Pittsburgh Junior Branch (JB) is part of the East-Midwest Region of JB USA, along with JB Cincinnati, JB Columbus, and JB Northeast Ohio.
The Junior Branch is self-governing by their elected board. The board consists of the following positions and a description of each role:
Local Board Positions
President – The JB President is tasked with making sure the board works as a cohesive group, making sure all events, activities and projects are running smoothly. In addition, the President ensures that the JB Board and the Adult Board are working together proactively. The JB President serves a minor role in JB USA; each JB’s President gets a vote as JB USA elects its National Junior Representative (NJR) each year. Additionally, the JB Presidents are responsible for planning the Regional Mini Camp (RMC) each year.
Vice President – The JB Vice President spends their first year as VP in preparation for being President the following year. As the year progresses, the VP will take on more of the responsibilities that come with being President. In addition, the VP is responsible for organizing the annual Cookie Bake, as well as helping to facilitate the JB board elections each spring.
Secretary – The JB Secretary has the task of making sure everything the board does is documented, especially decisions that will affect the future of JB (such as changes to the bylaws and minutes from board meetings).
Treasurer – The JB Treasurer keeps track of all JB funds, making sure the JB is accountable for what funds are raised as well as what is invested into activities for the chapter. The Treasurer also maintains open communication with the Treasurer of the Adult Board.
Historian – The Historian is tasked with documenting the activities of the chapter, including: taking photographs at events, sharing details of events with the chapter-at-large, as well as operating the chapter’s social media accounts.
In addition to the specific responsibilities outlined above, each board member shares an equal work load in terms of planning events, facilitating activities, and any other tasks that need to be done. Elections for board positions take place in the spring, usually the beginning of May.
In addition to local leadership opportunities, the JB has national positions that are available for students.
National Positions JB USA
National Mini Camp Committee (NMCC) – elected committee members who are tasked with planning and facilitating National Mini Camp (NMC). NMC takes place every year over Memorial Day weekend (Friday – Monday). Committee members are selected in October at the National Junior Branch Meeting (NJBM) in Cincinnati. The Committee convenes at Winter Planning (date and location vary from year-to-year) to implement the bulk of the planning.
National Junior Board of Trustees (NJBoT) – The NJBoT is JB USA’s governing body. They have the power to create and vote on motions that can alter anything about how JB USA operates. In addition to voting on motions, the NJBoT creates various projects and other content for JB USA.
National Youth Committee (NYC) – The NYC has a few different jobs, all geared towards making sure JB USA progresses the way it should. Each of the five members are assigned to a region of JB USA, and maintains frequent communication with that region’s JB Presidents, to ensure that their JB’s are progressing well, and also to assist in the planning of the Regional Mini Camp. The NYC also plans and facilitate the JB portion of Chapter Development weekend, which serves to make sure incoming JB Presidents are prepared for the position they are about to take on.
National Junior Representatives (NJRs) – The NJRs are the (two) head(s) of JB USA. The NJRs have the large task of making sure the entirety of JB USA is running smoothly (and advancing), as well as cooperating with CISV USA in their endeavors. One NJR is the chair of the NYC, while the other is the chair of the NJBoT. The NJRs also represent JBUSA in International JB.
2016-17 Junior Board Officers - Pittsburgh
|Peyton Klein||Vice Presidentemail@example.com|
|Ali Axtman||Service Project Leader|
|Nancy Golio||Co-Adult JB Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org||2015-17 National Step Up Program Chairperson
2016-18 National Leader Trainer
|Ali Pabrinkis||Co-Adult JB Advisoremail@example.com|
Past Junior Board PresidentsSince 1989, CISV Pittsburgh has been fortunate to have the following individuals lead the Junior Branch:
|Name||Year(s) served||High School - Class of||University||Field of Study|
|Matt Frischmann||2004-2005||Peters Township High School - 2005||Wittenberg University||Biology|
|Reed Koenig||2005-2006||Riverview High School - 2006||University of Rochester||Political Science|
|Stephanie Sheffler||2006-2007||Mount Lebanon High School - 2009||Marist College||Communications|
|Alexander Cook||2007-2008||Upper St. Clair - 2008||Universty of Michigan; University of Miami School of Law||International Economics; Law|
|Nate Blecher||2008-2009||Upper Saint Clair - 2011||Washington University in St. Louis; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine||Biochemistry; Medicine|
|Eva Petzinger||2009-2010||Taylor Allderdice - 2011||Dartmouth College||Cognitive Science and English|
|Ramsey Daniels||2010-2011||Winchester Thurston - 2011||Skidmore College||English; Economics
|Alexandra Hart||2011-2012||Taylor Allderdice High School - 2012||American University||International Studies, Political Science
|Rosalie Daniels &|
|2012-2013||Winchester Thurston School - 2013 &|
Taylor Alderdice High School - 2013
|Georgetown University &|
Carnegie Mellon University
|International Politics and Foreign Policy Processes, certificate in Justice and Peace Studies &
|Janis Petzinger||2013-2014||Taylor Allderdice High School - 2014||University of St. Andrews||Art History and Management
|Dighan Kelly||2014-2015||Taylor Alderdice High School - 2016||University of Pittsburgh|
|Charlie Wolfson||2015-2016||Taylor Alderdice High School - 2016||Northeastern University||Journalism|