Meet our team

JILL SORENSEN

CO-FOUNDER KNOCK OUT ABUSE / PRESIDENT - KNOCK OUT ABUSE WEST 

 Jill Sorensen co-founded Knock Out Abuse Against Women with Cheryl Masri in Washington DC in 1993 with a desire to band women together to help other women. Together they created a huge sister hood and a deeply sought after charity event that is still popular 25 years later. In June 2018 together with Barbara Chinlund and Susan Pfeuffer she launched Knock Out Abuse West. Jill is a native of Sweden and originally came to the US to work as a fashion model. After living several years in NYC and Washington DC she now resides in Los Angeles. Jill is an interior designer, producer, writer and women's activist who writes and speaks about women's issues. She envisions a society with true equality between men and women completely free of gender discrimination and oppression. Knock Out Abuse is committed to giving women a voice and working towards a society and culture that is 100% free of violence against women.
2006 Recipient of The Salvation Army Compassionate Citizen Award.

BARBARA CHINLUND

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Barbara Chinlund is the Executive Director of Knock Out Abuse West. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Having known first hand what it's like to go to a shelter with her mother and siblings in the middle of the night, she is extremely passionate about helping victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives. Having a warm place to come to where women and children can feel safe, secure and protected is at the top of her wish list.  Barbara was instrumental in helping launch Knock Out Abuse West in Los Angeles together with Jill Sorensen and Susan Pfeuffer.  Besides her work with KOAW Barbara is a mother of four, and runs an organizing and styling business.  She has a background in the fashion industry and a masters in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica
Breaking the silence saves women's lives!

 

SUSAN PFEUFFER

TREASURER & SECRETARY

Susan Pfeuffer is the Treasurer and Secretary of Knock Out Abuse West. With a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science & Finance from Colorado State University she handles all things money, business and numbers at KOAW.  Formerly a Business Development manager a Hewlett Packard and Vice President of Fig Street Marketing she now has spent the last few years as an indelible tour de force for many charitable organizations in Los Angeles.
Her philanthropic work for New Roads and Brentwood school has helped make their auctions great financial successes. She is also in charge of the great Live and Silent Auction at Knock Out Abuse West's annual event.

 

MICHELE GOFFIN

KNOCK OUT ABUSE LA FUNDRAISER 2019 CHAIRWOMAN

Michele has been living in Los Angeles for almost twenty years. She is passionate about women’s causes because women - across all ethnicities and religions - are the most discriminated class. As mothers, aunts, wives/partners, nurturers and hard workers, they have fought for equality regarding voting rights, education, pay, marriage, job advancement, their bodies and recognition. When a woman is abused, she is degraded and made to fear for her own well being and that of her family. She cannot live to her full potential and be a vibrant contributor to her family and society. 

Michele is working with Knock Out Abuse to overcome these barriers. She strives for all victims of abuse to find shelter and support, and to discover the possibilities of becoming themselves again. When Michele was an investment banker in a well known bank, she dealt with abuse - sexual harassment. "I dealt with it myself by chastising the men. I should have been more vocal to bring greater awareness but I was concerned it might reflect poorly on me and it wouldn't change anything. I want to help women - especially those victims of domestic violence - to know that it is not okay and that there are alternatives.  That is why the efforts of Knock Out Abuse matter to me.  By helping to raise awareness and thus raise funding for shelters, we help change individual lives." 

Please join us to support and help Knock out Abuse one step at a time.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019

(In alphabetical order)
NOLA AMAZARO
CYNTHIA BLANCHARD
FLAVIA CARROZZI
ANGELOU DEIGN
BILLY UMAR GARBA
MICHELE GOFFIN
DEANNA GRAVILLIS
CHRISTINA HUNTINGTON
HEIDI JACKSON
STAMIE KARAKASIDIS
CHRISTINE KUSHNER
ANNA MARIA NOELLERT
LIBBY LYDECKER - Lived & Learned Chair
PAM PORCARO
JULIE ROBB
ANDREA SALTZMAN
TRACY SETTLE
TARA SHANNON
SUZIE SWERNER
CHLOE SWERNER
YELENA YORK
LYDIA WENDT
CHARMAINE WINSLOW