About Our Team

Cindy Bostick

Executive Director

Meeting the needs of others is important to Cindy as evidenced by her leadership of the Today’s Woman Foundation, and also in her work as a Grief Counselor. She takes seriously the admonition to “love one another” and delights in sharing her life experiences, training and education to work with some of the most vulnerable local women and their families. Cindy credits the Today’s Woman Foundation board of directors, ambassadors and volunteers for sharing their time, talent and hard work in support of the organization’s projects that are focused on personal and professional growth. 

In addition to her work at Today’s Woman Foundation, Cindy is a Victor Valley College Foundation board of director member. Cindy holds a Master of Science degree in Studies of Human Behavior, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and she’s also a Certified Fellow in Grief Counseling (FAACG) with the American Academy of Grief Counseling of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP). 

Although not actively practicing, she is a licensed real estate broker with the California Department of Real Estate. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Cindy managed a large real estate franchise. She lives in Apple Valley and treasures time with family and dear friends.

Shannon Shannon

President of the Board

Shannon Shannon is the President and owner of SaddleRock Reverse Mortgage. Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, and holds a California Department of Real Estate Brokers License.

Shannon is very active in the community serving on the boards of Today’s Woman Foundation, San Bernardino County Workforce Development, Victor Valley College Foundation, Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce, and Mountain Desert Economic Partnership/team 2/Advisory Council.

Shannon and her husband have made their home in the High Desert since 1989 where they raised their children and now are enjoying their first two grandchildren.

In her downtime, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and an occasional round of golf. Shannon loves volunteering with TWF our mission statement states it perfectly “Our Mission is to empower our diverse community of women through education, advocacy, and resources to enhance body, mind, and spirit.”

Melanie Ajanwachuku, BS, RDN, CDES

Vice-President of the Board

Melanie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, who has specialized in Medical Nutrition Therapy for disease prevention and treatment, and health and wellness promotion, for 35 years in the high desert. She recently retired her company “A Dietitians’ Exchange, LLC”, a private health practice, providing reliable and scientifically based Medical Nutrition Therapy consulting for individuals, patients, and families, in the areas of wellness nutrition, therapeutic nutrition, and weight and lifestyle management.

Melanie continues to be committed to her calling and passion to improve the well-being of her community. She is a writer and speaker who continues to provide nutrition seminars for nonprofits, medical groups, corporate wellness in-service training, fitness facilities, cable and national media, community nutrition lectures, and career day presentations for schools, hospitals, and churches.

The mission of TWF exemplifies Melanie’s personal community service commitment and she appreciates the privilege of working with the board members, ambassadors, and affiliates, all sterling humanitarians committed to excellence in service. Melanie’s centering comes from her Christian faith, her husband and family, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while appreciating the good humor of life.

Meet our wonderful team members.

We couldn’t do the work we do without an incredible team. As an organization, we do everything we can to serve the women that seek the support of the Today’s Woman Foundation. 

Together, we have built a culture of genuine caring for colleagues and the people we serve. Every day, we work toward our mission by doing our very best and living out our core values.

Mona Merrill


Mona is a Senior Executive Assistant with Prime Healthcare Services, and she currently serves as TWF board Secretary, a position she’s held for the past several years. Her passion for the work of TWF grows stronger each year and she is honored to work with the TWF team to expand its programs to serve women in the community. TWF’s Bundles of Hope project and the “Empowering Women for Self-Sufficiency” program are two of Mona’s favorites.

Margherita Leone


Margherita is the Controller for Desert Physicians Management, LLC, and has served on the board as Treasurer for TWF since 2011. She passionately believes in the work the organization does for the community, specifically the inspiration, education, and support provided to an ever-increasing number of local women. Margherita is grateful to serve alongside the “amazing” group of board members and ambassadors.

Margaret Smith

Past President

After retiring from a 36-year career in HR, Margaret began serving as a TWF director in 2017. She owns Maggie’s Custom Quilts where she crafts memorial quilts for individuals who have lost loved ones. She and her husband, Smitty, volunteer for local organizations, including the Victor Valley Bicycle Tour, Kiwanis, and St. Mary Foundation. Margaret also designed the curriculum for the TWF “Self-Sufficiency” program for underserved women. 

Jessica Carrillo


Jessica is the owner of A Magic Moment Custom Cakes where she provides catering for events both large and small. She is very passionate about the mission of TWF and enjoys helping under-served women get back on their feet. Jessica is aware of how short life is and she doesn’t hesitate to lend a hand to others. Jessica’s favorite TWF program is “Empowering Women for Self-Sufficiency” where she provides a delicious dinner and dessert at the completion ceremony. 

Sue Dearing


Sue is self-employed as a Real Estate Broker in both California and Arizona at Keller Williams Realty franchises servicing the Inland Empire and High Desert, and Western Arizona areas of Lake Havasu and Mohave County. Sue has raised over $35,000 for the Lukemia and Lymhoma Society by running marathons and fundraising. She joined the board of TWF to help set an example for women that they can have a fulfilling and financially secure career, regardless of background or education level.

Renée Rincon


Renee is currently a student completing a B.S. in Biology. Her goal is to pursue a career working with the underserved population as a mental healthcare provider. Since 2015 she has volunteered with TWF, March of Dimes, Lifestream, and hospice organizations. Renee raised over $20K for March of Dimes and collected over 200 pints of blood for Lifestream. As a proud single mom, she credits her daughter Addie (Lady Bug) for inspiring her resilience.

Aisha Weaver


Aisha Weaver is Employment Manager for the San Bernardino County Human Resources Department. Her undergraduate education is in Business Administraton. Aisha has a heart for “giving back” and her favorite TWF program is “Empowering Women for Self-Sufficiency” where she has faciliated classes even before her position as a board of director member. She finds value in educating class particpants on the many jobs available in San Bernardino County, including the Department of Behavioral Health where counselors are sorely needed.

Millie Howard


Millie is Chairperson for the TWF Bundles of Hope Project. As a former Executive Assistant for the San Diego City Council and at Cox Communication, Millie brings a wonderful skill set enabling her to engage with the many project volunteers who want to “give back” to the community. Serving on the board of TWF allows Millie to join a group of women whose mission aligns with her personal values. She is also very involved in the Solera at Apple Valley Community Association where she serves on several committees.

Edda Aichinger


Edda is retired and enjoys volunteering in her community at Solera in Apple Valley and serving as an Ambassador for TWF. Her background is interesting and includes working at Chicago O’hare Airport for Lufthansa Airlines for eight years. Edda was also the owner of an art and collectible store for seven years. Edda finds great joy and satisfaction in helping others, and her favorite TWF program is the Bundles of Hope Project where she, Millie and Diana lead workshops to decorate and fill boxes for the Bundles of Hope program. 

Diana Van Riel


Diana serves as an Ambassador for TWF and her passion is working on the Bundles of Hope Project. She also volunteers for Rock’n our Disabilities. She worked at Ralphs as a Bakery Manager and Grocery Cashier for 13 years and she’s worked in the Superior Courts in the cities of Norwalk and Victorville. Diana’s A.A. degree is in paralegal studies. She consdiers it an honor to work with the team of TWF where she sees first hand how lifechanging the work can be for women and their families. In Diana’s words, “I began my volunteer work with the TWF Bundles of Hope Project to give back to the many people who helped my daughter along her breast cancer journey.” Diana’s hobby is decorative painting and she has personally decorated many of the Bundles boxes.