“When you volunteer, you are not paid in money or recognition,
you are paid in love. People may forget what you said, and people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

The Junior League of New Orleans Sustaining Advisor to the Board of Directors is Brandy Baechle Whisnant. This position encompasses a historical perspective and provides practical guidance from a sustaining member who has previously held the position of President. Brandy calls upon her volunteer and leadership experience to advise Board members and assist with making decisions on membership, fund development, community projects, administration and strategic planning.

After joining the Junior League of New Orleans in 1999, Brandy dedicated her volunteer efforts to the Community Council. She chaired the Community Assistance Fund and oversaw our relationships with Samuel J. Green Charter School and Teach for America. After Hurricane Katrina, she held a two-year position as chair of the Project Recovery committee, which provided a wide range of opportunities for members to volunteer at various agencies throughout Metropolitan New Orleans, including Katrina Krewe, City Park, Preservation Resource Center, Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and Bloomin’ Deals. Brandy served as JLNO’s President from 2012-2013, and her favorite placement was spent as the Community Council Director in the 2009-2010 League year. Prior to this placement, most of her years as an Active member were chairing or vice-chairing individual projects. Serving as a Council Director enabled her to have a more global perspective of all of JLNO’s community projects and see first-hand what a huge impact JLNO has in the community.

Brandy and her husband Tom own and operate Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry, a jewelry store on Royal Street and a generous JLNO supporter. In addition to working with the store, Brandy is a part-time real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty New Orleans. Her volunteer experience exemplifies what JLNO hopes its members accomplish, extending positive impact far beyond JLNO and into other nonprofit organizations. She has co-chaired Julia Jump, a fundraiser for the Preservation Resource Center, and contributed time and resources to several other events benefiting Edible Schoolyard and Louise S. McGehee School. Originally from Baton Rouge, Brandy received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University.

Residing in Lakeview, Brandy and Tom have three daughters: Mary Parker (13), who attends St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Addy (8) and Ella (6), who attend Louise S. McGehee. Brandy appreciates all that JLNO members do. She is inspired by the Actives and Provisionals who take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer and share their talents with the League, and Sustainers who continue to do amazing things in our community with the skills that they learned in JLNO.