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2013-2014 JLCC Board of Directors

Marina De La Garza brings a wealth of servant leadership experience and a passionate heart to her role as president of the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) for the 2013-2014 term. She is an accomplished attorney, wife, mother and life-long volunteer.

Over the last four decades, the Junior League of Collin County, formerly the Junior League of Plano, has worked to improve the lives of women, children and families in Collin County. As the county has grown, so has the impact and outreach of the Junior League. In 2011 the Junior League of Plano formally changed its name to become the Junior League of Collin County to better represent the countywide membership and community impact.  

Over 900 women strong, connected by values of service, leadership and respect, the Junior League of Collin County is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This year the Junior League of Collin County will touch lives and forever change them through outreach and support of over 110 local agencies and 14 community projects.

"The Junior League of Collin County is so fortunate to have a dynamic group of women serving on its Board of Directors this year.  These women are passionate about their community and are committed to meeting the League's mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. I look forward to celebrating their many successes with the other members of the League,” stated JLCC Sustaining Advisor, Rebecca Egelston Caso. 

As president, Marina will continue the traditions of the JLCC and will champion the Collin County Council on Family Violence program and the new initiative JUMP (Juvenile Mentoring Program) where JLCC volunteers work in conjunction with the Juvenile Probation Department of Collin County to serve as mentors and conduct training sessions in a classroom environment for juvenile ages 12-15 that have been placed on probation for non-violent misdemeanor offenses.

“I was so impressed by all the good work JLCC was doing in our community that it inspired me to begin applying for leadership positions. Everyday I strive to make a difference and hope my leadership will support the members of the JLCC to make a difference in our area. The JLCC is my home for volunteering, and it is an honor to be president this year,“ stated Marina De La Garza.

Marina’s call to serve her community started early in life. At the age of seven her mother brought her to a Women's Leadership Luncheon in Fort Worth where she was mesmerized by the women’s talk of bettering their community. At that moment, she knew she was destined to serve.

Marina joined the JLCC in 2000 and has served in various roles including Vice President of Community Projects, Vice President of Planning, Vice President of Membership, Board of Directors Secretary and Director of Governance & Policy. She studied at the Sorbonne University Paris, France (Cours d'Alliance Francais) and McGill Faculte de Droit-Montreal Canada and earned her undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Attorney at Law, with De La Garza Law Firm, P.C. She and her husband have two children and reside in Plano.

Junior League of Collin County 2013-2014 Board of Directors: 

President

Marina de la Garza

President Elect

Angie Adams Sifferman

Executive Assistant

Lori Sidler

Secretary

Cindy Zaby

Sustaining Advisor

Rebecca Egelston Caso

Communication Management VP

Betsy DeVenny

Treasurer

Jennifer Burden

Finance Council VP

Katy Autry

Membership Council VP

Shannon Kmak

Planning Council VP

Kim Sanders

Community Projects VP

Jennifer Tinsman

Ways and Means Council VP

Joanie Stephens

Governance & Policy Director

Sara Shinneman

Placement Director

Jennifer Costello

Nominating Director

Jennifer Lehman

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