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Carolyn Jabs

Position
Research Secretary; Research Liaison
2017-18
Year Joined
2013
Biography

Carolyn has been a member of the Women’s Fund since 2013 and joined the Research Committee in 2016. She has worked as an editor and writer, with an emphasis on family issues. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications ranging from Self and Working Mother to Newsweek and the New York Times. She writes the award-winning column Growing Up Online and recently published a book entitled Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Carolyn received her BA from Wittenberg University and her M.A. from the Applied Ethics Program at Bowling Green State University. She and her husband raised their three children in Ohio where she served as president of the local school foundation and started a support group for families with children who are deaf. In Santa Barbara, she is the Chair of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Communications and practices Tai Chi whenever she can.    

Chris Silverstein

Position
Member
2022-23
Biography

Chris first came to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB. After graduating, she spent the next 20 years living and working in many beautiful cities around the world (Boston, Kyoto, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Seville, Spain). Chris returned to Santa Barbara - the most beautiful city of all! - in 1998 with her husband Mark and their three children. She returned to UCSB as well, to work in the education abroad office on campus for 15 years as an academic specialist. While there, Chris fostered her interest in digital media by assisting with their website development, graphic design, electronic newsletters, and educational videos. Recently retired, she is co-captain of her Women’s Fund group 4 Empowerment and is working with them on increasing the diversity of their group membership. Although happily settled in Santa Barbara, Chris and Mark continue to explore the world as avid travelers.

Denise Hinkle

Position
Brochure Manager
2022-23
Year Joined
2009
Biography

Denise has been a member of the Women’s Fund since 2009. Her career as a development professional spanned more than three decades and a variety of causes, from public television and education to family planning and the environment. A resident of the Santa Barbara area since 1986, she has served as Vice President for Development for Planned Parenthood, Channel Islands YMCA, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and more recently as Development and Communications Director for Storyteller Children’s Center and Family Service Agency. She has been a member of the Women’s Fund Membership Committee and currently serves as Grantee Liaison and member of the Communications Committee. Denise holds a MBA from Northern Michigan University and bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Western Michigan University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Mission Canyon.

Jamie Dufek

Position
Production & Distribution Manager
2022-23
Year Joined
2017
Biography

Jamie has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2017. A native Minnesotan, she earned a BA in Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus and holds a MBA with a specific focus in nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility. Jamie previously worked at The Hudson Institute of Coaching, where she partnered with companies to establish learning and development initiatives tied to executive coaching. She currently is the Director of Field Operations at TIGER 21, the premier peer membership organization for high-net-worth wealth creators and preservers that helps them to navigate the challenges and opportunities that success creates. She continues to cultivate her passion for service and community, serving as President of the board of directors at The Arts Fund, board member of A Different Point of View, and owns her own business that supports nonprofits in development and strategic planning. Jamie is also a mixed media and print artist in Santa Barbara and volunteers teaching art classes on the WestSide with students K-12. She's honored to be part of such a strong group of women and chair the Communications Committee for the Women's Fund.

 

Kerry Parker

Position
Co-Chair/Media Relations
2022-23
Year Joined
2019
Biography

Kerry joined the Women’s Fund in 2019. Until her retirement in 2019, she was the owner of HollandParlette, an Association Management Company (AMC) headquartered in San Francisco. The company specializes in providing strategic direction and management to nonprofit organizations. Throughout her 30+ year career, she served as Executive Director for a wide range of regional, state, and national membership organizations where she was responsible for financial management, board leadership, conferences, grant writing, membership development, communications, advocacy, and public relations. She became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1991 and a Lifetime Member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2005. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Iowa State University. Kerry has been married for over 40 years to James Parker who is Director, Patient Financial Services at Cottage Health in Santa Barbara. They have one son, Reid, who lives in Seattle.

Laurie Tumbler

Position
Information Technology Chair
2022-23
Year Joined
2008
Biography

Laurie has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2008. She has previously served as Research Committee Co-Chair, Grantee Liaison, and Steering Committee chair. From 2018 to 2020, she was Board Chair of the newly incorporated Women’s Fund. Currently, she chairs the Information Technology committee and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. After earning a B.A. from University of Illinois, Laurie pursued a career in financial services and in 1982 she founded her own financial research company. She was a member of several nonprofit boards across the country focused on the welfare of families and children. Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2000, she has chaired the Newcomers Club community service committee, led the United Way's "Lunch Bunch" program, and served as a board member and interim Executive Director of the Nonprofit Support Center. She has also served on the Ensemble Theatre, Social Venture Partners and Transition House boards.

Margie Reedy Larkin

Position
Website Editor
2020-21
Year Joined
2020
Biography

Margie joined the Women's Fund in 2020. She is a veteran television journalist who worked as an anchorperson, reporter, and producer for twenty-five years. She spent most of her career in Boston, anchoring the evening news and hosting an interview program called "NewsNight" that focused on the most pressing issues of the day. Previously Margie anchored in Detroit and Austin. After leaving television she served a fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and produced a documentary about the changing political nature of cable news. In 2004 Margie transitioned to working with non-profit organizations as a Communications and Marketing Director. She has worked with the Center for Creative Education and Schoolyard Films in Florida and most recently worked on special projects for the Santa Barbara Foundation. Margie was the project lead for rebuilding the Women's Fund website in 2021. She and her husband live in Santa Barbara with their red labradoodle, Finley.

Mary Luthy

Position
Co-Chair/Newsletter Editor
2022-23
Year Joined
2019
Biography

Mary joined the Women's Fund in early 2019. She grew up in an Air Force family, moving frequently until settling in central Illinois. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana, Mary has a BFA in Painting. During her 40-year career in communications, Mary worked in a variety of industries, including small ad agencies, not-for-profit homes for the aging, not-for-profit publishing, engineering services, as well as Southern California Edison and Beckman Coulter, a subsidiary of Danaher. She was also active in the International Association of Business Communicators, serving on local, regional and global boards. Mary and husband Curt moved to Santa Barbara in 2018 when they retired. Since then, she has also served as VP Communications for the local chapter of Newcomers.

Sarah de Tagyos

Position
General Editor
2022-23
Year Joined
2004
Biography

Sarah has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2005. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in journalism. During her 30-year career at AT&T, she served as President of the AT&T Foundation—the company's philanthropic arm—and as Chief Operating Officer for AT&T's 300-person global public relations division. She served on national nonprofit boards including the Advertising Council and the Council on Foundations. Since retiring and moving to Santa Barbara in 2000, Sarah has chaired several Women’s Fund committees: Research, Communications, Membership, Grantee Liaison as well as serving as the Chair of the Steering Committee for more than two years. She was a docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and is a sustainer of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara where she served on the board and headed several committees. In 2010, the Junior League of Santa Barbara named her their Woman of the Year.

Susan Matsumoto

Position
Graphic Designer
2020-21
Biography

After years In the toy industry, including her own packaging design firm in NYC, Susan Matsumoto partnered with her husband Mel Kennedy to invent and license inventions for the toy, housewares, hair appliances and accessories industries. The move to Santa Barbara in 2012 was a life-long dream for both of them, and she is now very happy to be involved in the Women’s Fund. 

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