Established in January 2008, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) Inc. is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council approved, all volunteer, non-profit organization.
The LBSCA has a primary goal to establish and maintain a long-term relationship between the City of Laguna Beach and our sister city, Menton, France and San José del Cabo. In 2012 the Laguna Beach City Council approved a friendship alliance with St. Ives, England. An official delegation will visit and formalize the relationship in September of 2014. These partnerships will encourage a collaborative exchange of cultural, educational, and business activities.
LBSCA is a member of Sister Cities International, an organization providing leadership and guidance in the establishment and operation of sister city organizations world-wide.
Nov. 2007 Official Delegation Signing of Sisterhood in Menton, France From Left: Karyn Philippsen, Pat Kollenda, Didier Rouselliere, Toni Iseman, Carol Reynolds
Justin Myers is an Orange County native growing up in Newport Beach and attended college locally as well at Orange Coast College and continuing on to Chapman University. He has a long history of involvement with Sister Cities participating in an exchange program between Newport Beach and Okazaki, Japan at the age of 14 in 1997. He has also served as Chaperon for students going to Japan and Newport’s French Sister City, Antibes. He chaired the committee for Newport’s French Sister City for 5 years. After serving for well over a decade with Newport Beach Sister Cities he joined Laguna Beach Sister Cities to help guide the organization with his years of experience as a student and as a chaperon. Justin owns his own events and catering company and also works as a private chef creating culinary experiences in individual’s homes. He is also actively involved with the Laguna Beach community serving on the Board of Trustees of the Laguna Playhouse and the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.
Immediate Past President, Karyn Philippsen
A native Californian and long-time resident of Orange County, Karyn Philippsen's multi-faceted career encompasses over thirty-years experience in the hospitality industry. She played a major role in the success of such luxury properties as Montage Resort & Spa and Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, and was a key player in the opening of the world class five star Ritz-Carlton/Laguna Niguel. As an influential and active community leader, Ms. Philippsen has served on several non-profit boards, and currently serves in her tenth year as elected president of the Visit Laguna Beach.
Vice President, Pat Kollenda
2010 Laguna Beach Arts Alliance, STAR AWARDS Innovation and Art Leadership Award Recipient
Chair - Laguna Beach Arts Commission
Secretary - Festival of Arts Board of Directors
Co-Founder LagunaTunes Chorus
Secretary, Nancy Beverage
Nancy Beverage was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to the US in her early years, becoming a citizen at age 17. She graduated from UCLA and was hired by IBM shortly thereafter. Spending her entire professional career at IBM, she worked in various marketing and technical management roles including managing the Orange County Executive Briefing Center.
Since taking early retirement from IBM, Nancy has been active in many not for profit organizations. She served two terms on the Leadership Tomorrow Board, having received their annual Leadership Excellence award this year. She was a member of the Laguna beach Arts Commission for nine years, serving two terms as Chair, is currently Vice Chair of the a Laguna Beach Arts Alliance and is on the Executive Committee of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association. Nancy is married to Gary Beverage, another cheerful community volunteer. They enjoy boating and trying to train their new pooch, Winston.
Liason to SoCal Sister Cities & Baja, Mexico, Fabiola Kinder
Fabiola Kinder moved to Laguna Beach in 1995, after a regional management stint at the headquarter hotel for The Master's Golf Tournament at Augusta National. Prior to this, she was National Sales Manger for Hotel Nikko Atlanta (owned by Japan Air Lines - JAL Hotels) and various nationally branded hotel companies in Georgia and Florida.
Ms. Kinder was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti into a family of hotel owners. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. As a third generation hotelier and second generation real estate broker, she brings eighteen years of hospitality management and fifteen years of resort real estate experience. She and her husband, Charles, were founding board members of the Prudential Real Estate Mexico master franchise. Currently, she is expanding the Keller Williams Realty brand locally and internationally. She has served LBSCA since 2009, and has also served on the Executive Board of Sister Cities International, Southern California Chapter, Inc. as Secretary and Annual Meeting Chair. She is a National Association of Realtors Certified International Properties Specialist (CIPS) and a Resort and Second-Home Specialist (RSPS). Ms. Kinder speaks English, French, and Creole fluently, along with some Spanish.