President: Lisa Osborn is a longtime radio broadcaster and entrepreneur. Currently she serves as news and public affairs director at KCSB FM 91.9, the radio station at UC Santa Barbara, where she advises student leaders and trains volunteer reporters. She also has a business that does voice-over work and produces on-hold messages and narration services. Lisa has shares her passions & talents in two podcasts: her BroadcastEdge podcast offers pro-broadcast tips for radio hosts and podcasters, and AromaThrive, a podcast that focuses on natural remedies, health/wellness and personal growth. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Lisa anchored news at some of the top news/talk radio stations in Los Angeles. She was also an on-air host (deejay) at a national radio network, playing ‘classic hits’ and ‘oldies’ music on radio stations across the USA.
Incoming President: Monica Kunz is a Digital Marketing Communication Professional at Monica Kunz Design, a Hybrid marketing, designer-developer with a 20-Year graphic art-web-design digital marketing and technology career with private and nonprofit expertise. Served on two other nonprofit boards. Her experience includes a unique blend of technical knowledge, analytical creativity, and artistic talent.
Membership Chair/Past-President: Carolyn Jabs has written about families, ethics, environmental issues and the Internet for almost four decades. In 1984 she published The Heirloom Gardener (Sierra Club Books), a book “often cited as a turning point in the pro-heirloom movement.” Hundreds of her articles have been published in magazines ranging from Readers Digest and Redbook to Self and Working Mother. Her opinion essays have appeared in Newsweek and the New York Times. Carolyn moved to Santa Barbara in 2013. She was an active AWC member when she lived in Toledo, Ohio, and won several Crystal Awards in their annual competition.
Programming Chair: Joan Tapper is adept at getting the most out of words and pictures for readers and clients alike. Joan Tapper has sat on both sides of the publishing desk. She was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler, the longtime editor of Islands, and has since served as editor for several custom publications. As a freelance writer, she has produced numerous features about people, arts, travel, and culture for magazines that range from Santa Barbara and 805 Living to Robb Report and Westways. Her own books include three in the Thames & Hudson Most Beautiful Villages series with photographer Nik Wheeler, two crafts books with photographer Gale Zucker, and a tongue-in-cheek history travel guide, The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day, among others. She is also a sought-after private editor for writers of nonfiction and fiction.
Social Media Chair: Leslie Dinaberg has been a professional editor and writer for more than 25 years and is currently the Managing Editor of a new UC Santa Barbara publication. Most recently, she was Editor in Chief of Touring & Tasting Magazine, a national wine and travel publication, and she also spent more than a decade as the Managing Editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, a glossy regional lifestyle magazine and website. Leslie also works on a contract basis, offering her expertise as an editor, writer, and strategic and creative communications professional to a number of regional and national publications, as well as to select nonprofit organizations that are close to her heart.
Secretary: Lisa Danhi is passionate about collaborating on equitable, educational, and socially responsive grass-roots projects to improve access, understanding, and activities that serve our community, especially through AWC! At our board meetings, Lisa employs her desire to compassionately structure F2F and virtual discourse to maximize productive listening. She is honored to bring her 26+ years’ experience in business, education, content development, and creatively technical writing to her new role as Secretary. As a non-traditional returning student (read: mid-life), she earned her BA in Literature and then her MA in Education at UCSB while raising her three now-adult children; consequently, she is a persistent proponent of “everything in its own time”.
Treasurer: Christine DiBerardino brings a wealth of business management and financial expertise to the organization with 45 years of business acumen. Currently, she is the CEO of Taking Care of Business, a boutique bookkeeping and business consulting firm here in Santa Barbara. Christine utilizes her excellent communication skills to “listen” and develop a business strategy for her clients. “It’s not just about crunching numbers; it’s about understanding why people do what they do.” Her unique ability to listen and provide solutions are essential to the success of her clients. Christine’s experience in both the for profit and non-profit sectors makes her an asset to the organization.
Women of Achievement Chair: Lauren Bianchi Klemann is a government affairs and communication professional for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) representing regional and multi-jurisdictional transportation priority issues for all eight cities and unincorporated areas in Santa Barbara county. Lauren’s public, private, and nonprofit professional experience spans more than 15 years, having worked for K-12 public education, county government, and the American Red Cross. She has experience and skill in strategic communication and coordination among stakeholders of diverse interests and issues. Lauren graduated cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Religious Studies. She completed academic programs in the Middle East region, Washington DC, and New York. Active in the community, Lauren currently serves as Past Board President of the Public Relations Society of America, California Gold Coast Chapter and is a member California Association of Public Information Officials. She has previously served on the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Steering Committee, Advisor of the California YMCA Youth and Government Program, and was a National and Community Service Americorps volunteer. She is an outdoor adventurer, book club lover, news media enthusiast, and proud mother of a rapidly growing Goleta Union School District student.
Website: Erica Schweitzer is a local multimedia professional who is passionate about visual communication, specifically the art of storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and strategic multi-media design. Graduating from UCSB with a BA in Film and Media studies, her experience has spanned all levels of video production. Formerly a local non-profit video producer, she currently is pursuing a career in media strategy through her work for the SmithGeiger Group. Additionally she produces and leads the local community production The Resource, where she and a group of passionate women cover community issues in a multi-media format.