2017-2018 League Year
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.
Emily Owens- Membership Director
Emily Owens, Membership Director, is entering her third active year in the Junior League of Portland, having served on the Membership Council each year previous. After her Provisional Year, she was a Small Group Leader and Provisional Assistant Chair. She’s attended Northwest Exchange twice – a favorite Junior League event. Passionate about the Junior League’s mission, Emily believes that the people donating their time are the most important, so she’s thrilled to be working towards bettering the membership experience.
A Portland native and 5th generation Oregonian, Emily has also lived in Europe and flew south for the warm weather of California to get a BA in English Literature at the University of Redlands. After working professionally in the non-profit sector for three years, Emily switched career paths and joined the exciting life style of real estate!
Outside of work you could find Emily working out and organizing clubs at the Multnomah Athletic Club and socializing across the city with friends, strangers, and her dog, Millie.
Katie Van Alyne- Finance Director
Katie Van Alyne, Finance Director, is entering her third active year in the Junior League of Portland, having served on the Membership and Finance Councils in previous years. After her Provisional Year, she was a Small Group Leader and then Chair of the FInance Committee. Katie credits the Junior League with giving her some of her best friends. Katie loves working behind the scenes on league activities and enjoys using her finance skills to better the community.
Katie hails from a tiny town in Northeast Washington where she lived for the first eighteen years of her life. She relocated to Portland in the fall of 2010 to attend the University of Portland where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting. After college, Katie worked for a health insurer for two years then transferred to working for a Fortune 100 company in their accounting department.
Outside of work you can find Katie watching baseball, searching for whales on the coast or brunching with her friends.
Danielle Caldwell- Fund Development Director
Danielle Caldwell, Fund Development Director, is in her fifth Active year in the league and first year on the Management Team. Danielle has previously served as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee, member of the Gingerbread Jamboree Committee, and most recently, Chair of the Gingerbread Jamboree Committee for two years.
Danielle was born and raised in Westchester, New York. She attended UNC Charlotte where she earned her Bachelors in Business Administration. After graduating she moved back home and started her full time career working for Institutional Investor, coordinating conferences for asset managers and hedge funds. While working in NYC, she attended NYU and received a Certificate in Meetings and Special Events. She then went on to earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) from the Convention Industry Council. Since moving away from the Northeast, Danielle has worked for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and at Lewis & Clark College where she was Associate Director of Conferences & Events. Currently, Danielle is a stay at home mom and a business owner.
Danielle is married to her husband Robert and together they have two daughters, Sophia and Isabelle. In her spare time she loves to workout, bake, knit, read and go wine tasting. Although she loves living in Oregon, she takes advantage of going back to New York to visit her family every chance she has.
Annie Bacon- Community Development Director
Annie Bacon, Community Development Director, has been part of the Junior League of Portland since 2011. She most recently served as Executive Assistant to the board, Member of the Between the Lines and Nominating and Placement Committee and Assistant Chair and Chair to the Stop Human Trafficking Committee.
As a native Oregonian, she attended University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in General Science and Minor in Business Administration and Chemistry. Annie moved to Boston, MA to attend New England College of Optometry. After graduating from Optometry school she returned to Portland and married her college sweet heart, Brian. Annie opened Eye Department, Eyewear & Eye Care to pursue her career ambition of owning and operating her own practice.
She has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and currently a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon. In her spare time she enjoys craft projects, spending time with her husband, traveling and recently picked up pickle ball!
Annie joined Junior League of Portland to help partner with other women to positively impact the most vulnerable population in our community, children. She is looking forward to joining the Junior League of Portland management team.
Leanna Petrone- Information Director
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Leanna Petrone, League Development Vice President, is in her sixth Active year in the league and first year on the Board of Directors. Leanna has previously served as a Small Group Leader on the Membership Council, as Co-Chair of the Recruitment Committee for two years, and most recently as the Marketing and Communications Chair.
In previous volunteer roles Leanna served as charity Marathon runner and mentor for the Leukemia, Lymphoma and American Cancer Societies in New York City. She was also an active member of the professional organization Women for Success benefiting Oregon’s Dress for Success providing training and business attire to women reentering the workforce.
Leanna is a full time mom of two and a Rodan + Fields skincare business owner. Her professional experience includes nearly a decade as a New York City fashion designer and upon returning to Oregon Leanna had a successful boutique of her own in the Pearl.
She finds balance through her love of physical activity, and enjoys her daily workouts of biking, running, yoga, barre, and her newest passion Zumba! Leanna is driven by the joy of the constant chasing of two active children, the support from of her “partner in crime” husband and fulfillment she gets from her dedication to the Junior League of Portland!