Eve Somer Gerber
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eve attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica and graduated Cum Laude from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Eve worked in TV and film production before marrying Bill Gerber and raising their three daughters Emma, Grace and Georgia. Deeply appreciative of her education and the education of her daughters, Eve remains involved with all the schools she attended and has served on and chaired numerous committees for The Center for Early Education, Crossroads School, Harvard-Westlake and Kenyon College.
A devoted philanthropist, Eve works with several local charities including The Painted Turtle Camp and The Violence Intervention Program. She is the co-founder of H.E.A.R.T. (Helping East Abuse Related Trauma), the membership group that works to raise funds for and offer support to the child victims of abuse receiving services at The Violence Intervention Program (VIP). In addition to chairing the H.E.A.R.T. Advisory Board, Eve also sits on the VIP Board of Directors.
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.
Alison (“Ali”) Kay co-manages KIDS Capital, a long-biased and long-term-oriented, concentrated investment fund based in Beverly Hills (officially launching January 1st, 2017). 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 four year old son, Leon, and her 15 and 17 year old stepchildren, Tassilo and Talita.
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. Franis a contributor is Huff Post and in her spare time plays with art and design.
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 the corporate finance department of 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 and served on Everychild’s Grant Screening Committee from 2010-2014. Alison is married to Daniel Petrocelli and has two children, Anna and Sammy.
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 a member of both VIP Board of Directors and the H.E.A.R.T. 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-producing their annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser. Linda is co-chair of The Geffen’s resource development committee.
Linda is on the Board of Councilors of USCDA., is a founding member of The Everychild Foundation, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the L.A.PHIL, a Trustee of the Washington Institute, and has been a longtime supporter of The Friends of the Israel Defense Force (FIDF).
Linda and her husband Tony sponsor a lecture series here in Los Angeles for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as having co-chaired their annual dinners in Los Angeles. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin Division, Linda has appeared On Broadway, off Broadway, in Films and TV as well as having produced theatre.
Linda is married to businessman Tony Rubin, and they have two children Jacob and Gena.
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.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Cio Soler moved to Los Angeles in 1983 speaking only Spanish. Inspired by her own experience, philanthropy and giving back became a part of her early development in both her education and professional background. As a student at the American University of Paris and L’Institute Catholique in France, Cio’s extensive travels into developing countries in South America, Africa and Asia inspired her to unite her passion for fashion and studies in marketing to build a bridge between the world of consumption and philanthropy by creating a voice of consciousness within her work.
Though she will not call herself a writer or a designer, it is her witty word play and contagious doodles that launched her widely distributed greeting card line, Jolie Vie, in 2003 landing her shelf space in some of the hottest boutiques across the nation including Ron Herman and Kitson. Her greeting card line attracted the attention of marketing directors from major corporations landing her branding projects with major companies like Mercedes-Benz, The four seasons Hotel, Kodak and 100+ roster of clients over the past decade, including H.E.A.R.T. Shy at first sight, she’s a ghost writer, has served as creative director for some fortune 500 companies during the span of her career and can style a shoot as easily as she can direct a campaign. Cio’s fine-tune understanding of the fashion, beauty and luxury consumer crossed with a sincere passion for kindness and world issues brings her philanthropic work to be that of what she calls “her most important work ” to date.
Cio resides in Los Angeles with her two rescues Stella and Penny and runs SixSevenStudio, the creative agency under which she works as a fashion branding and marketing consultant with a specialty in philanthropy. She is also currently working on the release of her first children’s book, Luci Lima, set to release someday “soon”.
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.