Board and Leadership Team

We are pleased to introduce the 20210-2022 Junior League of Sacramento Board of Directors and Management Team.  This dedicated group of women meets monthly throughout the year, providing governance oversight and strategic planning to the League. Members are selected through a Nominating Committee and our League year is June 1st through May 31st.

Board of Directors

Alex Zucco

President (2020-2022)

Alex is serving as President on the Board of Directors.  She joined the league in Pasadena in 2004 and transferred to Sacramento in 2016. She has served in a variety of committee roles including Events & Training, Cookbook, Provisionals, Publicity/Marketing, Fundraising and the Board and most recently serving as Member At-Large on the Board, and chairing the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity & Inclusion.  Originally from Pasadena, Alex has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from the University of La Verne.  She moved to Sacramento in 2016 and currently works for the California Student Aid Commission in External Affairs. Alex lives in Southside Park with her husband, Joe; and they have two adult daughters, Zoë and Bonnie.

Rhonda Bell

President-Elect (2021-2022)

Rhonda is serving on the Board of Directors as President-Elect. She joined the Junior League of Sacramento in late 2017 as a provisional member and most recently served as the Senior Delegate for SPAC, working with the California State Public Affairs. She received her Bachelor’s in Science in Biology, and Communication Studies and is now completing her Masters in Organizational Leadership. Rhonda has worked in the tech industry for over 20 years and is currently managing a global quality organization within Apple, Inc. She lives with a genetic connective tissue condition, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which impacts her life daily but also motivates her continued community engagement. Rhonda lives in Elk Grove with her husband Steve, her daughter Jadyn, and 3 very funny dogs.

Alexa Valencia

Executive Vice President (2021-2022)

Alexa is serving as Executive Vice President on the Board of Directors. She joined the Junior League of Washington DC before moving back to Sacramento and transferring to the Junior League of Sacramento in 2018. Alexa has previously served on the Training Committee and the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC). She has worked in government consulting and State government for the last 10 years, and is very passionate about investing in and helping individuals thrive in their communities. She lives in midtown.

Hilary Thomson

Recording Secretary (2021-2023)

Crystal Burns

Treasurer (2021-2022)

Crystal Burns is serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.  She is a 4th year active in the Junior League of Sacramento and has served as Co-Chair of Training and Co-Chair of Member Engagement and Recognition.  Over the last 14 years she has worked with youth and youth-serving nonprofit organizations with a wide range of demographics.  She finds children and teens to be among the most creative, vulnerable, passionate and fierce people on earth.  Although they are easily marginalized, their voices are undeniably powerful.  Her mission is to serve her community by protecting those young voices and encouraging their growth into healthy adults.  She has an MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Davis and a BA in English with a minor in Psychology, also from UC Davis.  She is the Community Relations and Development Director for CASA Sacramento.  On Friday nights you can find her reading Frog and Toad to her toddler, baby, husband and 11 year old Brittany Spaniel.

Jillian Hall

Nominating Chair (2021-2023)

Jillian is serving on the Board of Directors as Nominating Chair. She joined the Junior League of Sacramento in fall 2016 and has served as Publications and Correspondence Chair in addition to being a member of the Nominating Committee before becoming Chair. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from University of the Pacific and San Diego State respectively. She proudly serves the Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) as a Program Specialist for Special Education, specializing in supporting middle and high schools. She also continues to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist serving private practice clients. Jillian loves promoting community engagement and has a special interest in advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging within the League, especially as it relates to the liberation of neurodiverse individuals, disability justice, and autistic affirmation. Jillian lives with her fiancee Anthony and 2 cats in the TRUSD neighborhood of Foothill Farms.

Tara Ransom

Sustainer Vice President (2020-2022)

Tara is serving as Sustainer Vice President on the Board of Directors. She joined the league in Rhode Island in 2010 and transferred to Sacramento in 2014. She has most recently served on the SPAC Committee. Originally from Santa Barbara, Tara has a bachelor’s degree in dance from Cal State Fullerton. She moved to Sacramento in 2014 and currently works for Hanson Bridgett LLP as an Executive Assistant. Tara lives in Elk Grove with her husband, Gabe and their two French Bulldogs.


Alison Miller

At-Large Director (2021-2022)

Alison is serving as At-Large Member on the Board of Directors. She joined the league in 2009, and is currently a Sustainer. A majority of her time in the league has been spent in the Membership Council, serving as an advisor on the New Member Committee as well as the New Member Committee Chair. Born and raised in California, Alison has a bachelor’s degree from CSU, Chico. Alison is an elementary school teacher, having just completed her tenth year of teaching. She enjoys a variety of hobbies, including traveling and singing with her acappella group.

Management Team

Robyn Stiles

Executive Vice President-Elect (2021-2022)

Robyn serves as the Executive Vice President on the Management Board. She joined the Junior League of Baton Rouge (Louisiana) in 2019 and transferred to Sacramento in 2020. Robyn previously served on the Impact SAC Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the George Washington University, and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. She works as a management consultant specializing in public sector work and teaches as an adjunct professor at LSU. Robyn lives in Woodland with her dog, Rufus.




Communications VP

Heather Beckner

Community Programs VP (2020-2022)

Heather is serving on the Management Team as the Community Programs VP. She joined JLS in late 2017 as a provisional member, and jumped right in serving on the SPAC committee and as GET Loud Chair-Elect. Heather joined the League to develop her leadership skills while giving back to the Sacramento community.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Geography from CSUS and is currently an Environmental Scientist with CalRecycle. Heather loves exploring the world with her husband and two young daughters. Her favorite place to be is near an ocean. Heather hopes that she can teach her daughters that empowered women, empower women.



Fundraising VP (2021-2023)

Riley Davis

Membership Co-VP (2021-2023)

Riley is serving on the Management team as Membership VP.  She joined the league in 2016 and has been a committee member on Provisional & Recruiting and Fund Development. Riley has also served as Chair to the Member Advisement and Placement Committee. She holds a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently works for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has previously worked for the YMCA in Youth Development.  Having grown up in Sacramento, she has always been very active in the community.

Giving back and volunteering have always been important to her and she is happy to continue volunteering in the Sacramento community through the Junior League.  Riley currently resides in Rocklin with her husband, Scott, and in her spare time, you can find her watching a Giants game or hiking in Lake Tahoe with friends and family.

Lisa Smith

Membership Co-VP (2021-2022)

Lisa is serving on the Management team as a Co-VP of Membership. She became an active member of the Junior League of Sacramento in 2017 and has spent most of her time on the Membership Council, as making members feel welcome and guiding them through their experience is something she feels passionate about. Professionally, she has a degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Chico State and is a Registered Dietitian working for Sutter Health, helping patients get access to home care services. She enjoys living near Folsom with easy access to Lake Natoma to take the kayak out and soak up some sun.