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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Steinman provides behind-the-scenes support to all AWBW staff as the Administrative Assistant and has also taken on the roll of Volunteer Coordinator. Sarah comes from a theatrical design and production background. She graduated from USC School of Dramatic Arts with a BFA in Theatre Design and has worked in scenic design, lighting design, properties and costume fabrication.
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.