This summer we had the chance to catch up with some of our newest Junior League of New Orleans Sustainers and hear what plans they have for the new chapters of their League journeys. Many years after their first community shift, and many, many memories later, they are all excited to continue their involvement with the New Orleans community – and relax and spend time with their families. For those of us that are just beginning our Junior League journey, it’s wonderful to hear that these women not only made lifelong friends in the League that they continue to stay in touch with today, but that they also plan to remain active with the League and all that it has to offer sustainers. Read on to hear from them in their own words.

Chrissy Carmody

“This year, in addition to finishing my time as a JLNO Active, I have also finished co-chairing The Sugarplum Ball (with Ann Heslin, who is still an Active). Now that both projects are completed, this has freed up a LOT of my time! I have agreed to spend more time on campus; my twin daughters attend McGehee ,and I have volunteered to be a room parent for the upcoming school year. I am also assessing some new volunteer opportunities that have come my way, as well as finding some time to play tennis a few times a week – which is great fun. My priorities are to spend time with family, get more exercise and learn Spanish.”
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Photo courtesy of Chrissy Carmody

Traci Lucas

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Junior League. I am impressed by the impact the League has in the community and have met so many amazing women – many of whom I now call my friends. It’s through a JLNO connection that I found my way to my current position with Ochsner, where I serve as the Director of Development for Women and Children. I definitely intend to stay involved with the League in some capacity – I just haven’t figured out what that looks like yet. Like so many of our members, I have a full-time career and a family. I recently joined the parent’s council at Whelan Childcare Center where my son attends daycare and am considering participating in the “Get On Board Training.” As he gets older, I do hope to be involved with his school and his chosen activities. I know I will draw upon my experience and training I received in the League to become a more effective volunteer and advocate. I also hope to join other sustainers at lunch gatherings and interest group activities!”
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Photo courtesy of Kaylynn Hamstra Photography

Anna Combes

“I’m continuing my involvement in the Junior League by becoming the Diaper Bank Sustaining Advisor. I vice-chaired it at its inception and chaired it last year as well. I was, and still am VERY proud of all we accomplished, and I love it so much that I wanted to stay involved!”
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Photo courtesy of Anna Combes