Our Team

President’s Message

Welcome to The Ebell of Los Angeles. I am honored to serve as the 65th Board President. Thank you to my predecessors and to all who have worked tirelessly these past two years to keep us safe and strong.

The Ebell has been empowering women and serving the Los Angeles community since 1894.  While much change has occurred during the past 100 years, we remain true to our original commitment to education, culture, and civic engagement.  Through earthquakes, depressions, world wars, and pandemics, we have withstood the test of time.  We have always found a way.

Our survival is testimony to a passionate and committed membership and a dedicated staff.  We are a group of bold women, and a few men, of various ages, backgrounds, professions, and ethnicities, embracing each other, working together and persevering to build a better world.

Shuttered during much of 2020 and 2021, the doors of our historic 75,000 square foot, Italian Renaissance clubhouse are back open, and our campus is once again humming with activity.

Our future is strong like the women behind us. The next two years will be a time of healing, recovery and of growth.  We will focus on expanding and engaging our membership, building community through robust programming and partnerships, preserving our assets, diversifying our revenues, and strengthening our governing structures.

I invite you to visit us and become part of our extraordinary community of women. Check out our website or contact me directly to learn more about our history, programs, and volunteer opportunities.

Thank you again for this opportunity.

Laurie Schechter

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Randi Jones, Vice-President

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Stacy Brightman, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Laurie Schechter
President

Randi Jones
Vice-President

Donna Russell
Treasurer

J. Lee Braly
Secretary

Madelyn Murray
Director of Finance

Phyllis Hansen
Director of Programs

Lizzie Blatt
Director of Publications

Denise Parga
Director of Historic Collections

Christy McAvoy
Director of House, Theatre & Grounds

Julie Barkan
Director of Rest Cottage Association

Anne Lynch
Director of Scholarship

LaToya Hearns
Director of Membership

Liza Ameen
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Janis Barquist
Director of Governance

Fran Varga
Director of Development

Staff

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Tommy Bellissimo
Executive Chef
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 Anessa Birkemeier
Director of Special Events
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Duane Davidson
Banquet Manager
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Meredyth Deighton
Director of Membership & Programming
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Erika Newman
Theatre Business Manager
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Rony Rosenbaum
Director of Human Resources
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Matthew Schroeder
Director of Production
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Alex Sierra
Bar Manager & Mixologist

Julia Soto
Director of Graphics & Data Systems
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Lorraine Bautista
Administrative Assistant
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Taylor Coutcher
Theatre Business Associate

Clovis El-Khazen
Production Coordinator
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Bre Flores
Special Events Coordinator
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Alexis Hernandez
Special Events Coordinator & Filming
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Maila Klein
Payroll Specialist
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Katie Mastores
Senior Events Coordinator
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Marsha Rosales
Graphic Design & Social Media Coordinator
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Greg Sidnam
Project Production Manager

Hailey Simmons
Membership & Development Assistant
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Peter Sullivan
Filming Coordinator
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Thanh Tran
Special Events Assistant
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Yulita  Zavada
Senior Events Coordinator
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Facilities Team

Gladys Gaona
Facilities Manager

Sal Mejia-Contreras
Lead

Sonia Barragan
Yesenia Medina
Arnulfo Mejia
Marvin Perez
Edgar Reyes