Board of Directors

Board Chair

Stacia Kato-Takayesu

Board Chair

Stacia Kato-Takayesu

Stacia is a graduate of the Riordan Leadership Institute and joined the board of AWBW in 2017. Proud mother to a transgender daughter, she advocates for LGBTQ rights, particularly at the intersect with Asian American Pacific Islander populations. As a trained facilitator with AWBW, she has witnessed first-hand how much creating art can heal. Professionally, she serves The Capital Group Companies as a Senior Business Analyst.

Board Member

Nicole Kelsey

Board Member

Nicole Kelsey

Nicole has 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategy and operations, securities laws, and corporate governance, both in the U.S. and abroad, in the technology sector. She is currently General Counsel and Board Secretary for Amyris, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also an established diversity leader with management expertise.

Board Member

Starla Porter

Board Member

Starla Porter

Starla has been involved with AWBW in multiple capacities since 2016, including becoming a trained Facilitator in 2017. She is an impassioned leader of direct services who currently works as a Prevention & Aftercare Services program manager for Prototypes, a program of HealthRight360, which is dedicated to rebuilding the lives of women, children and communities impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. She’s an Eastside Child Abuse Council member, board member of The Trauma & Healing Foundation, and the Zoe Life Fellowship Center, where she provides insight and coaching on how she moves the inner child within through the pain of trauma. In addition, Starla is the visionary behind Zoe Life Publishing, Anthology Inspired Press and Scents I Love I Share.

Board Member

Sunny Cho

Board Member

Sunny Cho

Sunny has been involved with AWBW since 2004 in various roles, including a trained facilitator. She witnessed firsthand how this safe, non-judgmental “Window of Time” empowered and healed participants, even across the language barrier. As a survivor of childhood violence, her interests and commitment have always been in serving organizations that are dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through building hope, resilience, and long-term social change. She is a Management Analyst for the City of Los Angeles.

Board Member

Sherisa Dahlgren, LMFT

Board Member

Sherisa Dahlgren, LMFT

Sherisa is an innovative creator of evidenced informed holistic treatment modalities for PTSD who prioritizes joy, resiliency and playfulness as a way of life. With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University and licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California, Ms. Dahlgren holds specific expertise in integrating arts and holistic modalities into the healing of primary and secondary trauma. Through her consulting firm, Inherent Wellbeing, Sherisa provides experiential trainings for organizations on wellness strategies to address vicarious trauma, serves as interim executive capacity for organizations in transition, designs and implements resiliency based clinical approach-es to PTSD and creates sustainable work practices in under-resourced environments. Sherisa’s mission is to create change that promotes global service while living life from a place of true joy.

Advisory Board

    • Susan Alexander
    • Elisa Della Ripa
    • Heidi Gray
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Mishka Michon
    • Kathy Peterson
    • Jerry Soto
    • Eden Alpert
    • Pam Douglas
    • Caryn Greenhut
    • Larry Layne
    • Mike Mooslin
    • Robin Rea Scarborough
    • Liz Arch
    • Wendy Edlen
    • Gretchen Hays
    • Lynne Leventen
    • Lin Morel
    • Bill Resnick
    • Ben Atherton-Zeman
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Lindsey Horvath
    • Genevieve McDowell
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Toni Rogers
    • Terry Ball
    • Michele Fitzgerald-Winick
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Bobbie McMorrow
    • Nellie Newman
    • Dorothea Scattaglia
    • NInkey Dalton
    • Steven Glikbarg
    • Kay Hudnall
    • Cindy McQuade
    • Paul Newman
    • TuLynn Smylie
    • Susan Alexander
    • Ben Atherton-Zeman
    • Elisa Della Ripa
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Heidi Gray
    • Lindsey Horvath
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Genevieve McDowell
    • Mishka Michon
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Kathy Peterson
    • Toni Rogers
    • Jerry Soto
    • Eden Alpert
    • Terry Ball
    • Pam Douglas
    • Michele Fitzgerald-Winick
    • Caryn Greenhut
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Larry Layne
    • Bobbie McMorrow
    • Mike Mooslin
    • Nellie Newman
    • Robin Rea Scarborough
    • Dorothea Scattaglia
    • Liz Arch
    • NInkey Dalton
    • Wendy Edlen
    • Steven Glikbarg
    • Gretchen Hays
    • Kay Hudnall
    • Lynne Leventen
    • Cindy McQuade
    • Lin Morel
    • Paul Newman
    • Bill Resnick
    • TuLynn Smylie
    • Susan Alexander
    • Liz Arch
    • Terry Ball
    • Elisa Della Ripa
    • Wendy Edlen
    • Michele Fitzgerald-Winick
    • Heidi Gray
    • Gretchen Hays
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Lynne Leventen
    • Bobbie McMorrow
    • Mishka Michon
    • Lin Morel
    • Nellie Newman
    • Kathy Peterson
    • Bill Resnick
    • Dorothea Scattaglia
    • Jerry Soto
    • Eden Alpert
    • Ben Atherton-Zeman
    • NInkey Dalton
    • Pam Douglas
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Steven Glikbarg
    • Caryn Greenhut
    • Lindsey Horvath
    • Kay Hudnall
    • Larry Layne
    • Genevieve McDowell
    • Cindy McQuade
    • Mike Mooslin
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Paul Newman
    • Robin Rea Scarborough
    • Toni Rogers
    • TuLynn Smylie
    • Susan Alexander
    • Eden Alpert
    • Liz Arch
    • Ben Atherton-Zeman
    • Terry Ball
    • NInkey Dalton
    • Elisa Della Ripa
    • Pam Douglas
    • Wendy Edlen
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Michele Fitzgerald-Winick
    • Steven Glikbarg
    • Heidi Gray
    • Caryn Greenhut
    • Gretchen Hays
    • Lindsey Horvath
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Kay Hudnall
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Larry Layne
    • Lynne Leventen
    • Genevieve McDowell
    • Bobbie McMorrow
    • Cindy McQuade
    • Mishka Michon
    • Mike Mooslin
    • Lin Morel
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Nellie Newman
    • Paul Newman
    • Kathy Peterson
    • Robin Rea Scarborough
    • Bill Resnick
    • Toni Rogers
    • Dorothea Scattaglia
    • TuLynn Smylie
    • Jerry Soto