Meet the New Member Team

Elizabeth Anderson

Membership Vice President

Hometown – Carrollton, TX

Profession –  Account Executive, Insurance Broker

Active Years in JLD – 8

Favorite League experience? –  Participating in our Research & Development process to select our community agency partners.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Check out new, local restaurants.

What woman inspires you? – The members of the JLD. They are change-makers who collaborate, innovate and actively work to better the Dallas community.

Annie Fernandez

Sustaining Advisor

Hometown –  Dallas, Texas

Profession –  I spent several years working for Dallas nonprofits before I got my dream job as a stay-at-home mom.

Active Years in JLD – 7

Favorite League experience? – Being part of T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute Class of 2016 -2017 was an incredible experience! It enhanced my leadership skills and helped me to identify and build on my existing strengths. T. Boone, like so many of my League experiences, also lead to lifelong friendships that I will always treasure.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – I love the Dallas Arboretum!  They have something fun to do for every season whether it’s seeing The 12 Days of Christmas, chasing my 3 year old daughter around the pumpkin patch or enjoying a picnic concert with my girlfriends in the summer. And my absolute favorite is seeing the tulips blooming in the spring!

What woman inspires you? – Joanna Clarke immediately comes to mind! She has been in the League for 20 years and has served in numerous roles. She was honored with being named as one of The Junior League of Dallas’ Selfless Women to Remember. She represents everything the Junior League of Dallas stands for and I am honored to know her!

Debbe Velasquez

New Member Chair

Hometown –  Dallas, TX

Profession – Biologic Pharmaceutical  Sales

Active Years in JLD – 5

Favorite League Experience? – Transfer Retreat. We created a welcoming environment for Junior League members transferring to Dallas. Seeing strangers turn into friends and sharing phone numbers, adding each other on social media felt so gratifying.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – I love going to White Rock Lake. I’ve ran competitively since the 7th grade. Running is a major part of my life and there’s no better view in town while putting in some miles.

What woman inspires you? – My mom. She’s a phenomenal woman who balanced a family, running her own business, real estate ventures and even survived cancer. I hope I can be a fraction of the woman she is.

Greer Johnson

Assistant Chair

Hometown – Atlanta, GA

Profession –  Senior Communications Specialist

Active Years in JLD –  4 JLD 2019 transfer class

Favorite League experience? – I participated in a transfer class project at ChildcareGroup. It was great helping prepare activities to support their students’ education at home, while working alongside other transfers I did not know prior to attending.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Finding new restaurants to eat and grab drinks

What woman inspires you? – Lori George Billingsley, global chief diversity and inclusion officer at The Coca-Cola Company

Ashley McCool

Prospective Outreach Coordinator

Hometown –  San Antonio, TX

Profession – Health care Administration

Active Years in JLD –  9

Favorite League experience –  Completing the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute and over the course of ten months, getting to know other ladies of the JLD in my class, learning about my strengths and growing personally and professionally.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Play golf with my family and friends

What woman inspires you? – My mom – for her strength, faith, and sense of humor

Krystle Craycraft

Event Coordinator

Hometown –  New York, NY

Profession –  Marketing Executive

Active Years –  7

Favorite League Experience? – When serving as Membership Vice President I oversaw the entire Active membership, ensuring happiness and fulfillment throughout each member’s JLD journey.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Biking around White Rock Lake.

What woman inspires you? – There are many big names I could list here, but big names start small. I am amazed year after year at each of our member’s collective passion to develop personally and drive positive change in our community.

Vidya Ayyr

Internal and External Outreach Coordinator

Hometown – Dallas, TX

Profession – Hospital Administration

Active Years in JLD – 5

Favorite League experience? – Serving as Diversity & Inclusion Chair 2017 – 18. Our team brought implicit bias training and promoted inclusion practices within the League. D&I still remains an important focus for the League and I am honored to have supported these efforts.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – I am a proud supporter the Dallas Arts District. With concerts at the DSO, events at Klyde Warren Park and late-night movies at the Nasher Sculpture Center, there’s always something fun to do!

What woman inspires you? – Eleanor Roosevelt, first-lady and social justice advocate, brought much attention to equal rights for women, African Americans and depression-era workers. As chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, she was the driving force in creating the universal Declaration of Human Rights which continues to be a road map for freedom and equality.

Natasha Alikhani

Marketing Coordinator

Hometown – Oklahoma City, OK

Profession – Cardiothoracic Implant Specialist

Active Years in JLD – This is my first Active year!

Favorite League experience? – The Special Interest Groups! I have had the best time collaborating with other members and expanding my opportunities to enjoy new experiences.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – EAT! As an amateur food critic, Dallas has some of the most diverse and unique eateries! Need a recommendation? I’m your girl!

What woman inspires you? – Katherine Graham. She was the first ever female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company and editor of The Washington Post. She taught me one of the most important things about my career…  “To love what you do and feel that it matters– How could anything be more fun?”

Mallory Shelton

Sponsor and Data Coordinator

Hometown – Arlington, TX

Profession – Real Estate Associate and Photographer

Active Years in JLD – 9

Favorite League experience? – JLD Provisional Retreat / volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House Dallas

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Explore the Arboretum with my family

What woman inspires you? – My mom – her activism to be inclusive and to give back to her community

Theresa Hill

Member-at-Large

Hometown – Wichita Falls, TX

Profession – Consulting Manager

Active Years in JLD – 12

Favorite League experience? – I have had so many wonderful League experiences – it is hard to choose just one! Previously, I supported our strategy and strategic planning efforts.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – I really love all of the urban greenspace! I really enjoy visiting places like Glencoe Park, Turtle Creek Park, the Nature Preserve in Plano, Klyde Warren Park and many other parks and trails.

What woman inspires you? – There are many inspirational women we can learn from. Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousifazi and many others.

Jennifer Goebel

Member-at-Large

Hometown – Plano, TX

Occupation – General Manager

Active Years in JLD – 5

Favorite League experience? – Creating a retreat for members who transferred into the League from other cities. We impacted new members joining the Dallas League while also meeting some of my closest friends!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Exploring food and live shows

What woman inspires you? – Brené Brown

Sarah Wilson

Member-at-Large

Hometown – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Profession – Medical Education Coordinator

Active Years in JLD – 3

Favorite League experience? – Auction release party. It was a great way to meet more ladies and share about the League while previewing some of the items that were going to be available at that year’s JLD Auction Party. Plus, the place (Park Place Volvo) was super cool! It was a lot of fun.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – I love going to White Rock Lake. Being from Florida, it’s my best option for getting near water. But the park is also so open and inviting to jog, fly kites, have a drive or just sit and relax. It also has a great dog park.

What woman inspires you? – I’ve been lucky to learn from incredible women over the years with varying backgrounds and accomplishments. They all share a vision for their purpose and have an unapologetic passion to dedicate themselves to serving people to that end. They are empathetic toward humanity and walk confidently with self-aware humility. I’ve seen this in global leaders but also in some of my closest friends who are teachers, advocates, performers and health care workers.

Yvette Medina

Member-at-Large

Hometown – Hebbronville, TX, Transferred to JLD

Profession – Customer Experience; Education Technology

Active Years in JLD – 6

Favorite League experience? – Early dinner and Dallas Zoo Lights volunteer shift with the JLD ladies

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dallas? – Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

What woman inspires you? – Dolores Huerta, my honorary sorority sister