Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles

Meet the Board Members 2018-2019

Kari Staine ’02 is a Business Analyst in the IT-Financial Services industry. She first joined the board because she was excited at the opportunity to participate in a group affiliated with Stanford. Over the past several years she has enjoyed connection with and befriending a variety of Stanford alumni whom she would not know otherwise. She has also enjoyed exploring different parts of the city through planning programs.

Past President & Social Media Chair
Melissa Hsiao ’11 is the Director of Account Management at an ad tech company, strategizing and executing on department-level goals such as churn reduction and revenue growth. She was drawn to digital advertising due to its dynamic and fast-paced nature. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys playing piano and going to the symphony as a lover of classical music. She is also an avid tennis player so she can often be found on the tennis court on the weekend. Other activities Melissa enjoys include visiting museums, painting, and reading novels. She joined the SPWLA board to help connect and empower Stanford women through the broad range of events that SPWLA organizes, from networking mixers to professional development workshops to cultural affairs.

Programs Committee
Marjorie Soto ’09 is an attorney specializing in labor and employment law. She is very active with local volunteer and service efforts. She enjoys running, attending concerts, and traveling. She is excited about meeting Stanford professionals doing wonderful things, and hopes to find opportunities for mentorship and guidance.

Kayla Williams ’13, MA ’13 is a Product Marketing Manager for an SF-based tech company, and currently works from home full-time at her apartment in Silver Lake. She’s worked across B2B and Consumer product companies, with an emphasis on messaging and storytelling at each stage of the user-lifecycle. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys baking, hiking and going to the beach. She also used to be a women’s stylist, so she’s always up for a shopping trip! She joined the SPWLA board to empower women, and help them feel more connected to the LA community.

Treasurer & Programs Committee
Phyllis Michaels ’71 is a retired corporate trainer for an insurance company in Woodland Hills. She has also worked as claims supervisor and manager. She enjoys walking, hiking, gardening, reading, going to concerts and live theater, traveling, and taking life-long learning classes. She helped with the newsletter in the early 2000s as a member on the Board as well. She really enjoys working with the Board and helping SPWLA to thrive!

Membership: This position is open.
Maintains a current list, with current email addresses, of every SPWLA member. This list will be used for emailing members. Prepares membership outreach activities as suggested by the Board. Provides information to Board Members, as needed, regarding the membership roster, e.g., number, residence/business locations of members, etc. Participates in board meetings, SPWLA events, etc. Tracks membership through the Stanford Alumni Association platform. Provides membership list to the Newsletter Editor every month for the newsletter. Voting member of the board. If you are interested, please contact our President, Kari Staine ’02.

Hospitality: This position is open.
Tracks registration (and payments) for all SPWLA events. Responds to questions (primarily via email) regarding all SPWLA events. Checks in attendees and takes photos at SPWLA events. Provides a list of attendees via email to Stanford Alumni Association and board members. Voting member of the board. If you are interested, please contact our President, Kari Staine ’02.

Newsletter & Web Communications
Trisha Manaka MA ’10 is an elementary school teacher, who enjoys running and yoga. She discovered meditation through one of the events that SPWLA organized and is working on practicing daily meditation. She joined SPWLA with hopes of helping connect Stanford alumni in the Los Angeles area!

Jacki Williams-Jones ’76, MA ’77 is a French teacher and a Rodan+Fields skincare consultant. She has been teaching French for over 40 years both in the classroom and as a tutor. She loves teaching French; her love of travel leads her to voyage to France and other places with her (adult or student) groups and sometimes without! Each year, she and her husband Michael Jones travel to an out-of-state Stanford Cardinal football game with a group of former Band members, and somewhere in there they also indulge in their love of wine and gastronomy. Jacki joined the Board in 2000 when she was recruited by former SPWLA member and Board president Michele Judd. Jacki has also previously held the position of President.

Student Relations Liaison
Carrie Kim ’86 has worked in the real estate development industry for more than 25 years, working for an individual developer and consultant, mainly in the Malibu area. As does anyone who works in a very small company, she wears a lot of hats. She also works as a realtor and helps her husband with his land surveying business. Additionally, she has a micro strength training business that she wants to do more with. Her hobbies include listening to live music, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Her husband and boys are pretty active, so a lot of their recent vacations have involved scuba diving and skiing. Since her boys have gotten older, she and her husband have been able to attend more concerts and even music festivals, which they really enjoy. She also loves to drink coffee and wine with her friends! When she started attending SPWLA events years ago (before she had children, so about 20 years ago), there was a call for help on the board, and she started by working in Programs, Hospitality and Membership, and then as Student Relations Liaison. At one point several years ago when she was getting very busy volunteering with her kids’ school and other activities, she resigned from the Board, but then came back when the person who was going to fill the position was unable to, and after that she just stayed on as Student Relations Liaison. It keeps her connected to Stanford and to all of the really great women in SPWLA!Student Relations Liaison

Information Resources
Lisa Clark ’86 is the Director of Marketing for The Wine House, an independent, family-owned store that sells wine, spirits and beer. The Wine House has a large store in West LA, and an internet site with thousands of wines (as well as many spirits and beers). Lisa looks after the website, email campaigns and the impact of new digital technologies on selling wines. She loves food, wine, and travel. Over a decade ago, she started a cooking club that meets monthly – they have cooked meals from cuisines all over the world! She loves her “gadgets” and she loves to combine her love of food and wine with travel. She loves the great outdoors, and the majestic beauty of the natural world fills her with awe. She wanted to connect with a group of interesting, motivated women, and as she enjoyed the SPWLA events she attended, she decided that getting more involved was a great step. She has met so many wonderful women serving on the Board!