Co-Founder – Mary Pat Lucas
Mary Pat is the Co-Founder of National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM). Before her service as National President from 2010 to 2015, Mary Pat led as the first Chapter President of Newport Mesa. NLYM under her leadership, transformed an organization of 80 people into seven chapters with a membership of over 1200; shifting from a local organization to national.
In addition to her service in NLYM, she is a sustaining member of both the Newport Mesa Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) and the Assistance League of Newport Mesa. During her time with NCL, Mary Pat gained a wide range of experience holding the posts of Placement and Nominating Chairman, Special Events Chairman, Ticktocker Vice President, Newport Mesa Chapter President, National Council Representative and Ticktocker Regional Specialist. In Assistance League Juniors Mary Pat served as Parliamentarian, Recording Secretary, Provisional Trainer, 1st Vice President and President (2 terms). Mary Pat has also volunteered in many capacities and held offices on the Boards of her Church and her Children’s Elementary and High Schools.
Mary Pat’s passion is in philanthropic work. As a teenager she was introduced to the concept of “giving back to the community” and has always made that a part of her life. As a mother her focus shifted to include teaching her children what it means to help others. Through her work with NLYM she is helping to teach an even wider range of today’s young men. Mary Pat believes strongly in the NLYM motto of Empowering Young Men through Leadership, Service, Culture and Protocol. Mary Pat’s educational background earned her a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California which led to a career in the Real Estate Asset Management Industry. She lives in Newport Beach, California where she enjoys time with her husband, three children and granddaughter.
Co-Founder – Diane Edmonston
Diane Edmondston, co-founder of National League of Young Men, is serving as VP Chapter Support of its National Board of Directors. Previously, Diane served as National President from 2015-2016, and also served the Newport Mesa chapter as President, President-elect, and V.P. Membership.
Diane’s love of volunteerism and leadership is evidenced by her commitment for the past 28 years in the following organizations: The National Charity League, where she served as President, Parliamentarian, Provisional Trainer, Corresponding Secretary, Advisor, and Vice-President Ways and Means. The Junior League of Orange County, as Director of Public Relations and on committees focused on fundraising and social awareness issues. Newport Harbor High School Educational Foundation, as a co-founder of the Home and Garden tour. Newport Heights Elementary School, a Meet the Masters Art Program Instructor and fundraiser.
Presently, Diane is a part-time Sales Representative for Love Reusable Bags and a member of the USC Kappa Alpha Theta Corporation Board. Upon graduating with a BA in Public Relations from the University of Southern California, Diane was employed by the University as a Fundraiser Event Planner and Cochrane Chase Livingston as an Advertising Account Executive. Diane has been married for 35 years, is the mother of three grown children and loves golf, walking, hanging out with friends and politics.