Board of Directors


President, Amanda Bryer

Amanda currently serves as President for a two-year term from
2022-2024. Amanda joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia
Beach in 2016 and immediately connected with the mission of
empowering women to change the community. Amanda was
recognized as New Member of the Year in 2017. She then served
as Vice President of Fund Development where she worked with a
dynamic council who together raised over $30,000 for the Junior
League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach. Amanda previously served as
the New Member Chair, welcoming over 30 incredible women to

Sara Wong, Executive Vice President

Sara currently serves the Executive Vice President-Elect for the 2022 – 2023 League Year and joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2016. Sara served in various leadership roles in the League including as Placement Chair, Cookbook Chair, and currently the Administrative Vice President on the Executive Management Team. Outside of the League, Sara volunteers at her church, South Norfolk Baptist, as the Women’s Ministry Director and plays the electric bass and cello for Sunday morning workshop services. Sara also serves as the Assistant Coach for the color guard at Oscar Smith High School with the marching band. In her free time, Sara enjoys playing the electric bass at church and watching documentaries and British TV shows with her husband and 2 cats.

Jillian Goodwin, President-Elect

Jillian joined JLNVB in 2015 and is currently serving as President Elect. Jillian has previously served in a variety of roles including Communications Vice President, Fund Development Vice President, New Member Chair, Community Events Chair, Children’s Initiatives Chair, New Member Mentor and Graphic Designer. Jillian was recognized as JLNVB’s Member of the Year in 2018, and with the President’s Award during her New Member Year in 2015. Additionally, in 2019, Jillian was honored to be one of two league members worldwide to receive the Association of Junior Leagues International’s Rising Star Award for her commitment, leadership and community service efforts consistent with the Junior League mission.

Jillian is a graduate of Old Dominion University (ODU), where she earned a B.S. in Communications, and Tidewater Community College, where she earned an A.A.S. in Graphic Design. She currently works as Director of Marketing & Communications for the Hampton Roads Alliance. Outside of her professional and league roles, Jillian is an active volunteer, board member and patient advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Virginia Chapter.  Jillian is a 2021 ODU Alumni Association Top 40 Under 40 Honoree, a 2019 Inside Business Top 40 Under 40 honoree, a 2019 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads, and a 2017 COVA Biz Millennial On the Move. Jillian is a proud auntie to her three young nieces, and dog mom to her two long-haired mini dachshunds, Teddy and Benji. In her downtime, she is an avid bargain/thrift store shopper and enjoys spending the weekend working on house projects at a new homeowner.

Shanon Miller, Secretary

Shanon joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2015, transferred to the Junior League of Honolulu in 2020, and returned to JLNVB in 2023. Shanon has served as Board Member At-Large, Director of Strategic Planning, Community Council Assistant VP, and as Chair of the Community Impact Development Committee. Shanon was honored to be recognized as the JLNVB 2016-2017 member of the year.

Shanon grew up in Indiana and Kentucky and first came to Hampton Roads in 2011. Shanon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bellarmine University and a Masters of Business Administration from Murray State University. She is also an active alumna member of Phi Mu Fraternity for Women, having served in many advisory and volunteer roles over the years.
Shanon and her husband, Adam, live in Norfolk with their son, Lincoln, and two dogs, Izzy and K9. In her spare time, Shanon enjoys reading and ballroom dancing. She is currently working to convince her husband to let her add chickens to their menagerie.

Courtney Thompson, Treasurer

Courtney is serving as the Treasurer for the 2023-2024 league year. She joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2019. Courtney has held positions of Assistant Vice President of Membership, Interim Vice President of Communications/Member Communications Chair and Digital Communications Chair. Courtney holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Master of Public Administration from Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! Prior to moving to Virginia Beach, Courtney was born and raised in Baton Rouge where she worked in Financial IT at LSU. She currently works for a Technology Consutlant. In her free time, Courtney can be found baking, cooking, and cheering on her favorite sport teams.

Lauren Barry, Nominating Chair

Lauren studied at Longwood University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, as well as Phi Epsilon Kappa honors fraternity. After Longwood, she went to Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she obtained her doctorate of podiatric medicine. She then came back to Hampton Roads and completed her surgical residency training at EVMS. She is now in private practice at Norfolk Foot and Ankle Group. In her free time, she likes to spend time at the beach with her husband and 2 dogs, read, and ride horses.

Tineke Cunning, Board Member-At-Large,Active

Tineke serves as the Board Member At-Large, Active and joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2017.  During her league career, Tineke proudly served as Sustainer Chair, Sustainer Co-Chair, New Member Mentor, and At-Large Director (June 2021- May 2022). Additionally, Tineke served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the past four years. Outside of the league, Tineke is a proud Penn Stater having worked at The Pennsylvania State University as an administrator and earned her three degrees—undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate—from the institution.  Currently, Tineke is a principal at and co-founder of Cunning Life Consulting, offering career guidance and advice, counseling, and life coaching services.  In her free time, Tineke can be found at estate sales, gardening, hiking, and traveling.

Dawn Peters, Board Member-At-Large, Sustainer

Dawn Peters transferred her membership to JLNVB in 1992 from Raleigh, NC. She served as President of JLNVB 1996-1997. Other placements included President-Elect, At Large Director, Nominating Committee, Party/Auction Co-Chair and Cookbook Committee. She sustained in 1999 and served as Sustaining Advisor to the Board 2003-2004. She was named Sustainer of the Year in 2005 and 2007.

Dawn is Vice President – Investments, Private Client Advisors with JPMorgan and Chase Private Client and has been a financial advisor since 1998. She practiced law for seven years including four years in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Campbell University School of Law.

Dawn has used her Junior League training in the community serving as President of the Maury High School Booster Association, Blair Middle School’s PTA and Volunteer Hampton Roads and board member of the UNC Alumni Association, LEAD Hampton Roads, Dawn founded two Girl Scout troops and served as a leader for fifteen years. She graduated from Leadership Hampton Roads in 1996. Dawn was named a 2020/2021 “Famous Former” by the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) in recognition for her community volunteer work as a Girl Scout Alumna.
Two weeks before becoming JLNVB President, she married Bob (Matthews) Finke. They have lived in Norfolk and have two daughters, Madison, an aspiring opera singer and Julia, a UNC Junior and aspiring actor.

Sandra Jackson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board Member

Sandra currently serves as the League Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board member and joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2019. Sandra previously served as Sustainer Chair and is an active participant in many JLNVB initiatives. Outside of the league, Sandra is an active member of the Norfolk Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Norfolk Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Sandra presently provides volunteer legal counsel to her church, Saint Johns AME in Norfolk and an active part of other committees and groups. Sandra is a long-time lawyer and litigator having received her J.D. and LLM degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  She also briefly practiced as a hospital psychologist which helped her develop a discipline in seeking solutions and resolving conflicts.  She is a proud Navy spouse whose husband is a retired Navy Captain, Physician. In her free time, Sandra enjoys watching and learning about the ballet, reading as much as possible, writing poems and fiction, cooking and staying fit.