As Board President, Lina brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a particular emphasis in philanthropy. Most recently, Lina was the Vice President of Program at the Connecticut Health Foundation, and prior to that she was at the Liberty Hill Foundation where she served as Director of Grantmaking for nine years. She has extensive experience in program development and implementation, governance, and strategic planning. She has served on various boards including Asia Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Lina’s experience as a nonprofit leader will help AWBW build its capacity to work with new program partners. Also, she will serve on the Board Affairs Committee to provide strategic advice on the development of our board.
As an actress, director and activisit, Kristina has used her talents to benefit and raise awareness for AWBW for over five years. She directs, produces, and acts in an annual production of the Vagina Monologues raising thousands of dollars for V-Day and AWBW. Since 2012 she has been a proud organizer for One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls where she has spoken at LA’s City Hall along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and actresses Frances Fisher and Jane Fonda. In 2013 she received the Gratitude Award for honoring women, and was nomionated for the LA Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Awards both in 2013 and 2014. Since 2013 she has served as co-chair for A Window Between Worlds’ ArtWorks for Healing gala.
Bethany brings nearly 20 years of experience in accounting and non-profit auditing to AWBW’s board. She also comes with years of experience as a board member at many other highly regarded nonprofit organizations. Bethany currently serves as Vice President of the Board and on AWBW’s Fund Development Committee where she advises on the organizations fundraising strategies. She also serves on the event planning committee for AWBW’s annual ArtWorks for Healing gala.
Currently the V.P. of Finance at Tribune Media, Kim Thies is a seasoned financial executive with experience in accounting, financial reporting, financial operations, corporate finance, international project management, strategic planning and budgeting. Kim served in leadership roles in corporate diversity groups including the GE Asian Pacific American Forum, and the Univision Women’s Leadership Council, bringing in AWBW as a partner in community service initiatives. At AWBW, Kim serves as the Board Secretary, Chair of the Board’s Diversity Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and is also assisting with the development and implementation of AWBW’s long-term strategic plan. She also serves as a sponsor and host for AWBW’s annual fundraising gala.
As a graduate of the Riordan Leadership Institute Naceam brings past nonprofit board experience as well as a history of developing her own nonprofit programs. Naceam serves on the Diversity Committee and acts as an ambassador for the organization at Capital Group where she currently works as a Business Intelligence Analyst.
Stacia currently serves as a Functional Transition Lead and Vendor Management Consultant; facilitating Toyota’s transition from California to Texas, and integrating diverse businesses into the Toyota supply chain. Her passions include diversity and inclusion, youth leadership development, and business mentorship. Competencies include process improvement, strategic planning, program development, change management, and benchmarking. Stacia is chair of AWBW's Fund Development Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee.
Former Board President, domestic violence survivor, author, speaker, and leadership consultant/coach. Lin assists in guiding AWBW staff development, serves as a consultant and volunteer at AWBW trainings and workshops and raises recurring annual corporate donations. Dr. Morel is CEO of Beyond Words Group, Inc. 2010 International Coach of the Year by an independent panel of judges.
As Board Treasurer and chairman of AWBW’s Finance Committee, Peter’s years of financial advising and investment experience with UBS Financial Services has proven to be a valuable asset as AWBW’s operating budget surpasses the $1M mark and we are now investing our assets for the first time. Peter and his wife also serve as host and sponsors for AWBW’s annual Art in the Afternoon fundraiser.