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Lady and Princess of the Year Recognition Program

Lady and Princess of the Year Recognition Program

Our 2017 and 2018 Ladies and Princesses

From left: Kim Parker, 2017 Lady of the Year; Jennessa Lystlund, 2018 Lady of the Year; Zoë Brown, 2018 Princess of the Year; Jennesa Lincke, 2017 Princess of the Year

Princesses and Ladies Inc. recognizes women and young ladies who give back to their communities through volunteerism while excelling in their personal lives. We began the Lady and Princess of the Year recognition program in 2017.

Kim Parker – 2017 Lady of the Year

Kim is the Founder and Counselor of Love Conquers Counseling since 2017. She is a spirit-filled, humble servant of Jesus Christ with a call and passion for serving others in the areas of teaching, counseling, equipping, guiding and empowering others through God’s Unconditional Love. She is an active member at Trinity Christian Center in Zion, IL where she serves on both the women and prayer ministries.

Kim has been married for over 26 years to Misiri; They have two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. She devoted 20 years of her life in the United States Navy and is now a retired veteran. Her desire is to impact lives by sharing hope, a caring attitude and support during difficult times. She also dedicates volunteer time within her community by mentoring young girls and women with the organization where she serves on the board as Princesses and Ladies Inc. Director of Wellness.

Jennessa Jae Lystlund – 2018 Lady of the Year

Jennessa is the Executive Director and Head Coach at North Shore Elite Cheer. She leads the entire organization with a focus on athletic growth, academic excellence, commitment, family involvement, community service, responsibility and overall excellence. Since the institution of the program in 2010, she has made it a point to ensure the program takes a holistic approach to training student athletes. The young student athletes typically compete through their 8th grade year and then become volunteer coaches throughout their high school years. During that time they learn valuable job skills such as resume building and interviewing.

Jennessa’s love of service and volunteerism began in high school and has become a guiding principle of her life. Over the years her service work has typically been focused on activity that empowers and supports women and girls. From volunteer work with a Rape Crisis center on campus during college, to working as an advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors as her first official job. Over the course of her adult life, when her career wasn’t focused on Non-Profit work (Women Issues and Adult Literacy) she remained involved through volunteerism. In 2008, she became a volunteer with Northern Illinois Youth Sports Organization, a Zion based 501(c)3.  Out of that work, North Shore Elite Cheer was created in 2010. Jennessa says, “I am extremely proud of the work I am blessed to do with these athletes and their families. Not only do our teams train and compete year round, but we complete service projects and fundraising for many charitable organizations as well (Abiding Love Ministries Food Pantry, American Cancer Society, Food and Clothing drives, toiletry donations for Lake County Haven…just to name a few of the years). One of the most rewarding things about the work I do is the amazing people I get to work side by side with.”

Zoë Brown – 2018 Princess of the Year

Zoë has been volunteering since she was about 3 years old at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). At that time she would sing for the patients and pray for them. At 14 she became an official volunteer for CTCA and goes frequently to help with whatever is needed in the area she is assigned to that day (ie. take patients to their infusion appointments). Zoë is also connected to a church in Waukegan that provides prom dresses for girls who are not able to afford one otherwise. She willingly donated her own dresses to program and assisted with doing hair and makeup for the girls. 

Zoë is a wonderful role model, she was Little Miss Zion 2009 , Junior Miss Zion 2014 and Miss Beach Park 2017. Her love of the community started with pageantry but she continues to be involved in different activities around Zion even when not a title holder. She has met many wonderful young ladies due to her involvement in the pageant systems. These young ladies come to her for advise on preparing for pageants and she is always willing to help them. She also affirms them by reminding them it’s not about winning, but about doing their best and being proud of themselves regardless the outcome.

Zoë has been the recipient of numerous academic awards since elementary school. She has gotten the Silver or the Gold Presidential Award every year she has been in school. She was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in junior high, and then into the National Honor Society (NHS) in high school. Being in both NJHS and NHS, afforded her the opportunity to volunteer in Kenosha, WI. Where she volunteered at food banks, different nursing homes and various events around the area during the summer. She has been a student lead at her school since the 8th grade, mentoring a different child in elementary school each year. Zoe has been in student government since 9th grade and was nominated for student class president for her senior year. Zoë has also been on the varsity cheer team since 9th grade enabling her to volunteer at the special needs prom each year. In 2018 she escorted one of the special needs teen to prom. Zoë has the ability to connect with these children in a special way and shows so much patience and caring in her interactions with them. She has developed a special friendship with her cheer coach’s son, Jared who is autistic, and carves out time to spend with him doing some of his favorite things. Her genuine fondness for him has been a blessing to his parents, as she has become one of his friends.

Zoë has also helped with some events that were organized by the Township; packing up Christmas presents for families in Chicago; delivering meals at Thanksgiving. Zoë was invited to attend numerous upcoming youth leadership programs at different universities due to her high academics and leadership abilities. After graduation, Zoë plans to attend college and will pursue a medical degree, with hopes of eventually becoming an oncologist. Being exposed to volunteering at a young age at CTCA helped her decide on this path and it has never wavered. Her compassion for people and her love of serving will definitely help her become a wonderful doctor one day. 

Jennesa Lincke – 2017 Princess of the Year

Jennesa has been volunteering since she was five years old in various capacities.

Jennesa plays a critical role Princesses and Ladies Inc. she is the creator of the annual The Masquerade Ball, one of the organization’s main fundraiser. It is also an appreciation event for all the members and volunteers in the organization and a time to celebrate women and girls in the community.

Jennesa co-hosts the Princesses and Ladies Inc. Youtube channel with her mother. Where they discuss various topics that affects both women, young ladies and girls. Jennesa provides a young ladies perspective to the topics discussed. She also co-hosts a channel with her sister Sierra called Jennesa & CeCe where they discuss topics of interest to them and other girls and young ladies their age.

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