2017-2018 Board of Directors

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

Dena Gullickson, President

Dena Gullickson currently serves as President for the Junior League of Madison. Dena has been a member of the Junior League since 2009, serving on various committees including chairing League’s premier fundraising event, Bowling Ball, two consecutive years, engaging with & training incoming new members to the Madison League, assisting with our newest fundraiser, Mistletoe Market, and serving on the board for the past two years towards her role as President.

In her professional life, Dena is the Human Resources Manager with Stevens Construction Corp., where she enjoys being able to assist others during the course of their career. In addition to the Junior League, Dena also sits on various committees and boards, including the ABC of WI Human Resources Committee, the Latino Academy of Workforce Development’s Steering Committee, United Way’s HIRE Committee, the Madison Area SHRM, and the Leadership Greater Madison class of 2015. In her spare time you’ll find Dena enjoying time at her country home in Lodi with her husband Mark and her two beloved Labs.

Kirsten Reader, President Elect

Kirsten Reader is in her fifth active year with the Junior League of Madison, having served as Community VP and All Dressed Up Chair in previous League years. Her favorite part of League is All Dressed Up and helping underprivileged high school girls choose the prom dress of their dreams.

Kirsten graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. During the day, Kirsten works for the State of Wisconsin as a Division Administrator. Outside of work and Junior League, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and dog, reading and cooking. They reside in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Kristy Reed, President Elect-Elect

Kristy Reed has been an active member of JLM since 2010, and spent her first two years on the committee of our signature event, All Dressed Up. Kristy then chaired our annual fundraiser, Bowling Ball, and the Funding and Development committee.

Kristy graduated from UW-LaCrosse, with a degree in Finance. Co-owner and CEO of a private wealth advisory firm, Sky’s Edge Wealth, Kristy has been a financial advisor for over 18 years and enjoys mentoring new advisors and the challenges the ever changing financial industry provides. In addition to Junior League, Kristy leads an annual Habitat for Humanity build and Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. She is also active as a volunteer coach for her children’s sports. Kristy and her husband, Brent, reside in Monona with their two children, Lauren and Avery. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Badger athletics, working out and flower gardening.

Cammie Sorensen, Past President

Shortly after graduating from UW-Madison, Cammie went to work in her dad’s wealth management firm, where she works with women and families, offering fresh financial concepts to individuals who are committed to making a lasting impact on their particular slice of the world.

Cammie is passionate about giving back, finds herself passionately immersed in a number of charitable organizations. She was also selected to be part of Leadership Greater Madison, a year-long intensive in civic leadership. Cammie was recently featured in In Business magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Cammie is described as a Connector – one that thrives in helping find ways to connect people with other people or tools or places or support. People are what make the world go ’round, and connecting them makes it all the more electric.

Valerie Chesnik, Communications Vice President

Valerie Chesnik is the Marketing and Development Manager for the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools. She has a deep knowledge of the Madison area and strong non-profit background, having worked at Monona Terrace and Madison Children’s Museum, and as the Community Relations Associate at Madison Magazine.

Valerie’s focus of work includes public relations, strategic communications, and donor development. She works to make sure the Foundation’s message and goal in the community are clear, as well as build engagement and support for Madison public schools.

Valerie is a Madison native, a graduate of West High School, and attended UW-Madison, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is involved with several other non-profits outside of Junior League, including United Way Women’s Leadership, Shelly Glover Fund, Lily’s Fund, AFP-Madison, and New Leaders Council.

In her free time, Valerie coaches a local swim club and enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants.

Susie Younkle, Community Vice President

Susie Younkle first joined the Junior League in Chicago, where she was an active member for 5 years before moving back to Wisconsin. She has been involved in numerous League community and membership roles, most recently as New Member Chair for the past 2 years.

Susie serves on the board of several other non-profit organizations in Madison: the Wisconsin Union Association (where she is Finance Committee Chair), the Madison Public Library Foundation, and the Monroe Street Farmers Market. Professionally, Susie is Program Director for MERLIN Mentors, sponsored by University Research Park, coordinating volunteer mentors and active teams that assist early-stage entrepreneurs. Susie also enjoys helping start and grow businesses, with a particular focus on the financial aspects of start-ups. She currently manages accounting for a few small businesses. Susie is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business with a degree in Finance. She and her husband, Matt, live in Madison with their two young children.

Linda Passaglia, Finance Vice President

Linda Passaglia serves as the Finance Vice President for the Junior League of Madison. Linda first joined the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties in 2013 where she was an active member for 2 years before relocating for her career to Madison. In 2015, Linda transferred her membership to the Junior League of Madison and has served on the Mistletoe Market committee.

Linda graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in accounting. Linda has over 18 years of experience with RSM US where she is an audit partner. Linda and her husband, Mark, reside in Madison with their two sons, Joey and Jonny. Linda enjoys spending her spare time doing yoga, playing golf and watching her boys play sports.

Jocelyn Braun, Membership Vice President

Jocelyn Braun serves as the Membership Vice President for the Junior League of Madison. Having been an Active member since 2008, Jocelyn has served on the membership, communications, and community teams in leadership and non-leadership roles. Jocelyn’s passion for League lies in supporting its new and incoming 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. In addition to running a family business, Jocelyn and Mike have three boys, Fischer, Finnley, and Crosby. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Kluesner, Sustainer Vice President

Elizabeth is from Madison, Wisconsin, and has a BS and Masters Degree from the UW-Madison. Elizabeth is currently the liaison for the DNR to local and federal government. Previously, she was the Nature is our Business project coordinator at the Department of Natural Resources. She also served as Kathleen Falk’s Director of Policy and Program Development for Dane County, where her primary duties focused on land acquisition, recreation, land use, and transportation planning. Elizabeth has also worked for the DNR as the agency’s legislative liaison and as the executive assistant to DNR Secretary Scott Hassett.

Elizabeth is married to husband Dave, with two children, Katherine – 20 and Teddy – 16.  In the past, she has served as the President of the Junior League of Madison, volunteered for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony program, and was the Vice President and Fundraising Chair for the Wildcat Youth Hockey Club in Waunakee. She currently sits on the Natural Heritage Land Trust Board and the Edgewood Parent Committee. She enjoys running, hiking, traveling with family, and watching Katherine and Teddy engaged in their passions – music and hockey, respectively.