Meet the Board

Becky Goethe

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, 2019 as Service Director and 2020 as President Elect. This year she is thrilled to serve for a fourth year on the board as President. 

In her free time, Becky enjoys going to the beach, being on the water, running, spending time with her dog and two-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. 

Abigail Lynch

Abigail has been a proud member of JSLB since 2019. The Junior Service League of Beaufort has offered the best of both worlds for Abigail. Fulfilling her passion to giving back to the Lowcountry community as well as forming friendships with other amazing JSLB members.

Abigail was the 2020 Touch-A-Truck chairwoman dedicated to hosting a beloved community event safely in the middle of COVID pandemic.  Abigail was voted “Member of the Year” in 2021 by her peers. This year she is excited to serve her first year on the board as President Elect and continue to help the league grow!

This Kentucky girl obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics at Western Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University. Currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at Beaufort Memorial Hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient services. In her free time, you will rarely find her without her pup Ruby by her side, reading or trying to perfect different recipes.

Caroline James
Administrative Vice President

Caroline James was raised in Beaufort, SC. She attended Wofford College where she majored in English. She then attended Samford University where she received her Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

After working in Charleston for a year as a Home Health Speech Language Pathologist, she decided to move back to Beaufort with her husband, Robert and 2 French Bulldogs, Huey and Hank. Her family loves aviation as both her dad and husband are Pilots.

She joined the family business in 2019 and currently works at Executive Flight Training as their Director of Operations. In her free time, Caroline enjoys cooking, going on the boat and spending time with her family and friends.

Caroline joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2019 in order to become more involved with the community and meet other career driven women. This is her first year serving on the Board of Directors and she is
looking forward to the exciting year ahead!

Katie Herrera
Financial Vice President

Katie Herrera is a recent transplant to the Lowcountry after moving here with her Navy spouse. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, she has also lived in Scotland, Virginia, Hawaii, Mozambique, and various cities in Florida and South Carolina. Katie graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Science.

Katie is currently the Stormwater Manager for Beaufort County. She has fallen in love with Beaufort so much so her husband is leaving the military to stay to enjoy all that the lowcountry has to offer. 

Katie joined the league in 2019 to make an impact on her community, and to meet like minded individuals. The 2021-2022 year is her first year serving on the Board. She looks forward to serving the league in her role as the Financial Vice President. 

In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with her dogs and husband, and enjoying delicious food and wine with friends. You can catch her on the weekends chasing sunrises and sunsets, and during low tide looking for shark teeth at Sands Beach in Port Royal. 

Jessica Duke
Appropriations Director

Jessica is a Beaufort native and joined Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2020. With her involvement in Lowcountry Santa, Prom Boutique and Touch-A-Truck, she decided to increase her commitment by joining the board. Jessica is a registered nurse and health care consultant for a global consulting firm. When she isn’t traveling for business, she enjoys vacationing with her family. Jessica also enjoys giving back to her community. She is excited for the new service year and the opportunity to grow with the league!

Allison Kindwall
Service Director

Allison is proud to be born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She is a Commercial Insurance Producer for Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort. Allison loves a glass of white wine and going on the boat. She is very excited to sit in the Service Director seat and help coordinate volunteer opportunities in our community. 

Emi Rendon Pope
Member at Large

Dr. Emi Rendon Pope was born in Mexico City and raised in Savannah Ga. She joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2018 and is honored to be joining the JSLB board as the new Member at Large. Her desire to serve extends beyond medicine and into the community with her new position. She works as an Internal Medicine physician at Beaufort Memorial Hospital caring for those in need especially during these trying times. A local from Savannah Ga, she is thrilled to develop deeper connections to the Beaufort community. She enjoys spending her weekends exploring antique shops, developing new crafting skills, and lounging with her beloved pup, Josephina. 

Erin Witt
Membership Director

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 in insurance and recently expanded C.T. Lowndes and Co into Beaufort county. Additionally she teaches yoga at Balance Boutique Fitness. In her free time she enjoys long walks and paddle boarding with her dogs Chester and Willa Mae, 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 like minded.

Meredith Birch
Communications Director

Originally from the New England area, Meredith moved to the Lowcountry during the Summer of 2019. Meredith graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education and is currently an art teacher at Bridges Preparatory School in Beaufort, SC.

Meredith joined the league in 2020 to learn more about her community and to meet like minded individuals. This year, Meredith is serving as the Communications Director on the Board.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys running, traveling, spending time with family, and snuggling with her rescue pups, Sammie & Delilah.

Lynnette Thompson
Past President

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.