Junior League of Dallas Appoints New Board, Kicks Off Its ‘Next 100 Years’ 

The Junior League of Dallas is looking to its second century of service after celebrating the organization’s centennial this year. The Dallas group, which started in 1922 and now has nearly 4,500 members, aims to help women flourish and to impact Dallas’ most critical issues.

“We are as dedicated as we have ever been to developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and addressing critical needs in Dallas through the effective action and leadership of our trained volunteers,” said newly appointed Board President Emily Somerville-Cabrera in a recent president’s note. 

Somerville-Cabera says the group has a “bold new strategic plan” that will guide the organization over the next five years. The forward-looking plan is focused on three areas: “reviving the member experience, redefining community, and reimagining training.”

Left to right, top row first: Emily Somerville, Christina Eubanks, Bonner Allen, Heather Lorch, Isabell Novakov Higginbotham, Jacqueline Wasem, Jessica Pantano, Katy Ratley, Kristen Shear, LaNasha Houze, Lara Bubalo Manor, Marisa Partin, Megan LaDriere White, and Rhonda Williams

Here is the new board of directors:


Emily Somerville, president

Christina Eubanks, president elect

Isabell Novakov Higginbotham, administrative vice president

Jacqueline Wasem, communications vice president,

Katy Ratley, community vice president

Marisa Partin, development vice president

Lanasha Houze, diversity and inclusion vice president

Rhonda Williams, finance vice president

Heather Lorch, membership vice president

Lara Bubalbo Manor, secretary

Megan Ladriere White, signature projects vice president

Kristen Shear, strategy vice president

Jessica Pantano, training vice president

Bonner Allen, sustainer advisor

Go here for a full list of the group’s leadership council.

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