Non-Voting Advisory Board

Junior Past Co-President / Nomination Leadership Development
Rose Ahrens

I am honored to be able to serve in this incredible organization that gives back so much to its membership and its community. When I joined the Sandpipers in 2009, I had no idea what an enormous impact the organization would have on my life. Serving on the Board of Directors as Director of Grants and Giving, Director of Operations, Philanthropy Vice President, Planning and Placement Vice President and Co-President-Elect, 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 86 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 the first ever Co-Presidents this year. I am grateful to continue my work with Sandpipers alongside the lifelong friends I have made. Together through friendship and philanthropy, we raise over $600,000 each year to give back to the South Bay Community. For this, I am proud beyond measure.

Junior Past Co-President / Nomination Leadership Development
Ellor Parikh

I joined Sandpipers to serve my community and meet new people. Not only have I witnessed the positive impact that our organization has on the South Bay community, but much to my surprise, I have met so many amazing women whom I consider my closest friends. Since joining Sandpipers in 2004, I have served in various leadership positions on the Board that have included Membership VP, Director of Community Service, Director of Technology, and Director of Operations. Most recently, I had the privilege of servings as Sandpipers’ 87th Co-President. Taking on these various leadership roles has given me the opportunity to work alongside so many diverse women who share the common desire and dedication to help those less fortunate, but also to work with our community partners and local businesses who support us with our mission. This year, I am truly honored and proud to serve alongside Rose Ahrens, as Junior Past Co-President & Co-Chair of the NLD Committee (Nomination and Leadership Development). It is my hope that my experience within our organization will help me recognize those future leaders that will help this organization expand in new directions while still honoring the traditions that attracted many of us in the first place. Rose & I along with the NLD Committee will be at meetings hoping to spot future Board of Directors and NLD Committee members. Please do not hesitate to say hello and let us know if you are either interested in serving on the Board or recognize someone who will shine in a leadership role!

Senior Past President/ Scholarship
Camille Soriano

During my last year on the Board, I am so thrilled to chair one of my favorite programs – the Scholarship Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to work with a variety of Sandpipers from Actives to Associates! And, I can’t wait to be a part of rewarding so many deserving students with necessary funds that will be a small but significant part of making their college dreams achievable.

I cannot believe it has been a decade since I joined in 2009. I have experienced so many wonderful volunteer encounters and friendships. After moving to the South Bay in 2008 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 family and has been such a perfect fit. 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 President and Junior Past President/NLD Chair.

If you are interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee, please reach out to me or look for more information later in the year. I would love to consider your application to participate. I hope to see you and talk to you soon.

Steering Committee Chair
Leslie Moody

I have lived in the South Bay since 1992 and love the community that surrounds me. While we live in an affluent area, there are still many people in need who could use a hand up during difficult times. A hand up, not a handout, is exactly the service that Sandpipers provides. I joined Sandpipers in 2008 after learning about the organization from my mother-in-law, Donna Moody, a Sandpiper Associate. Through her everyday actions and interactions, she demonstrates what it means to be generous of heart and philanthropic of mind. Like her, I can strive to do the same, and this organization has provided me the perfect opportunity to volunteer in our community while meeting some amazing, like-minded women. This is my eleventh year as a Sandpiper, and I am honored to serve as the Steering Committee Chair for the Sandpipers South Bay Community Fund.

Sandpipers of the Year
Marianne Cano

Each year Sandpipers nominates an Associate member in recognition of her contributions to Sandpipers above and beyond her active years of membership.  Diane Petersen is the recipient for 2018-2019 of the highest honor we confer, Sandpiper of the Year.