Sandpipers’ 89th Co-President
I am looking forward to beginning my ninth year in Sandpipers. I moved to the South Bay in 2010 from the West LA. A dear friend of mine told me about Sandpipers and what an amazing organization it is. I joined Sandpipers because I wanted a deeper connection to our community, to help make a difference and meet new friends. Through my journey, I’ve made lifelong friends and have been inspired through these ladies that continue to be amazing. I feel so grateful to be a part of this wonderful group that gives back to our community, supporting numerous charities and raising funds for high school students and Holiday Baskets. Since joining Sandpipers in 2012, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in Auction, Facilitator Committee, Holiday Home Tour Co-Chair, and Director of Fall Events for the 25th Annual Holiday Home Tour. 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.
Sandpipers 89th Co-President
Over the past 10 years I have come to honor and respect all that Sandpipers has to offer not only in the community but to 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. As a stay-at-home mom to 6-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 2020-2021! Can’t wait to see what this year will bring!
Nikki Binford Marshall
As a South Bay native, I always felt I had a good connection with my community. However, after having two kids, I discovered a desire to become more involved and find a way to volunteer. While joining a friend at the Prospective Member Reception in 2011, I quickly realized that Sandpipers’ connections to local agencies suited my needs to give back in my hometown. I expected to work with talented and dedicated peers, but what I discovered during my first year was much more than that – a group of inspiring and supportive women that had quickly become amazing friends! In the beginning, much of my experience had been heavily involved in the fundraising side of the organization, overseeing showcased homes and as Director of the Holiday Homes Tour, a personal favorite. I enjoyed working to raise funds to support our efforts and familiarize our community neighbors with Sandpipers’ mission. I’ve become involved with Sandpipers’ leadership as a Board member for the last few years, including Planning & Placement VP. This position allowed me to encourage members to find their place and passion in our organization and to step up into future leadership roles. I feel that empowering others to find their strengths is just as meaningful as finding my own. As President-Elect this year, I look forward to continuing to support the amazing members of this organization and their ideas to change the lives of those in need.
If it weren’t for people and organizations like Sandpipers, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Growing up (due to circumstances beyond control), it was often the kindness of others that provided me with childhood Christmas presents or meals, school tuition, and even a laptop for college! Experiencing the kindness of strangers in my youth, I am both humbled and honored to be able to pay it forward now, in the South Bay community. This inspires me to remain committed to the success of Sandpipers and the community we serve. I am delighted to be the Vice President of Finance, and I have also previously served as the Assistant to Finance VP Digital Payments, Fundraising Boutique Co-Chair, and sat on the Fundraising & Financial Committee. Professionally I am a market Territory Manager for a global manufacturer. My unique firsthand experiences translate well in this role as Finance VP as I know how every dollar counts, and I have seen the value of our hardworking members who graciously give their precious time. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and donors. You make a difference!
I first heard about Sandpipers from my husband’s late grandmother, who had joined the organization in 1953. She used to tell me stories about the friends she made through volunteer work she did in the community. When I moved to the South Bay in 2017 after getting engaged, I didn’t realize the organization was still intact. For years I had tried to find volunteer work I was passionate about, but nothing felt very personal. Shortly after my husband and I moved into our home in early 2018, a neighbor told me she was involved in Sandpipers. I decided to attend the Prospective Member Reception and was quickly impressed by the organization’s history and measurable impact. I was surprised to learn how much need there was in my very own community. Throughout my short time in Sandpipers, I have seen firsthand how if a group of strong, smart, creative and motivated women from all walks of life can come together with a common goal – nothing is impossible. I am incredibly proud to be a Sandpiper and humbled to be on the Board this year. I cannot wait to see what we can do together!
Sandpipers has always played an important role in my life. I feel fortunate to have been chosen as one of the Sandpiper scholarship recipients in 1997 when I had graduated from high school. I am so grateful to Sandpipers for assisting me with my educational goals. I spent many years outside of California for school, but when I moved back to the South Bay, I knew I wanted to give back. I joined Sandpipers in 2011. I have had many leadership positions within the organization, and served on the Board last year for the first time as VP of Philanthropy. It was an amazing position since I was able to help plan our philanthropic programs such as Holiday Baskets and Back-to-School-Shopping, and I also had the opportunity to work with our agency partners and see all the amazing things they do in our community with Sandpipers’ help. This year, I have the privilege and honor to serve as VP of Membership, and I am ecstatic. I am looking forward to working with all the members, especially the Provisional Class of 2020!
Planning & Placement VP
As Planning and Placement VP for the 2020-2021 year I am truly amazed at how our membership has regrouped and stepped up to continue to serve those in the South Bay who need our help even more today. With all that is going on in our own lives, Sandpipers have still found time to volunteer, to lead and to have meaningful impact on many families and our supporting agencies.
I knew when I joined Sandpipers in 2012 after moving from Australia, that I was joining a special group, but these last 6 months have shown me an even stronger, more resilient group of women than before. While some of our events look different this year, the most special events like Back-to-School-Shopping and Holiday Baskets will still deliver much needed items to kids and families all across the South Bay.
I’m looking forward to working with the new board this year.
It is my honor and privilege to serve as Sandpipers’ Philanthropy VP. In this role, I am looking forward to shifting from a fundraising capacity to working directly with our agency partners and the people they support. I am proud of the fundraising efforts that I led last year as Fundraising VP, which along with smart financial planning, have allowed Sandpipers to keep intact our hallmark programs that we hold dear (such as Back-to-School Shopping and Holiday Baskets). During a global pandemic brought on by COVID-19, this couldn’t be more important when so many people are in need.
It makes me so happy to know that we can help. Helping others and having a positive impact has always been part of my DNA. And, that is a large reason as to why I joined Sandpipers in 2016. After being a road warrior for nearly two decades in my career (traveling for advertising agencies, market research firms and for fun – Latin America was a favorite place to go), I finally had the time to give back in a larger capacity. I also always have had this innate desire to have a positive impact on others – especially children. And, since I was unable to have children of my own, this was my own special way of shaping young lives.
The profound feeling that I derive from witnessing the influence that Sandpipers has on the individuals and families we touch, the selflessness and dedication of the agencies we support, and the tenacity and triumph of those that have overcome so much adversity is inspirational to say the least. It truly is my honor and privilege to step into this role as Philanthropy VP. And though this time is like no other that we’ll see again in our lifetimes, I am committed to making sure we deliver to those that need us most – especially in these unprecedented times.
As a South Bay native, my Sandpiper involvement first started when I was in high school. Most recently, I joined Sandpipers in 2015 and have been involved in the Holiday Homes Tour every year since, serving as Director of the Tour last year. What I love most about the Tour is how the entire membership body comes together and interacts with the South Bay community at large for a fun-filled three day weekend. Volunteerism and philanthropy have always been important aspects of my life. Helping others and giving back the community are things that I frequently talk about and model for my son, even with my work in the local Emergency Department. Sandpipers aligns with my values by partnering with amazing organizations, hosting successful fundraisers and donating back to our community. I am also grateful for the friendships I have made as well as the leadership opportunities I have been provided. This year I am excited to present new, innovative and creative ways to fundraise for these amazing projects. It is my honor to serve as the 2020-2021 Sandpipers Fundraising Vice President!
When I moved to the South Bay 5 years ago, I wanted to find a place where I could make friends as well as get involved in the community, and I found that in Sandpipers. I have met the most amazing, hard working, dedicated women and been inspired by the impact we have on our local community to help those who really need it. I love that we give people a “hand up” and not a “hand out”.
Since being a member, I have enjoyed working with local business owners to donate and sponsor our events and in return Sandpipers promotes their business. I’m looking forward to our virtual Holiday Homes Tour this year! It has been fun and challenging to learn about sponsorship opportunities on the Tour website, and how we can really promote our supporters in this new way. I’m excited to offer our sponsors more expansive exposure both on the video as well as outside of our local area.
When I’m not pipering, I spend time with my family, which includes my husband, Mark, and 3 daughters and Boston Terrier, Oreo. We enjoy going out to eat at local restaurants, spending time at the beach and finding new hikes in the area.
This is going to be an exciting year for Sandpipers! Since my first year in Sandpipers back in 2013, I have been really impressed with the ease in finding community involvement with this organization, and am continually blown away by my fellow Sandpipers – their passion, abilities and dedication to giving back! By the time I joined Sandpipers in 2013, I had lived in the South Bay for a few years, but I was traveling for work extensively. I found that I was really missing the connection to my community and the ability to give back on a more regular basis. I was determined to find an organization that would allow me to give back despite a busy schedule – which is when I found Sandpipers. Since joining Sandpipers, I have served as Director of Special Projects, Finance VP, Holiday Homes Tour Co-Chair, Assistant to Philanthropy – Grants (now Development), Webmaster, and served on the Auction committee. I look forward to serving on the Sandpipers Board as Secretary and Presidential Assistant, and to continue my involvement in our community!