Candidates for Board of Directors

Claudia Deutsch

 

Claudia enjoys sharing her expertise with nonprofit teams. With an MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), she held several nonprofit positions before becoming President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens 2003-2005, President of the Beverly Hills Women's Club 2007-2011, and President of the Woman's Club of Hollywood 2014-2016

Other nonprofit organizations she enjoys supporting: MOCA, LACMA, Los Angeles Library Foundation, My Friends Place

Claudia is the owner of Artspace Warehouse (est. 2010) and Artplex Gallery (est. 2018). She values her close bond with her husband, son (26), and daughter (25).

In her free time, she likes to catch up with friends and family as well as travel, cook, play golf or tennis.

Jane Dorian

 

It would be my pleasure and privilege to serve on the Beverly Hills Women’s Club Board. Serving on the board for seven years demonstrates my history and commitment to the club,

I have been a realtor for over 20 years selling Luxury property. Currently I am with Compass. I started my career specializing in Architectural Properties which gave me an enormous appreciation for homes in Los Angeles.

As founder and executive director of Ballroom Madness, an innovative not for profit organization, I have amassed experience in identifying prospective donors and securing significant contributions.  As an experienced program manager and ambassador, I have been able to build long-standing relationships with high net worth individuals who continue to offer support.  I have successfully run a program that has impacted the lives of more than 20,000 students.  I was selected out of hundreds of applicants to become part of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners to become a finalist for their Fast Pitch program, which is part of the Annenberg Foundation Alchemy plus program. I was awarded the Case for Support Award which earned Ballroom Madness an additional $10,000.

Annenberg Alchemy taught me how to run a 5019(c)3 focusing on Governance, the role of the Board, how to create a matrix for both Board positions and identifying fundraising opportunities.

Ballroom Madness is a 5019c03 that brings ballroom dance to underserved children. The program has been implemented in over 50 schools citywide and we were self funding. We were name top 10 Charity by Dreamworks.

 

I have independently produced An Evening with Jerry Herman ant the Hollywood Bowl which was televised for PBS. The event was a 17,000 seat sell out and was among the first DVD’s produced. Among other productions was a 10 episode webisode series, and a sell out Broadway Memorial for Jerry Herman at the Lunt Fontaine.

 

Prior to that I was Director of Promotions at Town & Country Magazine and created the infamous “White Paper” which evaluated the spending habits of the Wealthy. I created and ran the World Class Polo Event in Dallas which was the largest Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration Event.  A Day at the Races in was the Premiere event. I served as the editorial liaison between between companies and media.

 

Education

     Columbia University  - B.A., English (cum laude)

     First undergraduate to have attended Columbia Law School

     Xerox Focus Seller Seminar-McClean. VA 

Boards & Associations - Beverly Hills Womens Club for seven years two of which i served as Vice President

Leslie Minniti Santelli

 

Professional

My educational and professional background is as a real estate broker and lawyer. 

After university, for several years I was a real estate broker on Nantucket. I attended law school in New York, during which time I clerked for two New York State Supreme Court Judges. I was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1994, State Bar of Rhode Island, 1996. Periodically, I re-activate my license to assist individuals and nonprofit organizations, pro bono. 

 

The Beverly Hills Women’s Club 

My service at the Beverly Hills women’s Club includes serving as President, Secretary and previously and again currently as Parliamentarian. 

 

2002-2003, as Secretary, I was an integral part of successful converting the Club from a 501c4 members organization into a 501c3 charitable organization. 

 

In 2005, I was a key player in opposing the sale of the property. With no liquid capital/funds and approximately 20 members, I became President and formed a skilled Board of Directors to save the Club. 

 

Although a very challenging time, we pieced together the Club’s history, implemented a new substantive philanthropic mission, obtained National and State landmark designations, and greatly expanded membership.  We enacted new Bylaws with safeguards, limiting Director power and distributing decision-making to the membership. Our efforts paid off and we saved the club.

 

In these years that followed, our fiscal and record keeping house was in order, filings were current, required permits were obtained, the nominating processes by the Bylaws, and we didn’t incur lawsuits. 

 

Today we face challenges to the integrity of the organization. With my professional background and prior proves success, I would make me a most effective Officer of the Corporations, enabling me to assist in the stewardship of  the Club to yet another success. 

 

Personal

My family has been proud to call Beverly Hills home since 2000.In 2016 I married Robert Santelli. Robert is a founder of Liberty Dialysis, LLC. Our happily blended family supports multiple worthy charitable organizations through direct giving. 

Madeleine Schulsinger

 

I have been a member of the BHWC over 10 years.
I have loved the events and have brought in many new members  - I  have consistently supported the club by filling up 1 to 2 tables full of guests that come to all our events.I graduated  from Jersey Academy in Jersey City, and then went on to the University of Buffalo.  I graduated with a double
major in psychology and anthropology .
After college I got married became a high fashion model and moved to California.My career took off for almost 10 years- I was often seen in full page ads in magazines and newspapers. I have appeared in Vogue, California Stylist , LA Times, many hair cosmetics and makeup companies have used me for their high fashion photo shoots.I got into real estate after modeling- I am unique in that I sold the first million dollar home in Beverly Hills and I predicted there wouldn’t be a home under a million dollars again in BH.Besides selling real estate I have been a manager of 2 Beverly Hills real estate companies.In the 80’s when real estate slowed I went back to school and got a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy- I am an MFT.I am presently a realtor with Rodeo Realty in BH.And I am also on the board of directors of the group “The Associates “ which is affiliated with the LA Jewish Home.  I am a Vice President and head of membership.
The Associates has been around almost as long as the BHWC.I think that the board should consist of people that are diverse,  social , appealing,  and intelligent not just savvy with the bottom line.  You need to have people that can draw other people or you will soon have very few people .  I was recently appointed Vice President just to fill in the gap- I now offer myself as a candidate and
hope to add to our Club my unique abilities and a bit of the Joie de Vivre

Mary Ann Weyman

 

Born in Quebec Canada as a young adult Mary Ann, moved to Paris, where she secured a commercial modeling contract. While in Paris she attended the École du Louvre, where she studied art history. Subsequently, she moved to Los Angeles, and opened a successful art gallery in the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Also, she served as a docent at the Getty Museum while participating in the Global Security Seminar, at UCLA and the RAND Corporation’s Security 2040 Initiative.

 

She has been an active member of BHWC for the past 8 years and 21 years with Childhelp,Currently, she is actively involved with the Beverly Hills Garden Club and Alliance Française de Los Angeles, where she participates in their French  Also, she served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, where she delivered over a thousand meals to the elderly.

 

She works with her husband of 27 years in their real estate business and enjoys  and long hikes with friends. 

Susan Meals

 

Member of the Beverly Hills Women's Club since 2008

 

Husband, Roy Meals, M.D, UCLA

Son, Clifton Meals, M.D. Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Two grandchildren, Anderson (6), and Sydney (4)

 

Education:

Johns Hopkins University

UCLA 

 

I was an administrator at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for ten years; and, after moving to California, I returned to school at UCLA  to study Design. Following graduation, I began a design business and practiced for 35 years.

 

My interests are architecture, garden design, urban renewal, science, and politics.

 

I have been a member of various Los Angeles groups including, Holmby Westwood Property Owner's Assn (36 years), Robinson Gardens (26 years), Art Museum Council (16 years),

Holmby Park Board (10 years), Beverly Hills Garden Club (10 years), The Library Council (3 years), Institute of Classical Art and Architecture (20 years), and the Decorative Arts Trust (15 years).

 

Other groups that I support are ProPublica, the Navy Seal Foundation, The Marines' Memorial Association, The Rainforest Trust, the Boys Girls Club of Santa Monica,  Friends of Greystone,

the American Rose Society, Tree People,  and the SPCA.

Cindy Leuty Jones 

 

Work Experience -

Respiratory Therapist in open-heart surgery. 

Model/actress featured in hundreds of ad campaigns and magazines. 

Real Estate - Brokered largest commercial real estate transaction in Chicago 1989, to a successful career in pension advisory where she managed a $700 Million real estate fund. She was named by The Los Angeles Business Journal, “One of the Top Ten Rising Stars,” and in two following years, one of the “One Hundred Most Influential People in Real Estate.”

Cindy’s latest pursuit is as an author. Her recently released book was featured on the cover of Publisher’s Weekly and has won an international award from Reader’s Favorites. The book is DOABLE: Little Decisions That Will Transform Your Life. 

 

Non-profit Experience.

Co-founder of the Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center, a 9,000 square foot facility that houses the Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista Gardens, a branch club of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.  

 

Designed the collateral material and chaired several successful fundraising campaigns. Served on the boards of several non-profit. Honored by Portals Pacific Clinics for her work in homelessness. Previous Board member of the BHWC. 

 

Interesting Facts

Cindy is also an organ donor and organ recipient, a certified fitness and yoga instructor and enjoys many hobbies that include surfing, doodle drawing, photography, graphic design, web design, and making barbecue sauce. 

Sally Pai Unruh

 

Professional Experience:

Worked and lived in international capital market (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Los Angeles, New York, London & Singapore) in investment banking and Asian Fixed Income trading for wall Street firms. 

Chief Investment Officer for First Private Bank (Boston Private Bank) in Los Angeles. 

Director at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

 

Non-profit Experience:

American Red Cross—Tiffany circle member. Co-Chair for “The Red Tie Affair” fundraising event for 8 years and raised millions for the Red Cross, Santa Monica Chapter. 

East west Players—Board of director 2017-2020.

Beverly Hills Women’s Club—Vice President 2016-2019

 

Interesting facts:

Sally is certified Japanese “IKEBA” instructor. She has worked with Chinese & Japanese pollical leaders and CEOs as a simultaneous interpreter while she was living in Tokyo.

Tania Ferris Hackbarth

  • Over 18 years of BHWC membership since 2003 and a previous 4-yr Board member 2007-2011 having served in the position of Vice President. During my years on the Board I was chairperson for some of the most successful charity events the Club has had including  Peace4Kids and various other organizations. I am now currently on the Board since January 2021. 

  • In previous years I’ve handled the Club’s Rentals and I currently handle the Rentals which are one of the most important sources of income for the Club. My expertise in real estate makes me a good candidate to continue with this important role. 

  • Highly regarded and well-known Real Estate agent since 1978, with over 40 years of experience handling highly complex property sales and marketing with a nationally known company. I know the basic’s of business! 

  • I also belong to the Beverly Hills Garden Club, the Bel Air Garden Club including a previous position on their Board, and many years with the Blue Ribbon. I have volunteered for over 10 years with the Robinson Gardens Annual May Garden Tour event – a highlight on everyone’s calendar! 

  • With my spouse for over 40 years! And, proud Mom of a handsome 25year son who is a USC Marshall School of Business graduate.

  • It would be a very high honor to continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Women’s Club, an organization I have come to love and cherish and have made many lifetime friends from.

Hollis Leech

 

Hollis has been a resident of Benedict Canyon since 2003 and a proud Angeleno since 1985. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Hollis attended USC and upon graduation, embarked on her 30-year entrepreneurial career in Los Angeles. Hollis is the co-founder of three companies, has produced an array of award-winning software products and currently sits on two community-oriented, non-profit boards (the Benedict Canyon Association and Los Angeles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution). She is a member of the Council of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Women’s Political Committee of Los Angeles. She has served on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (Los Angeles Chapter) and has been recognized by the Governor of California and U.S. Small Business Administration for her entrepreneurial endeavors. Hollis resides with her husband, Dr. Christopher Saigal, Vice- Chair Department of Urology at UCLA and daughter, Austin Saigal, graduating senior at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences along with their German Shepherd, Hazelnut and Belgian Malinois, Nico.