Meet Our Board Members

Leadership Stories

Margaret Alvarez

“What an honor to serve as co-President this year with Suzanne during such an exciting time of fundraising and building renovation. This year’s Board includes a terrific group of women who are intent on making a difference in our Club and community.  My goals in joining the Neptunian Woman’s Club were to become more connected within the community and meet new people – mission accomplished and more!”

Suzanne Sharer

“I love that over the past five years, we’ve grown to be a group of powerful, diverse women who are making a big impact on the South Bay! I came to a meeting to explore new opportunities and met a member that I really liked, so I decided to join. Now, I can’t stop recruiting new people! I really think the Neptunian Woman’s Club offers an opportunity for people to give as much time as they’re comfortable, that really offers such great rewards. There are new faces at every meeting, and our community donors have increased giving in such a big way, and that shows me we are nurturing a real influence.”

Linda Merlo

Past President
“When I moved to Manhattan Beach six years ago, my friend Grace invited me to a Neptunian monthly luncheon. With over 20 years of volunteering for Non-profits, I was very impressed with the clubs rich history and the diverse group of women who share my philanthropic passion.  I am honored to serve as Past President and look forward to working with the leadership and the associates this year. ”

Board Member: Kendra Millard

Kendra Millard

Co-Vice President Asset Management

“When I relocated from Chicago to the South Bay, I was interested in philanthropic work and the Neptunians were a perfect fit for my lifestyle. I love the sense of community; there are many activities and events available to you regardless of your age. I have a two year old daughter who is learning and exploring daily and I enjoy being able to support my community without missing a moment of her development!”

Nicole Fitzgerald

Co-Vice President Asset Management

“I joined the Neptunian’s to share my passion of philanthropy and celebrate community with an amazing group of women. The club was founded by tenacious and strong willed women, who created a legacy of doing good. The clubhouse renovation focus for me is to keep the founding women’s legacy alive for years to come and to increase our philanthropic impact back into the community. ”

Jill Brunkhardt

Vice President of Fundraising

“I grew up in the South Bay, I love the people and laid back lifestyle. I work in the community, and it’s important to me to make the world a better place for my children, Dylan and Bailee. Being a part of the Neptunian Woman’s Club is a special part of that – it feels like a sorority to me! All lovely ladies, that are smart, loving and giving.”

Terri Premeaux

Vice President of Membership

“After retiring from a 32 year career in corporate America I was searching for a way to give back to my community. I was invited by a friend to attend a luncheon. I enjoyed the luncheon but more importantly I respected the rich history and their support for educational scholarships. The thought of helping a child further his or her higher educational goals sold me on The Neptunian Woman’s philanthropic organization. I since have met amazing woman from all walks of life and age groups. They are now some of my best friends. Giving back to a community that has been so good to me and my family warms my heart. My children, Kelsi and Lexi are the light of my life and I will continue to mentor them by teaching them to become philanthropic minded and active in their communities.”

Susan Warshaw

Vice President Philanthropies

“For me, the fun part of the Neptunian Woman’s Club is the coming together of a wide variety of women who share a love of our community. The original members helped found the city and its schools, and since then, women have joined in helping where help is needed, in taking care of one another, and in demonstrating in so many other ways just how important community is. I’m really proud that we have a legacy and that we continue to build on that. It’s part of why our community functions so well and is a great place to live. What we give to the club pays back in immeasurable ways.”

Tricia Courtney

Club House Rentals

“I joined the Neptunian Woman’s Club to be a part of something lasting and special in our community.  I wanted to get more involved since my kids are grown and I have more time now.  Being Rentals Chair means I get to share our wonderful club with people celebrating milestones in their lives.  At the same time, we are raising money for the club and creating a place where people from our community can come together and meet. I get to be part of this amazing legacy and spend time with some amazing women.”

Dean Tatum

Financial Secretary

“Being a part of the Neptunian Woman’s Club helps me to feel connected to the community by raising money for scholarships and improving lives. My children and their successes make me smile, and being a part of that for other families is very special to me.”

Board: Susan Howard

Susan Howard


“After moving to the South Bay from Northern California, I feel fortunate to have found the Neptunian Woman’s Club. It has been a great way to meet people and give back to a community I now call home. I find all the NWC ladies to be amazing and feel so grateful to be a part of this wonderful group that gives back to various communities, supporting numerous charities and raising funds for high school students.”

Sharon Soo


“When I moved to the South Bay from HK three years ago, everything was so alien to me. I had no friends, no social support system and no idea where to start. My neighbor, a Neptunian, felt it would be a good idea for me to come with her to one of the meetings, “just to see”, she said. I am by nature introverted so it was all a bit intimidating at first. But the warmth, support and encouragement you receive from the women at the club just draws you in. I feel very fortunate to have met so many terrific women mentors through the philanthropic work we do, and am grateful for the friends I’ve made through the club. Here’s to many more years as a Neptunian!”

Board: Jan Little

Jane Little


“I joined the Neptunian Woman’s Club to make new friends, and found joy helping the South Bay community while in the company of these great women. I like our broad outreach to help other women and children, as well as our fundraising for scholarships. I received women’s club scholarships for college – I know how impactful it feels, not only financially, but emotionally, to receive local support. For more than 100 years, the NWC has made a difference. I’m glad to be a contributor.”

Jan Franklin

Recording Secretary

“Joining the Neptunian Women’s club has been a great experience for me. I have made friends, had fun, and volunteered for many worthy causes that benefit the local community. I love to see this great group of women pull together every month helping others in our community. Many of the volunteer activities are actually great fun; buying stuffed animals for homeless children, adopting a family at Christmas, buying back to school items (now that my kids are grown) and the Chili Cook Off benefiting Burn Victims. All of these activities are fun and I feel good about the difference these small actions make for our community.”

Trish Anderson


“I thought it would be a lot of fun to join the Neptunian Women’s Club so I could meet these terrific women in our community and have lunch with them every month.   I had been a Financial Consultant before retiring and traveled extensively, so I had not had good opportunities to meet many women in our community.  I also wanted to be able to give back to the community, especially in education, and found that NWC through the scholarship program and our other Philanthropy that need was met.”

Christine Cronin-Hurst


Patti Mahoney

Corresponding Secretary

“My first Neptunian meeting was with a friend whose mom had been a member for many years. The club was just beginning to experience a growth spurt, and I remember being surprised running into women from different parts of my life. These ladies all seemed to have the same goal in mind which was to work together to enhance our community, be philanthropic and to enjoy each other’s company while achieving this. Every month there were new opportunities to give back and the chance to decide which of these fit in your schedule. I have always been grateful that I attended that first meeting and decided to join.”


Kim Salzer


“I lived in Manhattan Beach in the early-to-mid 90’s before I moved to San Francisco, where I met my husband. When we moved back to LA in 2004, I told him the South Bay is the only place I wanted to be. We have never looked back, and I even went so far as to commute weekly to SF for a year a half vs. moving back up there. The South Bay is in my soul and I continuously look for ways to get involved in the community and meet a wide variety of people. And, since I work full-time in DTLA, I like to keep connected to my home community in ways that fit my schedule. The Neptunian Woman’s Club fills those goals perfectly. I’ve met such amazing women and the Club does so many amazing things for the community, that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help build awareness of all the great Club events and philanthropic efforts.”


Mary Chieffe

Newsletter & Directory

“Neptunian Woman’s Club is the first organization I joined when relocating from Ohio to the South Bay two years ago. It’s been a great way to discover local history, learn about area organizations that provide assistance to people in need, and get involved with an energetic group of women who work to better our community. Becoming active with the NWC Hiking Group has given me the opportunity to visit a variety of California landscapes with friends, and attending the diverse fundraising events has been an eye opening way to serve worthwhile causes. I’m especially looking forward to the coming year with all the exciting changes for our club, it’s members and the surrounding communities.”

Bryanne Lawless


Jane Franklin



Betty Herring


“For over 40 yrs. Manhattan Beach has been my home. During this time I have supported and continue to participate in community service and philanthropic organizations such as Sandpipers, Community Emergency Response Team, Neighborhood Watch, Leadership Manhattan Beach now our Neptunian Woman’s Club. Each is really just wonderful people dedicated to our great little city and it’s residents.

I joined NWC in 2008 because of it’s long history as a leading contributor to what Manhattan Beach stands for— the place we love. The friendships I have made, the fun I have had and the involvements in our community are priceless. I don’t know one of our club associates who is not totally dedicated to the organization and it’s goals. There is something for everyone in how their interests and talents shine through to help our community. I love being part of NWC.”

Kashi Walmer

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Heather de Roos

Website Editor