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Lady and Princess of the Year Recognition Program – United States

Lady and Princess of the Year Recognition Program – United States


Our 2019 Lady and Princess

From left: Lisa Hernandez, 2019 Lady of the Year; Lillian May, 2019 Princess of the Year

Lisa Hernandez

Lisa Hernandez is an advocate for Women in the community. Throughout her life she has overcome many obstacles. She is a Latina warrior!  Lisa raised 2 wonderful children while working full time and going to school. Through her dedication, determination and never give up attitude she has arguably become one of the best hair stylist in Lake County. Lisa is passionate about stopping Domestic Violence and helping those in need.

Lisa has been volunteering at A Safe Place for over 14 years. She completed the 40 hour training required to volunteer at A Safe Place. Her volunteerism included helping to prepare apartments for incoming families. She also helped organize the storage rooms for incoming donations and helped in the Christmas Store for the victims and their families. She also visited schools to help educate students about domestic violence, recognizing the signs and ways to get help. Lisa was also a member of The Young Professional Board at A Safe Place. Lisa continues to help with events and fundraising : EmpowerRally, 5k Empowerment Run and Women, Wine and Shoes held by a Safe Place. Lisa has also volunteered at Woman’s resource center Racine.

Lisa loves the ever changing fashions of the salon industry and this shows up both in her hair color and her client’s hair choices. Her clients enjoy seeing what her and her hair have been up to and are often inspired to do something outside of the box! More than anything, Lisa is passionate about empowering women. Everything she does supports that passion. Recently, Lisa became a Certified Trichologist/Qualified Hair Practitioner of IAT. She is helping women who have hair loss to grow their hair back! Lisa inspires everyone at the salon she works at to try new techniques and to reach for their dreams. She views everyday as an opportunity to touch lives.

Lisa is a supporter of Princesses and Ladies Inc. She donates to the organization and volunteers her time to help sell tickets for events. She has a great passion for the fight against human trafficking and works with the organization to spread awareness about human trafficking, ways to recognize and prevent it. She received the Empower award from the organization in March 2019.

Lillian May

 Lillian has been volunteering since the age of 10. Her involvement started at Newport Elementary where she spent her free time helping in the library to restock books. Lilian was also a member of Student Council, she was responsible for welcoming new students and giving them a tour of the school. In middle school she was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society, she volunteered for several projects. She also would help the lunchroom staff clear and clean tables. Lillian also assisted in the school’s library with inventory, passes for students, shelving books, filling the school store and preparing for book fairs. She was entrusted to sell tickets and refreshments, handling money securely.

As a student now in high school, she has often gone back to her elementary school, on days off,  to help her previous teachers with activities in the classroom. Lillian also volunteers her time with the children’s ministry in her church, the Elf Network Dinner, which reaches out to members of our community at Christmas. Through her Youth Group she volunteers with Love INC. of Lake County. Summer 2019 Lillian headed to Door County where she spent the Summer volunteering at Camp Zion. Through Princesses and Ladies Inc., the opportunity for volunteering has opened the even wider. She continues to volunteer whenever and wherever possible and actively seeks out areas she can be of service. Lillian has received many awards of recognition over the years for academic success in Elementary, Middle and High School. She has also been nominated for and won several awards for citizenship, leadership and character. 

In 2015 Lillian was nominated for and awarded the Excellence in Character Award given by Character Matters in Lake County. In 2016 she was selected for the National Junior Honor Society membership. In 2017 she was awarded Excellence in Citizenship, Beach Park Middle School (BPMS) and in 2018 she was nominated for the Illinois Beach State Park Rotary Merit Award.

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

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 served on the board as Princesses and Ladies Inc. Director of Wellness from March 2017 until June 2019.

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. She also has her own YouTube channel called Jennesa Elise


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