The Junior League of Madison is led by a volunteer board, elected annually by our membership.
Jocelyn Braun, President
Jocelyn Braun serves as the president of the Junior League of Madison and chair of JLM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team. She’s been an active member of JLM since 2008 having served on the membership, communications, and community teams in leadership and non-leadership roles. Jocelyn’s passion for League lies in supporting its members so that League can make the very best impact possible in the community.
Professionally, Jocelyn lends her 13 years of communications and strategic planning experience to Braun Painting, a company she and her husband Mike started in 2009. Additionally, she’s a permit substitute teacher with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Jocelyn and Mike have three boys, Fischer, Finnley, and Crosby. In her spare time she enjoys the hiking, reading and spending time with her family.
Jen Brydges, President Elect
Jen Brydges serves as the President Elect 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-Elect
Kate Karre serves as the President Elect-Elect for the Junior League of Madison. She has been an active member for 2 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.
Kate Hattery-Groskopf, Nominating Chair
Kate Hattery-Groskopf 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. Even though most would believe the contrary, Kate dislikes telling people, “No, you can’t do that.” Instead, she makes every effort to identify creative solutions to each HR and non-HR related issue that comes her way.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and she is an avid UW sports fan. Kate married her husband, Brian, in August 2012, and is the mother of two beautiful fur-babies, Penelope and Odysseus (Penny and Odie for short) who are the loves of her life so far. In her free time, Kate enjoys being part of multiple organizations, including the Junior League of Madison, 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.
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 1 year 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.
Linsey Laufenberg, Finance Vice President
Linsey Laufenberg is the Finance Vice President for the Junior League of Madison. She has been a member of the Junior League of Madison since 2015 and has served as chair of Mistletoe Market and Funding & Development, as well as a member of the Nominating committee.
Linsey works as a Customer Relationship Manager at Forte, a clinical research technology company. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her work and Junior League commitments, Linsey teaches step aerobics and is active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish.
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 has since spent the past ten years in residential property management, which enabled her to move through cities across the US before finding a home in Madison. She is currently the Residential Portfolio Manager at Urban Land Interests, overseeing marketing, operations and advising in new apartment developments. Outside of JLM, her career, and family time, Marissa enjoys CycleBar and yoga classes, a good glass of Cabernet or Champagne, and being anywhere near water and in nature.