The Junior League of Pensacola Celebrates First Woman of Color President

The Junior League of Pensacola (JULEP) welcomes its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, the team of women who will lead the charitable, educational organization throughout its 63rd year. The newly elected Board of Directors includes Tori Woods, who will serve as President in 2019-2020, becoming the first African-American and woman of color President in the Junior League of Pensacola’s history. She will be succeeded in 2020-2021 by Dr. Kimberly Thomas, currently serving as President-Elect, who then will become the second African-American and woman of color to serve in these roles.

The Junior League of Pensacola celebrated the very special and important milestone welcoming incoming president Tori Woods as the first woman of color president in the League’s 63-year history on Thursday, May 30th at the annual May Dinner held at Pensacola Yacht Club.

Woods has been a member of the Junior League of Pensacola for four years during which time she lead the Kids in the Kitchen program and served as Community Impact CoChair as well as President Elect. She is a past recipient of both the Member Merit and annual Ray of Sunshine membership awards. Woods also serves as President of Escambia County Council of PTAs/PTSAs. She was recently honored by the Pensacola Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the Servant Leader award. Woods is an alum of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She received her degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She also completed nursing school and is a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Certified Community Health Worker.

“From day one, the Junior League embraced me and I am forever grateful. I am excited to work with the incoming board to make sure this year is as amazing for our members as my new member year was.” says Woods. “I am excited about this year and look forward to passing the gavel to my dear friend Kimberly Thomas in 2020.”

Woods will be succeeded by Dr. Kimberly Thomas, President Elect, who will be the Junior League of Pensacola’s second woman of color President in the 2020-2021 year. President Elect Thomas, Assistant Principal of Escambia County Schools, also serves as the President of the Escambia County Association of School Administrators.

In addition to electing Tori Love Woods as President, the Junior League of Pensacola also welcomed its new Board of Directors. The 2019-2020 Board of Directors includes:

Tori Woods, President
Kimberly Thomas, President-Elect
Lori Ptacek, Secretary
Catie Dalton, Treasurer
Katherine Murphy, Treasurer-Elect
Jessica Andrade, Personnel Chair
Judy Tice, Sustainer Liaison
Amanda Stannard, Member-at-Large
Community Impact Chair, Ann Novakowski
Cookbook Chair, Cassie Hagaman
Evening in White Chair, Contessia Gibson
Fund Development Chair, Lauryn Adams
Market Basket Chair, Catherine Rowan
Marketing and Communications Chair, Brooke Policicchio
Membership Development Chair, Katie Gillooly
Membership Engagement Chair, Jennifer Hill-Faron
Research, Evaluation & Development (RED) Chair, Laura Griffin
State Public Affairs (SPAC) Chair, Lisa York
Women’s Empowerment Chair, Jan Cote

This team of women will lead the Junior League of Pensacola through both fundraising and service initiatives designed to have lasting societal impact in the Pensacola Bay Area. Please join us in congratulating these accomplished women who will lead our League in 2019-2020. We are confident that, with this group at the helm, our League will continue to live its mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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