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.
Kathy has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2018. She became Co-Chair of the Events Committee in 2019 and joined the Volunteer Engagement Committee in 2020. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership. She has taught at the elementary and high school levels, and has served as a District Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, California State Board of Education Academic Trustee, and as Director of Educational Support Services and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Santa Barbara County Education Office. She retired in 2019 after a rewarding 35-year career in public education. In addition to her work with the Women’s Fund, Kathy serves on the Boards of the Children’s Creative Project and Children and Family Resources Services. She and her husband, Whitt, have lived in Santa Barbara since 2009 and have two children, Meghan (Eugene, Oregon) and Trey (NYC).
A member of the Women’s Fund since 2011, Linda has a Masters in Law & Social Policy and a Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research. Linda’s work has focused primarily on Child Advocacy, advocating for and establishing Music & Arts Education programs, and strengthening communities. She has served as president on many hard-working boards including The Children & Families Action Network (Alameda County, CA), Solvang School Education Foundation (“SAM”), Valley Community Theatre, Santa Barbara Strings, and The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. It is an honor to be part of accomplishing the work of The Women’s Fund directing the collective philanthropy of women to help other women and children and families to transform lives for the better.
Mary Brown joined the Women’s Fund in 2018. She came to California from Michigan in 1980 to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. She worked with schools, hospitals and in private practice until happily finding a home with the Santa Barbara County Education Office in 1988, from which she recently retired. She is married to John Riparetti and they have two children and one grandson. Mary has served on the boards of Santa Barbara Middle School and Las Aletas, a division of the Assistance League. She has served on the Women’s Fund Membership Committee and is now working with the Major Events Committee to develop Grants in Action programs.
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.
Mikki attended her first Women’s Fund meeting in 2005 and joined in 2009 when she returned from India where she ran a HIV/AIDS prevention project funded by the Gates Foundation. Trained at UCSF as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse, Mikki also has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. She has worked in 27 countries and recently retired as an International Health consultant where she was involved with grant making for the Global Fund for Women and the Global Fund for AIDS/TB/Malaria. Mikki was raised in Los Angeles (a proud original “Valley Girl”) and lived for nearly 25 years in Europe. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1995 where she loves being outdoors with her dog, serving as a Big Sister and on the board of the Santa Barbara Symphony. She also loves to sing with SB Choral Society, Opera SB and the Music Academy as well as play bridge.