2021-2022 Board of Directors

The Junior League of Madison is led by a volunteer board, elected annually by our membership.

Jen Brydges, President Elect

Jen Brydges serves as the President for the Junior League of Madison. She joined JLM in 2014 and has served in a variety of roles on the Membership team. Jen also chaired of JLM’s Developing Youth Leadership Scholarship Initiative.

Jen graduated from UW Green Bay with a degree in Political Science and Public Administration and from California State University-Los Angeles with a master’s in Political Science.  Jen works for AMPED Association Management and has five years of strategic planning, program management, and governance experience in both associations and the for-profit sector. She loves spending time with her husband Joe and spunky daughter Kennedy, has a passion for personal and professional growth, enjoys traveling, wine, writing, and finding ways to be creative in work and play.

Kate Karre, President Elect

Kate Karre serves as the President Elect for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for 3 years and has served on the Communications, Finance and Membership teams. Most recently, 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 10 years of human resources experience, and works as an HR Administrator for Johnson Block and Company, Inc. Kate’s other interests include traveling, reading, and checking out Madison’s wonderful restaurant scene.


Sarah Barnes, Nominating Chair

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.

Erica Martin, Community Vice President

Erica Martin serves as Community Vice President of the Junior League of Madison. She previously participated in the Community team, the Membership team, and the Speak Up planning committee. Erica joined the Junior League of Madison after volunteering at the Junior League of Madison’s All Dressed Up for many years and witnessing the impact the Junior League of Madison had on serving the community and developing women leaders.

Erica is a long-time resident of Madison, growing up in the area and earning both her bachelor of science degree and graduate-level capstone certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Professionally, Erica leads practice advancement initiatives to support health care professionals in providing optimal patient care. Outside of Junior League of Madison and her career, Erica spends time visiting with family and friends, practicing yoga, trying new restaurants, playing volleyball, and cheering on the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers.

Ellyn Schmelz, Finance Vice President

Marissa Young, Membership Vice President

Marissa Young is the Membership Vice President 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!