National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM), initially named Beach City Service League, was founded in 2007 in Newport Beach, California by Diane Edmonston and Mary Pat Lucas. Their goal was to provide a unique program of leadership, service, culture and protocol opportunities for the young men in their community, while at the same time strengthening mother-son relationships.
NLYM launched its first year with the Newport Mesa Chapter; grades nine and ten, totaling 43 high school young men and 42 mothers. Within two years the Newport Mesa Chapter grew to four classes including grades nine through twelve and a second chapter was started in Greater Orange. In 2009, when additional communities began asking about how to start a chapter in their area, the name was changed to National League of Young Men, Inc. and a National Board of Directors was created to pursue expansion and support the chapters.
Please visit the NLYM Chapters tab for an up-to-date list of our current Chapters.
NLYM aspires to offer young men gratifying experiences that help them learn one of the greatest joys in life comes from serving others, and discover the confidence and courage to do so. We are committed to providing a quality program and developing long-term partnerships that will provide benefits to not only the young men but also their surrounding communities.
NLYM is also committed to being an organization that represents and cultivates compassion for all people in the communities in which we live and serve. We aspire to develop young leaders who promote respect for every individual. In this endeavor, we find a higher purpose for fostering and valuing inclusion and diversity.
2022-2023 National Board Members and Officers
Karen Culver - National President
Melissa Billiter - National Treasurer
Melissa Billiter is a current member of the Irvine North Chapter of NLYM and her son is an active member. She served the chapter board as Website Administrator for 2 years. This is her second year on the National Board. Last year, she served as National VP Communications.
Melissa is strongly rooted in Southern California. She is the CFO of a privately traded company based in Newport Beach, CA, and holds her CPA license. She attended University of California, Riverside and is active in the alumni activities at her alma mater. Melissa also has a daughter who was in National Charity Leagues’ Irvine chapter for 6 years and is currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When she is not volunteering or working, you can catch her at a hot yoga class or on the beach relaxing with her family.
Jessica Klein - National VP Programming
Cathy Szeto - National VP Training
Michelle Zenk - National VP Technology
Michelle Zenk is a founding member of the Irvine North Chapter of NLYM. She held the position of Youth Coordinator for two years and Website Administrator for two years. She also served as the Chapter’s PVSA liaison for four years. She has served on the National Board as Recording Secretary and is currently serving as VP Technology.
Before relocating from Texas to California to raise her family, she worked in sales in the hospitality industry in New York, NY and in Sales/Event Planning at the Convention Center in Houston, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her MBA from CSULB. She served on various PTO boards for her children’s schools and served on the board for Beckman HS Cheer Boosters and volunteered for Beckman HS Baseball Boosters. She held many board positions for Rancho Irvine Chapter National Charity League including Chapter President. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She currently lives in Corona Del Mar with her husband, two dogs and two cats.
Annette Bradbury - National VP Communications
Annette Bradbury is a Sustainer Member of the La Jolla Chapter of NLYM, where she served as Historian/PR Chair, President-Elect and Corresponding Secretary. Her son graduated from NLYM in 2019 and is a Life Young Man Member of the La Jolla Chapter. She has also served the National Board of NLYM as VP of Chapter Support.
Annette is a pharmacist and community volunteer. In addition to NLYM, she currently serves on the board of directors of Voices for Children. She has served in executive capacities on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, including The Bishop’s School (president 2017-19), Gillispie School (president 2009-2012) and Las Patronas, a La Jolla-based philanthropic organization (president in 2014-2015). Annette received her bachelor of pharmacy from London University and spent 15 years working as a clinical pharmacist and in drug development in London and San Diego.
Claudia Morehead - National Parliamentarian
Claudia has been a member of the Newport-Mesa Chapter since 2017 and has held positions in her chapter as GLAD, VP Philanthropy, and Parliamentarian. This is her second year serving as National Parliamentarian. Her older son (21) graduated from NLYM in 2021 and attends the University of Colorado – Boulder. Her younger son (19) graduated from NLYM in 2022 and will attend the University of Utah with his twin sister this fall.
Claudia is a practicing attorney in Newport Beach, specializing in representing non-profits. Prior to opening her own practice in 2009, she was a partner in two national law firms in California and worked in-house in the reinsurance industry in New York City for fourteen years. Claudia began her career in Seattle, Washington after graduation from University of the Pacific (Stockton, California) and McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California).
She grew up in Spokane, Washington and still enjoys the Northwest, spending time in the summer with family and friends at her lake home in Coeur d’alene, Idaho. Claudia also serves on the board of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County and is active in the Orange County Bar Association.
Elizabeth Meckert - National Secretary
Elizabeth is a Sustaining Member of the Lake Oswego Chapter. She held positions in her chapter as VP Philanthropy, Parliamentarian, GLAD and Recording Secretary. She has two sons – one who graduated in 2020 and one who graduated with the 2023 class. This is her fourth year serving as the National Secretary.
Before relocating from Atlanta with her husband and sons, Elizabeth was active in her sons’ school PTA. Prior to having children she worked for an engineering/tech company in their marketing department combining her interests from her days as an engineering student at Purdue University and a marketing student at DePaul University.
Kelly Sullivan - National VP Membership
Christina Cho - National VP Expansion
Amber Schaeffer - National VP Marketing
Amber is a Sustaining Member of the Mid Valley Chapter, where her son graduated in 2023. She served as a GLAD and VP Youth Coordinator.
Amber grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Pepperdine University, and completed her Master’s degree in Global Marketing and Advertising with Emerson College in Brussels, Belgium. She has also lived in Germany, England, New York, Boston and San Francisco, where both of her children were born. Amber returned to Los Angeles over 15 years ago, where she has been deeply involved in her community. Amber was President of the fundraising 501(c)3 at her childrens’ LAUSD affiliated charter elementary school and has served on multiple school development and fundraising boards. She currently sits on the school committee of the Laurel Hall School and is active in annual giving for the Harvard-Westlake School. She loves traveling the world with her family, gardening, and caring for her elderly father.
Professionally, Amber currently leads business development for Caden Concepts, and previously has co-founded a fundraising technology business and worked in marketing and business development for a number of software companies, including PeopleSoft, Kana and Atex Media Solutions.