2017 COMMUNITY MODELS
Interfaith of the Woodlands and Junior Leaugue of the Woodlands select community models annually in recognition of their service and dedication to these organizations.
Community model photography provided by Mindy Harmon Photography
Fashion and lifestyle blogger, Elvira Cauthen, moved to The Woodlands with her family in 2009. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the mother of four runs the popular website Fashion Rowe which focuses on the latest trends in clothing, accessories, beauty and travel. Elvira also serves as Fashion Editor for The Book The Woodlands which benefits Interfaith of The Woodlands. Active in numerous local charities, she has co-chaired The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala in 2014 and 2015 as well as co-chaired Giving Goes Glam in 2016. Elvira is also a member of the HOPE committee and volunteers at both HOPE Under the Stars and HOPE on the Green. She is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health, New Danville and The Montgomery County American Heart Association. In her free time, Elvira’s greatest pleasure is spending time with her children Dylan, Jack, Isabella and Reese.
“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little harder, love a little longer and dress a little better….that’s my friend Elvira!”
Jennifer Coyle made The Woodlands her home in 2007 when she moved here with her husband Wes from San Francisco, Ca. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and has two children, Charlotte, who is a fifth grader and Grafton, who is a second grader, both at Deretchin Elementary.
Jenny is currently serving as Special Events Planner for the Lone Star College 2017 Star Gala. She has volunteered with Interfaith of The Woodlands for the past five years on both Giving Goes Glam and The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala committees, most recently co-chairing the 2016 Celebration of Excellence Gala. Jenny also co-chaired the 2016 Tea on the Lawn benefitting New Danville. She is active in The Will Herndon Fund, volunteering in both HOPE Under the Stars and the HOPE Golf Tournament. She is involved at Deretchin Elementary as well, serving as VP of Fundraising of the 2016-2017 executive board and volunteers with Class Act Productions. In her free time Jenny enjoys travel, cooking and entertaining.
“Jenny Coyle walks into a room and immediately brings energy to mobilize people to work hard all while having a grand time. She has a witty sense of humor and a heart of gold. She is such a delight!” -Jena McCrann
Megan Hershfeld moved to The Woodlands five years ago from Southern California for work. She majored in Drama at the University of California, Irvine. She joined Junior League of The Woodlands in 2015. Last year she served as Co-Chair for the provisional project that paired with the Giving Gown organization. She was honored with the first ever Provisional of the Year award. This year she serves as Chair of Literacy Carnival. She enjoyed getting the chance to serve Meals on Wheels, Freedom Place and various other organizations through the league. She is also active in her church, The Woodland’s United Methodist Church, volunteering at Conroe House of Prayer, Angel Tree, Family Promise, and Women’s Ministry.
“I met Megan during our provisional year in The Junior League of The Woodlands. From the moment I met her, I was drawn in by her bubbly personality, expressive gestures and funny stories. As I got to know her even better through our work on the Provisional Project I admired her for not only those surface qualities but also for her genuine kindness, work ethic and humble spirit. Megan is a behind the scenes doer. She is not one to advertise her achievements (of which she has many) or flaunt her volunteerism. She quietly does. She is one of our unsung heroes! She works hard and tirelessly for the league and her community while still excelling in a demanding career. She is an encourager who builds up others and maintains her poise in even the most stressful of situations. As those who have spent any time with Megan can attest, the world and especially The Woodlands are brighter and better because of her activism and shining spirit.” –Megan Kinnell
Audra Wells Hoegemeyer is a wife, mother, community volunteer, and a long-time resident of Montgomery County.
She is actively involved with many local fundraising events. In addition, she enjoys serving with her daughter in their local National Charity League chapter and will serve on its board. Audra is a sustainer with Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc. and has served on its board in many capacities, including that of past president. She has also served on the boards of Montgomery County Women’s Center and her children’s school’s PTO. Audra was honored to be named Junior League’s “Woman of Distinction” in 2009 and its “Sustainer of the Year” in 2016.
Audra is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in English. She also has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. She traded in her heels to raise a family. Audra is married to Kyle and they have three children, Grace, Hutton, and Hayes. She spends her free time enjoying her children’s many activities…as well as Aggie sports.
“Today Audra’s commitment to our community spans from Houston to Willis. The Junior League and our community has been blessed by her selflessness and compassion. Audra’s passion is infectious and her gentle leadership style brings out the best in volunteers. She continues to make a positive impact in her children’s schools and in our League by connecting with the people she serves. I am proud of her successes and for the opportunity to call her friend.” -Carol Durkee
Christine and her husband Rob have lived in The Woodlands for twenty years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Matt (22), who is pursuing a career in film production, and Dan (20), who is a sophomore at TCU (GO FROGS!). Christine grew up in The suburbs of Washington D.C. and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing. Before moving to Texas she worked for Microsoft as a marketing representative. Christine serves our community in many ways. She is a senior citizens transportation volunteer for Interfaith of The Woodlands, and has served for the past three years on the Five Who Share luncheon committee. She also volunteers to support The Woodlands Arts Council, as well as Christ Church United Methodist of The Woodlands. Christine and Rob also support students at American University, TCU, and Georgetown Law School through scholarship initiatives at those schools. In the past she has volunteered to build bikes for kids with Elves and More and has supported a number of scout projects for Boy Scout Troop 889. Her hobbies include running with her buddies at Runaway Moms of The Woodlands, photography, and taking up (the incredibly frustrating) game of golf.
“Christine is a friend who is always looking out for you. She is loyal and has your best interest at heart. Plus, she really fun to hang out with!”
– Laurie Schoepf
Julie Sanchez has been a resident of the Spring/The Woodlands area for 11 years. She and her husband, Edgar, have been married for 15 years and they have two lovely daughters: Audrey (9) and Adelle (6). Julie graduated from Baylor University in 1999 with a double major in Financial Planning and Marketing. She is an active volunteer with Junior League of The Woodlands (JLTW) and has served as the Community Vice President; Community Chair; IMPACT Chair; and IMPACT Assistant Chair. In May 2016, Julie was honored with being JLTW Active of the Year. She enjoys volunteering with Faithbridge Methodist Church in the Children’s Ministry, Faithbridge VBS, The Woodlands Waves Swim Team, SSAN Swim Team, and The Woods Private School. For two years, she taught financial literacy with The Woods Private School Junior Achievement Program and she was invited as a guest speaker on Etiquette and Successful Life Skills with the National Charity League. Her most treasured job and role in life is caring for her family.
“When I think of the definition of humble servant leader, I think of Julie Sanchez. She dedicates herself tirelessly to the Woodlands Community with the single goal of making it a better place for everyone she comes across. Whether it is championing community organization discussions or volunteering her time packing backpacks for children in need, she is truly selfless in all she does. Never is the focus on Julie, but rather, she strives to put all volunteers around her in the spotlight. In this day and age with so very many things competing for our attention and focus, Julie purposefully slows down and is purposeful in her dedication and commitment to the Woodlands Community. She is the epitome of a community leader and champion, and we are all better off if we are privileged enough to cross paths with her.”