Staff

Executive Director

Zachery Scott

Executive Director

Zachery Scott

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.

Program Director

Rudy Hernandez

Program Director

Rudy Hernandez

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.

Staff Accountant

Trini Nuñez

Staff Accountant

Trini Nuñez

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.

Program Manager

Christy Turek Rials

Program Manager

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.

Marketing & Communications Manager

Emily Anne Evans

Marketing & Communications Manager

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.

Social Justice & Community Arts Coordinator

Omarthan Clarke

Social Justice & Community Arts Coordinator

Omarthan Clarke

Omarthan works with our leadership to cultivate the execution of our expanding community arts outreach and social justice-based programming initiatives. He joins our team from the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Born in Jamaica, and raised in the U.S., he brings with him a plethora of experiences that transcend cultural boundaries. A creative since childhood, Omarthan majored in Art as an undergraduate student at Westfield State University, and received his Master's degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. As a practicing studio artist, and an advocate for continued critical thought and practices, Omarthan produces works that create discourse through counternarratives. Passionate about uplift and social justice, he also serves as an anti-bias programming facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, and has facilitated Touchstone Journey programming with historically underrepresented first-generation college students.

Program Assistant

Allison Edwards

Program Assistant

Allison Edwards

Allison supports the program team with facilitator engagement, training registration, and data entry. She is a second-year Sociology major at Santa Monica College applying to transfer to UC Berkeley or UC Los Angeles. She plans to be a social worker or start her own nonprofit for low-income children. She enjoys painting, sculpting with clay, baking, and rock climbing in her free time.

Communications & Development Intern

Douha Louimina

Communications & Development Intern

Douha Louimina

Douha supports with communications and development. She is an international student from Morocco, studying Psychology at Santa Monica College while also furthering her knowledge in neuro-linguistic programming. Her goal is to become a clinical psychologist and a life coach to share her knowledge and positivity with those who need it. Through taking photography courses since the age of 16, she learned the importance of art and how therapeutic it is. Her motto is “Every day is a new blessing, a new opportunity, and a new chance.”

Founder & 30th Anniversary Advisory Board Co-Chair

Cathy Salser

Founder & 30th Anniversary Advisory Board Co-Chair

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.

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.

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 Secretary

Sunny Cho

Board Secretary

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.

Treasurer

Richard Crowe

Treasurer

Richard Crowe

Richard Crowe has over 25 years of experience in the Accounting and Financial arenas. After graduating from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and passing the Certified Public Account examination, Richard began working for Chase Bank as a finance specialist evaluating complex loan transactions in overseas markets. After a multi-year stint at Chase, he then earned a Master’s in Finance from the prestigious University of Chicago. After the University of Chicago, Richard moved to Los Angeles and worked several years in finance in the entertainment space at both Twentieth Century Fox and The Post Group. Richard then joined Columbia College Hollywood in 2003 as Chief Financial and Operating Officer when the school’s enrollment was at an all-time low. Richard was instrumental in turning around the college and increasing its enrollment to record levels. Richard is currently VP of Finance/CFO at Advancing Justice Los Angeles, a civic and social services nonprofit in Los Angeles.

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

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