FEATURED MEMBERS __________________________________________________________________________________________________Amanda 

Cindy Miner


Why did you join the JLCV?

I joined the JLCV because I moved here from Portland, ME. I was a member there and met some amazing women and made some great friends. Being new to the area, and not knowing too many people, it has been great having a group of friends to lean on for advice and adventures.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

My favorite part of being in the league is the opportunity to learn new things. In my previous league I was trusted to work as Treasurer (with no prior Treasurer experience). In this league I've been trusted to lead the Festival of Wreaths fundraiser (despite never having attended the event). If you jump in with both feet, and aren't afraid to ask for help, you'll do just fine.

What are some other activities you do outside the League?

I've been an avid skier in Maine and now Vermont.  The last two winters have almost made me reconsider, but true New Englanders just sharpen their skis and buy hand-warmers. On the other hand, I took up Stand-Up Paddle Boarding this summer and I'm super excited for the weather (and the water) to turn warm again!


What brought you to Vermont?

I came to Vermont for my new job. My fiance and I were living in Maine, but he was working remotely for the state of Vermont. It made more sense to move here. When an opportunity came up, we jumped at it (we both grew up in Vermont though, so it wasn't a stretch!). 


What’s your go-to restaurant?

I'm not going to lie. I had a hard time answering this one. Since moving to Vermont, we've been saving for a wedding and a house so we haven't really explored the Burlington scene. I'm going to lean on my Portland, ME history and say Timber. It's a locally-owned steakhouse and rotisserie restaurant with an amazing happy hour and the best whole chicken I've ever hard. Plus, deep fried bacon. Who says no to that?  



Erin Evarts



Why did you join the JLCV?

I joined the JLCV because I have always been interested and active in community service and this gave me a "grown up" avenue to make an impact in a measurable way.  I also wanted to join a group that was new to me - new people, new goals, new ideas and the Junior League provided all those things and more.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

My favorite thing about being in the League is that I have met amazingly talented women from all walks of life - who are all committed to something bigger than themselves.  I've found it refreshing and exciting to work with people towards a common goal outside of work.

What are some other activities you do outside the League?

Outside the League I have been a long time member and volunteer with Lyric Theatre Company where I have been fortunate enough to have produced and directed shows for the Flynn Mainstage.  I'm also a single dog mom and devoted Auntie to a nephew and two nieces.


What brought you to Vermont?

I am a born and raised Vermonter.  After time in both Orlando and Boston, I am thrilled to be back home in the Green Mountains.


What’s your go-to restaurant?

Picking one restaurant in the area is hard - but I'd have to say Pizzeria Veritas, nothing beats their homemade mozzarella.

Jillian Bartolo

   

Why did you join the JLCV?

I wanted to meet people when I moved to Burlington and thought it would be a great way to get involved with local charity as well.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

Having an organized options to volunteer for local charities including Ronald McDonald & The Community Health Center. I also very much enjoy our Holiday FOW event every year!


What are some other activities you do outside the League?

Work! Love my job for Peregrine Design/Build... meeting new people and designing homes and remodels with my clients. I also love to cook whenever I have the time!


What brought you to Vermont?

I was looking for a change from Boston and was visiting friends in Burlington and really loved the feel of the community and culture so decided to take the plunge


What’s your go-to restaurant?

Pizzeria Veritas! Local, casual, always yummy.
Charity Clark


Why did you join the JLCV?

I transferred from the Junior League of New York.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

I really enjoy volunteering. I find serving our community's nonprofits and neighbors in need to be very uplifting.


What are some other activities you do outside the League?

Motherhood is my main activity! I have a 1-year-old daughter. I'm also an attorney and I am active at the Unitarian Universalist Church.


What brought you to Vermont?

I'm a native Vermonter, but was living in New York City for several years. When my husband and I learned we were expecting, we knew it was time to leave and Vermont just felt right.


What’s your go-to restaurant?

The Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

Amanda Herzberger

   

Why did you join the JLCV?

I had been an active member of the Hartford, CT league before moving up to Vermont and loved the opportunity it gave me to volunteer and meet new people. Working for myself I don't have the benefit of a built in social network through the office so have to be a bit more intentional in seeking it out. I was excited to see that a league existed in Vermont and it's been a fun change to be in a much smaller league.

What are some other activities you do outside the League?

My yellow lab Strider and I volunteer as a therapy dog team at Fletcher Allen Children's Hospital and Wake Robin. I work as a volunteer photographer for NILMDTS (an infant bereavement photography service) and Operation Love Re-United (which offers complimentary photos to deploying and returning military families). Personally my Husband Jeff and I love spending time outside hiking Mt. Philo, gardening, and hanging out with our two yellow labs Strider & Sage. I'm also an avid crafter (quilting and knitting mostly) and love reading!

What brought you to Vermont?

My Mother's family is in this area and we always spent summers and school vacations here growing up. I always knew I wanted to move back and it finally worked out with job logistics to be able to make the transition. We bought our house in Charlotte in July 2012 and have LOVED living here ever since!

What’s your go-to restaurant?

We love Bearded Frog or Starry Night when we don't feel like going far. 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________Amanda 

Sarah Lenes

   

Why did you join the JLCV?

I wanted to give back to my community in a meaningful way beyond just being a resident of Chittenden County and I wanted to meet new people.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

I love building relationships with other members and I love to have a positive affect on our community. Nothing is better than making someone else smile...Little gestures go a far way.


What are some other activities you do outside the League?

I like to take my dog Salty on long walks in the VT Mountains or take him swimming in Lake Champlain!


What brought you to Vermont?

I was born and raised in VT so, besides the four years I was in college (Wheaton) I never have left!


What’s your go-to restaurant?

Quick bite- Als

Special treat out is Hen of the Woods

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Rebecca Smerek




Why did you join the JLCV?  

I was looking to get involved in my community and make new friends.  I moved here in 2013 from NJ so it turned out to be a great way to learn about the opportunities for voluntarism and friendship that are here in northern Vermont!


What's your favorite part of being in the league?  

I like the camaraderie that is built between the members when we volunteer together.  We learn a lot about our community as well as each other.


What are some other activities you do outside the League?  

I have two 16 month old puppies named Crosby and Daisy, I love to go for a jog, hike, or snowshoe with them.  I'm also learning how to use my sewing machine so I can make all of my own curtains!


What brought you to Vermont?  

I met my husband a couple of years ago in San Antonio, TX at a work conference.  He lived in Richmond, VT and I lived in northern NJ.  We spent the summer visiting each other on weekends and falling in love.  Turns out, I loved visiting this area.  Tim asked me to move in and I did.  It's been amazing ever since.


What’s your go-to restaurant?  

Too many to chose!  For pub I love the Reservoir in Waterbury.  For a little up scale I love Leunigs.  For Asian - Single Pebble is so delicious.  There is such a variety of really good quality food here, you almost can't go wrong wherever you end up!

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