Staff

Founder

Cathy Salser

Founder

Cathy Salser

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.

Interim CEO

Sonya Lowe, MBA

Interim CEO

Sonya Lowe, MBA

Sonya oversees the entire operations of AWBW. She most recently was the Vice President of Human Resources and Operations with the professional employer organization, Hire Strategic Human Resources, where she handled VIP and Fortune 500 clients. Sonya has a BA in Communications and an MBA in Organizational Development and Leadership. She has served on the Board of various national organizations and is involved in her community by volunteering at local high schools and offering free resume and job search classes at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and other nonprofit entities. She was also part of a taskforce responsible for providing strategic and customized consulting to business leaders to integrate diversity, inclusion and cultural competency into how they conduct business, serve customers, and measure progress. Her career success is defined by an innate enthusiasm for seizing challenges and driving projects while aligning the human resources function along the lines with the mission and business goals of the organizations she serves.

Director of Programs

Suzanne Curtis

Director of Programs

Suzanne Curtis

Suzanne guides the development and delivery of all aspects of AWBW’s trauma-informed programming to best serve AWBW’s national network of art workshop facilitators (the Community of Practice) and their participants. Previously, she worked for The Children’s Nature Institute in Beverly Hills as the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, where she helped recruit, train, and manage more than 300 volunteers a year. She also raised more than $30,000 for an anti-racism organization in Knoxville, TN. She has worked in the entertainment sector, both in film and regional theatre. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Tennessee.

Grants Manager

Nicollette Daniel

Grants Manager

Nicollette Daniel

Nic coordinates our foundation and corporate grant approaches to meet annual fundraising goals. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive with over 20 years of experience in grant strategy and proposal writing, specializing in foundation approaches for major capital campaigns and organizational capacity needs. Prior to coming to AWBW, Nic taught Fundraising Certificate Program courses through UCLA Extension for over five years.

Adult Program Manager

Christy Turek Rials

Adult Program Manager

Christy Turek Rials

Christy coordinates all aspects of the Adult Windows Program, from developing goals and objectives to program implementation, documentation and evaluation. Christy began her work with AWBW as a trained Program Facilitator with the Women’s Windows Program at YWCA-WINGS in West Covina, working with children and adult victims 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.

Children's Program Manager

Rudy Hernandez

Children's Program Manager

Rudy Hernandez

Rudy coordinates all aspects of the Children’s Windows Program, from developing program goals and objectives to program implementation, documentation and evaluation of Children’s Windows Facilitators across the country in providing effective healing arts interventions. 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 B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Education Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emily Anne Evans

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emily Anne Evans

Emily Anne coordinates and implements our marketing strategies for events, social media, press relations, programs, and community engagement. She attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago for photography and visual communications as an undergraduate and art therapy as a graduate student. 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.

Program Assistant

Tiffeany Hall

Program Assistant

Tiffeany Hall

Tiffeany helps with trainings, events, data, and other programmatic support. A Los Angeles native, Tiffeany recently served as a Lead Facilitator/Youth Advocate at Dream Home Care, where she provided direct service at a children/teen shelter. She’s also held the Office Manager position at New Directions for Vets and was the Activities Coordinator for Manchester Manor Convalescent Hospital. She holds a BA from California State University, Long Beach and is an active supporter of Black Women for Wellness.

Program Assistant

Angela Simmons

Program Assistant

Angela Simmons

Angela manages our art supplies, including coordinating and prepping materials for trainings, workshops, and community outreach events. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has had numerous jobs in Fashion Merchandising, Wholesale Apparel Sales, and Newspaper Advertising Sales. She has volunteered hundreds of hours for various causes, including 5 years for AWBW before joining our staff.