Yvonne “Sibby” Gwin Charbonnet is serving as the Nominating Committee Chair. In accordance with JLNO’s Bylaws and Standing Rules, the Nominating Committee matches organizational needs and individual strengths to produce a leadership team which will most effectively forward the organization’s mission, goals and strategic plan. Sibby’s capacity for teambuilding, forward-thinking and social awareness enables her to guide the Nominating Committee in selecting an outstanding group of women who will collaborate to lead JLNO in the 2020-2021 year. Outside of her duties for the Nominating Committee, she seeks to support the Board by creating a definitive member satisfaction plan to ensure the membership is getting out what they are putting in. She is also excited about supporting the Board’s goal to solidify a plan to celebrate JLNO’s 100th anniversary that will honor our members and projects, both past and present.
Sibby joined JLNO in 2008 and has primarily served on the Membership and Community Councils, overseeing Placement and Provisionals. She also served as a Safe Sitter committee member and Secretary of the Community Council. Like many, the desire to serve the community brought Sibby to the Junior League. She appreciates the diverse group of women with whom she volunteers. These women, of all ages and professions with varying experiences from all over the city, help her grow her leadership skills. They have taught her how to lead with understanding, kindness and efficiency to get the job done.
As a native New Orleanian, Sibby is a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH), the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and the University of New Orleans (UNO). She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Ole Miss and a Masters in elementary education, curriculum, and instruction from UNO. She taught at Sacred Heart from 2006 to 2016, and she currently serves as President-Elect of their alumnae board.
Sibby and her husband Hunter reside in Uptown with their three children, Elizabeth “Emme” (7), Sarah (4), and Lillie (2). All three girls go to ASH, and they constantly inspire Sibby. Instilling in them the importance of patience, looking for the good in others, being honest, believing in yourself and seeing the joy in everyday life is what her job as a mom is all about. She hopes her children learn not to take life too seriously and, above all, to have fun. This is something she learned from her mother, Yvonne Gwin, who is a Sustaining member of JLNO.