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VWS 40th Anniversary Celebration

August 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join fellow VWS alumnae, faculty and friends in celebrating the VWS 40th Anniversary! 

The program will feature an alumnae speaker panel, followed by an open social hour 

Alumnae speaker panelists: 

Karen Greene Robinson ’88  

Julia Salas Woertink ’99  

Jana Sims ’03 

Ariel Fan ’10  

Moderated by Alumni Council President Kathy Fredrich ’02 with welcome remarks by Christina Mercer McGinley ’84

Register for the Zoom event at: bit.ly/registerVWS40

Meet the Panelists:

Karen Greene Robinson ‘88 is a native of Los Angeles and has been a theatre artist as long as she can remember. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies-Humanities from UC Berkeley, and her Master of Education from UCLA. She has served LAUSD as an Itinerant Elementary Theatre Teacher since 2002, with a couple of brief forays into middle and high school theatre. She believes in the power of theatre to give us a voice and transform our lives.  

Julia Woertink ‘99 is the R&D Director for Polyethylene Product R&D and Characterization and Testing R&D in Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business.  Julia joined Dow in 2010 into Electronic Materials R&D where she led product development groups across the advanced semiconductor packaging portfolio and served as the Site Implementation Leader for Dow’s Women’s Innovation Network. Julia holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. 

Jana Sims ‘03, is a Vice President with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment Management (MSREI) primarily focused on asset management for MSREI’s core and opportunistic funds. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jana managed a Supportive Housing Fund with SDS Capital Group, an impact investment firm, allocating private equity for the development of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for individuals experiencing homelessness in California.  Jana is a graduate of Pomona College where she majored in Economics. 

Ariel Fan ’10 is the Founder and CEO of GreenWealth Energy, a leading developing EV charging for commercial, multifamily and industrial buildings across California.  Ariel founded the company in 2016 after being awarded Southern California Edison’s Energy Efficiency Award for capturing the most public funding for green building upgrades among 15 million electric utility customers. Today, GreenWealth Energy has been named the first woman, minority-owned energy company in the State of California, working with companies such as the Walt Disney Company, City of Los Angeles, and national real estate companies to transition to the zero emissions future. Ariel is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University where she studied Environmental Policy, Economics, and Art History.