Meet the Board

Lynnette Thompson

Lynnette has been a proud member of JSLB since 2016. Born and raised in the Lone Star State, Lynnette married a Marine and life brought her to the LowCountry in 2007.She has made Beaufort her home ever since. Lynnette has served on Touch-A-Truck for two consecutive years and was the 2019 JSLB Jubilee Chairwoman raising $22K to support the mission of our league. She is a graduate from the University of Maryland University College earning a degree in Business Administration and Management. Lynnette spent 15 years working for the Department of Defense and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society by providing financial counseling and program management for the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program for the United States Marine Corps. She is currently a Flight Attendant with Southwest Airlines providing great southern hospitality only learned from living in South Carolina. Lynnette has been married to her husband, David, who is a retired CWO3 in the Marine Corps. Together they have two boys, Trent (19) and Lance (17), who keep them busy with boating, baseball, and all the fun and not so fun stuff that come with raising teenage boys.

Becky Grothe

Becky Grothe was born and raised in small town Iowa and moved to Beaufort in 2016 when the Marine Corps brought Becky and her husband, Ryan, to the Lowcountry. It only took a short duration of time in Beaufort before this Midwestern girl fell in love with the Lowcountry’s southern charm and hospitality. 

Becky joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2017 to become involved in the community she had come to love.  In 2018 she served on the Board of Directors as Membership Director and subsequently in 2019, as Service Director. This year she is thrilled to serve for a third year on the board as President Elect. 

In her free time, Becky enjoys going to the beach, being on the water, running, spending time with her dog and one-year old daughter. She is currently employed at Beaufort Memorial Hospital as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner.  The most rewarding aspects of serving with JSLB are the lifelong friendships made while simultaneously having a profound impact on the community she now calls her permanent home. 

Erin Witt
Administrative Vice President

Erin joined the league in 2018, and began to serve on the board in 2019. As a native to Beaufort, she felt called to serve the community. After graduating from Clemson in 2017, she began her career as a registered representative for Amy Bowman State Farm. Additionally she teaches yoga at Balance Boutique Fitness. In her free time she enjoys long walks and paddle boarding with her beagle, Chester, cooking and traveling. Through the diversity of the league, she intends to grow the membership in order to increase the impact on our community. Her favorite event is Jubilee, a time of celebration. Time to celebrate each member for the dedication to the league and also celebrate the organizations we support. The league has provided Erin the opportunity to build meaningful friendships with women who are likeminded.

Diana Price
Financial Vice President

Diana Price is originally from the upstate of South Carolina, and attended Clemson University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is currently a high school science teacher at Beaufort Academy and teaches biology and anatomy & physiology. She loves being on the water, reading, and staying relatively active. She and her husband Fisher enjoy life in Beaufort with their yellow lab Renfrow.

Zarah Goodyear
Appropriations Director

Zarah is a Beaufort native and joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2018. After experiencing Touch-A-Truck, Prom Boutique and Jubilee she knew she wanted to be more involved with the league and decided to join the board. She is also a Beaufort Regional Chamber Ambassador, and serves on the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association board and was a 2019 Beaufort Regional Chamber Civitas Nominee for Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumni. Zarah is an insurance agent with Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort. She enjoys going to the beach, fishing and paddle boarding. She is very excited to be a part of such an amazing group of women and is eager to help the league grow.

Kayla Griffin
Service Director

Kayla is from Friendship, Arkansas. She moved to South Carolina in 2017 and joined the Junior Service League in 2018. Last year she chaired Jubilee and had so much fun! She is a kindergarten teacher at Thomas Heyward Academy. She and her husband Jordan have one dog, Hank. As a family they love walks, going to the beach, and traveling.

Diana Newman
Member at Large

Originally from Maryland, Diana moved to Beaufort in 2010 and now considers it home. She joined the league in 2018 when she wanted to meet new friends who, like her, enjoyed serving the community. Diana is a mom to two young men who she desires to always set a good example for, and JSLB supports that goal. She is currently a middle school teacher at Beaufort Academy where she teaches mathematics. This is Diana’s first year on the board and she is excited to be the liaison between the general members and Board of Directors in her role as Member at Large. In her spare time, Diana enjoys hosting Bachelor nights (pre-Covid of course), stealing rides on friends boats, and getting frozen yogurt downtown with her kids!

Kaitlan Young
Membership Director

This is Kaitlan’s second period of service with the League. She joined in 2012 during her first time in Beaufort and rejoined in 2019 after moving back to the area from San Diego. Her husband, Adam, flies F/A-18s for the Marines. Originally from Virginia, Kaitlan is a proud alum of James Madison University. Her professional background began in politics, having previously worked on Capitol Hill, and continued in development while working for the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a stay at home mom to their almost three-year-old daughter, Ridgeley. Kaitlan loves volunteering, working out, reading and traveling. As Membership Director, she is excited to guide the newest members of the League through their provisional year. 

Hannah Nichols
Communications Director

Hannah is originally from the Upstate of South Carolina, but has lived in the Lowcountry since 2015. She joined the Junior Service League in 2018, and was honored to be voted “Provisional of the Year” by her peers. Hannah has a B.A. in Graphic Design from Anderson University, and works as a creative director and marketing director. She also enjoys volunteering with her husband’s local music education initiatives (Go Sea Island Sound!). In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, cooking, performing music, baking, and walking the beach with her dogs.

Lindsay Gifford
Past President

Lindsay has been a proud member of Junior Service League of Beaufort since 2011. A native of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Lindsay is originally from Luray, S.C. she spent every summer in Beaufort and made it her permanent home in 2008. She has worked as the Art Director of Pink Magazine and Paisley Magazine for more than 11 years and enjoys bringing a positive, empowering magazine to women throughout the southeast. Lindsay was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional Award by the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. Lindsay is very honored to serve on the Board of Directors and serve her 2nd year as Past-President after serving as President for 2 years and Publicity Chair for 5 years. She says volunteering in her community allows her to use her time and talents to help others without asking for anything in return. Although, each smile that lights up a child’s face or silent look of thankfulness from a parent makes every minute worth it. In choosing to volunteer with an organization like Junior Service League of Beaufort, she’s able to work together with dedicated women to make a greater impact than they would individually. Lindsay is very thankful for the wonderful, strong women she has met through this great organization.