2019-20 Board of Directors

Ricci Ramos, President 

Ricci joined the Junior League in 2008 and is currently serving as President.  She’s previously served on JLLA’s Board as President-Elect, Public Policy and Projects Director.  Under her leadership as Public Policy Director-Elect, Public Policy Community Leadership Forum was recognized and awarded AJLI’s 2015-2016 Public Policy and Advocacy Award.  In recognition of her commitment, Junior League of Los Angeles awarded Ricci with the President’s Cup in 2017. Ricci’s had a myriad of placements in the League, including Board Fellows committee, Legacy Ball committee, chairing Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) college prep program for two years and co-chairing Mar Vista Family Center arts education program and a graduate of JLLA’s recognized Leadership Development Institute program.

Professionally, Ricci is a Sr. Manager at Medtronic, Inc. where she leads Diabetes eCommerce departments financial and demand planning operations.  Ricci holds a BA in Applied Economics from California State University Los Angeles and a MA in Organization Management from Antioch University.

Ricci resides in Van Nuys, CA.  In her spare time, Ricci enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Christian, Secretary 

Sarah Christian joined the Junior League in 2011. Her leadership experience in the League includes chairing the Daybreak/The People Concern and United Friends of the Children projects. She has also trained new members as part of the Provisional Training Team. Additionally, she spent three years on the Nominating Committee, including as Nominating Director.

Sarah attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Political Science. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2010. Sarah is a partner at Gilbert & Stern LLP, a personal injury law firm in Century City. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve justice and return them back to health. One of Sarah’s passions is mentoring young lawyers (particularly women). 

If Sarah is doing anything other than working or volunteering, it is most likely traveling to an exciting location with her husband or girlfriends.

Tammy Dicks, Treasurer 

Tammy joined the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2012 and is currently serving as Treasurer. During the 2018-19 League year, she served on the Management Council as Finance Vice President. Previously, Tammy served in leadership as Harvest Boutique Treasurer and co-chair of the Alliance for Children’s Rights Fostering Independence project. She has had placements in several projects throughout her time in the League, including the Mar Vista Family Center arts education program and Children’s Institute healthy habits program. Tammy is a graduate of JLLA’s Leadership Development Institute and Public Policy Institute. 

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Tammy currently lives on the Westside. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia. When she is not cheering on her beloved Bulldogs, she enjoys reading, cooking, following politics, and binge-watching British mystery shows.

Buffany Hunter, President-Elect 

Buffany N. Hunter joined the Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) in 2010. Throughout her League career, she has served in a number of leadership positions. She has served as the Assistant to the Community Vice President, Harvest Boutique Treasurer, Strategic Planning Committee, Civic Leadership Forum Associate Chair and Civic Leadership Forum Chair. Buffany is a graduate of JLLA’s Development Institute, Leadership Development Institute, Public Policy Institute and Appointments to Boards and Commissions Institute. She has also participated in the Association of Junior Leagues International’s Organizational Development Institute.

Currently, Buffany works for the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to Buffany’s work with the Junior League of Los Angeles, she also volunteers with her church, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated and the Cal Alumni Association. In her spare time, Buffany enjoys reading, laughing and spending time with family and friends.

 Jessica Schmitt Faussett, Nominating Director

Emily Craig, Director at Large

Emily is a seventh year active who transferred to the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2015; she is currently serving on the Board of Directors.  Previously, she served as JLLA’s Communications Vice President and Social & Special Events co-chair, and as an Associate Chair for the Junior League of Northern Virginia’s fall fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest. Emily is also an alumna of JLLA’s amazing Leadership Development Institute.

Professionally, Emily is the School Tour Manager and Docent Council Coordinator at LACMA, where she manages docents for public and school tours, and oversees all aspects of the museum’s school tour program, which welcomes more than 20,000 students each year.  Emily has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museum’s Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) since 2014. She holds a B.A. in History and Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington.

Emily grew up in Clarence, N.Y., and is an enthusiastic but realistic Buffalo Sabres fan.  When not working, volunteering, or watching the Sabres lose, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new cities and neighborhoods, and pretending she can cook, thanks to Hello Fresh!

Cristina Rivard, Director at Large 

Cristina started her Junior League journey in Minneapolis in 2006 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as a member-at-large. In the Junior League of Minneapolis, she spent the majority of her service in the Community and Projects pillar, including 2 years on the Board of Directors as the VP of Community. Additionally, she spent a little over a year in the Junior League of Phoenix serving on a community project. In the JLLA, Cristina served on Project Research & Development and Public Policy Institute before going Sustaining.

Professionally, Cristina has worked in the field of HR for nearly 15 years and has a passion for designing and building people centered solutions to solve complex business problems.  She holds her BA from the University of Michigan and her MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Cristina lives in Santa Monica with her husband, 2 year old daughter and cat. Life is pretty full right now and most free time is focused on going on “adventures” with her daughter and husband. In the spare time she has, she enjoys training for races, traveling, binge watching bad TV and eating good food paired with classic cocktails.

Teresa Weeden, Director at Large

Terrie joined the Junior League of Los Angeles in 1994 and is a Sustainer serving as a member of the Board of Directors.  She recently served on the Management Council as the Co-VP of Sustainers and has also served as a Sustaining Advisor to a variety of councils. Her leadership experience also includes serving as the SPAC delegate and Public Policy director in addition to a variety of leadership positions culminating as President in 2007-2008.

Terrie graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting and has earned her CPA certification.  She started her career in public accounting in Chicago and relocated to Los Angeles to continue in finance and accounting in the entertainment industry.  She is a member of the Burbank chapter of National Charity League, Inc. serving as on the Board of Directors as President-Elect. She is also a troop leader for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and is mentoring the members of the troop to earn the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

Terrie resides in Burbank with her husband, two high school daughters, and their two dogs.

Erin Wolfson, Director at Large

Ness Okonkwo, Sustaining Advisor 

Ness joined the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2006. She is a Sustaining member and the Advisor to the President.  She is also currently serving as an At-Large Director on the Association of Junior Leagues International’s (AJLI) board.

Ness served as JLLA President from 2016-2017. She enjoyed several leadership positions in the League, including Treasurer, AJLI Annual Conference Host Committee co-chair, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) College 101 program chair, New Member Training Team co-chair, and New Member Advisor. She is a graduate of JLLA’s Board Fellows Program and is a fellow of Leadership LA, a civic leadership program sponsored by the Southern California Leadership Network in partnership with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Professionally, Ness has spent her entire career in the financial services industry. She is currently a Director, Custom Lending Product Executive at Bank of America where she is responsible for setting the strategic direction and implementing key initiatives for the firm’s ultra high-net worth custom lending platform. She is also Co-Chair of Bank of America’s Black Executive Leadership Team.  Ness holds a BA in International Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut and raised in Los Angeles, Ness currently resides in the Miracle Mile area with her husband Shawn Jackson.  In her spare time, Ness enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, sports and classical music.

Taylor Dougherty, Assistant to the President

Taylor Dougherty joined the Junior League in 2018 and is currently serving as Assistant to the President. Taylor brings to the League a strong passion for initiatives that aim to better their communities and positively impact those around the world, with past volunteer experiences including organizations such as the UN HRC, Terre des hommes International, and International Justice Mission.

Taylor is a graduate of Pepperdine University with 3 B.A. degrees in Economics, French, and International Studies (Political Science Emphasis). She also recently completed her certification in Full Stack Software Engineering at the UCLA Extension. Taylor currently works at Arrowroot Advisors, a SaaS focused boutique investment bank based in Santa Monica, CA.

In her spare time, Taylor loves to travel, scuba dive, and check out new bands at different venues across LA.