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Board of Directors

Heather Anderson, President

Heather currently works for the County of San Diego leading public safety projects and advising on public policy matters. She is active in the community through other organizations such as the Juvenile Court Book Club and USA Leadership Corps.

Gary Lamble, VP of Community Outreach /Board Development Chair

Trained in Arts Administration, including theatre direction and management, Gary is currently employed in Guest Relations by Huntington Pacific Hotels. He is immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Doundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the LaterThanEver Theatre and has served on numerous boards and won many awards for his work in the arts.

Ryan Koch, VP of Operations

Ryan Koch is currently a Sales Leads Coordinator for WW Grainger. He also spends a great deal of time working with foster youth who are transitioning to adulthood in San Diego. Ryan has seen much of the world travelling through 49 States and 34 Countries. Ryan attributes the ability to travel to his business success. His area of expertise lies in his ability to take complex business problems and find workable solutions. Throughout his life, whether it is in starting a new business branch in Fairbanks, Alaska or serving in an orphanage in Guatemala, Ryan has found a way to continuously provide positive results.

Robyn Sanchez, Treasurer

Robyn is a Senior Accountant with a degree in International Business and Finance. She has a strong background in corporate accounting and has worked in various industries. She is also working with Interfaith Services as a Volunteer Income Tax preparer to assist low-income families. In the past, Robyn was active with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club.

Marsha Lyon, Secretary

Marsha holds a Certificate in Business Administration from University of Redlands. She works for SAY San Diego as an Alcohol and Other Drugs Environmental Prevention Specialist focusing on prevention of underage drinking and marijuana use. Marsha works closely with teens who become role models to their peers in sending the message of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Marsha's background also includes fundraising, event planning and volunteer coordination. She is currently President-Elect for Mission Bay Rotary Club, Advisor to Clairemont and Mission Bay High Schools' Interact Clubs and a Leader with Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program.

Emelyn de la Pena, Member

Emelyn is the Director of the Women's Center at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies and an MA in Education. Emelyn specializes in the areas of gender and violence, and the intersections of such issues to broader social justice movements. She has presented and trained at several national and local conferences; works closely with the Cross-Cultural Center and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center to provide campus-wide training around social justice and diversity issues; and co-created the UCSD Chancellor's Undergraduate Diversity Leadership Institute. Emelyn is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Her research interest explores the notions of public and private sphere domains and their relationship to Women's Center work.

Dorothy Annette, Professional Artist and Musician

Annette is a multi-media artist. She has had numerous exhibitions showing the scope of her talents in oil painting, drawing, Japanese brush, lithography, ceramics and singing. She exhibits her Japanese brush work in Ravenna, Italy in a group exhibition of Contemporary California artists. The Pacific Beach Library Gallery included her drawings in their First Drawing show. Annette recently returned from art residencies in Tuscany, Italy and the Michaelis School of Art at Cape Town University in South Africa. She is the Artist-in-Residence at BorrelliSpace, a community of artists that she established in 2004.

Vickie Butcher, J.D., Member

Executive Director of Water for Children Africa, Vickie has served as an employee and board member of several governmental agencies and community service organizations including the Food and Drug Administration, the San Diego County Department of Health Services, the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. She is the owner of "It Is Written" community bookstore.

Anne Hoiberg, Member-Writer, speaker and research psychologist

Anne has written and presented extensively on women's health, women in the military, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, health promotion, workman's compensation cost containment, stress-related disease and role of military in society. She is the former president of the United Nations Association of San Diego and is currently the President and CEO of the International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego.

Gracia Molina de Pick, Member - Writer and Activist

Gracia is a long-time political activist on behalf of Civil Rights, Women's Rights, and Chicano rights. Gracia taught, indeed helped to found, Chicano Studies in San Diego. She was among the first five women inducted into our San Diego Women's Hall of Fame. Gracia is a life long educator, feminist, mentor for students and community activist for women's equality, indigenous communities, labor and immigrant's rights.

Darlene Davies, Advisory Member

A Professor Emerita at San Diego Statue University, educated in the field of Communicative Disorders, Ms Davies has a long history of community involvement and commitment having served on more than 15 Boards and Civic Commissions. She has received over a dozen Awards and Honors and has produced over 20 videos for the Mingei International Museum for broadcast on UCSD-TV.


Ashley Gardner, Executive Director/ Immediate Past President- Retired Producer/Business Owner

Ashley is a former local television host, actress, TV producer and Founder of a non-profit video production company, Earth Vision Productions. Ashley serves on the County Commission on the Status of Women and is a former Chair. She has been active in producing the Women's Hall of Fame and was the 2006 Event Chair. Ms. Gardner has additional operational experience in theatrical production and most recently oversaw the construction of a 3000 square foot theatre venue for the Coronado Playhouse. She has served as director since September of 2007.

Lillian Justice, Bookeeper

Gary Stephenson, Webmaster

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and has over 30 years of professional engineering experience in developing real-time embedded computer systems. He has created software that operates under Unix, Windows, and various real-time operating systems. His broad based experience includes the use, programming, and maintenance of the PC through its application as a primary development platform, analysis tool, and communications vehicle.