Jill of America, Inc., was founded in 1938, and it has evolved into a strong national organization as a result of strong National and Chapter programming in the areas of cultural awareness, educational development, health, civic and social/recreational.

Visit the National Jack and Jill website to learn more about our programming. 

Fresno Chapter History

In 1978-1979, an interest group of approximately 20 mothers, led by Dollie Whitehead and Poppy Booker, met in the home of Doris Bugg to discuss forming a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in Fresno, California. The committees were organized to design children’s programs that were educational, cultural, recreational and social activities for their children. This Interest Group later applied for membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and became a Provisional Chapter. In July of 1980, the Fresno Chapter was approved for membership at the 24th National Convention, held in Houston, Texas and installed by the Regional Director.


Fresno Chapter Officers

Ebony Haily


Chenena Ward

Vice President | Teen Advisor

Jaca Drake

Program Director

Nicholette Rabetsimba

Recording Secretary

Rena Mitchell


Kathy Yarmo

Financial Secretary

Monique Bell, PhD

Editor | Historian

Janee Young

Corresponding Secretary

Keisha Lewis Nesbitt

Foundation Chair

Michele Greenhouse Phipps, MD