NLYM National Board of Directors 

President - Karen Holman

Karen Holman is the founding President of the Yorba Linda Chapter of NLYM.  She served as President for two years, served as Past President, and as 1st VP Membership.  This is her third year as a National Board Member, having served as Co-VP of Expansion and President-elect. 

After working full time for 12 years, Karen has spent the past 13 years being a stay-at-home mom.  In an effort to keep busy, Karen has volunteered for several different organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, East Yorba Linda Little League, YL Presbyterian Church, Fairmont Private School and Servite High School. Karen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, but has lived her entire life in Orange County, California.  Karen loves following college sports, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.


VP Training - Cheryl Bui

Cheryl Bui is a founding member of the Greater Orange Chapter of NLYM and served as Vice President of Membership for two terms.  On the National Board, she has served as VP of Chapter Support and VP of  Expansion.  This year she is serving as VP Expansion and Co-VP of Training.

After a 25 year career with Proctor and Gamble as a business development manager, Cheryl is recently retired and is able to devote more of her free time to philanthropic efforts and causes near to her heart.  She served on the board of The Glass Slipper Guild for Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) for six years holding the positions of President, Vice President of Membership along with the Fashion Show and CHOC Walk Liaisons.  She has recently sat on the board for St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Tustin as Recording Secretary and served in numerous other roles.  Currently Cheryl is a Co-Chair of Servite High School’s largest annual fundraising initiative, The Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.  This event provides financial assistance to approximately 25 percent of the Servite student body.  In addition, to her board responsibilities, Cheryl is active in her community and has dedicated many hands on hours to organizations including Catholic Charities and the Boys and Girls Club.  She is a native of California and resides in the city of Villa Park with her husband and two sons. 


VP Membership - Christine Loo

Christine Loo is a founding member of the Yorba Linda Chapter of NLYM, where she served as the first President-elect, second President, and Past-President. She has now served as the First VP of Membership for 2 years on the National Board.

Christine worked for 12 years as the Director of Physical Therapy at Placentia Linda Hospital.  For the past 15 years, she has had a concierge private Physical Therapy practice, utilizing the Feldenkrais Method as well as other manual techniques.  She is a graduate of UCLA with a BS in Kinesiology and has a Masters in Physical Therapy from USC.  She has served in multiple volunteer positions for various organizations including her church,  Yorba Hills Little League, Boy Scouts, Valencia HS Soccer Boosters, Yorba Linda HS Baseball Boosters, Yorba Linda HS Band Boosters, and USAFA California Dreamin’ Night.  She enjoys cooking and running 1-2 Half Marathons each year.  Christine lives in Yorba Linda with her husband and 2 sons. 



VP Programming - Shelley Miller


President-Elect - Alice Mo

Alice Mo is a founding member of the La Jolla chapter of NLYM and served as Recording Secretary, President Elect, President and currently as Past President.  In her first year on the National Board, she will be serving as VP of Expansion.

After working as a partner at Scripps Clinic in pediatrics, Alice retired to take care of her twin sons and focused her philanthropic activities towards children’s causes.  She served on the board of the New Children’s Museum as Governance Chair and continues to serve on its education committee.  She also currently serves as Hospital Liaison for the La Jolla chapter of Rady’s Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and volunteers at Grace Orphanage and Eldercare in Sri Lanka. Alice is a graduate of Stanford University with an AB in Human Biology. She received her MD from the University of Virginia and completed her pediatric residency and board certification at UCSD.  She lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband and their twin high school boys. 


VP Technology - Kari Smith

Kari Smith has been a member of the Yorba Linda Chapter since it's start-up in 2012.  Kari has served on the Website Admin. committee for 2 years before becoming the Chapter Website Administrator in 2014-16.  She served as President-Elect in 2016, and President in 2017.  Currently she is Past President while starting her first year of the National Board as VP of Technology.

After working as an Accountant in the family  business, Kari left the job to become a stay at home mom.  She has served on multiple school advisory boards and assist with both her sons high school golf coaches in fundraising and organization.  Kari continues to help in fundraising with multiple organizations in Orange County. She enjoys travel time with her husband and two sons.


Parliamentarian - Kristen Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong is a founding member of the La Jolla Chapter of NLYM and joined the founding board to complete the terms of the chapter’s Recording Secretary and then the Parliamentarian.  Kristen served another year as La Jolla Chapter Parliamentarian before joining the Board of NLYM, Inc. as National Parliamentarian.  She currently also serves as 4th VP Culture with the La Jolla Chapter of NLYM.  Kristen earned an engineering degree in mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. 

After practicing in San Diego and overseas for over a decade with several law firms, as well as serving as a board member with both public and non-profit entities, Kristen retired from the practice of law.  While raising her two children, she turned to volunteering with the San Diego chapter of National Charity League, the Gillispie School, the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, and La Jolla Presbyterian Church.

   Secretary - Michelle Zenk 



Treasurer - Priya Sprenger

Our Founders

Co-Founder - Mary Pat Lucas
Mary Pat is the Co-Founder of National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM). Before her service as National President from 2010 to 2015, Mary Pat led as the first Chapter President of Newport Mesa. NLYM under her leadership, transformed an organization of 80 people into seven chapters with a membership of over 1200;  shifting from a local organization to national.

In addition to her service in NLYM, she is a sustaining member of both the Newport Mesa Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) and the Assistance League of Newport Mesa. During her time with NCL, Mary Pat gained a wide range of experience holding the posts of Placement and Nominating Chairman, Special Events Chairman, Ticktocker Vice President, Newport Mesa Chapter President, National Council Representative and Ticktocker Regional Specialist. In Assistance League Juniors Mary Pat served as Parliamentarian, Recording Secretary, Provisional Trainer, 1st Vice President and President (2 terms). Mary Pat has also volunteered in many capacities and held offices on the Boards of her Church and her Children’s Elementary and High Schools.

Mary Pat’s passion is in philanthropic work. As a teenager she was introduced to the concept of “giving back to the community” and has always made that a part of her life. As a mother her focus shifted to include teaching her children what it means to help others. Through her work with NLYM she is helping to teach an even wider range of today’s young men.  Mary Pat believes strongly in the NLYM motto of Empowering Young Men through Leadership, Service, Culture and Protocol.

Mary Pat’s educational background earned her a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California which led to a career in the Real Estate Asset Management Industry. She lives in Newport Beach, California where she enjoys time with her husband, three children and granddaughter.  


Co-Founder - Diane Edmonston
Diane Edmonston, co-founder of National League of Young Men, is serving as VP Chapter Support of its National Board of Directors. Previously, Diane served as National President from 2015-2016, and also served the Newport Mesa chapter as President, President-elect, and V.P. Membershi

Diane’s love of volunteerism and leadership is evidenced by her commitment for the past 28 years in the following organizations: The National Charity League, where she served as President, Parliamentarian, Provisional Trainer, Corresponding Secretary, Advisor, and Vice-President Ways and Means.  The Junior League of Orange County, as Director of Public Relations and on committees focused on fundraising and social awareness issues. Newport Harbor High School Educational Foundation, as a co-founder of the Home and Garden tour. Newport Heights Elementary School, a Meet the Masters Art Program Instructor and fundraiser.

Presently, Diane is a part-time Sales Representative for Love Reusable Bags and a member 

of the USC Kappa Alpha Theta Corporation Board.

Upon graduating with a BA in Public Relations from the University of Southern California, Diane was employed by the University as a Fundraiser Event Planner and Cochrane Chase Livingston as an Advertising Account Executive.

Diane has been married for 33 years, is the mother of three grown children and loves golf, walking, hanging out with friends and politics.

National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM)

P.O. Box 3403, Newport Beach, CA  92659-8403