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 (27), and daughter (26).

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

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 doublemajor 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

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.  

Board Member International Council of the World Monument Fund, Hollywood Women's Club, Pacific Palisades Women's Club. 

 

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. 

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.

Katherine Gaffney

CFO, Advisor, and Investor to several high- growth, venture-backed technology companies with proven success in leading organizational change through strategic planning, financial management, and operational improvements. Katherine has been providing consulting CFO services for over ten years and has helped many startups raise capital, optimize performance, and navigate growth. Some of her clients have included Headspace, Tripp, Two Bit Circus, PlayQ, Hutch, Spring, HopSkipDrive, Moxie, and Ozobot. She has also helped her clients’ acquisitions to Bankrate, NewsBeat, and Tinder. 

Katherine’s CFO Services include Strategic, Financial, & Tactical Planning and Implementation, Fundraising, Scaling, P&L Management, Operations Support, Growth Management, New Market Development, Resource Planning, Investor Relations and Treasury. 

Prior to her CFO practice, the majority of her career has been spent in digital media and technology startups within larger organizations, such as Sony Digital Entertainment, 21st Century Fox, and Hearst Media. She was Head of Finance and Strategy of a SAAS division of Hearst and guided their growth to 3x revenue, to over $100M in revenue in just three years. At Sony, she had financial leadership of businesses within Sony Pictures overseeing Game Studio, Mobile, and Connect Entertainment, subscription and pay-per based business models. Within her executive capacity, she presented financial performance and critical matters, and solicited funding for new initiatives from the Hearst board and Sony executive teams. 

Gaffney holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, a Bachelor’s in Business Economics from UCSB, and is a recovering CPA. Her master’s thesis was consulting Johnson & Johnson on the prioritization of their philanthropic work to better align with their guiding principles and optimize their impact. She loves to travel, scuba dive, and spend time with her family. Katherine’s passion is to create a better future through the use of new technologies while promoting female entrepreneurship. 

Christina Noonan

 

Ms. Noonan is a Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Los Angeles office. She develops strategic real estate solutions for her clients by assessing the viability of lease negotiations, relocations, consolidations, dispositions, building sales and acquisition alternatives. Ms. Noonan brings more than two decades of experience to the corporate facilities planning and relocation process. Ms. Noonan was featured in “Southern California’s Most Powerful Real Estate Women” published by Real Estate Southern California and has been honored by Los Business Journal twice at their annual Women in Business Awards Ceremonial Gala. Ms. Noonan has been an honorary guest speaker for Californian Women Lead, and recognized as one of the most influential women in Los Angeles’ commercial real estate arena by Bisnow’s “Power Women”. 

Ms. Noonan takes pride in creating opportunities to resolve complex problems on behalf of her clients. In 2010, JLL selected her as an MVP for their Los Angeles office to acknowledge the revenue, team collaboration, branding, and recruiting efforts she provided to the firm. She has been honored as “Top Achiever” during her time with the Staubach Company and tenure at JLL. Furthermore, she won the Leadership Award while working at Cushman Realty.

Ms. Noonan is actively involved in business, civic and charitable communities. She is a member of Women’s Leadership Council, Marlborough’s Caswell Society, and Allen Matkin’s Women at the Top – Real Estate Roundtable. Ms. Noonan was commissioned by Mayor Villaraigosa to serve on the Los Angeles Convention Center Board and acted as President of the board from 2008-2010. 1 

In addition to serving in this capacity, she was appointed to The Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee for the City of Los Angeles, the board of LA, inc., and was actively engaged on the Mayor’s Trade Advisory Council to promote international business in Los Angeles. Thereafter, Ms. Noonan was nominated by Mayor Villaraigosa and appointed by Los Angeles’ City Council to serve on the five-person voting board of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”), the largest municipality in the nation that oversees a budget greater than that of The City of Los Angeles. In this capacity, Ms. Noonan also serves on LADWP’s Personnel, INYO and Investment Committees. Ms. Noonan was the only commissioner to be re-appointed to this board by Mayor Garcetti and is the longest serving commissioner in the history of LADWP. 

Organizations that help children succeed are a passion of Ms. Noonan. She has co-chaired the Environmental Committee of John Thomas Dye’s Parent Board and has mentored teens through the Fulfillment Fund organization. The last student she mentored was accepted to their first choice university on a full scholarship. Ms. Noonan also serves on the board of Artists for Trauma. 

Amanda Hill

 

Amanda has been a resident of Beverly Hills for over fifteen years. She is originally from Oklahoma and moved to Malibu to attend Pepperdine University. After graduating from Pepperdine with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Amanda received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. She was just twenty-three when she graduated from law school, having skipped two years of schooling during her education. 

As an attorney, Amanda has represented clients in the financial services industry on complex commercial matters, including litigation and contract negotiation. She has also practiced employment law. She is a prior member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. 

Amanda is also a real estate investor, having purchased her first rental property at the age of 25. She currently oversees a real estate portfolio primarily in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. 

Amanda and her husband have eight-year-old twins in third grade and a six-year-old kindergartener, all of whom attend school at Hawthorne Elementary School in Beverly Hills. In 2020 and 2021, Amanda was the children’s primary educator, while they were participating in remote learning due to COVID-19. Now that all three children are back at school in-person, Amanda has been helping to improve the school. Her family has been a substantial contributor to the Hawthorne PTA. Having noticed that Hawthorne needed the landscaping in front of the school refreshed, Amanda is currently managing and funding a landscaping transformation. 

Outside of work and family obligations, Amanda has engaged in numerous sports. Currently, she is taking tennis lessons at the Beverly Hills Tennis Center. 

Carrie Ucer 

Carrie Ucer has enjoyed an extensive career in real estate, finance and corporate sales. She is the founder of Califo Beverly Hills, a custom handbag business. Channelling her experience from working in the leather markets in Florence, Italy, Carrie started Califo with a dream and passion for design. She has sold bags all over the world, and is currently working on her new collection. 

In addition to her passion for handbags, Carrie devotes her time to charitable causes within the Beverly Hills Community and schools. Carrie and her husband, Emre, are parent advisors for Cedars Sinai Hospital. In 2020-21, Carrie was PTA president of Hawthorne Elementary School and the previous five years held executive board positions for both Hawthorne and El Rodeo Elementary Schools. Carrie has been on the Brentwood Country Club Children Committee, 

Fundraising and Gala Chair for Beverly Hills Presbyterian Preschool and helped raise over $100,000 for a new playground her first year. Carrie is proud to have been a board member and Gala Chair for the Amani Project, helping to bring music and empathy around the world alongside Lisa Ling, Roy Choi, Joe Hahn, Jiho Lee and Blaine Vess. Carrie loves to roll up her sleeves and work closely with any volunteer teams she involves herself with. 

When she is not working on handbags or volunteering, Carrie enjoys time with her husband, Emre, children, Sophia and Max and their goldendoodle, Lucy. Carrie loves hosting supper club events with friends, children’s parties in her backyard and spending time with family near and far. 

Carrie grew up in Los Angeles, attended John Thomas Dye, Westlake School for Girls, University High School and went on to graduate with a degree in English from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Brentwood Country Club, and a licensed Real Estate Agent in California. She speaks some Spanish, Italian, German and Turkish.