Sara Young: 2016-2017 JLOCC President

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. (JLOCC) recently announced that Sara Young, a resident of Irvine, California, has been elected president of the nonprofit organization for the 2016-2017 year.

Young joined JLOCC in 2010 after transferring from the Junior League of Los Angeles.  In preparing for the role of president, her past placements included Training Council, Community Council, Fund Development Council, Operations Council, and the Board.

She is a director in the special education department in a local school district, and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education with specialization in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She holds a B.S. Ed. Degree in special education for the deaf and for the blind summa cum laude from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, a M.S. Ed. Degree in special education for the deaf from the University of Kansas, a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and an M.A. Ed. Degree from UCI.

“As we continue to find a meaningful place in the Orange County landscape, we are reframing our focus from “project-driven” to “issue-driven” – seeking to broaden the impact we make in our community,” said Young. “After significant conversations with members and our community about the highest areas of need in our area, and how we can respond to these needs within the context of larger strategic plan, the JLOCC has committed to focusing on foster youth and human trafficking.”

Serving on the 2016-2017 Board of Directors with Young are Emma Piacentini, Executive Vice President; Jennifer Gerstner, Secretary; Laurel Murray,
Treasurer; Maria de Vera-Suarez, President-Elect; Suzanne Lee, Nominating Director; Nancy Ringman, Sustaining Member Director; Jennifer Jackson, Director at Large, Active; Sally Lawrence, Director at Large; and Anne McNiel,
Board Assistant.


The JLOCC is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. The JLOCC began as The Newport Harbor Service League in 1956, and is commemorating our 60th anniversary in 2016. For more information about JLOCC, its community partners or how to become a member, please visit

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