Joy Dittberner, Executive Director Laguna Dance Festival, moved to Laguna Beach in 1999 with her husband Tom and quickly became involved in the community. For eight years she served on the Board of Friendship Shelter, a homeless shelter for adults. She spent a year as a docent at the Marine Mammal Center sharing all she knows about pinnipeds with visitors. Joy functioned as Volunteer Coordinator for the Laguna Dance Festival for four years prior to joining the board. Joy brings more than twenty years of experience in business development, marketing, sales and professional relations working in the pharmaceutical industry to the table. She loves yoga, travel, hiking and scuba diving. She is excited and honored to be involved with the Festival as it continues to bring world class dance to Laguna Beach. She is a graduate of UCSB in biology and earned an MBA from the University of Utah.
Interviewed by Leah Vasquez, Membership Chair
Welcome RENA KONHEIM
After attending the Laguna Beach AAUW Poetry Appreciation group as a visitor for many years, Rena Konheim and her husband Jon permanently moved to Laguna Woods four years ago and is now able to participate in more branch activities. Rena attended Penn State University receiving a B.A in Comparative Religion and Speech. She is the owner of R B Saffren Design consulting on room planning, downsizing and all aspects of Interior Design as well as development of a Graphic Design specialty creating original book covers for California authors. She also volunteers for the Laguna Hills-Saddleback Group of Hadassah and is currently serving as Ways and Means Vice President. We are fortunate to have another talented and experienced woman adding to the conversations, diversity and varied interests that continue to attract others to our branch.
LCAD’s AAUW College/University Partner
LCAD Director of Career Services
BA in Education, University of Massachusetts
Robin Fuld grew up in Massachusetts on Cape Cod with a love for summer and art inspiring her to head west for year-round sunshine in an arts community. After a 22 year career in the visual arts, with extensive experience in corporate and residential art consulting and in gallery management working in cities noted for art, such as Vail, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Laguna Beach, Robin became Laguna College of Art + Design’s Director of Career Services. At LCAD she seeks employment opportunities for students, graduates and alumni and teaches Professional Practices. Robin is a past president and current board member of Laguna’s First Thursdays Art Walk and created the first fine art student mentoring program effectively partnering Laguna Beach galleries to mentor senior LCAD students. She also gives her time to other nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching people’s lives through promoting art education and appreciation. With a bubbly and gracious personality and a deep passion for arts and education, she adds the “A” into STEM creating STEAM, nurturing the next generation of creative professional women.
To personally welcome Robin, use her contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or LCAD Career Services (949) 376-6000 ext. 255
by Member Profiles Editor: Leah Vasquez
Long-time Laguna Beach resident Linda Young joined AAUW in 2015. Her passion: continuing to learn and find new challenges. She is a world traveler, family therapist, and art enthusiast, reflected by her contemporary art collection housed in an iconic modern home designed by Chris Abel.
While still a student at the University of Illinois she began traveling and recalls her exposure to the work of American abstract expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler, saying, “ It left a lasting impression …” Following graduation with her continuing interest in the arts, Linda lived in Chicago attending art lectures at the University of Chicago and after at UCLA and UCI . She became involved with the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach in the Sales and Rental Gallery working with volunteers and chief curator of exhibitions, Paul Schimmel, learning about art selection and installation. She returned to graduate school receiving her masters in psychology. In keeping with her interests, she and her late husband, Doctor Jay Young, lived for several years in Germany traveling extensively in Eastern and Western Europe and later, throughout Asia, South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands. As a therapist she volunteers in a clinic where she continues to learn more about her field.
Interviewed by Leah Vasquez