Sustainer Spotlight

Laine Hash
Director of Sustainer Relations of the Junior League of Topeka

Where did you grow up?

I am a Topeka native, born and raised! I grew up out North and currently live there with my husband and two cute kids and star Siamese cat (he has his own Instagram page). 

What do you do for a living?

I have been a Realtor in the Topeka community for 12 years now! My husband and I started our careers in Wichita and made a conscious decision to move back and be a part of our home community for the long-term. 

How long have you been involved with the Junior League?

When we moved back to Topeka in 2010, I ran into an old friend that was a member of the Junior League & decided to join later that same year to meet new women and get connected back into the community. I had been thinking about joining the League when I lived in Wichita, but to tell you the truth, it intimidated me there because of how large it was with it being a big city. 

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

I have always been one of those people that likes to be connected. Whether that’s knowing people, or just knowing what’s going on in the community. My background is doing communications work for social services, so I was very involved with community resources in Wichita. And even though I no longer had a job in that field, knowing what services are available and helping to volunteer and make an impact in our community has always been important to me. 

What positions or roles have you held in League?

I was in Membership Development 100% of my time in League! It’s wild to say that, but I know where my strengths are, and communicating about and marketing our league to potential members and new members really hit the mark for me. I served on the board as the VP of Member Development and also headed up the new member class for multiple years. 

What do you love most about League?

I’m a social person – I thrive being around people! So to me, it’s all of those connections and friendships I’ve made along the way. I have so much respect for the ladies I know through League. We all are on similar paths, trying to find our way and do our best, whether that be raising families, starting new careers, going on to leadership positions…whatever the paths we are on, I enjoy that we have shared those triumphs and struggles together. 

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

Don’t be afraid to try it out! When I joined League, I was afraid of the stereotype of being a “junior leaguer.” Boy did I find myself  ashamed I ever had a stereotype in my head at all. I am now a proud sustainer of the Junior League. 

What are you involved in outside of the League?

I am on the Board for the Multiple Listing Service for our Sunflower Association of Realtors. I received the Distinguished Associate of the Year award for our Association of Realtors in 2020. I have previously served on the PTO board for my kid’s school. Day-to-day, if I’m not showing houses, you will find me running kids to swimming, golf camp or theatre camp. 

Tell us something else about you?

I have a passion for flower arranging and for decorating (both completely amateur!). But I like to help clients stage their homes if they need it and I can always make a gorgeous bouquet on a budget!