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Betsy Bates Freed

Position
Writer
Biography

Born and raised in Colorado, Betsy attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and moved west to launch her 30-year career as a medical journalist, first as a newspaper reporter and then for International Medical News Group, a series of physicians' newspapers. After living in San Diego and then Los Angeles, she and her journalist/novelist husband, David, eventually moved their family to Santa Barbara. They restored a 1906 home near the Mission while their two children attended local schools, later settling in Toro Canyon. In a mid-life career change, Betsy returned to school to complete her masters' and doctorate degree in psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara. She now balances her small clinical practice in medical psychology with writing, teaching, and grandchildren adventures.

Chris Silverstein

Position
Membership Liaison
2023-24
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.

Courtney Lockwood

Position
Writer
Year Joined
2022
Biography

Courtney joined the Women's Fund in December 2022 as part of New Friends, a newly formed group of mostly members of SB Newcomers. She is a native Californian, raised in Rialto and she earned a degree in English/Psychology from Occidental College. During her three careers, she was a public relations consultant, owned a cafe-catering business, and then served as a high school English Teacher with LAUSD (Los Angeles).
Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2019, she has been active with SB Newcomers (VP Activities and President) and with PEO (chapter president), and she has taken many classes at SBCC's Extended Learning Program (watercolor painting, woodworking, life drawing, and choir).

Cynthia Brown

Position
Education Events Liaison
2023-24
Year Joined
2013
Biography

Cynthia Brown, who joined the Women’s Fund in 2013, is a Research Professor of French (Emerita) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught for 40 years, after receiving her PhD degree from UC Berkeley. She retired from teaching in 2019, but continues to carry out research and has published numerous books and articles on late medieval female patronage and the influence of the transition from manuscript to print on 15th - and 16th -century literary culture.
She held several administrative positions at UCSB, including Chair of the French and Italian Department and Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel. In 2013 she was named Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government. Cynthia has been married for almost 30 years to Art Ludwig, a retired electrical engineer, with whom she has supported and shared a love of music, art and theater in Santa Barbara. They enjoy his two children, six grand-children and four great-grandchildren.

Denise Hinkle

Position
Grantee Liaison
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 in Mission Canyon.

Eileen White Read

Position
Writer
2023-24
Biography

Eileen White Read, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and contributing writer, is CEO Emeritus of Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy; a University of California-certified Master Gardener; and a longtime resident of Montecito. As an expert in progressive nonprofit communications and development, she has managed projects at major national and international NGOs including the Center for American Progress, Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jamie Dufek

Position
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
Communications Co-Chair
2023-24
Year Joined
2019
Biography

Kerry joined the Women’s Fund in 2019 after retiring as owner and principal of HollandParlette, an Association Management Company (AMC) based in San Francisco. Since her relocation to Santa Barbara, she has been actively involved in supporting local nonprofits. Throughout her 30+ year career, she served as Executive Director for various regional, state, and national membership organizations. Her expertise includes financial management, board leadership, conferences, grant writing, membership development, communications, advocacy, and public relations. In 1991, she became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and in 2005, she was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). 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. She has been married for over 40 years to James Parker, and together they have one son who lives in Seattle.

Lori Williams

Position
Production & Distribution Manager
2023-24
Year Joined
2022
Biography

Lori has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2022. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado and a degree in Computer Science. She has worked as a computer programmer at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. She has spent the last fifteen years owning and working in a small engineering software company which sold in 2018. Previous Lori has volunteered as board member of the Albuquerque Academy Parents Association, heading the newsletter and library committees. She and her husband Ken moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 and have two sons, Hurst (Carbondale, CO) and Alex (Irving, CA).

Mary Luthy

Position
Communications Co-Chair
2023-24
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.

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