Dulce Botello (she, her) was born in Mexico City, and when she was ten she immigrated to the United States. She has lived in California, in Yuma and Tucson, Arizona. Dulce is a Master’s student at NYU in publishing. She has had a lifelong love of reading and is currently trying to find a way to use that passion to empower women through literature and writing, and, help give those without a voice, a platform to express their grievances, their ideas, hopes and dreams. Dulce can usually be found behind a book, but some of her free time is also spent trying new recipes, usually some kind of dessert.
Alice Ritscherle, Secretary, is a freelance grant writer and novelist who has lived in Tucson since 2008. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she obtained a B.A. in English, and the University of Michigan, where she completed a Ph.D. in History. Before moving to Tucson, she worked for several years as a professor at the State University of New York – Stony Brook. In Tucson, she has volunteered for a number of non-profits, including the Community Food Bank, worked as a grant writer and research coordinator at the University of Arizona, and done freelance grant writing and editing. Currently, she’s finishing what might be close to the final draft of her first novel.
Sandra Bong Um-Pinkney, Treasurer, A violist with Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Sandra Um began her musical career by studying piano at the age of five. Four years later, taken with its deep and rich tones, she took up the viola. As a young adult, Sandra studied privately with Dr. Jeffrey Showell, former viola professor at The University of Arizona. Sandra holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s of business administration, also from The University of Arizona. Combining her arts background and academic credentials with her deep roots in Tucson, Sandra is passionate about ensuring that arts and culture remain strong and vibrant in southern Arizona. Sandra has more than 15 years experience in fund development for local arts organizations including Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Theatre Company, UApresents, and Loft Cinema. Currently, Sandra serves a dual role as director of development for Arizona State Museum and University of Arizona Museum of Art.