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.

Windows Program Director

Rudy Hernandez

Windows Program Director

Rudy Hernandez

Rudy works closely with the Executive Director to guide the engagement & development of our nationwide community of Windows Facilitators and program partners 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.

Training & Outreach Director

Christy Turek Rials

Training & Outreach Director

Christy Turek Rials

Christy leads AWBW's outreach efforts to potential program partners across the country, as well as the promotion, coordination, and facilitation of all Windows training offerings. 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.

Community Art Action Manager

Martine Philippe

Community Art Action Manager

Martine Philippe

Martine drives AWBW's strategy for developing individual and collective action powering care and cultural transformation toward social justice through key initiatives including Touchstone Journey and Social Justice Fellows. She is an accomplished arts administrator with a diverse skill set cultivated through a portfolio career approach. Martine's insight spans the arts, education, government, and non-profit sectors. She is a champion of arts integration and the provision of transformational experiences in the arts.

Program Assistant

Rachel Price

Program Assistant

Rachel Price

As the Program Assistant, Rachel provides comprehensive facilitator engagement and support for the Windows network of workshop facilitators and their art programs. Before joining AWBW Rachel was a Windows Facilitator at YWCA Greater Lafayette of Indiana, where she started the art program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Rachel has facilitated workshops through A Window Between Worlds, SoulCollage®, and Inside Out Arts. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Purdue University and art therapy certificate coursework from Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Training & Outreach Assistant

Kat Mardo

Training & Outreach Assistant

Kat Mardo

As part of the Training and Outreach department, Kat supports the building of our network of program partners. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from New World School For the Arts and considers herself a lifelong student and enthusiast of the ‘art of being human’. Her performance training and art studies sparked a specific interest in the useful and unique role that art plays in the development of emotional intelligence. Kat is particularly interested in the exploration of physical and verbal communication, language and storytelling as methods of creating tools that aid in navigating the landscape of emotional health and expression within the context of trauma. Her free time is devoted to reading, photography, hiking, travel, nature, thinking and talking.

Founder; Strategic Vision & Partnership Advisor

Cathy Salser

Founder; Strategic Vision & Partnership Advisor

Cathy Salser

Cathy is a professional artist who founded the organization in 1991. She has driven AWBW’s overall mission and growth for over 30 years, including fiscal oversight, human resource management, and program planning.

Cathy 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, her public advocacy for our programs and their impact across the country, and serving as a co-chair of our Advisory Board.

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

La Shonda Coleman, LCSW

Board Member

La Shonda Coleman, LCSW

La Shonda was trained as an AWBW art workshop facilitator in 2016 and is currently the co-chair of our Advisory Board.

An award winning international speaker and educator, she serves as an administrator within Pepperdine University. In addition to overseeing the University’s response and prevention of sexual violence and sex-based discrimination, La Shonda provides leadership and supervision for the Health, Wellness and Resilience departments and leads the University’s Student Care Team.

She earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration. She advanced in her clinical career to earn her state license as a social worker and established a private practice where she has worked tirelessly to empower communities and individuals to prevent violence and foster healing for those that have been impacted by interpersonal violence and racialized trauma. In her practice, La Shonda has developed an expertise in the areas of somatic based therapeutic healing and interpersonal violence prevention. She is the Founder of Trauma & Healing In Colour (THIC), a program designed to empower people to flourish amidst adversities through education, training and wellness programs.

She cherishes her four beautiful children and loving husband who motivate and inspire her daily.

Board Member

LaVette Eaddy

Board Member

LaVette Eaddy

LaVette is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Project Jumpstart Inc. a non-profit that provides resources to teen parents, homeless youth and young adults between the ages of 14-20 where we believe in helping others “turn their low into a high”. Her experience prior to joining A Window Between Worlds' Board includes 15+ years in Health Care Financing, Revenue Cycle Management and Policy creation with internal and external partners. She enjoys bowling, reading and traveling in her spare time.

Board Member

Yvonne Hsieh

Board Member

Yvonne Hsieh

Yvonne has been involved with AWBW since 2010 as a volunteer, event host, advisory board member, finance committee member and personnel committee member and trained facilitator. As she watched AWBW grow and evolve through the years of her involvement, she is excited to join the Board of Directors to further AWBW's mission. Yvonne has spent the better part of her professional career in banking and consulting for tech companies in Asia and the United States. She earned her BA from Tufts University and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

30th Anniversary Advisory Board

    • Andrew Watt
    • Daniel Sarpa
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Kim Cummings
    • Nellie Newman
    • Torrey Miller
    • Asim Rasheed
    • Dolores Sanico
    • Jan Blacka
    • La Shonda Coleman
    • Paula Litt
    • William Newhart
    • Carolyn Coleman
    • Emily Anne Evans
    • Jerry Soto
    • Laura Baker
    • Rudy Hernandez
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Cathy Salser
    • Heidi Seidner
    • Jody Uttal
    • Lina Paredes
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Zachery Scott
    • Christi Helmstetter
    • Hillary Marshall
    • John DeLoof
    • Lucy Tschachtli
    • Susan Lee
    • Christy Turek Rials
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Katie Cordano
    • Namuyaba Temanju
    • Teresa Smith
    • Andrew Watt
    • Cathy Salser
    • Daniel Sarpa
    • Heidi Seidner
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Jody Uttal
    • Kim Cummings
    • Lina Paredes
    • Nellie Newman
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Torrey Miller
    • Zachery Scott
    • Asim Rasheed
    • Christi Helmstetter
    • Dolores Sanico
    • Hillary Marshall
    • Jan Blacka
    • John DeLoof
    • La Shonda Coleman
    • Lucy Tschachtli
    • Paula Litt
    • Susan Lee
    • William Newhart
    • Carolyn Coleman
    • Christy Turek Rials
    • Emily Anne Evans
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Jerry Soto
    • Katie Cordano
    • Laura Baker
    • Namuyaba Temanju
    • Rudy Hernandez
    • Teresa Smith
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Andrew Watt
    • Carolyn Coleman
    • Christi Helmstetter
    • Daniel Sarpa
    • Emily Anne Evans
    • Hillary Marshall
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Jerry Soto
    • John DeLoof
    • Kim Cummings
    • Laura Baker
    • Lucy Tschachtli
    • Nellie Newman
    • Rudy Hernandez
    • Susan Lee
    • Torrey Miller
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Asim Rasheed
    • Cathy Salser
    • Christy Turek Rials
    • Dolores Sanico
    • Heidi Seidner
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Jan Blacka
    • Jody Uttal
    • Katie Cordano
    • La Shonda Coleman
    • Lina Paredes
    • Namuyaba Temanju
    • Paula Litt
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Teresa Smith
    • William Newhart
    • Zachery Scott
    • Andrew Watt
    • Asim Rasheed
    • Carolyn Coleman
    • Cathy Salser
    • Christi Helmstetter
    • Christy Turek Rials
    • Daniel Sarpa
    • Dolores Sanico
    • Emily Anne Evans
    • Heidi Seidner
    • Hillary Marshall
    • Jacquie Israel
    • Jamie Escoto
    • Jan Blacka
    • Jerry Soto
    • Jody Uttal
    • John DeLoof
    • Katie Cordano
    • Kim Cummings
    • La Shonda Coleman
    • Laura Baker
    • Lina Paredes
    • Lucy Tschachtli
    • Namuyaba Temanju
    • Nellie Newman
    • Paula Litt
    • Rudy Hernandez
    • Sandra Mueller
    • Susan Lee
    • Teresa Smith
    • Torrey Miller
    • William Newhart
    • Yvonne Hsieh
    • Zachery Scott