Board of Directors

Sandpipers 86th President

Camille Soriano president@sandpipers.org

I’m truly honored to serve as this year’s 86th President of Sandpipers. Enriching Lives Through Volunteerism is my theme for this year and it has a dual meaning. Like me, the volunteers in Sandpipers join in search of ways to give back and enrich lives of those most in need in our community. Sandpipers offers so many opportunities to do so such as our Back to School Shopping Day, Holiday Baskets, Sugarplum Tree program, our Scholarship program and the myriad of philanthropic and community outreach activities. Through our volunteerism we find that when we give with our hard work and with our hearts that our own lives, in turn, are enriched in ways we never would have imagined.

After moving to the South Bay in 2007 from Washington, DC, I searched for ways to become more involved in my community that would effect change and to build friendships in my new hometown. Sandpipers has become my new family and has been such a perfect fit since I joined in 2009. Since then, I have served as a Holiday Homes Tour Facilitator, as Director of Fall Events, as Secretary, two years as Marketing & Sponsorships VP, as Membership VP and most recently as the President-Elect. This year, I look forward to my year as President to work with the many bright and talented women who get things done in an impactful way to benefit our South Bay community. In addition, I look forward to nurturing the partnerships we have with our local businesses and forging new relationships to advance the goals of our programs. Please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts and if you would like to support Sandpipers in any way. I invite you to join me in our efforts – I can find many ways for you to become involved!

Co-Presidents Elect

Rose Ahrens preselect@sandpipers.org

I am honored to be able to serve in this amazing organization that gives back so much to its participants and the community. When I joined the Sandpipers in 2009, I had no idea how impactful and fulfilling this choice would be in my life. Serving on the Board of Directors as Director of Grants and Giving, Director of Operations, VP of Philanthropy, and VP of Planning and Placement, has afforded me incredible opportunities to grow in my leadership abilities alongside such accomplished women who I respect and admire. The Sandpipers organization has continued to thrive for the past 85 years due to the commitment of its membership and willingness of its leadership to reflect and evolve to meet the needs of its stakeholders. This is evident with the creation of Co-President Elects which I am thrilled to be part of. I am proud of this organization that joins women together in friendship while raising over $600,000 each year to give to the South Bay Community.

Ellor Parikh preselect@sandpipers.org

I joined Sandpipers to serve my community and meet new people, but, I had no idea that over the last 13 years as a member, I would count amongst them some of my closest friends and get to know so many amazing women as well as witness the positive impact of our organization on the South Bay communities.  Since joining in 2004, I have served on the Sugarplum Committee, HHT Co-Facilitator & Co-Chair, Director of Operations, Summer Arts Co-Chair, Director of Technology and Community Service, Membership VP, and Scholarship Assistant & Co-Chair.  It’s been a pleasure to watch this organization that I love grow in new directions while still honoring the traditions that drew many of us in the first place. As Co-President Elect, I am looking forward to continuing to play a role in helping the South Bay community while learning as much as I can in preparation of being Co-President in 2018-2019.

Finance VP

Heather Walsh financevp@sandpipers.org

Originally from Michigan, I moved to the South Bay in 2011. I found Sandpipers after mentioning to a friend my desire to become involved in the community and meet new people in the area. I am so glad to have found this wonderful organization! Since joining in 2013, I have been a Financial Fundraising Committee member and held the chair position of Assistant to Finance Vice President, Cash/Checks. I am excited to be a member of the Sandpipers’ Board of Directors this year in my third year as Finance Vice President. I am looking forward to being able to play a bigger part in Sandpipers by supporting membership efforts throughout the year.

Marketing VP

Cori Iverson marketingvp@sandpipers.org

I am looking forward to my second year on the board and fifth year in Sandpipers! Since joining in 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to participate on such committees as Sugarplum and Event Programs, serve as Sugarplum Co-Chair and Assistant to Philanthropy VP – Admin, and join the board last year as the Director of Operations. I feel lucky to have found this group of women and I am continuously impressed by what we give back to the community and the efficiency of the organization. It’s inspiring to be a part of such a strong and dynamic group of women who are committed to helping others and making an impact on the community.

Membership VP

Natalie Radtke membershipvp@sandpipers.org

Volunteerism has been a large part of my life growing up and I even devoted my career to non-profit volunteer management. In 2010, I joined Sandpipers with the intention of giving back to my own community and meeting some new friends. It’s inspiring to meet so many like-minded and philanthropic friends in the women of Sandpipers. As an organization that is 100% volunteer-driven, I am continually impressed by the impact we have been able to make in the lives of the people in the South Bay community. The culture is one that is positive, professional, compassionate and fun. Through a myriad of backgrounds among the women of Sandpipers, we are able to capitalize on each person’s strengths, skills and interests to propel the mission of Sandpipers and produce the maximum results for our community. Since joining Sandpipers, I served as the Planning & Placement VP, Philanthropy VP, Director of Community Service, Director of Publicity, Community Outreach Co-Chair, Sugarplum Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Sugarplum Committee, and Fundraising & Financial Committee. It’s truly an honor and privilege to serve on the Board this year as the Membership VP. I look forward to working with our Provisional Class of 2017 and incredible membership.

Planning & Placement VP

Kristina Durkin planplacevp@sandpipers.org

I am excited to start my seventh year in Sandpipers in the role of Planning and Placement VP. Having spent most of my life in the Los Angeles area, I moved to the South Bay with my husband nine years ago, and discovered the love of giving back to my local community through Sandpipers. I have had a variety of experiences within the organization, which include: Holiday Homes Tour Committee, Fashion Show Committee, Fashion Show Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Director of Spring Events, VP of Fundraising, VP Marketing and Sponsorships, and VP Membership. Through our many programs and events, I am able to see the tremendous impact our organization makes in the South Bay, and have had the added benefit of also making many life-long friends along the way. In my role this year, I look forward to working with our leadership so that our members can have a fulfilling experience this year, identifying the future leaders of Sandpipers, and ensuring knowledge is shared for the success of our members and leaders in years to come.

Philanthropy VP

Laurie Wisniewski philanthropyvp@sandpipers.org

This year marks my 6th year as a Sandpiper and I am honored to be serving on the Board as the Director of Community Service. Over the past six years I have come to honor and respect all that Sandpipers has to offer not only the community but each other. I love to witness first-hand the love and dedication these like-minded women have for the cause and for each other. They rally around those in need and always look to help as you grow in the organization. This year will be a wonderful year because I get to arrange and manage all of the community service opportunities our Sandpipers’ will complete! I will oversee Summer Arts, Community Outreach and Sugar Plum! I have a wonderful group of ladies leading these committees so I think my job will be easy this year and I am looking forward to all the exciting events this year has to offer! As a stay at home mom of 4-year-old triplets, Sandpipers continues to be an escape for me to give back to the community and to have some much needed “Me time.” Cheers to a wonderful 2016-2017! Can’t wait to see what this year will bring!

Sponsorship VP

Tiffany Quick sponsorships@sandpipers.org

After moving to the South Bay seven years ago, I was looking for a way to feel more connected to my new home community. I found that connection and more when I joined Sandpipers. I have been continually impressed by the far-reaching impact Sandpipers has on our community and the group of dynamic and dedicated women that make up the organization. During my involvement in Sandpipers, I have had the privilege of participating on both the philanthropic and fundraising sides of the organization, serving as a Co-Chair for the Community Outreach Committee, Co-Chair of Fashion Show, Director of Spring Events and Sponsorships VP. I am honored to continue my tenure as the Sponsorship VP this year. I greatly enjoy working with the many fantastic businesses in our community who partner with Sandpipers in our philanthropic efforts. It is through the generosity of our partners that Sandpipers is able to touch so many people’s lives in the South Bay. If your business would like to expand its charitable outreach in the South Bay community, I would love to hear from you!

Secretary/President Assistant

Jeanne Bray secretary@sandpipers.org

I joined the Sandpiper organization in 2010 and have enjoyed serving the South Bay community over the past 7 years. I am continuously inspired by the generosity and kindness of the women I have had the opportunity to work with, and am grateful for the relationships I have made over the years. I have served as the Fundraising/Financial Co-Chair, Assistant to the Director of Publicity and the Community Outreach Co-Chair. In 2015 I was honored to join the board as the Director of Community Service. Last year, I served on the board as the Vice President of Philanthropy. It was a very rewarding role that allowed me to build on the strong relationships the organization has with its agency partners. This year I’m excited to be serving as the Secretary/Presidential Assistant. I look forward to working with our President, Camille Soriano, the board and the entire membership. It’s going to be an outstanding year!

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