Member Spotlight

Rockell Otero
Treasurer of the Junior League of Topeka

Where did you grow up?

 I was born in Topeka and lived there until I was 10. I went to Most Pure Heart of Mary until my family moved to Hoyt, just north of Topeka. I graduated from Royal Valley. 

What do you do for a living?

My official title(s) – Prairie Band, LLC Financial Controller, Mill Creek, LLC CFO and Secretary. I am also listed as a Project Manager from Prairie Band Health Services, Inc though I spread my “PM” time between our three government contracting divisions, Prairie Band Construction, Inc. and Mill Creek, LLC included. I also wear an HR hat and any other hat needed based on the time and day! 

How long have you been involved with the Junior League?

​I joined the Junior League in 2019 and started on the Funding Development Council.

Why did you join the Junior League and what keeps you coming back year-after-year?

​I joined League after a divorce. I was looking for purpose, fulfillment, and to create the best me. League helped me through a transformation and despite challenges that the entire world is facing, I continue to fill my cup. 

What positions or roles have you held in League?

​Funding Council Member & Treasurer 

What do you love most about League?

​I love the purpose League gives me outside of being a mom and my career. I think society in general does a good job recognizing an individuals need to seek self fulfillment outside of home and work and the League offers that to me is a variety of ways that are important to me. I love being involved in the community in a way that helps others and I love to connect with people/organizations. I have also gained invaluable knowledge and experience that its helpful not only in the workplace, but life. Vickie Clark, a speaker we had last year on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, was inspiring! 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to join the Junior League of Topeka?

The Junior League of Topeka allows you to cookie cutter your experience so that you can get the most meaningful experience. Think about what you want out of your experience and don’t be afraid to try new things. 

What are you involved in outside of the League?

Family! I have three kids that keep me busy. I have a career that is exciting and sometimes has me all over the place. I also like to get involved with Forge when the starts align and am currently in my second year of working the the Topeka Mosaic Partnership. 

Tell us something else about you?

​I am competitive, and it is my greatest weakness. I can turn anything into a competition and I am relentless. My son is finally better at Mario Kart than me, but there were several times before that the game ended in him crying because I would never let him win. LOL!