“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
– Dr. Seuss
Christine Maria Vinson begins a two-year period on the board as the President-elect. During her first year ( 2018-2019 ), she assists the President in her duties as Chief Executive Officer of the Junior League of New Orleans and will assume those responsibilities if the President is unable to serve during her term. Christine will become JLNO's President for the 2019-2020 League year beginning June 1, 2019. At its core, JLNO is a training organization, and this two-year term is an opportunity for Christine to prepare and thoughtfully organize, ensuring that her tenure maximizes community impact. During the President-elect year, Christine will study JLNO's governance documents, policies, procedures, and best practices and then take up the mantle of previous leaders to ensure a sustainable and impactful future. Combining her professional background with this League expertise will allow her to continue the diligence of the women who came before her, to honor the foundation they have laid, and keep JLNO on that track.
Christine has spent her eight years in JLNO volunteering with the organization's premier fundraising endeavors. She has served on the Kitchen Tour, Bloomin' Deals, Bridal Boutique, and Touch a Truck committees and as JLNO's Ways and Means Council Director from 2016-2017. She has enjoyed all of her League experiences, watching it evolve, helping women grow as better community leaders, and loving the effectiveness that collaboration can achieve. Most recently, she has chaired JLNO's newest community project with Covenant House that provides at-risk youth with meaningful experiences, making them feel valued and hopeful.
Christine is president and the third generation to manage Vinson Guard Service, Inc., which is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the United States and has earned a Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certification. With branch offices located in seven states, she believes that a business's success comes by providing employee benefits and training that ensures they are dedicated to providing exceptional service. Understanding that crime is a significant challenge for Metropolitan New Orleans, Christine has volunteered her time as board member for Crimestoppers, is current Chair-Elect and has received their James J. Coleman, Sr. Corporate Partner Award in 2017, which honors recipients who embrace the Crimestoppers program and demonstrate countless examples of philanthropic work in our community. In 2015, she was also named as one of Gambit's 40 Under 40.
As a resident of the Maple Ridge Park neighborhood in Metairie, Christine enjoys traveling, NOLA festing and spending time with family and her dogs. Her travels have taken her to 42 countries and across the United States as well: on a trip to California she swam from Alcatrez across the San Fransisco Bay.