About Us


YWCA Santa Monica / Westside staff is hard working, well educated and deeply committed to social service and the Mission of the YWCA. Each individual is uniquely qualified for his/her position and all of our programs benefit from staff experience and diversity.

Board of Directors

The YWCA Santa Monica / Westside Board of Directors comprises corporate and community leaders who are dedicated to the Mission of the organization and committed to achieving its goals through guided service delivery and implementation of the YWCA Strategic Plan. As volunteers, each member provides professional knowledge, hands-on assistance, community contacts, and financial support by serving on Board committees, participating in special events, and assisting with the launch of new programs.

Barbara Flammang, President (Managing Partner, Killefer Flammang Architects)

Judy Spiegel, Secretary (Consulting for a Change)

Barbara Whittenburg, Treasurer

Helene DesRuisseaux,  Immediate Past President, Governance Committee Chair

Katharine Carpenter (Chief Administrative Officer, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital)

Aileen Cooke

Dixie Mills (Medical Director, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation)

Melissa Pennington, Financial Development Committee Chair

Anne-Marie Spataru (Director, Administration – UCLA Capital Programs)

Mary Tower, Program Committee Chair  (President, Pfaffinger Foundation)

Julia Miele, YWCA Executive Director (staff representative)

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