Our Mission

Founded in 2012, the Oswego Junior Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting women, children, and families in the Oswego and surrounding communities through volunteer services and philanthropy.

We fulfill our mission in a number of ways. Here are some of our highlights:

We are part of GFWC District 11, which includes Joliet Juniorette Club, the Plainfield Junior Woman’s Club, the Plainfield Juniorette Club, the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club, the Homer Glen Juniorettes, and the Elgin Junior Woman’s Club.

2022-2023 Executive Board

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Rachelle Koenig

President

Rachelle is currently serving as the 2022-2023 President of Oswego Junior Woman’s Club. She joined the club in 2016 and has previously been Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, and she has chaired several committees. Rachelle has lived in the Oswego area since 2006, residing with her daughter (Ella -14), son (Sam – 11), and dog (Sofie -5). She is the lead content writer at Clariant Creative Agency in Naperville. Rachelle currently serves on the Oswegoland Park Foundation Board of Directors, she serves on the West Suburban Committee Chapter of Young: Equal, and she is a volunteer with numerous NPOs and organizations throughout Chicagoland. “I feel you have to contribute to the community where you live and raise your children. I joined OJWC to develop great friendships with like-minded women and make a difference for local families.”

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Kristen Stott

Vice President

Kristen is currently the Vice President of the Oswego Junior Woman’s Club and has previously served as the Corresponding Secretary. She is also an advisor to the Oswego Juniorettes. Kristen joined the club in 2018 as a way to get more involved in the community and meet new people. She has been the lead advisor to Oswego Juniorettes for the last two years and has also helped fundraise for other NPOs, such as The Les Turner Foundation and The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace. Kristen has been an Oswego resident since 2008, when she moved here with her partner, Robert and their four children (Kaya -18, Lola – 18, Ava – 17, Scarlett – 16). When she is not spending time with family and friends, Kristen works as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Joliet. She loves helping her patients get and stay healthy through treatment and education. 

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Cassie Paruolo

Recording Secretary

Cassie is currently serving as the 2022-2023 Recording Secretary of Oswego Junior Woman’s Club. She joined the club in 2018 and her company, Air Dynamics Heating & Cooling has been a consistent Executive Sponsor of OJWC’s signature Red Carpet event. Cassie is an Oswego native, where she lives with her husband, Paul. She is a Registered Nurse, currently working at Edward Hospital.

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Angie Hibben

Treasurer

Angie is currently serving as the 2022-2023 Treasurer for the Oswego Junior Woman’s Club, a role she has filled for multiple years. She is also President/CEO of the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce. Angie has lived in Oswego since 1986 with her husband, Todd. She is the proud mother of four children and six grandchildren. She consistently volunteers in local NPOs and is involved in community activities year-round. Angie also has a thriving hobby-turned- business, AJ Creations which includes crochet and jewelry goods. 

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Christina Reynolds

Corresponding Secretary

Christina has been a member with OJWC since 2015. She is the Agent/Owner of Christina Reynolds Ins. Corp DBA American Family Insurance in Oswego since 2006 and Streator since 2018. She lived in Oswego since 2001 recently relocated to Streator in 2021. She is Married to Mike Reynolds Jr. and has three children Angelic 26, Michael 24, Julia 19 with our first grandbaby due in December of 2022! She actively volunteers and sponsors community events in and around the Oswego and Streator areas. She joined OJWC as a chance to develop new relationships with other women in the area and to give back to our community. There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference in the lives of people in our community.

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Carrie Niesman

Club Advisor

Carrie is currently serving as the 2022-2023 Club Advisor of the Oswego Junior Woman’s Club. She joined the club in 2012 and has previously held several positions on the Executive Board. Carrie has lived in the Oswego area for over 45 years, residing with her husband Brian, and enjoys spending time with her boys, Steven (30) Michael (26), Jake (24) Joey (20), and Max (17) Carrie works at Old Second National and is currently Vice President Regional Manager for 10 branch locations. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Oswego Chamber of Commerce as well as Chair for the Ambassador Committee for the Oswego Chamber. Carrie is currently serving on the Board of Commissioners for the Oswego Police Department and Casa Kendall Co. “I enjoy being involved in the community where I live and the many business relationships I have made. The main reason I joined OJWC is to be able to do something that I am passionate about through volunteering and giving back as much as I can to the community. I am very thankful to have met a diverse group of women that share that same passion and are looking to help do “our part” to give back where we can. I have met some amazing women in my 10 years in the club, and I am very excited to continue to be active in OJWC this year, and I am equally excited to see what positive impact our club can bring to our community.”

About GFWC

The General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC) is one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organizations. Through more than 250 Junior clubs and approximately 8,000 members in the US, GFWC supports the arts, preserves natural resources, promotes education in various sectors, encourages healthy lifestyles, stresses civic involvement and works toward world peace and understanding. To learn more about GFWC Illinois please visit www.gfwcillinois.org


Past Presidents

2020-2022

Carrie Niesman

2018-2020

Kim Bradshaw

2017-2018

Lisa Cornelius

2016-2017

Carrie Niesman

2015-2016

Cally Larson Irvine

2014-2015

Denise Ryan

2013-2014

Morgan Adessa

2012-2013

Brook Henschen