The Junior League of Columbia Proudly Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

June 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC – The Junior League of Columbia (JLC) is a nonprofit organization of over 1,500 female volunteer members. The JLC invests over $150,000 in community programs every year and has awarded $320,000 in one-time enrichment grants over the past two years. The JLC hosts an annual Healthy Kids Fun Fair that is open to the public and free for all attendees. During the 2014 – 2015 League year volunteers completed over 100 community projects, gave over 6,500 hours of their time working in the Midlands community and served over 7,900 families.

The JLC announced its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. This year’s Board will be led by President Kim Dickerson Leighton. Leighton joined the League in 2002 and has served in various capacities to include: 80th Anniversary Chair, Healthy Kids with Special Needs Co-Chair, Vice-President for Community and President-Elect, among others.

“It is a privilege to serve as the 85th President of the Junior League of Columbia. This year, the Board and I will focus on our mission. We want to make sure we are sending trained volunteers out in the community” said Leighton. “This past year, we celebrated our 90thanniversary; I am thrilled to be part of an organization which gives us the opportunity to be trained leaders, to develop our potential and to impact the community.”


In addition to Leighton, the members of the Board include:

President-Elect                                                                 Jennifer Robinson

Vice President for Finance                                           Kenzie Newton

Vice President-Elect for Finance                                Michelle Clayton

Vice President for Communications                         Lee Patterson

Vice President for Community                                   Ashley Jaillette

Vice President-Elect for Community                        Sallie Harrell

Vice President for Membership                                Debbie Thompson

Recording Secretary                                                       Shannon Kvam

Nominating Chair                                                             Misty Burton

Strategic Planning Chair                                                 Mary Frances Jowers

Sustainer Representative                                             Jennifer Harding

Member at Large                                                             Jessica Shand

Member at Large                                                             Powers Tanis

Board Manager                                                                 Mandy Wren



About the Junior League of Columbia

The Junior League of Columbia, Inc. is an organization of women committed to the promotion of volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Together, the members of Junior League of Columbia, Inc. seek to strengthen the health and well-being of children and families in the Midlands.  For more information, visit