Zachery joined AWBW as a seasoned nonprofit executive, having spent more than 15 years in leadership positions within social service organizations. Since his time as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Mozambique, Zachery has followed his passion towards supporting and advocating for vulnerable populations. He has enjoyed Director and Vice President positions with several Los Angeles nonprofits serving victims of child abuse as well as foster and homeless youth, most recently with The Village Family Services and prior to that, Violence Intervention Program.
An avid lover of nature, he believes in the importance of connecting with your surroundings and taking time to disconnect and listen to that "inner voice" within. Zachery is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Lior, and their dog, Henry.
Rudy works closely with the Executive Director to guide the implementation, evaluation, and growth of AWBW's trauma-informed arts programming. Before making his way to AWBW, Rudy was a trained AWBW Program Facilitator at Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter, an emergency domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles County. While there, Rudy coordinated workshops and regularly contributed to AWBW's expanding curriculum. Rudy holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach.
Christy Turek Rials
Christy coordinates the implementation, documentation and evaluation of the Windows Program. Christy began her work with AWBW as a trained Program Facilitator with the Windows Program at YWCA-WINGS in West Covina, working with children and adult survivors of domestic violence as part of their Outreach and Shelter Programs. Christy has facilitated groups with incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, as well as with celebrities dealing with substance abuse on VH1 Celebrity Rehab. She holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
Emily Anne Evans
Emily Anne coordinates and implements our marketing strategies for events, social media, press relations, programs, and community engagement. She holds a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in photography and visual communications. She also attended SAIC's graduate program in art therapy. She has mostly worked as an entrepreneur, having started a record label, a design and photography studio for non-profits and artists, an artist co-op, and later a marketing company for small family businesses.
Trini maintains financial reports and general ledgers for AWBW, making sure AWBW is audit compliant. After 20 years of corporate work at Home Savings of America, she joined the nonprofit sector. She worked for Rainbow Services and Haven House, both partners of AWBW. In 2001, while at Haven House, she was trained as a Facilitator and has been involved with AWBW in multiple capacities ever since. To her, AWBW is the gift that keeps on giving. She has had the opportunity to see so many women, men and children grow, including herself and her family. Trini is stronger because of the workshops she has participated in and held for others.
Whitney coordinates community relations for AWBW. She works with volunteers to help set them up for success including coordinating tasks, answering inquiries, development support, and working at volunteer events. She also creates content for AWBW's social media. Whitney holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a concentrations in photography, painting and drawing. An advocate for marginalized individuals and creatives, Whitney has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector serving the community in various ways, as well as creating engaging, empowering art events designed to help others tap into their inner creativity.
Cathy is a professional artist who founded the organization in 1991. She has driven AWBW’s overall mission and growth for 27 years, including fiscal oversight, human resource management, and program planning. She has been nationally recognized for her work using art as a healing tool for domestic violence survivors, and has been honored with the Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund Award, the Bank of America Local Heroes Award, the President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art, the Betty Fisher Award from the LA Domestic Violence Council, and the Karen Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
Recognizing her decades of leadership and commitment to using art as a tool for healing, the Board of Directors sees the role of founder, Cathy Salser, as integral to the success and growth of A Window Between Worlds; this includes counseling leadership in the visioning and strategic growth of the organization, as well as her public advocacy for our programs and their impact across the country.
Cathy founded AWBW by holding a space and a circle of leadership, each person invited to create their own “window between worlds” through art. From the beginning, it has been this circle of leadership, now known as our community of practice, that is A Window Between Worlds.
The board and staff wish to recognize our founder’s dedication, past, present and future, to holding this space for growing and evolving leadership transforming trauma in our own ways, lives, bodies, communities and activism.