Cincinnati Opera, Hoist, M Hopple, Manley Burke, Natural Shea, SoHza Sister, Leck Creations, Sweet Cincy, Jackie O’s, and Coop on Camargo. The participation from these partners also included contributions to the revenue of the fundraiser. The event was a huge success, with almost 240 tickets sold and $54,000 raised, far exceeding this year’s fundraising goals. Fundraisers like the Spring Fashion Show are paramount to meeting the Junior League’s annual financial goals, and enable us to support our mission and focus on training community volunteers and furthering the impact of our partnership with Family Nurturing Center.




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SPRING IS IN FULL BLOOM AT THE JLC February GMM Tara Mosley welcomed everyone virtually on Zoom and she shared excitement for the speaker & introduced Tristan Vaught, who lead us through an immersive LGBTQ+ training.

St. Francis Seraph Ministry Dinners Members helped package hot meals, distribute them, work bag check, as well as help, sanitize and clean the Dining Room and Lobby, and organize in the pantry for “Meals on the Go” Dinner Service.

March GMM March meetings took place across member homes and virtually. The conversations in March were a continuation of conversations from the February GMM.

JLC Board Bank The JLC Board Bank is a learning and professional development opportunity offered annually by the Leadership Development Committee.

CandO Saturday Hoops This event takes place at Ziegler Park each Saturday. JLC members volunteer by running a craft table and playing basketball with the kids.

April GMM Nominating shared the incoming Spring Slate of Vice Chairs and Chairs. State Representatives Brigid Kelly and Jessica Miranda were our guests and shared upcoming bills and how they are important to our communities. We also heard about the JLC impact in year 1 with FNC.

Spring Tea at Bonbonerie Members gathered for a fun afternoon at the Bonbonerie. Attendees were a mix of new members and actives. 8

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Supporting Family Nurturing Center League members have had multiple opportunities to support FNC this quarter, including supporting their signature events, Prom for a Purpose and the Blue Ribbon Ceremony. The Blue Ribbon Ceremony at Tom Gill Chevrolet for FNC was a great event! Prom for a Purpose took place at PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation in Newport, KY.

“Inside the Grin” at Cincinnati Museum Center League members volunteered at the Cincinnati Museum Center to help out with the “Inside the Grin” dental exhibit, where they read books and hosted a craft table.

Sustainers Adopt-a-Class February Lesson and Ballet The Junior League Sustainers have adopted a kindergarten class at the Academy of World Languages. In February, they taught about dental health, showing and practicing how to brush teeth properly and having a healthy snack. In April, Keke Sansalone organized for the Cincinnati Ballet performed Aesop’s Fables at the Academy for the entire grade.

Buddy Up Tennis League members had the unique opportunity to help at Buddy Up Tennis, where volunteers were paired with athletes with Down syndrome and served as a one on one teammates during the tennis and fitness program.

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Pivoting and Producing



ai Stoudemire-Williams, featured in last Spring’s Perspectives issue, is the founder of HyperFarm, formally Naturally Homegrown Co. The pandemic appears to finally be relenting but last year many small businesses were forced to pivot in order to stay afloat. Naturally Homegrown Co. was a delivery service of fresh produce. Due to COVID, the idea of Kai and her newborn trekking around Cincinnati delivering reusable baskets filled with in season fruits, vegetables and herbs was just a bit daunting. However, the organization wanted to continue to rebuild through the impact of COVID-19 and fulfill their mission ‘to provide access to fresh local food for families and individuals who live in food - insecure neighborhoods - with a focus on BIPOC’. Introducing HyperFarm: a state of the art aqua-hydraulic farm located in Bond Hill. Kai worked with MORTAR and Lindner School of Business to gather resources and network. Kai and her team built and implemented gardens throughout Cincinnati that are maintained regularly and accessible to the community for harvest. Additionally, Kai partnered with organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative to lead virtual classes teaching attendees how to use household items like milk or egg cartons, or even an old shoe to grow produce. In the future, HyperFarm hopes to grow by adding a branded refrigerated truck to provide greater access and visibility.


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Kai Stoudermire-Williams, founder of HyperFarm

The JLC’s Partnership With the Cincinnati Museum Center Continues With Upgrades to the Grin Up Exhibit By: Carrie M. Starts


he Cincinnati Children’s Museum, consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the U.S., is a past project and on-going partner of the Junior League of Cincinnati, located in Cincinnati Museum Center at historic Union Terminal. The JLC is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and our most recent grant gives big smiles all around. The restricted grant in the amount of $27,719 will be used solely for upgrading or maintaining the CMC’s “Inside the Grin” exhibit or for oral health educational programming, which was created through our Program Development committee project, GRIN UP. As part of the grant, we also provided the Children’s Museum with approximately forty cases of books relating to children’s oral health programming and education and a trademark for GRIN UP. The Inside the Grin Exhibit opened in the spring of 2016 and is a permanent exhibit. The exhibit allows museum patrons to step inside a giant mouth to improve their dental knowledge and learn about proper oral health. The exciting experiences in the exhibit allow children to use giant floss and a massive toothbrush to practice their brushing skills. The exhibit is modeled like a dentist office, complete with a reclining chair, child-safe dental instruments and interactive videos. The exhibit is intended to present oral health in a positive way that will ease a child’s fears and misconceptions about visiting a dentist. For more than five years, it has inspired children to care for their smiles in a healthy way. The exhibit was originally developed in partnership with the JLC as part of an initiative to address the serious issue of poor oral hygiene. Tooth decay is a leading chronic infectious disease in children, with more than 40% of children nationwide experiencing dental decay by kindergarten. This is a preventable condition and through our continued partnership in this project, we will persist in making strides in our community towards healthy smiles. To support the initiative, please visit the exhibit and continue your support of the JLC and Cincinnati Museum Center. There is nothing greater to smile about than to see how our initiatives come to life towards greater health in our community. The partnership is a classic model of the JLC’s commitment to strengthening childhood environments in our community.

JLC Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week By: Jenn Bakes


olunteer Appreciation Week is recognized nationally the week of April 17, and naturally, as a volunteer organization, the JLC had a lot to celebrate! The Membership Engagement and CandO committees organized a Kick-Off Celebration event for Wednesday, April 13th at the Columbia Center to highlight our amazing volunteers, and the work they’ve put into our partnerships with different organizations throughout Cincinnati. Volunteers enjoyed pizza from Taglio, wine (of course!) and scrumptious brownie bites as they reflected on their experiences this year, sharing their stories on why they continue to volunteer, and the impact these experiences have had on them. Attendees also shared their favorite volunteer memories on a Word Wall, and even by supporting one of our past projects, Fernside, by cutting out flowers for paper flower pots to be given to families who have lost loved ones, to feel more connected to each other. Raffle and door prizes were given out, and of course, awards! The awards winners for this inaugural event included: •

Energizer Bunny Award: Samantha Evans, New Member Advisor & DEIB Committee member

MVPs: Judy Simpson & Erica Bock, New Nember

Outstanding Communicator: Meggan Thompson, Perspectives Committee Member

Most Helpful: Stephanie Tillman, Active Member

Most Reliable: Anne Miller, Nominating Committee Member

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered on behalf of the JLC in the Cincinnati community this year. We appreciate the time and energy you continue to dedicate to our partner organizations! The intention is to grow this event and engagement every year to celebrate the work we do and one another as volunteers. Junior League of Cincinnati


Exploring Cincinnati’s Women-Owned Businesses By: Jenn Bakes


hile we may not be blessed with great weather in Cincinnati, what we do have are fantastic restaurants, bars & shops, many of which are owned by women! Follow this list supporting some of these local, women-owned businesses.

This day is focused in the OTR/Findlay Market area, so you can park your car (or rideshare) and be on foot for the rest of the day in one of our city’s most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Let’s start the day sustainably with brunch from Essen Kitchen, an entirely plant-based café run by a mother & daughter team, Patricia Bittner & Lida Bilokur. But make sure to leave some room – next we’re headed to a wine & cheese tasting at The Rhined, owned & operated by Stephanie Webster (who now also owns Oakley Wines). Once you’ve had all the cheese you can take, let’s give your stomach a break & do some shopping. There’s Lucca, a beautiful shop full of perfect gifts for others (or yourself); Artichoke, a luxury kitchenware shop; Churchill’s Fine Teas (don’t miss the samples!); and two lovely flower shops – The Budding Florist and Gia & the Blooms. If you’ve had enough activity for one day and are ready to head home, I highly recommend stopping by Dean’s Mediterranean first. Now run by Dean’s daughter, Kate, the shop features delicious pita wraps, flatbreads, feta frites, and more, plus specialty food items from around the world. If you’ve been craving a day out & are nowhere near ready to go home, you’re in luck- there are plenty more women-owned businesses nearby to explore! If you planned this day in advance, I hope you registered for the evening’s cooking class at Tablespoon Cooking Co. A classically-trained chef & culinary educator, owner Jordan Hamons (who is also a frequent supporter of the Junior League) has designed classes to feel more like a party, with drinks & a killer playlist to go along with the amazing food. Now time to complete the busy day with a nightcap – just head a couple of streets over to OTR Stillhouse, a newly-opened distillery & brewery owned by Michele Hobbs. Enjoy their award-winning blended whiskey while checking out their enormous indoor & outdoor spaces, & perhaps even catching some live music. This is just one neighborhood, and there are so many more wonderful, women-owned businesses throughout the Cincinnati region. Start making a list & get to exploring!

Family Nurturing Center Advocates for Ohio House Bills WHY OHIO HB 105 & HB 266 By Carrie M. Starts


he Family Nurturing Center has been following House Bill 105 and 266 in Ohio, as they directly relate to its mission. HB 105 regards age appropriate child sexual abuse instruction. It is part of the Erin’s Law initiative, to ensure children are taught to protect themselves. HB 105 would require all Ohio school districts, community schools, and STEM schools in Ohio provide age-appropriate, annual instruction on child sexual abuse prevention for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Currently HB 105 has passed the House and is in the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee. HB 266 regards statutes of limitation for rape and child sexual abuse. The bill would remove the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions of ORC § 2907.02, extend the period of limitations for a civil action by a victim of childhood sexual abose other than rape and remove the spousal exemption from ORC §


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2907.02. This bill has been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee. These bills, along with HB 270 and HB 263 in Kentucky, coincide with and will help further the mission of The Family Nurturing Center, which is to end the cycle of child abuse by promoting individual well-being and healthy family relationships. The Family Nurturing Center’s program, Stewards of Children, is a training that helps adults identify signs of child sexual abuse. This is a revolutionary prevention program that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. It uses real people and real stories to show one how to protect children. This program relates to HB 105 in that the goal is to educate adults and children in order to prevent childhood sexual abuse. If you have questions about these bills or how your support could help, please reach out to JLC’s Advocacy and Education team at

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The Last Three Years of Cookie Nowland Sustainer Award Winners Honored at this Year’s Luncheon By: Katie Ziegler

The Sustainers Luncheon took place on Wednesday, May 4th at the Cincinnati Country Club. The agenda was packed, with the winners of the last three Cookie Nowland Sustainer Awards being honored at this year’s event. The Cookie Nowland Sustainer Award recognizes a sustainer who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to volunteering, outstanding community service, and a commitment to the JLC.

Amelia Crutcher (2022)

Marty Humes (2021)

Digi Schueler (2020)

Amelia Crutcher is recognized as the award recipient for 2022. Amelia believes her parents planted the seed for giving back. When Amelia was in kindergarten through third grade her father served in the Korean War. While there he started a school. Back home Amelia and her mother organized drives for collecting school supplies, coats, clothing, etc. It became a way of life.

Marty Humes was honored with this award in 2021. Marty was inspired by the mom of a high school friend, who introduced her to the world of voluntarism.

Digi Schueler received the award in 2020, and when talking with her about what drives her to give back she shared, “I don’t want to miss out. I don’t want to miss an opportunity.”

She started by planning the junior prom and found she loved working with the school and the hotel and all the organization of the event. Some things don’t change. Marty’s internal drivers for volunteering can be found in her sense of joy and innate thoughtfulness. In quiet moments, she finds her talents for arts and crafts fuels her creative juices. Many of which the Junior League has benefitted.

Digi also moved here as a single woman, and she knew she needed to meet new people in a new city. There was this need for friendship. When Digi is not volunteering, she loves to cook and entertain, she enjoys reading and has a passion for the theater. She is also the family travel planner, every family needs one.

Amelia’s love of people comes through loud and clear. Amelia has very little uncommitted time but if she can find some, she lives to spend it playing games of all kinds. She also bleeds Wildcat Blue for her UK Alma Mater.


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HCDC, Inc, the Economic Development Office for Hamilton County gave Nancy Aicholz the Todd Portune Innovation Champion Award. As CEO of Aviatra, Nancy affects change within the community. The organization helps women founders grow their ideas and businesses. This is accomplished through education, coaching, mentoring, networking and access to capital.

Katey Baron

Katey Baron, attorney for the City of Cincinnati Solicitor’s Office is a 2022 PLEDGE (Promoting Lawyer Excellence & Driving Gender Equity) honoree. This award is given to women who possess notable legal experience and demonstrate exceptional legal talent and skill.

Rebecca Bryson

Rebecca Bryson was promoted to Senior Underwriter, Real Estate Banking at PNC Bank in January 2022 and received her sixth Market All Star Award in April 2022.

Lucy Broderick

Lucy Broderick and her husband, Kyle, welcomed a son, Jack Parian, on March 25, 2022. Mom, Dad and his sister, Cami, couldn’t be happier with their new addition.

Submit Your Milestone Mollie Lair

Mollie Lair and Kevin Flynn were married April 2, 2022 at St. Mary Church surrounded by friends and family and, of course, their dog Hank.

We love to celebrate you! Share your promotions, retirements, awards & nominations, new babies, engagements, weddings, and other milestones! Submit your milestone by logging into the JLC member site online at

Special Acknowledgements

The Junior League of Cincinnati is excited to announce a dedicated section of Perspectives to acknowledge donations that show support and celebrate each other and our loved ones. In each issue we will publish the donor’s name, honoree’s name and reason (if applicable) but not the amount. These donations can be for any reason and any amount. SOME POSSIBLE REASONS COULD BE: Celebration: marriage / birth / adoption / graduation / anniversary / new job / promotion In memory of: grandparent / parent / husband / child / friend / colleague In honor of: anyone for any reason, but no reason necessary To make a donation to be acknowledged in the Fall 2022 issue of Perspectives, go to or scan the QR code! Junior League of Cincinnati