Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Audrey Salzburg

Chief Executive Officer

Audrey Salzburg

Audrey has served our organization since 2007. During that time, AWBW's budget has more than quadrupled and our programs have grown and expanded into new service populations. Audrey formerly served as Co-Creative Director of Young and Rubicam International, where she managed all aspects of advertising for major clients such as Xerox, Citibank, Levi's and Pepsi in fourteen countries across Western Europe. At AWBW she has stewarded countless key relationships at the corporate, foundation and individual level that have facilitated our growth over the past decade, providing the staffing and technology infrastructure that has enabled us to support 1,100 Leaders at 350 sites throughout the country.

Executive Director

Cathy Salser

Executive Director

Cathy Salser

Cathy is a professional artist who founded the organization in 1991. She has driven AWBW’s overall mission and growth for 25 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.

Chief Program Officer

Ben Schirmer

Chief Program Officer

Ben Schirmer

Ben has extensive knowledge of nonprofits and a real passion to help survivors. He has been a part of the AWBW family for the last 11 years in his role as Executive Director of partner agency, Rainbow Services, and has been a dedicated advocate for our mission in the Los Angeles community. He has served on both the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force and the LA County Domestic Violence Council. Ben served three terms as LA’s Regional Representative to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and was a former Board President there.

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.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emily Evans

Marketing and Communications Manager

Emily 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. She is also an exhibiting artist in the mediums of photography, installation and sculptural collage.

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 Leader 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.

Executive Development Associate

Jaime Reed

Executive Development Associate

Jaime Reed

Jaime works closely with our CEO and ED to manage individual fund development activities. She also works closely with our Board of Directors, preparing for all meetings and ensuring our board has the tools they need to be successful ambassadors for the organization. Prior to joining AWBW, Jaime worked in development with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Just Communities Central Coast, and served as an intern for now retired Congresswoman Lois Capps. Jaime graduated from UC Davis with BA in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. 

Event & Volunteer Manager

Lindsay Angrisani

Event & Volunteer Manager

Lindsay Angrisani

Lindsay helps bring our fund development team and community partners together to raise funds through AWBW's signature events by building strong leadership among our corps of volunteers, supporters, in-kind donors, and committee members. She experienced the power of art firsthand while performing in community theater as a child, went on to study Drama and Education at UC Irvine. Lindsay has held many nonprofit staff roles, including operational and program management, and previously served as a Trustee for the Hollywood Arts Council.

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 Leaders across the country in providing effective healing arts interventions. Before making his way to AWBW, Rudy was a trained AWBW Program Leader 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.

Office Manager

Evelyn Ballesteros

Office Manager

Evelyn Ballesteros

Evelyn represents the first point of public contact for our callers and visitors. With her experience from the corporate sector in administrative, personnel, accounting and office support, she ensures that AWBW runs smoothly and efficiently. Evelyn majored in History at UCLA and was active in Samahang Pilipino, a multi-faceted student organization which addressed the needs of Pilipinos and Pilipino American community at UCLA and the greater Los Angeles area. Through her experience with her local Toastmasters club, Evelyn has also volunteered with the Freedom Writers Foundation.

Arts Project Liaison

Bianca Collins

Arts Project Liaison

Bianca Collins

Bianca assists in the production of our art-based initiatives, events and community engagement projects. Since graduating from USC, she has managed art galleries, worked with KCRW art critic Edward Goldman, and began an art blog, The Art Minion.

Program Coordinator

Suzanne Curtis

Program Coordinator

Suzanne Curtis

Suzanne provides support to our Program Managers and Windows Leaders, prepares program materials, and devises systems for collecting and tracking program data. 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 worked in the entertainment sector, both in film and regional theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee.

Program Assistant

Brittany Mattice

Program Assistant

Brittany Mattice

Brittany supports the Program staff with prepping for trainings, tracking data, connecting with our Leaders, and anything else needed. Brittany graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in drawing. She has worked in the corporate sector, as well been a mentor in leadership development for InterVarsity at UCLA.

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.