Board of Directors

2017-2018 League Year 

Sarah Burns President

Sarah Burns is entering her 6th active year with the Junior League of Portland after joining in 2011. Her JLP involvement has centered around the Membership Council beginning as a Small Group Leader, then co-assistant chair and then chair of the Provisional Committee, during which time the committee successfully implemented a new Provisional educational program.  She spearheaded AJLI’s Membership Rollout and successfully created a more member centric League.

Sarah is a seventh-generation Oregonian.  She was born in Portland but grew up in Olympia, WA.  Sarah attended the University of Southern California where she earned a degree in Humanities and Music Performance.  Sarah is a trained opera singer and sang in the Portland Opera Chorus from 2006 to 2014.  She has worked as a real estate broker in the Portland metro area since 2007.  Sarah loves going on neighborhood walks with her dog, Bubbles and husband, Michael, cooking for friends and family, and enjoying all that Portland has to offer.  Sarah and Mike are welcoming their first baby boy this June as well!

Kristin Kilshaw President Elect

Enjoying her seventh Active year in the Junior League of Portland, Kristin has previously served as a two time Board member, VP of League Development and as VP of Membership, served on the Strategic Fund Development Council, as Co-Chair of the Provisional Committee and Chair of the Provisional Committee and chair of the 1910 Campaign

In previous volunteer roles Kristin served as a liaison for “Read Aloud”, a literacy program in the San Francisco public schools and volunteered bi-weekly with first graders in the Oakland Public School system working on reading and literacy proficiency.  She currently co-chairs the Auction Gala Committee for the French American International School where her daughters are in Kindergarten and Pre-School, and is a member of the Gala Committee for Marathon Partners, a non-profit focused on mentoring gifted but at risk children from grade 4 through college.

Currently, a stay at home mom to two young daughters, Kristin’s professional experience includes regional and national sales management and sales training.

A California native, she now lives in the Alphabet District and is enjoying learning more about leadership, non-profit management and the Portland community through her experience with the Junior League.

Tina Penman Secretary

Tina Penman, Secretary, is entering her 7th active year in the Junior League of Portland.  Since she joined in 2009, she has served as Fund Development Vice President, Administrative Vice President, Recruitment Chair, Northwest Exchange Chair, League Sales Chair, and Small Group Leader.  Tina has her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology and serves as a Regional Research Administrator for the Department of Defense.  She finds it rewarding to help others hear and communicate better with friends and family.  She also loves inspiring students through her role as an Adjunct Assitant Professor at Portland State University.  Her hobbies include indoor and outdoor cycling, adventuring with her fiancé and friends, and being a social butterfly!

Jessica Richey Treasurer

Jessica Richey has been a member of the Junior League of Portland since 2013. Jessica has previously served as the Membership Director, chair of the Member Connections Committee, and as a small group leader within the Provisional Committee. Jessica is excited to switch gears within the league to bring her investment and financial planning expertise to the role of Treasurer.

Jessica is originally from Tucson, Arizona and moved to Oregon during her high school years. She attended Linfield College and received her bachelor’s degree in Finance. Post-grad, Jessica obtained the Certified Financial Planning designation and now works as an advisor for Vista Capital Partners. She is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Oregon/SW Washington.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her loved ones, breaking a sweat in a spin or barre class, and exploring all the fun activities Portland and the Northwest have to offer.

Gina Ambrose Executive Vice President

Gina Ambrose, Executive Vice President, is serving her second year on the board of directors. During her five-year tenure within the league, she has served within the Membership Council as a Small Group Leader, as well as Assistant Chair and Chair of our End Domestic Violence committee and most recently was our Community Vice President.

Gina proudly hails from the great state of Iowa and attended Iowa State University where she received her B.S. in Marketing, International Business and French. During her senior year, Gina interned with her dream company, Nike, an opportunity she emphatically described in her interview as “her destiny”. She is still employed by Nike today as a Merchandise Manager for Men’s Training products in the Asia Pacific Latin America division.

In her free time, Gina has a passion for fashion and loves to sewing her own clothing. She also can be found outside training for an upcoming marathon or relay race. She also enjoys spending her time personalizing her first home, featured on the HGTV program, “House Hunters”.

Passionate about volunteering and positively impacting the lives of those in the community, Gina chose to join the Junior League of Portland because the Community Organizations and our mission with align closely with her values.

Tricia Rey Advisor to the Board

Tricia Ray has been a member of the Junior League of Portland since 2010 and is thrilled to be serving her 8th active year as an advisor to the board for the governance and management transition.  In her tenure at the JLP she has served as small group leader, assistant chair of member connections, chair of member connections, member of nominating and placement, and chair of nominating and placement.   Most recently she was a member of the governance and management committee taxed with assisting the league in the division of the board into separate governance and management roles.  This year, Tricia will serve on the board in an advisory role to assist the governance and management teams during this transitional year.

As a JLP trained volunteer, Tricia has been able to use her training to serve in many other volunteer organizations within the community.  For the past 8 years, she has served on the advisory committee to the head start program for the Salem-Keizer school district.  She also serves on the advisory committee to the Dental assisting program at Chemeketa Community College and last year she served as chair of this committee.  She has also volunteered for the Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile Day, and as a pediatric dentist for the Community Dental Program.

Personally, Tricia and her husband moved to Oregon in 2009 from New York and have enjoyed all the northwest has to offer.  She enjoys cooking, hiking, camping (actually glamping), gardening, and spending time with her children and husband.  Professionally, she is a board certified Pediatric Dentist and practices in South Salem.  She is also a small business owner and is active in the Oregon dental community.

Alex Johnson Strategic Vice President

Alex Johnson has been a member of the Junior League of Portland since 2014. She has previously served as the chair of JLP CAREs and Harvest Soiree. In her new role as the VP of Strategic Planning for the league, Alex is excited to leverage her professional expertise and turn her focus to her passion for strategy.

In her professional life Alex is the Director of Operations Support at Vacasa, a global vacation rental management company with over 1600 employees. She works with the leadership team on strategic planning for processes and structure to keep pace with the fast pace growth of the business. Her key responsibility is to analyze and advise on adjustments to procedures for efficiency and scalability.

In her spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with her husband, chasing around her 1.5 year old who has her wrapped around his little finger, and is expecting a new baby in the fall. She and her family are active on the weekends biking, making delicious meals, and enjoying the many places to explore in the Pacific Northwest.

Kate Carmack Nominating Vice President

Kate Carmack began her Junior League career while working at the White House in Washington, DC, transferred her membership to New York City and joined the Junior League of Portland as a Provisional in 2011.  Since then, Kate has served as a Small Group Leader, Provisional Assistant Chair, Charity Ball Founder and Committee Chair, Charity Ball Active Advisor and Member of the Nominating Committee.  Beyond the Junior League, Kate has demonstrated a commitment to community service and enrichment through her work as a Public Affairs Intern within the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US Department of State, as an Event Planner for the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities at the National Endowment for the Arts, as Board Secretary of her Homeowner’s Association, through her volunteer work with the OHSU Foundation & on humanitarian trips to 8 foreign countries.  As the mother of two young girls, she is committed to empowering women and improving her community.

Kirsten Leonard Sustainer to the Board

20 years after serving as President of JLP, Kirsten is happily back as the Sustainer Representative to the Board. During the time in-between, she volunteered on the boards of 20+ local/area/national organizations; chaired the 2016 Multnomah County Charter Review; and served on the successful Libraries Yes! campaign to bring stable funding to Multnomah County Library. She has edited books, magazines and interviews for clients as diverse as TIME/Warner, National Geographic and the Multnomah and Arlington Clubs. Kirsten was also the business manager for Lincoln High School, following work as a wealth manager, development director and community activist. Currently, Kirsten is involved with editing and college advising. Most importantly, Kirsten raised three lovely young women and will soon celebrate 35 years of marriage with my wonderful husband, the son of former Junior League of Portland President Delight Leonard. He well understands the need to train volunteers and support the community