Non-Voting Advisory Board

Junior Past President / Nomination Leadership Development

I am excited to serve this year as the Junior Past 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, President Elect and most recently as the 85th President of Sandpipers. 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 86 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!

Senior Past President/ Scholarship


Jennifer Buchsbaum

It was and honor and privilege to serve as the Sandpipers’ 84th President last year. Since joining this incredible organization back in 2007 I have held a variety of positions such as Auction Chair, Operations Vice-President, Secretary, Marketing & Sponsorships Vice-President and Membership Vice-President. Outside of Sandpipers my husband and I have a beautiful 6 year old daughter, two dogs, and a cat. I am a small business owner, serve on various advisory committees for the City of Hermosa Beach and volunteer in my daughter’s class at Hermosa View Elementary. I love being active in my community but Sandpipers holds a special place in my heart as I was a beneficiary of Sandpipers’ largest philanthropy, the Scholarship Program upon graduating from South High School in Torrance. I have much to thank for Sandpipers believing in me and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to pay it forward.


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 tenth 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

Kim Friedman

The award of “Sandpiper of the Year” is the highest honor we bestow on one of our Associate members in recognition of her contributions to Sandpipers above and beyond her active years of membership. Our award winner is Kim Friedman. We salute Kim for her ongoing commitment to Sandpipers and are pleased to honor her as our “Sandpiper of the Year!”

I am so honored to have been selected as the Sandpiper of the Year for 2017 – 2018! I first joined Sandpipers in 2000, at the urging of my dear friend Melinda Arentsen, whom I had recently met in our Mommy and Me class. As a new mom who had recently left a long-term position in healthcare, it was definitely a transition and an opportunity to meet others in the South Bay and give back to the community. I never realized what an impact joining Sandpipers would have in my life!! As an Active, I enjoyed chairing the Auction committee, serving as Director of Community Service, as well as chairing the Community Outreach committee and hosting our very first Sandpipers Done in a Day Project! As our daughter has just graduated from Mira Costa, I’m undergoing yet another transition – from stay-at-home mom and full-time volunteer for a million things related to Elisse – to an empty nester! Fulfilling the role of Sandpiper of the Year will be the perfect addition to my life this year. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with my Associate friends and it’s truly been a highlight – each year brings more opportunities for meeting new friends and having great times attending Associate meetings, events and socials, as well as feeling that continued connectedness with our community. My hope is that all Associates, whether you’ve been involved for years or have never come to a meeting, will check us out – you’ll LOVE the energy, camaraderie and fun of the Associates… I promise!