The Junior League of Madison is led by a volunteer board, elected annually by our membership.
Kate Karre, President
Kate Karre serves as the President for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for 4 years and has served on the Communications, Finance and Membership teams. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Kate served as the New Member Chair for Membership.
Kate was born and raised in Madison, and earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Edgewood College. She has more than 12 years of human resources experience, and works as an Team Success Manager at Wellbe. Kate’s other interests include traveling, reading, and checking out Madison’s wonderful restaurant scene.
Marissa Young, President Elect
Marissa Young is the President Elect Elect for the Junior League of Madison. Marissa joined JLM in 2016 and has previously served as Treasurer, on the Membership team as an adviser as well as on the Funding and Development and Community teams.
Marissa grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management. She began her professional career coaching competitive gymnastics, a sport she was also competitive in until college. She then spent the next decade in residential property management, overseeing marketing, operations and advising in new apartment developments. Marissa now serves as Director of Business Development for JP Cullen, a fifth generation, Wisconsin grown contractor and construction management company.
Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, passing on her love for sports and nature, and ‘reluctantly’ cheering on the Badgers any chance she gets!
Sam Sullivan, Communications Vice President
Sam Sullivan is the Communications Vice President for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for 2 years and has also served on the Membership and Community teams.
Sam is creative and brand strategist for a family of home service brands, with over 10 years of marketing and design experience. She and her husband moved to Madison two and a half years ago from soulful Memphis, TN and have loved taste-testing every cheese curd they can get their hands on, snowshoeing in the winter and soaking up sunny afternoons on the Union Terrace.
Kate Hattery-Groskopf, Membership Vice President
Kate Hattery-Groskopf serves as the Membership VP for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for the past 7 years serving on the Finance and Membership Teams, as well as the Nominating Committee, and has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee twice. Most recently, Kate served as Membership Secretary.
Kate is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and she is an avid UW sports fan, and is a Human Resources professional for the State of Wisconsin, beginning her career with the state in October 2011. She worked for the Department of Health Services and is currently with the Department of Workforce Development, where she administers the agency’s job classification and compensation programs.
Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, her son Eddie, and her two beautiful fur-babies, Penny and Odie. In her free time, Kate enjoys being part of multiple organizations focused on supporting and empowering women and children in her community and across the Midwest, as well as traveling, reading, crafting, boating, and staying physically active, usually by playing sports.
Emily Sulik, Community Vice President
Emily Sulik is the Community VP for the Junior League of Madison. She joined in 2018 and has served on the Finance, Communications, and Membership teams as well as on the Nominating Committee.
A resident of the Madison area for over 10 years, she loves to spend time with friends and family, play trivia, and find the perfect spot to read. Emily studied Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently a SQL Report Writer.
Ellyn Schmelz, Finance Vice President
Crystal Weinberger, Nominating Chair
Crystal Weinberger serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for 5 years, since transferring from the Junior League of Minneapolis. She has served on the Membership and Communications teams. Most recently, Crystal served as the Webmaster for the last 3 years.
A native of Wisconsin, Crystal graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004 with Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration in 2013 from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her professional experience includes over 15 years of administrative service in the fields of healthcare, nonprofit management and academic medicine.