Executive Management Team

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.

Kristen Lowe, Communications Vice President

Kristen has been a member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach since 2020. Kristen previously served as a member of the Elevate to Educate committee and the Brunched Committee. She received the New Member of the Year award for the 2020-2021 league year for her work on the new member blood drive.  Kristen is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business, Major in Accounting and Information Systems. In her free time, Kristen enjoys traveling for any reason but especially to attend sporting events and boyband concerts!

Emily Spicer, Community Vice President

Emily currently serves as the Community Vice President and joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2019. She previously served as Assistant Community Vice President and Touch-a-Truck Co-Chair. She received the President’s Award along with her co-chair for the league year of 2021-2022. She earned a B.A. from Old Dominion University, where she also volunteered several years as Alumnae Advisory Committee Chair for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. She is a part owner of her family business, Crest Foodservice Equipment Company, in Virginia Beach. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her corgi, Finnleigh as well as frequenting local restaurants, the beach, ODU games, and traveling as much as possible.

Danielle Miller, Fund Development Vice President

Danielle is slated as the Fund Development Vice President.  She joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2022 after transferring from the Junior League of Riverside by way of San Diego. She has been involved in the JL since 2014. During her time in the League, Danielle has served on the fund development committee, as the VP of Fund Development, and, most recently, as President of the Riverside, CA league. Throughout her years in California, she volunteered for many organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, local sports teams, and the local pageant circuit. 

Danielle earned her BS in Hospitality/Tourism Management with a minor in Sales & Marketing from Georgia Southern University. Professionally, she is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at a hotel in Virginia Beach. 

In Danielle’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys (Calin and Nathan), husband (Ken), and pups (Gus and Magee). She loves to hike, shop, cook and travel.

Tracey Buyrn, Membership Vice President

Tracey serves as the Membership Vice President and joined the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2019. Previously, Tracey served as the Assistant Vice President of Membership and Assistant Vice President of Fund Development and was recognized as New Member of the Year from 2019 – 2020. Tracey is a native of Virginia Beach and a graduate of Old Dominion University where she received a B.S. in Political Science.  She previously worked for many years educating the students in Chesapeake Public Schools but is currently serving as an Assistant Director of the Victim and Witness Services Program within the Office of the Norfolk’s Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Outside of the league, Tracey is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Chesapeake and stays involved with church activities. 

Blakely Pond, Training and Development Vice President

Blakely currently serves as the Training and Development Vice President. Blakely transferred to the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach in 2020 and served on the Womens’ Initiative Committee from 2020-2021 and the Training & Development Committee from 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. She joined the Junior League of Richmond in 2017 and served on the Families First: Early Childhood Education Committee from 2018-2019 and the Professional Exploration Program from 2019-2020. Blakely is a native of Murfreesboro, TN. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Human Development and Learning. Then, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated in 2020 with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Blakely serves as a dentist in the United States Navy and deployed with USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) as the ship’s dental officer and recreation services officer in 2022. She enjoys attending her church, spending time with her dog, Mando, walking on the beach, live music, trivia nights, reading, traveling, and her favorite local restaurants.