About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Mariposa Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in or attend school in Central San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Mariposa aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.



The three pillars of our six year (7th-12th grade) NCL experience for mothers and daughters are Community Service, Leadership Development and Cultural Experiences.  Mothers “Patronesses” and daughters “Ticktockers” both benefit from engagement in these 3 areas of focus through our chapter.  




Ticktockers volunteering at snackpak

We are dedicated to providing our Ticktockers with a developmental program that provides opportunities for each young woman to learn about world realities through serving others in need, to grow aware of and respect a wide array of cultural traditions, to develop life skills, maturity, confidence, compassion for others, and to make friends while engaging in chapter activities in a safe, comfortable, and age-appropriate environment.  All of this will be provided alongside the Ticktocker’s Mother and/or through the opportunity to learn from other women leaders in our chapter.  We believe that this well-rounded “NCL, Inc. Experience” will inspire and empower our young women to succeed as confident and socially aware contributors in their communities. 

Ticktockers are divided into classes based on their year of high school graduation.  Each Ticktocker will hold a different position in their grade each year.  They will each have the opportunity to serve on their class Board of Directors and will all learn parliamentary procedure.  The skills they will learn from working on teams and learning how to conduct a meeting will carry them into continued leadership.




Mothers and Daughters at Tea

The mother-daughter bond and spending time with our daughters while watching them grow into strong, capable, kind and compassionate women. Our Patronesses will know the satisfaction of working with other talented women who value serving the community and who want their daughters to do so as well.  Patronesses also benefit from learning leadership strategies, new skills and making new friends by working in their teams of other Patronesses. 



We have a specific plan outlined for each Ticktocker to experience during each year of their “NCL, Inc. Experience”.  Each year, we focus on different cultural experiences, etiquette training, leadership development & philanthropy/community service opportunities.  We have a plan for their leadership training and exposure to holding various roles in addition to ensuring they learn parliamentary procedure.  During the 6 years as a Ticktocker, our girls have the opportunity to hear from great speakers that range from appropriate technology use, how to write emails, college entrance strategies, kindness discussions, and etiquette training among many other applicable discussions.




girls holding puppies at SNIPSA event

Patronesses and Ticktockers complete philanthropy time by volunteering at various partner organizations.  All volunteer opportunities are easily available to sign up on our internal calendar for the event / date / time that works best with your schedules. Mariposa has partnered with a wide variety of organizations to offer many different options for you and your daughter to support our community.  With the recent COVID pandemic, we have offered great new ways to support your community from your home and/or with safe social distancing options.   




Women at meeting

We hold monthly meetings during the school year for our Patronesses and Ticktockers.  Sometimes these meetings are for both Patronesses and Ticktockers and sometimes the meetings are separate.  We offer cooking classes, speakers, group projects, card creation/decoration, etiquette training, event planning and much more during our meetings.  Our meetings incorporate our six-year core program outline for each Ticktocker grade.



Tea 2023

Our Mariposa Mother-Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition that all members are required to attend. Ticktockers take on responsibilities for planning this annual event with Patroness guidance, and in the process learn event planning organizational skills, invitation process, centerpiece creation, event budgeting as well as afternoon tea etiquette.  It is a great opportunity for the girls to spend time with members from other classes in a fun environment.  We have historically held our annual tea on the front lawn of The Argyle in San Antonio.  It is a beautiful event usually held on a beautiful Spring day!




Two seniors with awards

Each year, our young women have an opportunity to win chapter and national awards for their philanthropic work. 

Ice Cream Social and End of the Year Celebration


ice cream social mom and daughter

We host an Ice Cream Social at the end of the year to celebrate our work and welcome new members. It is a fun, casual event that puts the ‘cherry on the top’ to end our year.



We hold a special ceremony to highlight and honor our graduating Seniors.  We send them off with well wishes from their Mariposa Chapter and look forward to having them as Sustainer members after graduation.  We hope they will go on to meet other NCL graduates from other chapters to have the NCL Experience in common with other young women in college or whichever path they choose.



Follow our chapter on Facebook at or on Instagram at @nclmariposa.  See all the ways we are supporting our community, learning leadership and enjoying cultural experiences all while bonding as Mothers & Daughters! 


Our Mariposa Chapter logo is unique to our chapter.  We highlight a butterfly, as ‘Mariposa’ means butterfly.  San Antonio is home to a large migration of butterflies each year.  Monarch butterflies travel through San Antonio on their way from Canada to Mexico each Winter.  There are many local spectators that watch for this beautiful time of year when we have thousands of butterflies in our city.  We also incorporated a key point of our chapter being focused on the “Mother/Daughter” relationship in all we do.  The outer wings of the butterfly signify the Mother and the inner wings signify the daughter.  We also have a feminine image of the butterfly body as the center of our logo.  Our logo has meaning to us and we are one of the few NCL, Inc. chapters that have our own logo.



Chapter Presidents

2016-2018   Heather Monroe 

2018-2019   Elizabeth Cox

2019-2020   Kelly Anderson

2020-2021   Lynsey Adame

2021-2022   Tamara Strauch

2022-2023   Kristin Kemmett

2023-2024   Mary Dixson 


Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter? Membership opportunities are dependent on chapter openings.

If you know someone in our chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline.  If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this Membership Inquiry Form.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

To apply for Mariposa membership, please complete the application:

Mariposa Membership application


NCL applications are due for all chapters by January 2023.  

  • Please indicate the email address on the membership application that you will check and use for your login.

  • Please ensure that your daughter’s email address that is used is NOT her school email address. 






Q: How can I apply?
A: If you are interested in applying to the Mariposa Chapter, we welcome you!  If you would like to join our chapter, please reach out to our VP of Membership to start that conversation and get your application sponsored! 

Q: Do I need to rush to make a decision to be one of the first to apply? 
A: No!  You are in no rush to decide if you would like to join Mariposa or another NCL, Inc. Chapter.  ALL NCL, Inc. chapters have their membership drives open until January 2023.  You can apply to ONE chapter anytime before January. 

Q: What if I want to learn more, but I cannot make the prospective member meeting?
A: No problem.  Reach out to our VP of Membership and let her know.  We will meet with you one-on-one!


Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Animal Defense League
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Camp CAMP
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc.
  • Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton-CRIT
  • Colon Cancer Coalition (Get Your Rear in Gear Fun Run)
  • Disaster Response
  • FVPS – The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter
  • Guadalupe Community Center
  • Guadalupe Home
  • Haven for Hope
  • Headwaters at the Incarnate Word
  • Kindess Campaign
  • Local Schools – Woodridge / Cambridge
  • Morgan’s Wonderland
  • NCL Meeting
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Ovarian Cancer Coalition
  • Parklane West
  • SA Food Bank
  • SA Livestock Show Exposition
  • SA Pets Alive
  • SA Zoo
  • San Antonio Library
  • Seton Home
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • Snack Paks 4 Kids
  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
  • The Village at Incarnate Word
  • Will Smith Zoo School

Mariposa has formed lasting partnerships with these organizations by providing volunteer support to their mission.  We continue to strive to fulfill the needs of our community and are open to considering different and new partnership opportunities.  If you are interested in having the members of Mariposa support your organization, please reach out to our VP of Philanthropy at  

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Mary Dixson
  • President Elect: Johanna Matos
  • Secretary: Adriana Salinas de Moreno
  • Treasurer: Pati Maroney
  • Parliamentarian: Elizabeth Provencio
  • Vice President Communications: Carla Nelson
  • Vice President Membership: Tara Shaffer
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Sandra Stokes
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Courtney Balsam

Each Ticktocker class holds their own Board of Directors.  During the Ticktocker’s six year core program, they will hold various positions in their grade and they will serve on the Board of Directors at one point in their NCL experience.  Leadership is one of our pillars and we are focused on making sure our Ticktockers receive training, opportunity and guidance to generate strong leadership skills through the Mariposa Chapter.  We strive to provide not only the daughters with leadership opportunities, but our Moms as well!  Our Patronesses enjoy learning new skills and meeting other Moms that have a lot in common as we are raising young women.  All of our members embark on a new journey of leadership opportunity that is what you make of it!

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. We continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

Mariposa Chapter offers a wide range of cultural experiences for each Ticktocker to enjoy over their 6 year NCL, Inc. experience.  They will be exposed to a variety of culturally enriching opportunities that will provide them with a whole and balanced cultural experience with Mariposa.



Mariposa Leadership History

NCL Mariposa Board of Directors 2023/24 

NCL Mariposa Board 2023/34

Left to Right: Pati Maroney – Treasurer; Adriana Kelley – VP New Members, Liz Provenico – Parliamentarian;

Courtney Balsam – VP Ticktockers; Mary Dixson – President; Johanna Matos – President-Elect; Sandra Stokes – VP Philanthropy;

Tara Schaffer – VP Membership; Julie Johnson – VP Engagement & Inclusion.

(Not Pictured: Adriana Moreno – Secretary; Carla Nelson – VP Communications) 





L-R: Jill Charlton (VP Patroness Activities, Anna Grassmuck (VP Provisionals), Kelly Anderson (President), Lynsey Adame (President-Elect), Michelle Young (VP Communications), Ramona Howard (VP Ticktockers), Tamara Strauch (VP Philanthropy), Liz Shaw (VP Membership), Kristin Kemmett (Secretary) *Not shown: Manal Coleman (Treasurer)




Back Row L-R: Marie Antoinette Lutz (VP Provisionals), Melissa Zuniga (VP Membership), Michelle Young (VP Communications), Amy Goforth (VP Philanthropy), Carrie Worthen (Treasurer)
Front Row L-R: Marianne Wray (VP Patroness Activities), Kelly Anderson (President-Elect), Elizabeth Cox (President), Ramona Howard (VP Ticktockers), Kelly Satel (Parliamentarian)




The NCL, Inc.; Mariposa Chapter was founded by a group of 9 women that wanted the NCL, Inc. Experience for themselves and their daughters.  They joined together in 2016 to start the Mariposa Chapter and our chapter was Chartered in 2018.  Mariposa was founded by a team of women with varying professional skill sets, but all with the leadership and desire to establish the Mariposa Chapter for their community.  Many hours of hard work went into establishing the chapter to provide a solid foundation for chapter bylaws & documents, philanthropy organization partnerships, membership processes & outreach, website & communication strategies, patroness activities and ticktocker programming.   The Founding Board established the core culture of the Mariposa Chapter to be one of grace, kindness and inclusion.

Back row L-R: Chaney Stuart (Secretary), Elizabeth Boddy (VP Philanthropy), Jodi Wood (VP Patroness Activities), Elizabeth Cox (VP Communications & President-Elect), Amy White (VP Membership), Amy Case (Treasurer)
Front Row L-R: Heather Monroe (President), Suzanne Simpson (VP Ticktockers)  *Shown in top photo: Kelly Anderson (Parliamentarian) & Kathleen Mayes (VP Provisionals 2017-2018)