Board of Directors
OUR BOARD, IS A GROUP OF LIKE MINDED, PASSIONATE WOMEN WHO WANT
TO GIVE BACK . EACH OF US HAS CHANGED AND IMPROVED OUR OWN LIVES
BECAUSE WE SOUGHT OUT THE TOOLS WE NEEDED TO MOVE AHEAD.
WE ALL WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD.
WE WORK WITH SMALL ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS AND CLINICS.
EACH OF THEM, AS PART OF THEIR VISION, GIVES A HAND UP TO THOSE WHO
WILL COME BEHIND. THEY ARE A VERY DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN AND
CHILDREN SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE WORLD.
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mary retired from Starbucks in 2005. After 35 years of pioneering a place for women in coffee at the trading table and at the cupping table.
During her extensive traveling through the coffee producing/developing countries around the world, Mary saw that a need for greater education efforts existed at all levels and a significant amount more healthcare was desperately needed everywhere she traveled. Women and children were particularly overlooked by the governments. After witnessing pilot programs for farm schools and farm clinics working successfully in the places where people actually lived and work Mary was inspired. Mary was prompted to start the Lacewing Foundation. So Beginning in 2004, with a vision of helping women and children have access to healthcare and education, Lacewing began making grants.
Today Mary is Chairwoman of the board of Lacewing Foundation and President of MJW Consulting, a coffee quality and operations consulting company. Mary is an owner of a working coffee farm called Las Nubes in Guatamela.
Mary also serves on the board of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research and her Master’s from Beacon College.
President of DJW LLC, founded the company in 2006, which provides senior-level advice on retail replication and strategy. Prior to this venture, Deidra was a senior operations executive at Starbucks Coffee Company from 1992 – 2006. She has also held senior-level positions at Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. She is majority owner of Sakura Ridge, organic farm and bed and breakfast in Hood River, Oregon.
Deidra is a major contributor and member of the Board of Directors of The Lacewing Foundation. She is also on the boards of CARE USA, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School. She currently is a member of the Governing Council of IFMR Trust, based in Chennai, India.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Formerly with Starbucks Coffee Company, Angela held senior-level retail positions at Starbucks from 1993 – 2009. She also held various positions at La Petite Boulangerie, Watermark and The Nature Company. Angela is a founding committee member of the Starbucks Grants for Giving Program, which supported programs designed to build better futures for youth and families in Northern California. In addition to being a member of The Lacewing Foundation, Angela is a board member for Nurturing Minds, which raises funds and provides technical expertise for the development of the SEGA Girls’ School in Tanzania. She also volunteers at The Crossroads, a non profit organization that reaches out to homeless youth and young adults on the streets of San Francisco. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a California teaching credential at San Francisco State University.
President and CEO of W Communications, founded the strategic communications consulting firm in 2006. W Communications provides innovative communications counsel, strategy development and execution in the areas of brand management, corporate reputation management, and public relations. She has held senior-level positions, not only at Starbucks from 1995 – 2006 and 2008, but also for DuPont and Dow Chemical. She is one of the producers of the New York Broadway musical, “Memphis” and “Come From Away”, and is one of the former owners of the NBA Supersonics and WNBA Storm. In addition to being on the board of The Lacewing Foundation, she is past president of the 5th Avenue Theatre board in Seattle, WA and supports numerous other philanthropic organizations.
Wanda earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism from Michigan State University.
After careers in mortgage finance management and international travel consultancy, Laura volunteers her time to philanthropic pursuits that further the arts, education, and life recovery services globally.
In addition to being a member of The Lacewing Foundation’s board she sits on the board of trustees at the Laguna College of Art and Design, on the Collections Committee at the Laguna Art Museum and on major fundraising event committees. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Humanities, Laura has continued to enjoy her passion for her studies through her volunteer affiliations. She and her husband, Louis, make their home in Laguna Beach, California.
Lynn Behar, PhD, MSW, is a oncology social worker with 33 years of clinical experience, has been faculty at University of Washington School of Social Work, and is now semi-retired. In 2005, she developed a program for master’s level students focused on oncology and palliative care work. There are now 95 graduates of this program, named after Lynn’s mother. She also endowed a professorship and created a research arm of the program which has now become the new UW SSW Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work, a first in the country. She is also the co-chair of the UW SSW Campaign Leadership Committee. In 2015, she and two other Oncology Social Workers published the first Handbook of Oncology Social Work through Oxford Press. Passion for people who fall through the cracks financially while having cancer treatment, Lynn started Patient Assistance Fund at Cancer Lifeline, a Seattle, WA, psychosocial program for people living with cancer. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Cancer Lifeline. Lynn and her husband, Howard, became concerned about undocumented students being able to get further education beyond high school, so they created Semillas de Esperanza and now have 12 students in colleges and universities in Washington and Oregon. Her personal goals are to provide support in health and women’s issues around the world, so Lacewing Foundation was the perfect match.