Meet Jessica Dedrick, the current JLDOC President. Jessica joined the JLDOC in 2006 because she was looking to meet new women, provide something back to the community and make connections. Prior to her service on the JLDOC Board, she was a member of League Advancement (now Fund Development) and chair of the Holiday Market. She got involved with League leadership because someone asked if she might be interested, and she said yes!
One of Jessica’s favorite League experiences is participating in Little Leaguers with her daughter, Lola. Little Leaguers provides opportunities for “instilling in my daughter what I love – letting her know we can all make a difference.” She also enjoys building relationships and challenging herself through her leadership in the JLDOC; in her words, “learning about myself and what I can do that I didn’t think I could.” She stresses that, especially in leadership positions, it’s important to “set realistic expectations and be okay with saying no sometimes.” Above all, she encourages JLDOC members to take the opportunity to lead. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, explore your community and explore new opportunities.
When she isn’t attending General Membership Meetings, Board Meetings, Extra Hands volunteer opportunities, or meeting with community leaders, Jessica is a compliance director for the USDA and a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper. In her remaining free time, she also volunteers with the Mangum Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization. Here are a few more things you may not know about Jessica:
- Family: Husband – Austin, daughter – Lola (6)
- Favorite restaurant in Durham or Orange County: Parizade
- Best book you have read recently: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (yes, I haven’t had much time to read recently)
- Best movie you have seen recently: The Secret Life of Pets
- Favorite sports team: NCSU Wolfpack
- What do you like to do for fun? Vacation, and go out with friends
Jessica, thank you for saying YES to serving the JLDOC. We are lucky to have you!