Board of Directors

Jessica Merritt LaRue is honored to serve as the 2018-2019 President of the Junior League of Longview. This is her 8th year of service to the organization, serving in various leadership positions such as Monster Dash Chair, Treasurer (3 times), and President-Elect and President Elect-Elect. While in the League, she has had the opportunity to attend trainings with the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (“AJLI”), and gave a presentation on the Junior League of Longview’s Poverty Conference at the 2018 AJLI Annual Conference.  Jessica’s interest in serving the community of Longview developed early in life, as she watched her mother, Suzanne Merritt, serve with the Junior League of Longview, including as President in 1995-1996.


A Longview native, Jessica is a graduate of Pine Tree High School, Baylor University, and Baylor University School of Law. She is a partner along with her father, Edward L. Merritt, in the law firm of Harbour, Smith, Harris & Merritt, P.C. in Longview.  Her husband Alex, also a graduate of Pine Tree High School and Baylor University, is the Chief Financial Officer for Friedman Industries, Inc.  Alex and Jessica are the proud parents of 2 year old Elliot.  Jessica currently serves on the Board of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and the LeTourneau University Yellow Jacket Athletic Advisory Council.  She has previously served as President of the Gregg County Bar Association and also served as an officer on the boards of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and Longview Tennis Association.  Over the years she has enjoyed mentoring and serving as a group leader with Partners in Prevention’s Forever Friends program and has volunteered with Junior Achievement of East Texas.  She was the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Leaders Award from the Longview Chamber of Commerce.  The LaRues are members of Oakland Heights Baptist Church where they serve in various areas of ministry within the church.

Board & Management Team Members:

Standing L-R: Samantha Wilson, VP Communications;  Mandy Jameson, VP Community;  Kendrah Tennison, Executive VP Elect;  Aubrey Skinner, Recording Secretary;  Shiloh Roberts, Membership VP;  Kelsey Runge, President Elect;  Jessica LaRue, President;  Erin Brogoitti, Executive VP;  Callan Searcy, President Elect-Elect and Treasurer;  Dr. LaShondra Manning, Diversity and Inclusion Chair;  Dr. Marisa Guillory, Nominating Chair;  Taryn MacIntyre, Board Member-at-Large and Kelly Belt, Assistant Treasurer.


Community Advisors:

  • Richard Brack – Longview News Journal
  • Mary Carlson – Neiman Marcus
  • Lyndell McAllister – Partners in Prevention
  • Dr. Andy Mack – Mayor City of Longview
  • Julee Rachels – Heartisans Marketplace
  • Dr. Renee McGough – McGough & McGough DDS
  • Honorable Bill Stoudt – Gregg County Judge
  • David Ummel – Director of Buckner Children and Family Services
  • Janet Ragland – Letourneau University
  • Malinda Lenhart – Coldwell Banker Lenhart