Leadership

Courtney Opalko, President

Courtney Opalko joined the Junior League of Ann Arbor in September 2012. Previously, she has served as the Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Operations (Internal), and Marketing & Communication Chair. She is passionate about her community and empowering women to become change agents. Outside of the League, she is an account manager for US Automotive Sales at Google. Courtney holds a degree in Communication and specialization in Public Relations from Michigan State University, where she co-founded the nationally recognized student public relations agency, Hubbell Connections. Previously, she served as an Advisor for the Sigma Kappa Sorority, Alpha Mu chapter where she received an Honorable Mention for Regional Advisory Board of the Year (2012-13). A current resident of Novi, Courtney enjoys being a wife to Bryan and mom to Conor, cheering for Spartan football, and traveling whenever possible. She loves to host brunch and lives for long weekends.

Caitlin Beuche, President-Elect

Caitlin Beuche has been a member of the Junior League of Ann Arbor since 2013.  Most recently she has served as the 2017-18 Fund Development Vice President  and the 2016-17 Internal Vice President.  A transplant to Ann Arbor, Caitlin grew up in Austin, Texas. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of Texas, Austin. Professionally, Caitlin is an Instructional Designer with Torrance Learning in Chelsea. In her spare time you can find Caitlin entertaining friends with her husband Bill, searching for decent Michigan-Mexican food, and learning the mandolin.

 

 

 

Laura Tackett, Recording Secretary

Laura Tackett joined Junior League of Ann Arbor in September 2012. This year, she is excited to be serving as the Secretary.  Laura has served in all areas of the Junior League of Ann Arbor and is ready to take that breadth of knowledge to the Board level.   Outside of the League, Laura is Director of Operations at Koppert Biological Systems.  Laura lives in Chelsea with her husband, Chris, stepson, Austin, and daughter, Katie.  In her free time, Laura enjoys coaching and volunteering for Girls on the Run.

 

 

Allison Hanson, Finance Vice President

Allison Hanson joined the Junior League of Ann Arbor in September 2016. Most recently she took part in the Member Services and Women in Leadership committees. In pharmacy school, Allison served as the President of the Wayne State chapter of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. Allison is excited to serve as the Vice-President of Finance this year. Outside of the League, Allison is a clinical pharmacist and lives with her husband and their two mischievous cats. Allison enjoys traveling, yoga, and good friends.          

 

 

Terra Neukam, External Vice President

Terra Neukam joined the Junior League of Ann Arbor in 2011. Since then she has held leadership positions for our Signature Project Committee (aka Produce Distributions), served on the Strong Mom Strong Girls and Nominating & Placement Committees, and acted as a delegate for SPAC. She truly enjoys giving back to the community through the Junior League of Ann Arbor.
In addition to volunteering, Terra spends a lot of time “on the road” in her role as a major gift officer for the University of Michigan. In this role, she works with alumni and donors to build a philanthropic network for U-M in the southern states – Texas to Florida, and everything in between – Go Blue!
When she is home in Ann Arbor, you’ll find her looking for a tennis partner, trying to fit in a yoga class, spending quality time with her family and friends, and planning for her next (non-work related!) adventure.                                

Cindi Plummer, Internal Vice President

Cindi Plummer has been a member of the Junior League of Ann Arbor since 2015.  Most recently she has served as Products Chair for the 2017-2018 year. She is very excited to begin her service as Internal Vice President. Outside the league, Cindi is a Unit Administrator at the University of Michigan. She holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters’ degree in Public Administration. In her spare time, you can find Cindi entertaining friends and family with her husband Adam, on Lake Columbia.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Houle, Fund Development Vice President

Kelly Houle has been a member of the Junior League of Ann Arbor since 2016.  Most recently she has served as SPAC delegate for the 2017-2018 year. She is very excited to begin her service as Fund Development Vice President. Even though Kelly grew up near Lansing, she is a fan of Michigan football, along with her husband, Andrew, and sons, Dylan and Brayden.  She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary History Education from Eastern Michigan University, and a masters degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Professionally, Kelly is a History Teacher at Jackson Preparatory and Early College in Jackson. In her spare time you can find her spending time with family, reading books, listening to podcasts, and advocating for youth affected by foster care.

 

 Chelsea Suttman, Nominating & Placement Chair

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret A. Talburtt, Ph. D., Sustainer Advisor to the Board

Peg Talburtt was the 1986-87 President of the Junior League of Ann Arbor and has been a member since its inception in 1983. She recently retired as the Executive Director of the Lovelight Foundation, a private women’s fund. Areas of expertise include: domestic sex trafficking of children; nonprofit capacity; and fund development. Between 2004 and 2010, she was Executive Director of The James A. and Faith Knight Foundation and from 1996-2003, was the President/CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Previously, she co-founded and was a Partner at the Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) where she directed many projects related to philanthropy, educational innovations, gender, and program evaluation. Currently, she serves on the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations and its Public Policy Committee and the affinity group, Michigan Grantmakers for Women & Girls. She is also a member of the boards of The Academy of Sports Leadership, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and the Washtenaw Technical Middle College and was formerly a Chair of the Board of the Women’s Funding Network. She was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of its “100 Most Influential Women in Southeast Michigan” and by Corp! Magazine as one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women.” Other awards include selection as the Distinguished Leadership Honoree in Philanthropic Service by the Michigan Business & Professional Association, Saturn Women at Their Best Award and a Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award. She was honored to be a featured speaker at The White House Conference on Philanthropy.

She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan where her dissertation examined risk-taking and women.