Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles

Meet the Board Members 2019-2020

Liz Melton ’13 MS ’14 has worked in technology her whole career. She started out in Salesforce consulting, transitioned to data analytics in healthcare, and then managed enterprise application implementation projects. Currently, Liz is a Product Strategy Associate for an accounting software in Woodland Hills. In her new strategy role, she looks forward to developing her “big picture” thinking skills and learning about the economics of public companies. Outside of work, Liz enjoys reading and writing. She is a freelance technology writer on topics like big data warehouses, lean integration, and business intelligence. Liz grew up as a competitive figure skater for 12 years, so loves working up a sweat. In her free time, she runs, hikes, and dances. Liz joined SPWLA because she believes that the group exposes young women alums to an incredible set of role models and peers. She is passionate about cultivating SPWLA and watching it grow!

Past President & Programs Committee
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.

Programs Committee

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.

Christina Tusan ’94 graduated from Stanford in 1994 with a Political Science Degree and then attended law school at U.S.C.  After spending some time in private practice, she began working as a prosecutor litigating cases involving unfair business practices and false advertising. She has worked for the California Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and is currently supervising the Consumer and Workplace Protection Unit for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She has settled and litigated cases on behalf of consumers that have resulted in settlements or judgments of over $641,000,000.  Most recently, she settled a case involving allegations that a prenatal vitamin company engaged in false advertising about the lead content in those vitamins. She is married and has two boys who are 10 and 12 years old.

Kayla Franklin ’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!

Deborah Camiel ’88, MA ’88

Jacqueline Malafa ’06 is business counsel for a healthcare company. She enjoys traveling, hiking and cycling. Although she’s a Southern California native, she moved away in the Fall of 2008 (to New York City, then Dallas). She’s thrilled to have finally made her way back to LA and is looking forward to contributing to SPWLA and connecting with new people.

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!

Joyce Truong ’11, MS ’11

Social Media Chair
Mika Eddy ’11 has spent the last 8 years in healthcare and lifesciences, first as a management consultant focused on lifesciences at LEK Consulting, then as Director of BD and Partnerships at a Rock Health startup building a cloud-based medical imaging platform and, most recently, as CEO of DeciBio Analytics, a spinout of boutique precision medicine firm DeciBio Consulting. Mika was raised in Tokyo, Japan and has lived in Germany, Thailand and China, where she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar evaluating quality of care in rural and urban clinics. She graduated with a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is committed to improving access and delivery of care through scalable low-cost and low-tech innovation. In addition, she enjoys hiking, water activities and hanging out with her little Jack Russell mix, Taro. She believes women are the future and wants to play a role in connecting and accelerating women in L.A., and so joined SPWLA.

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!

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!

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.