Board of Directors

Sandpipers 85th President

sp4Lee-Meredith Howard

I am thrilled to this year serve as the 85th President of Sandpipers. I have been a member of Sandpipers since 2009 when I moved to the South Bay from my childhood home of Atlanta, Georgia. At that time I was looking for a way to become involved in my community and to make new friends. I found a perfect fit in Sandpipers, and I continue to be awed and inspired by the dynamic women that make up this amazing organization. Since joining Sandpipers, I have served as the Assistant to the Finance VP, Finance VP (two years), Philanthropy VP, Membership VP and most recently, the President Elect.

I love Sandpipers and I am excited to work with such an amazing group of women to fulfill our mission of serving the needs of the South Bay community through charitable and philanthropic programs. It’s inspiring to know that 85 years later, we all are still volunteers, following in the traditions and history of the women that came before us. I enjoy supporting our philanthropic efforts in the community by participating in Back to School Shopping, the Holiday Basket Program, Sugarplum Tree, Scholarship Program and Team Works…the list goes on and on!
Needless to say I LOVE the partnerships we have in the South Bay and the numerous opportunities we have to give back to our community. I’m looking forward to an extraordinary year!

President Elect

sp13Camille Soriano

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 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, and most recently as Membership VP. This year, I look forward to my year as President-Elect to observe, learn and plan for the following year as President 2017-2018. This organization continues to amaze me with its bright and talented women volunteers who get things done in an impactful way to benefit our South Bay community. Please reach out to me with your thoughts for 2017-2018 at Thanks for supporting Sandpipers!

Finance VP

sp8Heather Walsh

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 second 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

sp17Stephanie Uchima-Carney

Growing up in the South Bay, I have always wanted to be a part of helping the local community through philanthropy. After attending Home Tours and For Our Children, I knew that I needed to be a part of this incredible organization. I joined Sandpipers in 2011 and since then I have not only made life-long friends but also been able to contribute back to the South Bay community, including through my favorite event of the year: Kohl’s Back to School Shopping. After being on the Auction committee, chairing the Holiday Homes Tour, assisting the VP of Finance and sitting on the Board as the Director of Publicity and Secretary/Presidential Assistant, I am excited to be on the Board of Directors again this year helping grow and honor the 85 years of this wonderful organization. Being a part of Sandpipers is such a rewarding experience and I want the community to know just what an amazing organization this is! I am so honored to be among a group of dedicated and inspiring women and I am looking forward to another successful year!

Membership VP

sp11Kristina Durkin

I am excited to start my sixth year as a Sandpiper in the role of Membership VP. My past Sandpiper experiences include: Holiday Homes Tour committee, Fashion Show committee, Fashion Show Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Director of Spring Events, VP of Fundraising ad VP Marketing and Sponsorships. I enjoy seeing the tremendous impact our organization makes in the South Bay and look forward to sharing that excitement with our new members! If you or someone you know is interested in joining Sandpipers, send them my way! You can reach me at

Planning & Placement VP

sp10Natalie Radtke

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 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 Planning and Placement VP. I look forward to working on our incredible 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

Jeanne Bray

I joined the Sandpiper organization in 2010 and have enjoyed serving the South Bay community over the past 6 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, Community Outreach Co-Chair and served on a variety of committees. Last year I was honored to join the board as the Director of Community Service. 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 Vice President of Philanthropy. I am looking forward to working on the meaningful and important programs that we are known for such as Back to School Shopping and Holiday Baskets. I will also be working with our partner agencies to provide important casework funding to those in need in our community. It’s going to be a productive year!

Sponsorship VP

sp7Tiffany Quick

After moving to the South Bay six 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 and most recently, Director of Spring Events.

I am honored to continue my tenure on the Board, this year as the Sponsorships VP. I look forward to working with the many 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

sp15Alexandra Duda

I am very excited to enter my fifth year as a Sandpiper, joining the Board again, this year as Secretary. After moving from Chicago to Hermosa Beach in 2011, I was looking for a way give back to the community as well as grow my social network. Sandpipers has been a wonderful combination, fulfilling the desire for philanthropic work, as well as allowing me to meet some amazing women who have become close friends. Since joining Sandpipers, I served as Director of Fall Events, Holiday Homes Facilitator, Assistant to Philanthropy: Holiday Baskets, as well as serving on both Philanthropy and Events Programs committees. I am looking forward to amazing year with this incredible organization!

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