Shreveport, LA – June 2015: The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. (JLSB) announced the election of its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. President Lila Knicely will lead the Board of the non-profit organization, which has 36 provisional, 196 active and 512 sustaining members. Knicely, whose great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hughes Tucker, served as President of the JLSB in 1941-1942, will help usher the iconic organization into its 83rd year of community service. In addition to Knicely, the JLSB’s Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year are:

  • President-Elect Melissa Flores
  • Secretary Katie Baker
  • Treasurer Leah Feldt
  • Community Vice President Stacy Smith
  • Membership Vice President Laurel Brightwell
  • Communications Vice President Kelly Powell
  • Ways and Means Vice President Heather Fulco
  • Placement Chairman Kendra Meiki
  • Project Research and Development Chairman Rachel James
  • Assistant Treasurer Heather Price
  • Nominating Chairman Emily Nickelson
  • Sustainer Advisor Toni Thompson

“In an effort to meet the needs of our community, we support a wide variety of projects both financially and with our volunteer efforts,” said Knicely. “These projects address an array of issues from childhood obesity to literacy and child safety.” Since 1933, the JLSB has been actively building a better community through such projects as the Red River Revel, LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center, and Rutherford House. Current League community projects include Between the Lines, which promotes literacy and strengthens bonds between incarcerated parents and their children; Bingo at University Health Hospital; Health Literacy Initiative Summer Camp; Kids in the Kitchen; Safe Sitter; and Super Safety Saturday at Sheriff’s Safety Town.

“As we look back, it becomes apparent that one of the things that makes our organization so special and helps it remain relevant after 82 years of serving our community is its ability to adapt and change,” said Knicely. “As we move forward in a rapidly changing world, we embrace the challenges within our community and look constantly for new ways to effect positive change.”