Our Mission:

To improve the quality of life in the community

through volunteer service and fund development

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Kelly Burr Kofflin, President, president@jjwl.org

Kelly joined the Jackson Junior Welfare League in the spring of 2014. Since joining, Kelly has served as the community projects chair for 2 terms, Nominating & Placement Chair, the done in a day chair, and Gala co-chair. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Central Michigan University and works as the executive director of the Shop Rat Foundation. Community service is a priority for Kelly and she serves on the Jackson Symphony Guild board, Jackson Young Professionals community service committee, Cradle 2 Career middle school action team and volunteers at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Kelly and her husband Pete have 3 fur babies: Boone, Murphy and Leo. Kelly enjoys baking, spinning classes and reading.

Angela Weatherby, Nominating and Placement Chair, nominatingandplacement@jjwl.org

Angela joined JJWL in 2013 and is currently serving as the Nominating and Placement Chair. She has also served as the Community Projects Chair (2016/2017). Angela is a graduate of both the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Michigan State University College of Law (Go Blue!). She is currently an attorney at Inosencio & Fisk, PLLC, which is located in downtown Jackson. Angela grew up in Jackson and is a graduate of Lumen Christi Catholic High School. As a Jackson native, Angela is passionate about working with organizations that strive to make a positive impact on the Jackson community. She also serves on the board of the Jackson Community Foundation and Jackson Friendly Home. Angela enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, James, and her son.

Kelly Velker, Secretary Elect, secretary@jjwl.org

Kelly joined JJWL in 2013. Last year she served as Gala co-chair. Kelly is married with three rambunctious girls. She is a temporarily retired RN and Younique presenter. Her hobbies include reading, playing in the yard, and spending time with her kiddos. Kelly also serves as a board member at God’s Garden Daycare, and is a steering member of MOPS.

Cinamon Branigan, Treasurer, treasurer@jjwl.org

Cinamon joined JJWL in 2014. She is a graduate of Jackson High (2003), Central Michigan University (Bachelor of Science) and Michigan State University (Master of Social Work). She is employed at Community Action Agency as an Early Childhood Specialist for Early Head Start. She is married to Matt, and they have two boys: Connor and Hudson. Cinamon enjoys volunteering, and is also involved with Jackson’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and United Way Women’s Leadership Council. In her free time she scrapbooks, spends time with family, and cooks.

Monica Bennasch, Treasurer Elect

Monica joined the JJWL in 2016. In her free time she enjoys spending time in her garden, exercising and reading as much as she can. In addition to serving with the JJWL, Monica also volunteers with the Rotary Club.

Sarah Ludwig, Membership and Sustainer Chair, membership@jjwl.org

Sarah has been a member of the Junior League since 2013. She is a Jackson native, graduate of Lumen Christi, with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from WMU and a Master's Degree in Reading from Spring Arbor University. Sarah currently teaches Kindergarten at Hunt Elementary. She is married to Aaron, with one child, Rilynn. Sarah enjoys volunteering in the community and helping others, and is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching sports (Go Blue!), running, and Zumba.

Stephanie Belcher, Communications Committee Chair, communications@jjwl.org

Stephanie joined the Junior League in 2016. She is a transplant from Wisconsin, and works as a statistician at Henry Ford Allegiance Health. Stephanie and her husband Del enjoy exercising, traveling, and watching way too much Netflix. Stephanie is a graduate of Ripon College, and earned her Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stephanie serves on the JSO’s Music on Tap Board, and is an active member of Westwinds Community Church.

Lacy Myers, Warm the Children Co-Chair, warmthechildren@jjwl.org

Lacy joined JJWL in 2015. She is a graduate of Albion College, and is a Portfolio Manager at Flagstar Bank. She is married to Kurtis, and has two sons: Gavin and Kason. Lacy enjoys traveling and golfing.

Kristina Kulka, Warm the Children Co-Chair, warmthechildren@jjwl.org

Kristina joined the Welfare League in 2015. In addition to serving as co-chair of Warm the Children Kristin also volunteers at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter by serving dinners. In her spare time she playing golf, yoga, and watching her children play sports.

Melinda Kohn, Gala Co-Chair, gala@jjwl.org

Melinda joined the Junior League in 2013, when she returned to her native Jackson hometown. She is married to Adam, and has two beautiful boys, Oskar and Griffon. Melinda is a graduate of University of Michigan, and earned her Master's degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Mayo School of Health Sciences. She works as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for Henry Ford Allegiance Health. She enjoys reading, biking, and spending time with her family. 

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