Arielle Cutrara is the 2016-2017 JLDOC Vice President for Communications. This full-time mom and nanny joined the League in 2009. She says, “I grew up in a small town and
even though we didn’t have a League there, I knew about the Junior League and the work they did in the community. I was impressed by a group of women who took time out of their busy lives to make a difference in their community and knew I wanted to me one of them. I put off joining for a number of years because I kept telling myself, ‘Oh, well, when my season of life changes, then I’ll join.’ But one day I kind of woke up and said, ‘What am I really waiting for?!’ and that was that. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Since joining the League, Arielle has served on the Extra Hands and Bargain Sale committees and as Annual Fund Director. She has also served in multiple roles on the Board: as Member-At-Large, Assistant Vice President for Communications, and is serving her third term as the Vice President for Communications. Arielle knew when she joined that she wanted to be part of the leadership team one day. By serving her placements faithfully, she began to get noticed and eventually was asked to join the Board. Of her position, she says, “I really enjoy (and take seriously) the responsibility of helping guide an organization with such a rich history of community service and developing the potential of women into the next season.”
Arielle has a lot of experience juggling multiple priorities. To keep life in balance, she advises, “Only you can choose what is most important in your life and what needs your attention. My encouragement is to put first things first and refuse to feel bad about it—for me that is my little family.” She also encourages future League leaders to “do what you enjoy. You can’t be someone you are not and you will do best by doing what you do best. Find your place and then be diligent—it will pay off.”
Here are a few things you might not know about Arielle:
- Family: Chris, Maggie (almost 2), Bella & Lilly (dogs)
- Community involvement outside the League: I am also involved with my church.
- Favorite League experience: Being part of a team. I love projects and getting things done, but I like doing it with others and seeing what each person brings to the table.
- Favorite restaurant in Durham or Orange County: Cuban Revolution
- Best book you’ve read recently: Um… can’t remember the last time I read a book.
- Best movie you’ve seen recently: Yikes. Can’t think of the last grown-up movie I watched, but I saw Zootopia recently and that was pretty good.
- Favorite Sports team(s): Duke
- What do you like to do for fun: Hanging out with my little family. Doing projects – arts and crafts, sewing, clean/organizing.
Thank you, Arielle, for your diligence in serving the League!