Our Leadership

The Junior League of Des Moines is overseen and managed by two governing bodies: the Board of Directors and a Management Team, respectively.

The Board of Directors serves to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and guide the strategic plans and goals of JLDM so as to support our mission.


2020-2021 Board of Directors

President: Monika Owczarski

Executive Vice President: Maria Lantz

Financial Vice President: Melissa Gesing

Secretary: Rachel Hardin

Leadership Development Director: Catherine Hillestad

Director At-Large: Kay Oskvig

Director At-Large: Jenica Lensmeyer

Past President: Meg Malloy


The Management Team oversees the day-to-day operations for JLDM and strengthens our impact in the Des Moines community. Where the Board develops the strategic goals, the Management Team develops the programs and activities to further and achieve those goals. The team includes five councils: Communications, Fund Development, Community Research and Development (CR&D), Membership, and Training and Education. Various committees are housed under each council.


2020-2021 Management Team

Community Research & Development Manager: Sarah Biermann

Fund Development Council Manager: Adrienne Gross

Membership Council Manager: Kara Van Nordstrand

Training & Education Council Manager: Vacant

Communications Council Manager: Annie Reser