In 1980, 15 mothers formed the provisional chapter of Western Cook County (Illinois). These women recognized that there was no Jack and Jill chapter in the area and no organization of its kind that met the cultural, civic, and social needs of African American families.

The Western Cook County Chapter (WCCC) worked as a provisional chapter from 1980 to 1983. In January, 1983, WCCC was installed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Cheryl Broussard was the first chapter president. The chapter membership is drawn from the West Cook County area of Illinois, which includes members residing in the suburbs of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, LaGrange, Westchester, Maywood and the Galewood community of Chicago. The Western Cook County Chapter currently has 44 families and close to 80 children, ages 2 – 19. The chapter’s theme is a universal idea: “One childhood to every child: a time to love, to grow and to share.”

Chapter Officers

  • President, Marvis Donalson

  • Vice President, Rashida Dairyko

  • Program Director, Nicole Thompson

  • Recording Secretary, Arnetta Thompson

  • Corresponding Secretary, Kimyada Wellington

  • Treasurer, Lanya Satchell

  • Financial Secretary, Judy Banks-Johnson

  • Editor/Historian, Leslie Truelove

  • Legislative Liaison, Deidra Jenkins

  • Parliamentarian, Erika Wilson

  • Foundation Chair, Aimée Eubanks Davis

  • Technology Chair, Pamela Mathews

  • Protocol Chair,  Marcia Preston

  • Chaplain, Omera Mahon

  • Teen Advisor, Lynette Lovely

Past Chapter Presidents

Tasha Brown

Cherya P. Jenkins

Sheila Harris

Lori Owens

Collette Dixon English

Regional History


The Mid-Western Region was created from the regional plan of organization adopted at the 1958 National Convention held in San Francisco. It is one of seven geographic subdivisions of the National organization. The other regions are: Central, Eastern, Far West, Mid-Atlantic, South Central, and South Eastern. The first Regional Conference was held in 1959.

The Mid-Western Region geographically includes Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Currently, there are 36 member chapters representing this mighty region. For more information on the Mid-Western region, click here Mid-Western Region Website.

National History

The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of two and nineteen. In 1946, ten chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. Constitution and bylaws were drawn up and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.

Today, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated boasts over 230 chapters nationwide, representing over 40,000 family members. For more information on Jack and Jill of America, Inc., click here Jack and Jill of America, Inc.