OUR board

Kelly Biren Atterton   Second generation Angeleno, Kelly Atterton, began volunteering as a teenager at MacLaren Hall, a now defunct, temporary housing facility for abused and neglected youth. Taught by her mother the importance of giving back, Kelly participated in a college pilot program at the Department of Children’s Services, working as a liaison between children and their attorneys. It was during her training that she met Dr. Heger, whose passion and devotion greatly influenced her.  After graduation Kelly moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. She spent two years working for Vanity Fair, while running the weekend playroom program at Memorial Sloan Kettering. A move back to L.A. found her working for Vogue, and then as the West Coast Editor at Allure, where she remained for almost two decades.  Currently, the Beauty Director at C Magazine, Kelly also works as a brand consultant, and is developing her own personal care line for teenagers.  In addition to being politically active, Kelly has been committed to HEART and VIP since the beginning, donating goods, time and resources. Kelly lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband Edward, and their children David, Piper and Rex.

Kelly Biren Atterton

Second generation Angeleno, Kelly Atterton, began volunteering as a teenager at MacLaren Hall, a now defunct, temporary housing facility for abused and neglected youth. Taught by her mother the importance of giving back, Kelly participated in a college pilot program at the Department of Children’s Services, working as a liaison between children and their attorneys. It was during her training that she met Dr. Heger, whose passion and devotion greatly influenced her.

After graduation Kelly moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. She spent two years working for Vanity Fair, while running the weekend playroom program at Memorial Sloan Kettering. A move back to L.A. found her working for Vogue, and then as the West Coast Editor at Allure, where she remained for almost two decades.

Currently, the Beauty Director at C Magazine, Kelly also works as a brand consultant, and is developing her own personal care line for teenagers.

In addition to being politically active, Kelly has been committed to HEART and VIP since the beginning, donating goods, time and resources. Kelly lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband Edward, and their children David, Piper and Rex.

Eve Somer Gerber   Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eve attended Crossroads School and University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Eve worked in film and television production before raising her three daughters Emma, Grace and Georgia. As a contributing editor at The Los Angeles Times Magazine Eve covered fashion and lifestyle and now consults for luxury and lifestyle brands. A devoted philanthropist, Eve works with several local charities including Lupus LA, The Painted Turtle Camp and The Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She is the co-founder and chair of HEART in support of The Violence Intervention Program and sits on the VIP Board of Directors.

Eve Somer Gerber

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eve attended Crossroads School and University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Eve worked in film and television production before raising her three daughters Emma, Grace and Georgia. As a contributing editor at The Los Angeles Times Magazine Eve covered fashion and lifestyle and now consults for luxury and lifestyle brands. A devoted philanthropist, Eve works with several local charities including Lupus LA, The Painted Turtle Camp and The Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She is the co-founder and chair of HEART in support of The Violence Intervention Program and sits on the VIP Board of Directors.

Mareva Marciano   Mareva Marciano was born and raised in Tahiti, a beautiful island in French Polynesia. She graduated from le Lycee du Taaone in Papeete and went on to attend the Chamber of Commerce where she received a degree in Economics and Social Studies. Shortly thereafter, Mareva left Tahiti to attend the University of Aix en Provence. In 1990 and 1991, Mareva was crowned Miss Tahiti and Miss France, giving her the opportunity to travel the world representing the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. That experience, as well as being raised in Tahiti, has grounded her in gratitude, something she practices daily. In 1993, Mareva made New York City her home where she worked as a model for several years. In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles to work in PR for the Tahiti Tourism Office.  Mareva credits her husband Paul, and a committed group of philanthropic women in Los Angeles, who inspired her to become involved with Safe at Home and join the board of HEART. Mareva has served and chaired on numerous committees at her children’s schools, The Center for Early Education and Harvard Westlake, but she has always been a fierce advocate for the women and children of her beloved country, Tahiti. Through the generosity of her amazing friends and the tireless support of her mentors, Dr. Heger and Ali Torre, Mareva will be opening the first Margaret’s Place in Tahiti in partnership with the Tahitian Government and the Lycee du Taaone.  Mareva lives in Los Angeles with her husband Paul and their lovely children, Ryan and Gia.

Mareva Marciano

Mareva Marciano was born and raised in Tahiti, a beautiful island in French Polynesia. She graduated from le Lycee du Taaone in Papeete and went on to attend the Chamber of Commerce where she received a degree in Economics and Social Studies. Shortly thereafter, Mareva left Tahiti to attend the University of Aix en Provence. In 1990 and 1991, Mareva was crowned Miss Tahiti and Miss France, giving her the opportunity to travel the world representing the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. That experience, as well as being raised in Tahiti, has grounded her in gratitude, something she practices daily. In 1993, Mareva made New York City her home where she worked as a model for several years. In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles to work in PR for the Tahiti Tourism Office.

Mareva credits her husband Paul, and a committed group of philanthropic women in Los Angeles, who inspired her to become involved with Safe at Home and join the board of HEART. Mareva has served and chaired on numerous committees at her children’s schools, The Center for Early Education and Harvard Westlake, but she has always been a fierce advocate for the women and children of her beloved country, Tahiti. Through the generosity of her amazing friends and the tireless support of her mentors, Dr. Heger and Ali Torre, Mareva will be opening the first Margaret’s Place in Tahiti in partnership with the Tahitian Government and the Lycee du Taaone.

Mareva lives in Los Angeles with her husband Paul and their lovely children, Ryan and Gia.

Patricia Gordon, M.D.   Patricia Gordon MD (Harvard ’78, UCLA School of Medicine ’82, Cedars-Sinai Internship ’84) has been a radiation oncologist for 28 years. For most of her career, she was a partner at Beverly Hills Radiation Oncology and served on the medical team at Beverly Hills Cancer Center. In August, 2014, she formally retired from clinical practice to lead CureCervicalCancer, an organization that has built over 25 sustainable clinics in Africa, Central America, Haiti, and Southeast Asia, focused on women’s health.

Patricia Gordon, M.D.

Patricia Gordon MD (Harvard ’78, UCLA School of Medicine ’82, Cedars-Sinai Internship ’84) has been a radiation oncologist for 28 years. For most of her career, she was a partner at Beverly Hills Radiation Oncology and served on the medical team at Beverly Hills Cancer Center. In August, 2014, she formally retired from clinical practice to lead CureCervicalCancer, an organization that has built over 25 sustainable clinics in Africa, Central America, Haiti, and Southeast Asia, focused on women’s health.

Astrid Heppenstall Heger, M.D.   Dr. Heger received her bachelor’s degree and M.D. from the University of Southern California. In 1984, she founded the Center for the Vulnerable Child (CVC) at LAC+USC Medical Center for the evaluation of child abuse, which would grow to become the multi-disciplinary, public-private partnership known as the Violence Intervention Program. Dr. Heger is the Executive Director of VIP, as well as a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and has extensive knowledge and background working with victims of violence. She is highly respected in government industry, is well versed on policy matters and is considered a world-renowned expert in the field of child sexual abuse and assault. She has received the President’s highest award for victim advocacy, and continues to be a powerful advocate for the rights of children and families impacted by violence.

Astrid Heppenstall Heger, M.D.

Dr. Heger received her bachelor’s degree and M.D. from the University of Southern California. In 1984, she founded the Center for the Vulnerable Child (CVC) at LAC+USC Medical Center for the evaluation of child abuse, which would grow to become the multi-disciplinary, public-private partnership known as the Violence Intervention Program. Dr. Heger is the Executive Director of VIP, as well as a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and has extensive knowledge and background working with victims of violence. She is highly respected in government industry, is well versed on policy matters and is considered a world-renowned expert in the field of child sexual abuse and assault. She has received the President’s highest award for victim advocacy, and continues to be a powerful advocate for the rights of children and families impacted by violence.

Ali Kay   Alison (“Ali”) Kay co-manages KIDS Capital, a long-biased and long-term-oriented, concentrated hedge fund based in Beverly Hills. She also publishes a monthly financial newsletter called “AK’s Memo”. Her deep-seated passion for children’s well-being and her belief in localized philanthropy underlie her personal mission to materially improve the lives of children in Los Angeles. Along with serving as a board member of H.E.A.R.T of V.I.P, Ali works as an “Angel” for Baby2Baby. Ali holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. She resides in Beverly Hills with her fiancé, Alex, her six year old son, Leon, and her teenage stepchildren, Tassilo and Talita.

Ali Kay

Alison (“Ali”) Kay co-manages KIDS Capital, a long-biased and long-term-oriented, concentrated hedge fund based in Beverly Hills. She also publishes a monthly financial newsletter called “AK’s Memo”. Her deep-seated passion for children’s well-being and her belief in localized philanthropy underlie her personal mission to materially improve the lives of children in Los Angeles. Along with serving as a board member of H.E.A.R.T of V.I.P, Ali works as an “Angel” for Baby2Baby. Ali holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. She resides in Beverly Hills with her fiancé, Alex, her six year old son, Leon, and her teenage stepchildren, Tassilo and Talita.

 
Fran Lasker   Francine Lasker is a New York native but has lived in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. Fran fell in love with Astrid Heger and became enthralled and consumed with her mission to serve the underserved. Fran has been a practicing psychotherapist for 30 years. Her work keeps her finger on the pulse of the emotional pain and the devastating effects that trauma and abuse have on ones ability to function and have a meaningful life. It is Astrid Heger’s ability to see every patient as a person that inspired Fran to join HEART. Fran has a fervent commitment to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. She started her career out as a ballet dancer and has been a life long member of the wellness community and the environmental movement. Fran has been married to husband John Lasker for almost 30 years and they have two daughters together, who are also involved in supporting HEART. Fran is a contributor is Huff Post and in her spare time plays with art and design.

Fran Lasker

Francine Lasker is a New York native but has lived in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. Fran fell in love with Astrid Heger and became enthralled and consumed with her mission to serve the underserved. Fran has been a practicing psychotherapist for 30 years. Her work keeps her finger on the pulse of the emotional pain and the devastating effects that trauma and abuse have on ones ability to function and have a meaningful life. It is Astrid Heger’s ability to see every patient as a person that inspired Fran to join HEART. Fran has a fervent commitment to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. She started her career out as a ballet dancer and has been a life long member of the wellness community and the environmental movement. Fran has been married to husband John Lasker for almost 30 years and they have two daughters together, who are also involved in supporting HEART. Fran is a contributor is Huff Post and in her spare time plays with art and design.

Alison Petrocelli   Alison Sanders Petrocelli is a board member of the Violence Intervention Program and H.E.A.R.T. After graduating with a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1992, Alison earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Southern California Law School and has been admitted to the California and USDC, Central District of California since 1998. Her early professional experience includes working as a financial analyst for Salomon Brothers Inc., a research assistant at RAND, and as a litigation associate at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg and Krupp LLP. Alison has always been a children’s rights advocate particularly after being a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit during law school in 1997 -1998. In addition to being a H.E.A.R.T. advisory board member since 2003 and a VIP board member since 2015, Alison is a board member of the Safe at Home Foundation founded by Joe Torre to end the cycle of domestic violence. Alison is married to Daniel Petrocelli and has two children, Anna and Sammy.

Alison Petrocelli

Alison Sanders Petrocelli is a board member of the Violence Intervention Program and H.E.A.R.T. After graduating with a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1992, Alison earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Southern California Law School and has been admitted to the California and USDC, Central District of California since 1998. Her early professional experience includes working as a financial analyst for Salomon Brothers Inc., a research assistant at RAND, and as a litigation associate at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg and Krupp LLP. Alison has always been a children’s rights advocate particularly after being a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit during law school in 1997 -1998. In addition to being a H.E.A.R.T. advisory board member since 2003 and a VIP board member since 2015, Alison is a board member of the Safe at Home Foundation founded by Joe Torre to end the cycle of domestic violence. Alison is married to Daniel Petrocelli and has two children, Anna and Sammy.

Shiva Rose   Shiva Rose is the creator of the holistic lifestyle site, The Local Rose. After overcoming life threatening auto-immune conditions, Shiva began to walk the path of holistic living. The Local Rose was born out of a desire to celebrate authentic, healthy living without sacrificing taste and glamour. Shiva created a non-toxic, skin care line that brings luminosity and beauty to the skin and soul while supporting the environment. She lives in the Santa Monica Mountains with her daughters, honey bees, chickens, shepherd and cat. They raise most of their own food and try to live in harmony with mama earth.  Shiva has appeared in various magazines like Vogue, Lucky, C magazine and more and she is currently working on a book on natural beauty.

Shiva Rose

Shiva Rose is the creator of the holistic lifestyle site, The Local Rose. After overcoming life threatening auto-immune conditions, Shiva began to walk the path of holistic living. The Local Rose was born out of a desire to celebrate authentic, healthy living without sacrificing taste and glamour. Shiva created a non-toxic, skin care line that brings luminosity and beauty to the skin and soul while supporting the environment. She lives in the Santa Monica Mountains with her daughters, honey bees, chickens, shepherd and cat. They raise most of their own food and try to live in harmony with mama earth.

Shiva has appeared in various magazines like Vogue, Lucky, C magazine and more and she is currently working on a book on natural beauty.

Linda Bernstein Rubin   Linda Bernstein Rubin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of VIP Board of Directors as well as on H.E.A.R.T.’s Advisory Board. She is on the Board of the Geffen Theatre and co-produced “Ruth Draper’s Women” starring Annette Bening as well as co-produces their annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraisers.  Linda is on the Board of Councilors of USCDA., is a founding member of The Everychild Foundation, a Trustee of the Washington Institute, and has been a longtime supporter of The Friends of the Israel Defense Force (FIDF), of which her husband Tony is President of the Western Region Los Angeles Chapter.  Linda has appeared On Broadway, off Broadway, in Films and TV as well as having produced theatre, most recently on Broadway for the 2018 Tony Award winning revival of “Angels in America. Linda and Tony have two children Jacob and Gena.

Linda Bernstein Rubin

Linda Bernstein Rubin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of VIP Board of Directors as well as on H.E.A.R.T.’s Advisory Board. She is on the Board of the Geffen Theatre and co-produced “Ruth Draper’s Women” starring Annette Bening as well as co-produces their annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraisers.

Linda is on the Board of Councilors of USCDA., is a founding member of The Everychild Foundation, a Trustee of the Washington Institute, and has been a longtime supporter of The Friends of the Israel Defense Force (FIDF), of which her husband Tony is President of the Western Region Los Angeles Chapter.

Linda has appeared On Broadway, off Broadway, in Films and TV as well as having produced theatre, most recently on Broadway for the 2018 Tony Award winning revival of “Angels in America. Linda and Tony have two children Jacob and Gena.

Tawny Sanders   Tawny Sanders has served on several non-profit boards in the Los Angeles Area, including as a founding member of the Everychild Foundation. She was introduced to VIP in 2002 and helped establish their Sanders Family Activity Center as well as contributed to the renovation of their main building. She is also a founding member of HEART and looks forward to contributing to its growth as a new board member.

Tawny Sanders

Tawny Sanders has served on several non-profit boards in the Los Angeles Area, including as a founding member of the Everychild Foundation. She was introduced to VIP in 2002 and helped establish their Sanders Family Activity Center as well as contributed to the renovation of their main building. She is also a founding member of HEART and looks forward to contributing to its growth as a new board member.

Molly Isaksen Sures   Los Angeles native Molly Isaksen began her career in fashion. After several years working with Ron Herman, one of L.A.’s most iconic clothing stores, Molly designed a line of women’s ready-to-wear. A brief stint in styling lead to the launch of her design firm Molly Isaksen Interiors Inc. in 2000. Molly’s international design portfolio includes residential and commercial design projects in Los Angeles, New York, London and Holland. Her work has been featured in many notable publications including Vogue, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, C Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country and Super Yacht World.  A long time children’s advocate, Molly has been involved with The Violence Intervention Program for over twenty years and has been on the board of HEART since it’s inception. She is also a member of C.H.I.P.S. the Los Angeles organization that supports Children’s Institute, Inc.  Today Molly lives in Brentwood with her husband Jay Sures, daughter Catherine and step-daughters Emily and Claire.

Molly Isaksen Sures

Los Angeles native Molly Isaksen began her career in fashion. After several years working with Ron Herman, one of L.A.’s most iconic clothing stores, Molly designed a line of women’s ready-to-wear. A brief stint in styling lead to the launch of her design firm Molly Isaksen Interiors Inc. in 2000. Molly’s international design portfolio includes residential and commercial design projects in Los Angeles, New York, London and Holland. Her work has been featured in many notable publications including Vogue, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, C Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country and Super Yacht World.

A long time children’s advocate, Molly has been involved with The Violence Intervention Program for over twenty years and has been on the board of HEART since it’s inception. She is also a member of C.H.I.P.S. the Los Angeles organization that supports Children’s Institute, Inc.

Today Molly lives in Brentwood with her husband Jay Sures, daughter Catherine and step-daughters Emily and Claire.

 
Gillian Wynn   Gillian Wynn has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. She is a mother to four children, ages 13 to 20. Her son, Asher, serves on the board of Heartbeats, the youth fundraising organization that supports the work of VIP. Gillian is an active philanthropist and serves on the board Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as the Leadership Council for Conservation International. Professionally, Gillian is the co-founder and CEO of Julie Simon Cakes, creators of luxury bespoke cakes based in Los Angeles.

Gillian Wynn

Gillian Wynn has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. She is a mother to four children, ages 13 to 20. Her son, Asher, serves on the board of Heartbeats, the youth fundraising organization that supports the work of VIP. Gillian is an active philanthropist and serves on the board Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as the Leadership Council for Conservation International. Professionally, Gillian is the co-founder and CEO of Julie Simon Cakes, creators of luxury bespoke cakes based in Los Angeles.

Jessica Capshaw Gavigan   Coming Soon.

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Kelly Egarian   Coming Soon.

Kelly Egarian

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