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 the mother-son relationship.
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 facilitate the chapters and pursue expansion.
Please visit the NLYM Chapters tab for an up to date list of our current Chapters.
NLYM is 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. National League of Young Men, Inc. aspires to offer gratifying experiences for their young men and to help them learn that the greatest joy in life truly comes from serving others and discovering the confidence and courage to do so.
2021-2022 National Board Members and Officers
Karen Culver - National President
Traci Dubinion Zvonicek - National President Elect
Traci DuBenion-Zvonicek is the current VP Philanthropy and Past President of the West Valley Chapter. Her son Jack will be a senior this coming school year. She served on the West Valley Chapter Board from 2019-2020 as President-Elect and most recently, Chapter President. This year she will also serve as President Elect for the National Board. In addition to being lucky enough to have three wonderful children, she spends her time supporting & volunteering at her children’s school and in her local community. Traci also has an extensive experience as Director, Human Resources Business Partner with a major retailer. While born and raised primarily in Southern California, she attended schools in Nevada and Colorado and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, wine tasting and planning for that day when she will finally take that first golf lesson.
Golnoosh Lerner - National VP Training
Golnoosh Lerner is a Founding Life Mother Member of the La Jolla Chapter of NLYM, where she served as Director of Communication, GLAD, and President. Two of her sons have graduated NLYM and are Life Young Man Members of the La Jolla Chapter. She currently serves on the National Board of NLYM as VP of Training.
In addition to NLYM, Golnoosh has served on various philanthropy boards and committees, including the Jewish Women’s Foundation and the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. She has also served extensively in various capacities in her children’s school, serving on the school Foundation, helping in fundraising efforts, and supporting the art program. Golnoosh studied Computer Engineering at University of California, San Diego and worked in the telecommunication industry. She enjoys travel, art, and reading.
Alyssa Edwards - National Training Elect
Alyssa Edwards is a member of the West Bellevue Chapter. She spent two years serving as VP Membership and is the current Treasurer-elect. Her older son graduated from NLYM in 2021 and attends the University of Utah, and her younger son is in the class of 2023.
In addition to NLYM, Alyssa has served on the board of Kids Quest Children’s Museum in Bellevue and on several youth sports boards. She has worked at Alaska Airlines for 25 years in Human Resources and Operations roles. Alyssa grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and Ketchum, ID before moving to Seattle, where she graduated from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!). She loves spending time with her husband Michael, their two boys and their dog Zeus, reading, cooking, and entertaining friends and family.
Shelley Miller - National Co VP Programming
Shelley Miller has been a member of the Tustin Chapter since 2013. She has served as Recording Secretary, Youth Coordinator Elect, Youth Coordinator, Provisional Trainer, GLAD and President in 2017. Currently she is starting her second year of the National Board as VP of Programming.
After working as Vice President of Hotel Management for 20 years Shelley left the job to become a stay at home mom. She has served as a board member for her sons’ school’s PTO and PTA’s, Cub Scout pack leader, Tustin Eastern Little League, Beckman high school baseball booster board member and currently serves as a board member for the Beckman high school lacrosse boosters. Shelley is involved with Operation Warm Wishes and other philanthropic organizations in Orange County. She enjoys working out, travel and spending time with her husband, two sons and her lab Carley.
Sara Danzelaud - National Programming Elect
Sara Danzelaud has been a member of the Lake Oswego, Oregon Chapter since 2016. She served on the Lake Oswego Chapter Board since 2017 as President-Elect, and was the Chapter’s President in 2019 – 2020.
Sara is Founder and President of Tot Talk, Inc., an educational placemat company that sells to big box stores, online, and mom and pop toy, gift, book stores around the country. Prior to this, she worked for fortune 50 companies, including Procter & Gamble and United Technologies (UTC) Her last role before founding her own company was General Manager of Carrier Corporation’s (division of UTC) reefer parts distribution business based in The Netherlands, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Sara has a passion for animals and participates in causes wherever she can including raising signatures for Humane Society propositions and being on a team that helped lead the San Francisco Zoo board through their first strategic planning process. Sara received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Washington and a Harvard MBA. She is married to a Frenchman and has two young men, George (17, senior) and Henri (14, freshman) and two fluffy girl cats, Boots and Bear.
Coventry Boucher - National VP Expansion
Coventry was the founding President of Lake Oswego Chapter in 2015. She has also served as Past President, GLAD and is currently the Provisional Trainer. This is her second year on the National Board and served as Chapter Support for 2018-19. She has two sons who are NLYM members, one in the class of 2019 and one in the class of 2021.
In addition to NLYM, she was has served on the City of Portland Civil Service Board, Youth Villages Auxiliary Board, founding board of Women’s Foundation of Oregon, and multiple school advisory boards and committees. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Psychology. She enjoys going on epic adventures with her husband and sons, listening to Great Courses while walking her dog, yoga, cooking and knitting.
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 has 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 Chapter Support
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 currently serves on 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.
Lee Freelon - National Parliamentarian
Elitres “Lee” Freelon is a founding board member of the West Valley Chapter of NLYM. She has held the position of GLAD for two years, and has served as Parliamentarian, 3rd VP of Philanthropy, 5th VP of Protocol and Corresponding Secretary.
Lee resides in the West Valley area with her husband and son who recently graduated from Chaminade High School. Lee is a very active volunteer with Chaminade High School where she serves on the Parent Associates Board and as a member of Les Dames. She also oversees the decorations for their GALA and other major yearly events. Lee is a Retirement Consultant with over 30 years of industry experience. She has earned three professional designations including Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA), Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA).
Elizabeth Meckert - National Secretary
Elizabeth has been a member in the Lake Oswego Chapter since 2016. She has held positions in her chapter as VP Philanthropy, Parliamentarian, GLAD and Recording Secretary. She has two sons in the organization – one graduated in 2020 and one in the 2023 class. She will start her second year serving as the National Secretary beginning in June.
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.
Kim French - National Treasurer
Kimberly French has been a member of the Yorba Linda Chapter of NLYM since 2016. She has served on the Yorba Linda Chapter Board since 2017 as President Elect then as President. She has served on the finance committee, standards committee, parliamentary committee and is the liaison for Ronald McDonald House Orange County. Currently she is finishing her year as the Yorba Linda Chapter’s Treasurer.
Kimberly is the CFO for Eplastering, Inc, an OC based stucco contractor that build new tract homes. She has been there since 1999. Over the years, she has served on the PTA at Fairmont Elementary as their Spring Play Coordinator and at YLHS as their Fundraising Representative. She also was a member of National Charity League with her daughter from 2009-2014. While in NCL, she served on the Board as their Web Administrator, Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoy training for and running marathons with Darin, her husband of 25 years, spending time with her kids, Thomas (26), Kayley(24) and Mason (18), and with her two Shepard Mix Dogs, Niki & Nala.
Kate Kersten - National VP Membership
I have been a member of the Tustin Chapter since 2016. I have served as Chapter President, Youth Coordinator elect, and Public Relations. I will currently be the Youth Coordinator for the Tustin Chapter and start my second year on the National Board as VP of Membership.
I have three boys and worked in Insurance up until my third son was born. I currently volunteer in a few organizations along with the PTO’s at each of my kids schools, the president of Coordinating Council plus on the Tustin Public Schools Foundation where I chair our Dinosaur Dash event. Along with volunteering in the community, I love to run and also travel with my family!
Andrea Restivo - National VP Communications
Andrea Restivo is the current Past President of the Yorba Linda Chapter. Her son Evan will be a senior this coming school year. She served on the Yorba Linda Chapter Board from 2019-2021 as President-Elect and most recently, Chapter President. Andrea will serve this year as the VP Communications for the National Board.
Andrea is a Chicago native who moved to Southern California in elementary school but still cheers on the Cubs! She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and then received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University. After clerking for a federal judge in San Diego and then working at the Newport Beach office of O’Melveny & Myers, a large international law firm, Andrea decided to focus her efforts closer to home. For the next 25 years, Andrea and her husband owned a screen printing business in Brea. If you bought a band t-shirt at a concert or Hot Topic in the last 20 years, there is a high likelihood that their business printed it! Outside of work, Andrea has enjoyed volunteering at various charities and most recently, leading the Yorba Linda NLYM Chapter. During college football season, you can find Andrea in the stands at the University of Washington stadium watching her daughter Morgan on the field cheering for the Huskies. One more year and then she will have to find another passion to pick up! She has two loveable labradoodles at home as well, Wrigley and Bella.
Alice Mo - National Past President
Alice Mo is a founding member of the La Jolla chapter of NLYM and served as Recording Secretary, President Elect, President and Past President. On the National Board, she served as VP of Expansion (2017-18) and President Elect (2018-19). She served as National President (2019-2021). She currently serves as National Past President. Her twin college sons are both NLYM graduates and Life Young Man Members.
After working as a partner at Scripps Clinic in pediatrics, Alice retired to focus on her family and her philanthropic activities on children’s causes. She served on the board of the New Children’s Museum as Governance Chair and then served on its education committee. She also served as Hospital Liaison for the La Jolla chapter of Rady’s Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and volunteers at Grace Orphanage and Eldercare in Sri Lanka as well as serving on the supervising board VeAhavta. She also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association and is the class co-representative for the Class of 1991.
Alice is a graduate of Stanford University with an AB in Human Biology. She received her MD from the University of Virginia and completed her pediatric residency and board certification at UCSD. She lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband and enjoys skiing, scuba diving, quilting, and travelling.