BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dana Paulson
President 

Dana Paulson is President for the Junior League of Billings. Driven by her desire to improve the community and engage with like-minded women who are motivated to develop their potential, Dana joined the Junior League in 2013. Since joining the League, she has served on the Community Council and has led several impact projects. Motivated by a significant community need, Dana became one of the first co-chairs for the Laundry project in 2016. This project continues to provide economic relief to participants by allowing them the option to redirect funds otherwise spent on laundry towards food, medical, transportation cost, and/or everyday necessities.

Dana was born and raised in Montana and currently works as a Senior Director for Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc. Dana enjoys the little adventures life has to offer, traveling, and exchanging laughs with family and friends. If you ask those closest to her they would describe her as 1 part inspirational, 2 parts sincere, and 3 parts clever, with a bit of humor sprinkled in.  

Jennifer Massey

President Elect

Jennifer Massey, MT (ASCP), BMS (IBMS) is a native of Montana.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Montana State University. Jennifer attended the Medical Technologist Program at Rapid City Regional Hospital and is a certified Medical Technologist- ASCP and Biomedical Scientist-IBMS, United Kingdom.   Jen worked as a BMS in the Chemistry/Hematology department for 3 years at West Suffolk Hospital in England. She was the Hematology Department Training Officer.

Jen relocated to Billings with her family and joined the Junior League of Billings to network with like-minded women in the community wanting to build leadership skills and make a difference in the community.  This is Jennifer’s fifth year serving on the Board of Directors. Her past offices in the League include Membership Chair, Communications Chair, and President Elect-Elect. In addition to the Junior League of Billings, Jennifer loves to volunteer as a family with other nonprofits to include Poly Drive PTA, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Jobs Daughters, and DeMolay.

Jennifer is currently a busy mother of four girls and proud wife to her husband Dan, an Air Force Veteran.  Jen loves books and the power of literacy and currently works as an Usborne Books and More Educational Consultant serving local schools, libraries and families.  Jen enjoys crocheting, knitting, chalk, and paper crafting when time allows.

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Helen Laferriere

President Elect Elect

Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Helen moved to Montana in 2002. She graduated from Billings Central High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Presentation College and Masters in Nursing from the University of North Dakota.  Helen works as a Nurse Practitioner at St Vincent Healthcare. She enjoys working with her patients to help them achieve their optimum health.

Helen has also had a passion for helping others which drew her to the Junior League of Billings. Helen joined Junior League of Billings in 2016 and enjoys working together with the women of JLB to better serve the impoverished in our community. Helen has served two years as a Fund Development Chair.

Helen remains active in her community by volunteering at her church, St. Thomas the Apostle. She participates in providing meals for those in need, teaching high school youth group and Family Promise.  

Helen is married to her husband Clint, a native Montanan. Helen enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She enjoys all outdoor activities that Montana has to offer including camping, hiking and rafting.

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Communications Council Leader

Amber Erlenbusch

Amber joined Junior League in 2015. She is a wife to Steve and mother to three children, Kyle, Abby, and Sophia. Amber was raised on a ranch in Garfield County in Eastern Montana. She attended college at MSU-Billings and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Elementary Education and a Minor in Mathematics. Amber loves to teach and to learn! She has taught religious education at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 10+ years. Amber serves on the St. Vincent Healthcare NICU Family and Staff Advisory Council and is a NICU SPROUTS Cuddler.  Amber is also an active member of the Poly Drive Elementary PTA, volunteers in her children’s classrooms and the school library, and she is also a substitute teacher and an instructional paraprofessional. Amber loves to craft, crochet, knit, and read. Amber joined the Junior League of Billings to learn new skills, become an even stronger woman, and to use what skills she has to help our community. She has been on Membership Council for two years, was on the first Communications Council, and is now chairing the Communications Council for the second year.  

Beth Tobias (1)
Parliamentarian

Beth Tobias

Beth was born and raised in Indiana, and proudly attended Purdue University graduating with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Food and Agribusiness. Her roots growing up on a farm are strong but her desire to travel and experience new things is stronger, and that’s how she ended up in Billings in October 2016. Beth joined Junior League in August 2017 and has found rewarding opportunities to give to her community as well as incredible friends.

Beth is looking forward to a new challenge as Parliamentarian. She is confident her career knowledge in contract management and customer service will be a positive compliment to the growth and challenge she’ll experience in the Board role.

Since moving to Billings, Beth’s day job at a local hotel managing their convention services pays the bills but her passion is volunteering, and time spent exploring with friends. Outside of her day to day obligations, Beth enjoys exploring everything from the small towns of Montana to international travel. She lives her life with the simple goal of doing and seeing everything there is to experience.  Ultimately though, a good day is one spent with great friends and lots of laughs.

Nominating Council Leader

Jennifer Kautz

Jennifer Kautz is a native of Billings, MT.  She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Accounting. Following graduation, she worked as an auditor in Seattle at Ernst & Young.  In 2011 she returned to Billings and currently works at the Billings Family YMCA as the CFO. She serves as an adjunct professor of accounting at MSU-Billings.

Jessica Taylor

Membership Council Leader

Jessica relocated to Billings in July 2017 and joined the Junior League of Billings to meet like-minded women and get to know her new community. Jessica has served on the Membership Council and is looking forward to the new challenge of Membership Council Leader. Jessica loves the social nature of Junior League and meeting so many dynamic, smart, and interesting women who are all committed to serving their community and developing the potential of women.

Jessica called Colorado home most of her life but loves living in Billings and is proud to call Montana home. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked in the financial services industry for almost 15 years. Since 2012, she has been the Director of Compliance and Operations for an independent wealth management firm.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Jessica happily balances her time as a wife to Matt, mother to Gabe and Charlee, and friend to many. She enjoys travel, trying new restaurants, making memories with her family, outdoor activities, fitness, and time with friends. Jessica strives to live every day with purpose and has found Junior League of Billings to be the perfect complement to her life.

Lexie Williams

Lexie Williams

Community Council Leader

Lexie Williams is the Community Council Leader. She joined the Junior League in 2018 to make a difference in her community and to make friends with other like-minded women. Lexie was born and raised in Montana. Growing up in the small town of Sidney, she was active in many groups and activities including 12 years of 4-H and 13 years of Girl Scouts, where she received the highest community service awards achievable. She moved to Billings to attend MSU-B with her now husband and they have two beautiful little girls together. Lexie has worked in the mortgage industry since 2012 and is currently a loan officer for Guild Mortgage helping people achieve the dream of homeownership.

Elizabeth Williams

Fund Development Council Leader

Elizabeth Russell joined the Junior League of Billings in the fall of 2016 shortly after moving to Billings. Born and raised in Eastern Montana, Elizabeth went to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota where she earned her bachelors degree in economics and finance. Elizabeth has worked in banking since she was in high school and currently works in the home loan department at Stockman Bank where she enjoys tackling everyday challenges and helping her customers with one of the biggest financial decision they will make in their life.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys keeping busy and staying active. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, and going on road trips with her husband.

Laura Simonsen

Sustaining Advisor

Laura is a Licensed Benefits Consultant with USHealth Advisors.  She works with self-employed, small employers, individuals and families in all aspects of health insurance.  She has a Bachelor’s from MSU-B in Business Management.  

 

Laura is a Billings native and joined the JLB because she wanted to make a difference in the community that she loves.  During her time in JLB, she cherished the friendships made with other JLB members.  

 

She has been married to her husband, Eric, for over 20 years.  They have two teenage sons and a spoiled dog. In their free time, you will find them on Red Lodge Mountain or working on house projects.

Nadine Sommer

Treasurer
Kelsey Bryson

Kelsey Bryson

Executive Secretary

Kelsey grew up in Roundup, MT and holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources. She works at The Executive Group as a Recruiter helping companies in engineering and construction source and hires employees.

Kelsey has always had a passion for making a difference in other people’s lives which is what sparked her interest in the Junior League. Joining in 2015, she first served on the Community Council and has since taken on a role within the Communications Council helping to grow the Junior League brand in Billings. Kelsey has been a part of several of the league’s free laundry days and has also assisted in projects at the local food bank and MRM Men’s shelter.  Kelsey earned the Volunteer of the Year award for the 2018-2019 League year.

Kelsey loves the outdoors, traveling and crafting. You can usually find her with a good book in her hand or spending time with her family. Kelsey and her husband Shane reside in Billings with their son, Noah, and their fur babies Quincy, Coby and Roxy.

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