FVJWC is run by women just like you, that have a passion for giving back to our community through service.  Each year, a new board of directors is elected to ensure we are living out the FVJWC mission.

Meet our 2021/2023 Executive Committee

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Kimberly Karas

Club President 2021-2023

Vice President 2019-2021

I started my volunteer career with my neighborhood association when I moved to the Fox Valley region over 30 years ago.  From there, I spent the next 15 years volunteering as a teacher's helper, assistant catechist and scout leader.  I met the founder of the Fox Valley Junior Woman's Club through scouting and I was hooked! I have been with the club since 2018 and I enjoy giving back to my community, knowing in some small way that I can help make a difference.  Doing this with other like-minded women makes it all the better!


Jennifer Brooks

Vice President 2021-2023

Recording Secretary 2019-2021

Hello- I moved to the Fox Valley area 16 years from my hometown, Galesburg IL.

I have one daughter, and I’ve always set out to be an example to her and others thru service. I’ve been involved with several community activities including the PTO thru school, Church volunteer, and several other local organizations. I enjoy participating in activities that have a mission to give back. I joined FVJWC in February 2018 and what I’ve enjoyed most about our club is our collaboration as a group of women who value and love to serve others.  Join us today in helping make a difference!

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Cristen Austgen

Club Advisor 2021-2023

Club President 2017 - 2021

My family and I have lived in the Fox Valley region for 17 years.  I have a passion for service and have held various board positions with PTA, Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations, including Plainfield Junior Woman's Club.  I enjoy giving back to my community and engaging others, including my children to do the same. My goal is to inspire the women in our local communities to get involved with FVJWC and make a difference together!

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Diane Madden

Treasurer 2021-2023

I was born and raised in West Chicago.  I have worked in accounting, academic advising and sales, mostly in the not-for-profit arena.  I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community.  Some of the organizations I have served include Conservation Foundation, Northern Illinois Food Bank, VFW (Plainfield), and various Park District events.


Carolyn Leard

Secretary 2017-2023