Our Directors

 

Director of Community Service
Dayna Bubenicek
communityservice@sandpipers.org

As a Redondo Beach native and life-long resident of the South Bay, I am so grateful to be a part of a philanthropic organization like Sandpipers, which gives me the opportunity to give back to my community while forming friendships with caring and supportive women. It’s so important to me to show my 3 children the impact each of us can make on our communities, and I enjoy volunteering and participating in Sandpipers’ Holiday Baskets program with them. As a high school English teacher at Gardena High School, I have seen first-hand the power an education can have on a young person’s life, and I appreciate that Sandpipers’ scholarship program has enabled hundreds of students to go to college and achieve their dreams. It is my privilege to serve as Sandpipers’ Director of Community Service for the 2020-2021 year, which will prove to be a special year with unique challenges! 

 
Director of Public Relations
Micall Weinberg

publicity@sandpipers.org

As this year’s Director of Publicity, my focus is on more than your typical press release and social media post. As someone who feels passionate about the impact that Sandpipers has in my community, I am focused on finding new ways to engage the community and keep them interested in what’s new with Sandpipers.

A South Bay native, I became involved with Sandpipers in 2010 and have since taken a variety of leadership positions. I joined Sandpipers because I wanted to get more involved in my community. Everything from the friendships and committee work, to the fundraisers and community service opportunities, has continued to inspire me. I’ve seen the effect of our work, and it’s one of the most rewarding feelings to know that our efforts have such an impact in our community and in the lives of those in need.

Like most moms, when I am not working or volunteering, you can find me at home trying to find balance in the chaos that kids bring and the “me time” that everyone swears by. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to show my family how to give back. It also gives me an excuse to get out of the house, away from the kids, while doing something good for others. Sometimes wine is involved. It’s really a win-win.

 

Director of Operations
Leah Turano

operations@sandpipers.org

Being bigger than myself by way of serving my community has always been in the fiber of my being. As members in society, we have a duty to take care of each other and Sandpipers provides a wonderful infrastructure to do so. I have spent many years in hospitality operations, which is why I am thrilled to be serving as this year’s Director of Operations. Much of my Sandpiper tenure has been spent involved in the Holiday Homes Tour in some capacity. I have been in a home, on a Facilitating Committee, on the Cafe Committee, along with chairing Operations for the entire tour as well as Boutique. Last year I had the special honor of serving on our Scholarship Committee, the South Bay’s longest-standing scholarship, which uniquely follows the recipients throughout all four years of their collegiate journey. I recently returned to school to complete my master’s degree in applied psychology and hope to one day become a licensed therapist and continue my journey in service of others.

 
Director of Data Management
Katie Lee

datamanagement@sandpipers.org

I’m so excited to serve my first year on the Sandpipers’ Board of Directors as the Director of Data Management. My first three years in Sandpipers I was lucky enough to work on our Holiday Homes Tour committee. The Holiday Homes Tour fundraising event is my personal favorite. Since joining in 2016, I have served in a leadership position for the past four years. I love putting time and energy into our amazing organization of over 800 like-minded women who give back to our community. The South Bay has been my home since 2007 and our organization has helped many families and sponsors especially this year. I look forward to another successful year!

 

Director of Holiday Homes Tour
Gloria Correa

fallevents@sandpipers.org

I am so excited to be serving as this year’s 28th Annual Holiday Homes Tour Director. A few years ago I was looking for ways to give back to this amazing community and a good friend introduced me to Sandpipers! I have worked alongside some amazing women who have become very dear friends of mine. Since joining Sandpipers in 2017 I have had the pleasure of holding positions as Holiday Homes Tour Facilitating Chair two years in a row, as well as having the pleasure of serving on Sandpipers’ Scholarship Committee. Due to COVID-19, our in-person Holiday Homes Tour will not be held in person, but we are excited about the opportunity to host our tour virtually and captivate a nationwide audience! Although the pandemic changed everything in our everyday lives, it certainly did not change our organization’s will to help our community! Through countless Zoom meetings, we collaborated and made sure one of our signature fundraising events was still possible! I certainly am proud to be part of such an impactful organization that is true to my heart!

 
Director of Fashion Show
Heather Nagler

springevents@sandpipers.org

High on my list of loves is being a Sandpiper, giving back to the community, being able to be around like-minded, dedicated women, constantly learning and growing. Amongst many programs, my favorites are supporting the local domestic violence shelters, providing a four-year college scholarships to local students, and participating in back-to-school shopping day for underprivileged youth in the South Bay.  

I am a stay-at-home parent and have two kids. My daughter will be attending Mira Costa in the fall as a freshman and my son will be entering middle school at Hermosa Valley. My husband Ari and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary in July 2020. I lived in the South Bay during my 20’s and even heard about the Sandpipers back then and what a wonderful philanthropic organization it was and looked them up as soon as I moved back to California. We moved to the South Bay back in 2014 and I joined Sandpipers in 2015.