Savanna Ellison, President
Kylie Nesgis, President-Elect
Rachel Gillam, Finance Vice President
Sarah Papazian, Recording Secretary
Allison Brum, Nominating & Placement Chair
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Savanna Ellison – President
Savanna has been an active member of the Junior League of Fresno (JLF) since 2017. Prior to Fresno, she was a member of the Junior League of Monterey County (2013-2017). Her previous roles in Junior League include serving as a member of the IMPACT, Nominating & Placement, and Senior Girl Athlete committees. Savanna has also served in leadership roles as Membership Development Chair, Communications Chair, Membership Vice President, and President-Elect. Savanna received her Bachelor of Arts – Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Northridge. She currently works as the Marketing Manager for Netafim USA.
Savanna loves spending time with her family: husband, Hal, two boys Rhett & Ryder and a fur baby Allie. Some of her favorite things in life are traveling, good food (preferably dessert), paired of course with a good glass of wine, impromptu dance parties, baking and board games.
Kylie Nesgis – President-Elect
Kylie has been an active member of the Junior League of Fresno (JLF) since 2014. As a Hoover High School senior, Kylie was a recipient of Junior League of Fresno’s Senior Girl Athlete Award. Kylie’s most recent role in Junior League includes serving on the Board of Directors as the Recording Secretary. Her previous leadership roles include serving as Fund Development Chair, and two years as the Senior Girl Athlete Chair. Kylie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. She is also a recent graduate of Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Kylie works as a Nurse Technician at Valley Children’s Hospital and is studying to pass her NCLEX-RN.
Kylie enjoys spending time with her family and loves her new role as Auntie. When Kylie isn’t serving with JLF, you can find her serving at The Well Community Church in Kid’s Ministry. Outside of serving and working, Kylie loves cooking, adventuring outdoors, relaxing at the lake, playing soccer, gardening, and hanging out with her Shih-Tzu, Harley.
Rachel Gillam – Finance Vice President
Rachel has been an active member of the Junior League of Fresno (JLF) since 2012. Rachel is a proud resident of the Central Valley and has always been active in the community. She was introduced to Junior League by a close friend who invited her to our annual spring fundraiser, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With a taste for fashion, Rachel loved this event because she was able to wear a beautiful and large fancy hat she had purchased. Rachel has served on various committees including, Spring Event committee, Senior Girl Athlete committee, Community Impact committee, Fund Development committee, and Nominating committee. Her favorite leadership role was serving as the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Spring Event Chair. Most recently, she was on the Board of Directors as Nominating Chair. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology with an emphasis in Victimology from California State University, Fresno. Rachel also attended the University of Phoenix where she received a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. A significant amount of her career has been around at risk and foster youth within the Central Valley. Rachel currently works as the Department Manager for the Internal Revenue Service.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Orlando of 12 years, her three sons, Orlando III, Brian, and Kobe, and her two daughters, Shay and Nailea. When Rachel isn’t serving with JLF, you can find her serving with Fresno State’s African American Alumni Association. Outside of serving, Rachel enjoys shopping, reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her friends.
Sarah Papazian – Recording Secretary
Sarah has been an active member of the Junior League of Fresno (JLF) since 2019. Sarah’s most recent role in Junior League includes serving on the Community Impact committee and Senior Girl Athlete committee. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of the Pacific. Sarah also attended McGeorge School of Law to earn her Juris Doctor Degree. Sarah works as an Attorney for the City of Fresno’s City Attorney’s Office.
Sarah loves spending time with her family, her niece, her friends and her cat. When Sarah isn’t serving with JLF or working, she enjoys sewing Christmas stockings and trying to unlock and get out of escape rooms.
Allison Brum – Nominating & Placement Chair
Allison has been an active member in the Junior League of Fresno (JLF) since 2015. Allison has served in a variety of leadership roles including, most recently, on the Nominating committee, on the Senior Girl Athlete committee and later as the Chair, and on the Community Impact committee. Allison received her Bachelor of Science Degree at San Diego State in Child and Family Development. Allison also attended California State University, Fresno to receive her Masters Degree in Counseling. Allison resides in Hanford and has worked as a school counselor for 15 years at Hanford High School.
Allison enjoys shopping, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching Bravo. Allison is an avid sports fan and loves watching her LA sports teams play. When Allison is not serving with Junior League of Fresno, you can find her traveling all over the world or soaking up some rays on the beach!