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Interest in families led to teaching, autism research By Suzan Filipek dren, both typical children Some women really can and those with autism or intellectual disability.” have it all. “I juggle five or six differ- She would grow to know ent jobs,” Jan Blacher said hundreds of families in her last month via telephone from work as founding director of SEARCH (Support, EducaCape Cod. Resources, SINCE 1919 Advocacy, She had planned to SERVING be a LA tion, Community, Hope) family aulawyer. After all, she comes ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF tism SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA resource center. from a family of them. But all bets were off after she majored At the UC Riverside site she in psychology at Brown Uni- has spent “three decades of research with families, and… versity. “From the time I did my clinical experience in educasenior honors thesis I was tional treatment and autism.” hooked… I’ve had an abiding She has reached the highinterest in families and chil- est level as a “Distinguished

Professor” in UCR’s graduate school of education, and she is confident her students and ongoing research will make inroads in the next decade. “They represent the best and the brightest doctoral students who will lead the field in research, teaching, assessment, and policy related to autism.” You can also add spokesman to her job titles. As chair of the Inland Empire Autism Regional Task Force, Blacher recently testified before the state senate on fair and equal access to services for autism spectrum disorSERVING LA SINCE 1919 ders. Autism has grown from a rare disorder affecting 1 in 2,500 children to today’s 1 in ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 150, she says. Among her findings “Latino families experience autism differently from Anglo families, and they certainly receive services differently—often fewer of them.” But poor, single Latino mothers of autistic children often feel more positive impacts, have more familial supSERVING LA SINCE 1919 port and experience less stress ® assistance league of southern california than their better-educated Anglo counterparts, she adds. ® SSISTANCE LEAGUE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA While a mother’s radar is ofProviding vital services to children, ten spot on, a woman of lowerfamilies, seniors and individuals in need economic means is less aware of what little help is available for more than 90 years. ALSC Logo and signature in 3 sizes as shown to them. Colors are Pantone 314 plus black Yet, early intervention is 1370 North St. ANdrewS PlAce crucial, much earlier than re(323) 469-1973 wwwis .ASSiStANceleAgue .Net The logo (mark) grouped and can be re-sized using cently thought.


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A board member of the LA Leadership Academy (LALA) the past five years, she advises educational policy and aspects of the program that pertain to learning and social differences at the K-12 charter school, which has a focus on social justice. She has also been a consultant and faculty advisor at UC Riverside to Best Buddies, an arm of Special Olympics. A resident of Windsor Square since 1987, she “wouldn’t live anywhere else... JAN BLACHER except in the summer when we spend working vacations in If children are diagnosed Maine.” and treatment starts in their She supports the Harwich first year of life, they stand a Conservation Trust, to pregood chance of not needing serve lands and native habitats social services down the road, from development, and finds says Blacher, who has a Ph.D. time for tennis, yoga, walks on in special education and devel- the beach and bakes a mean dessert. opmental psychology. She runs two federally- Her eldest son Alexander funded projects: “Smooth recently graduated from her Sailing” studies successful alma mater, Brown Univertransition in the early school sity, and works at a business years for children with autism. consulting firm. Her younger In the “Collaborative Fam- son, Spencer, is headed to UC ily Study,” in its 15th year, Santa Barbara in the fall. collaborators include her hus- “Academics are socialized band of 27 years, Bruce Baker, to ‘publish or perish’ but my a Distinguished Professor of best publications were my psychology and chair at UCLA. two children,” says the proud They study why children and mom. adolescents with mental retar- “I’ve been able to work and dation are at heightened risk excel in an area I care a lot about and still raise a famfor mental disorder. She has also found an outlet ily… Better yet, I have had the for her legal bent as consul- opportunity to work with my tant in “right-to-education” husband for the past 14 years lawsuits and contested issues and still consider him my best in autism. friend (or BFF).”

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Her children’s community service inspired her own By Laura Eversz Flo Fowkes might be retired, but her volunteer calendar of activities with both the Assistance League of Southern California (ALSC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is full. And the former attorney points to her daughters, Jillian and Sloane, as two reasons why. “I’m on the board of the Assistance League, which I got involved with when Jillian was an Assisteen,” said Fowkes, who practiced civil litigation as an attorney. Assisteens, one of the programs of the League, teaches teenagers how to do community service through both fundraising and hands-on projects. Both of Fowkes’ daughters have participated in the program. “What really strikes me, having worked with Flo is the passion and professionalism she brings to her volunteer work,” said Colleen Gold, ALSC member. “The time she has spent with the Assisteens has opened the eyes of so many young people to the needs of our community and how they can be effective volunteers.” “I really loved watching my girls go through the process and learn to help people in their community,” said Fowkes. An example of that is a program initiated by her younger daughter, Sloane, in which volunteers regularly grocery shop for homebound seniors identified through the League’s Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center. “It’s a great thing to do, particularly because oftentimes it’s the only social contact these people have,” said Fowkes. With Sloane away at college, Fowkes and husband, Richard, who live in Windsor Square, took over her shopping commitments. “But


my daughter still calls them sometimes just to chat,” said her mom. In fact, her work with seniors has inspired an interest by the Dickinson College

senior in pursuing a path of social work with the elderly, Fowkes says proudly. But there’s more to the League than Assisteens. “It’s really a full, multiservice kind of agency,” she explains. Through Operation School Bell, “we provide clothing to children from L.A. public schools who are referred by counselors, and in the spring we provide prom dresses and accessories to 50 girls.” “Flo is a very dedicated member of Operation School Bell, serving on the board for many years, said Andy Goodman, a member of the League’s Anne Banning Auxiliary that supports the program. “In addition, she serves as our receptionist one day a month, welcoming all of the children to Operation School Bell with her wonderful smile.” Her husband gets in on the

action too by playing the piano at School Bell events. “It’s something we enjoy doing together as a family and it’s very rewarding for us,” Fowkes says. She helps out with other League services as well. “We have a nursery school program, family service organizations whose goal is to keep families intact and include counseling and support as well as mental health programs. The League’s senior center also benefits from Fowke’s dedication. “She is one of the most generous, giving friends of the Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center,” said executive director Barbara Linski. “She devotes time, talent and treasure to see that older adults age in place with grace and dignity. If she is not doing grocery shopping for a frail older


adult, she is gathering buckets of cleaning supplies to donate, or she is rallying friends to the cause,” she added. One wonders, then, how Fowkes has time to devote to her role as treasurer of Children’s Chain, which supports Children’s Hospital L.A. through a variety of fundraising events and projects throughout the year. “It’s again something I got involved in because of my daughters.” The older, Jillian, took part in Las Madrinas, another support group of the hospital, and later so did Sloane. So it’s no surprise their mother followed suit. “It’s just a great institution and, again, a rewarding thing to do,” she says simply. Despite her work at both the League and the hospital, Fowkes still finds time for her other passions, “cooking and entertaining… I do a lot of that,” she laughed.”

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Help with homework, improve literacy or plant trees. These are some of the volunteer posts at local non-profit agencies. Breathe California of L.A. County seeks to assist at various events and festivals throughout the year. Volunteers can also help improve air quality and promote healthy lungs by spreading awareness about the environment. Call Deborah Maxwell at 323-9358050, ext. 256 or go to www. breathela.org. Help youngsters with their homework this fall. The Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood needs volunteers who are over 18 years old to help kids on weekday afternoons with their homework. For information, call Stephen Napolitano at 323-467-2007 ext. 104.

The Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program is looking for volunteers who are at least 18 years old to help adult learners improve basic literacy skills. Tutors will be interviewed, trained and need to be available twice a week for at least six months. The tutoring sessions will be one-on-one at local library branches. Call 213-228-7037. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens seeks docents to help teach and talk with visitors, as well as general volunteers. Docent applicants receive 23 weeks of training through UCLA Extension and must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages. General volunteers help with Muriel’s Ranch, special events, and managing some of the longer lines at the zoo.

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Call 323-644-4703 or email volunteers@lazoo.org. Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services needs good listeners to help staff its 24-hour Crisis Line. Volunteers receive a 60-hour training course. Call 310-751-5353, email volunteer@didihirsch.org. Coaches, mentors, tutors, readers, swimming and exercise teachers, clerical assistants, gardeners and greeters are wanted at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the jobs above, call 323467-4161 or go to www.ymcala.org/hollywood/ to fill out a volunteer application. TreePeople seeks volunteers to help with care, planting, park maintenance, reforestation, community outreach and administrative work. Those interested may look over the calendar of events on their website, www.treepeople.org. Call 818-623-4879 or email volunteer@treepeople. org for more information. The Museum Service Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art provides staff support at the museum. Volunteers assist the curatorial and administrative offices, work in libraries, and promote membership renewals. They also help at special events, assist in museum shops, and participate in education outreach programs. Call 323-8576101, email msc@lacma.org.

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Possibly The Ebell Club’s biggest fan, Patty Hill takes the helm By Suzan Filipek Come on down, Patty Hill says in her warm Southern drawl. You don’t need to be a member to attend a program or lunch in the elegant dining room at The Ebell Club of Los

Angeles. “Anyone can call the Ebell and make a reservation for lunch so the chef knows how many to plan for.� Guest speakers are a formidable list of who's who over the years from a former First

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She returned with her husband for a dinner dance and has been a regular ever since. The 119-year old women’s club couldn’t ask for a better spokesman. She loves the history, the majesty, and, well, everything about the Club at the corner of Wilshire and Lucerne boulevards. She has held five all-volunteer posts in nine years, adding president to her resume July 1. She oversees a 455-person membership, a staff of 37, a commercial rental division and two philanthropies. In her two-year post she heads a multi-million dollar budget and a long term, painstaking preservation and restoration effort of the historic 75,000-square foot Italian Renaissance style building. Thankfully, she says, architect and board member Carolyn Moser and historic architect consultant John Heller are involved, with a color palette provided by the late architectural historian Martin Weil. The downstairs rooms are almost finished, with the Arts and Letters Lecture Hall upstairs set to begin. It was here, among the lavishly carved bookcases, Amelia Earhart made her final public appearance before her disappearance two months later, Hill notes. A Memphis native and former New Yorker, Hill sports trendy glasses and blonde tresses, her enthusiasm livens parties at the Ebell and those she attends for her Around the Town column for the Larchmont Chronicle. She’s most proud though of her work as a minority arts coordinator at The Beale Street Repertory Company for the deaf, which presents plays by African American writers, and the Harry Bryce Dance Company which performs Afro-Cuban dances.  “To have helped these talented and hard-working groups establish permanent homes was a thrill.� She also served on the board of Jacaranda, musicians who are working professionals, and served briefly on the board of Crossroads School where her son attended.

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Her son Lionel, 28, designs and builds games for a web company.  David, her husband of 35 years, is an author, currently working on his next book.  “His passion is the deep south, where he has a home.  I say he, not us, because my true second home is The Ebell,â€? says Hill. “The present members of the Board over which I preside are 14 of the smartest, most creative, and hardest working ladies in this city. I am so humbled and honored to serve such a group," she adds.  “To think there was a time, without the strength and continuance of this Club would have meant the loss of this incredible landmark. Our work will preserve it for future generations of women in Los Angeles.  Ebell members have much to look forward to.â€? “We’re a popular venue for weddings and parties. There’s such a wonderful personal feeling here‌ there’s nothing commercial about it.â€? The most amazing thing about the site is that it exists at all. “It’s not a mini mall, it’s not a 7-11 or a grocery store, but this particular building is in its original state, which is a miracle for L.A.,â€? says Hill. A summer barbecue is scheduled for Fri., Aug. 17 in the garden courtyard. “It will be beautiful,â€? beams Patty. After all it will be at the Ebell, a city and national historic cultural landmark. “There really isn’t anything else like it!â€?

‘Come in! Les Femmes’ at A+D Installation art piece “LAX,� is among works in “Come In! Les Femmes� at the A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd. The work is by Rebecca Niederaldner who is among 26 designers featured in the new show. Fabric, textile, furniture and other fields are represented in the group show. Ends Sept. 8.

“LAX� is overhead.

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Funds for meals

Something is always cooking at the series of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels fundraisers. In June, Lucy’s El Adobe hosted a garden party. Next up on Sat., Aug. 25 is a benefit at a private home with Starry Kitchen catering the dinner. There will be guest speakers from the Griffith Observatory. The organization feeds 4,000 shut-ins daily.

Jan Daley returns to Crystal Cathedral Jan Daley, a 35-year Hancock Park resident, took a break

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from the road to record a Christmas album. It will be celebrated at the Crystal Cathedral at her return appearance after 30 years. (She was guest

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Women of A ccomplishment As women we hear a lot about needing to find balance in our lives. But put into practice, what does it really mean? I think that often it’s an honest reflection on what’s missing for us. In order to make room for what we really want, we need to have the courage to say “no” to what we don’t. When I stopped and took several deep breaths I realized what I was craving most was something closer to home. I intentionally turned my focus toward myself and my family, my patients and incredible staff, and continuing to build a practice in this community that I love. All I have to do to see the progress we’ve made since I began my practice in Larchmont is to look around at my staff. Five years ago they were a few dedicated, eager, fresh-faced kids. And now they resemble my patients - some are now busy working moms striving to find balance like the rest of us. I continue to learn every day from the amazing women I see in my office, both staff members and patients. They teach me that learning to practice a little kindness, patience, and tolerance toward ourselves as well as others, strengthens and reinforces us, propelling us toward what we want to accomplish. We all have the opportunity to learn from each person we interact with every day. When we accept that every person has something to add, and each encounter can be a lesson, we are basking in examples of how to live more fulfilling lives. As multitasking busy women it’s often challenging to spend a fraction of the time feeling proud of our achievements in comparison to the hours wasted making apologies, feeling guilty and worrying that we’ve left things undone. Learning to say “no” takes a surprising amount of courage. So what did I say “no” to this year? For one I traveled less, for work that is, and I zeroed in on the professional opportunities that were most important to me. I focused on the speaking and teaching engagements with other physicians that feel most valuable. And here’s what I made room for in my life this past year: we have leased additional office space to include more patient rooms, we’re planning to renovate the front office and the waiting room to include an interactive area for patients to test out products. With more space we’re looking forward to adding additional staff members. We have made going paperless a top priority. We’re also continuing to conduct in-office studies for the dermal filler, Sculptra and the Obagi Medical Products. I also took great pride in being featured on Entertainment Tonight and at the More Magazine Reinvention Convention. And finally, I took a muchneeded vacation to Tulum, Mexico with fourteen members of my extended family, ranging from 4 to 80 years old. We stayed in eco-lodges at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve where we snorkeled, swam with dolphins and even witnessed the hatching of sea turtles’ eggs. It was an exquisite setting in which to relax, reflect and reconnect. I’m grateful to the Larchmont Chronicle for focusing on women in this annual issue. It helps me to stop and consider what’s most important to me, and it reminds me just how much I LOVE practicing in Larchmont and I deeply appreciate being included with the wonderful group of women in this issue. So to them, as well as all the women of Larchmont - moms, daughters, wives and professionals - congratulations on achieving another year in the many and varied roles that we play. Visit www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD.com or call (323) 464-8046. • 321 N. Larchmont Blvd, Ste. 906

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said the Gramercy Place resident. At monthly board meetings, she keeps her fellow board members posted on neighborhood activities. She and Ruth Silveira recently resurrected the Friends of Wilshire Branch library, getting its non-profit status and enlisting new members. “She is a positive influence in our community,” says Sybil Blaze-Yee, children’s librarian at Wilshire Branch library. Sybil marvels at the St Andrews Square’ resident’s organizational ability. “Debbie creates the flyers for our book and bake sales, distributes them, collects and sorts the books and keeps the leftovers in her house until the next drive,” Blaze-Yee explains. Debbie also sends educational and self-help books to prisoners as part of Claremont Forums’ Prison Library Project. A native of Baltimore, she attended Sidwell Friends, a Quaker high school. One of her 83 classmates was Henry Willis, whom she married in 1977. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in psychology. Henry is a labor attorney and the couple has a college-age son, Josh. A one-time collector of masks (one wall in the living room shows off the collection), her new hobby is gardening. “I’m not an expert, but it is relaxing,” she admits. Her work as a graphic artist has been seen on many nonprofit fundraisers. She recently won an award from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for artistic contributions to their annual


fundraising dinners. Other agencies whom she provided artwork for gratis include the Central American Resource Center and the Center of Study of Political Graphics. Her focus is in helping working class and other underrepresented groups. “I have worked with amazing people in my various jobs,” says the community leader.

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This year, Susan Hilton was reunion chairman for Marlborough’s class of 1982, and serves as the Coronet Debutante Ball director. A graduate of Marlborough School and USC, Hilton founded Girl Scout troops 69 and 81 in Hancock Park, and was their leader for many years. Raised in Fremont Place, she resides on Orange Dr. with her husband, Jim, and daughters, Sally and Amy.


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Council volunteers serve people in need By Jane Gilman In one room, volunteers staff the Talk Line, in another room social workers counsel families and in a third room a volunteer is coordinating donations for nine thrift shops. Things are always buzzing at the National Council of Jewish Women’s two-story headquarters at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. “We are a 1,000-plus member grass roots organization filling in the gaps in community needs,” executive director Hillary Selvin tells us. The eight-year veteran of the 104-year-old non-profit agency, Selvin almost beams as she cites a laundry list of the Los Angeles chapter’s achievements. The Council’s 400 volunteers staff libraries in elementary schools so they can remain open (under the Light Up the Library project). Youth who are housed in shelters receive tutoring, teenage moms get instruction in getting a high school diploma, and in some instances, NCJW volunteers help other agencies such as PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) where they serve hot meals to AIDS patients. Volunteers also help with the Court Watch Family Court

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Advocacy Project, the art and literacy programs, staffing the thrift shops, collecting and giving away 80,000 items of free clothing, participate in forums ….the list goes on and on. “We serve more than 15,000 individuals every year,” Selvin points out, providing more than 220,000 hours of programs and services. Immediate help comes from the Emergency Survival Fund that gives money to people who have lost their jobs or are waiting for a disability check to arrive. Our volunteers come from people who are between jobs, and from retirees such as

school teachers, Selvin explained. They sign up for weekly or monthly roles. Some positions, such as manning the TalkLine, counseling and resource hotline require extra training. NWJC also schedules public programs addressing such needs as prevention of domestic abuse or human trafficking. “Ours is a community building,” says the director. We provide space for a 12-Step program, the Mid City West Community Council, senior programs and workshops. To learn more abut NCJW, go to ncjwla.org.

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LC080312 Dr. Pearl E. Grimes is the Director of the Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, and a leading international authority on vitiligo and pigmentary disorders. Her comprehensive and compassionate approach in treating these disorders has resulted in patients travelling from around the world for her expertise. As a clinician, researcher, and sought-after speaker, Dr. Grimes lectures globally on disorders of pigmentation, as well as cosmetic procedures, including fillers, chemical peeling and microdermabrasion. She is a member of The American Academy of Dermatology, The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Dermatological Association, Society of Investigative Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, International Pigment Cell Society & the Women’s Dermatologic Society. Dr. Grimes was recognized by her peers with the prestigious Dermatology Foundation “Practitioner of the Year” Award for 2011, and the Women’s Dermatological Society’s “Mentor of the Year” award. She has been listed on LA Magazine’s Super Doctors® list for the last 5 years, and on the “Best Doctors of America” list for the past 11 years.

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Dr. Grimes is known for many things, but is most passionate about providing her patients with exceptional care. Known for her compassionate straightforward communication style, she feels that complete disclosure and honesty with her patients is essential to the success of their treatment protocol. To learn more about Dr. Grimes, please visit www.pearlgrimesmd.com Following her passion and commitment for giving back to the community, Dr. Grimes founded CARRY, The Coalition for At-Risk Youth in 2005. This non-profit organization is focused on foster and at-risk youth, offering pro bono medical resources, scholarships and it co-sponsors a week-long summer camp annually. For more information about the programs CARRY offers & supports, visit CARRY online at: www.foratriskyouth.org.



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Adele BAyless, RPA FMA Senior ProPerty Manager Adele Bayless is the senior property manager at 5670 Wilshire, the 27-story high-rise building owned and managed by Equity Office Properties, where CBS Radio broadcasts most of its LA radio stations. A native Los Angeleno, she is a 20-year veteran of commercial property management who started as a building secretary and has risen to Senior Property Manager. Adele currently holds the BOMI (Building Owners & Managers Institute) designations of Real Property Administrator, Facility Management Administrator and Master Facilities Executive. Ms. Bayless is also a Los Angeles Fire Department certified high-rise consultant, enabling her to certify Equity Office’s fire safety directors and conduct tenant trainings across the city; She is one of the only property managers in Los Angeles to hold this designation. 310.446.2210


Dentist Dr. Bezian has been practicing Dentistry for 31 years. Her practice philosphy is to deliver comprehensive and individualized dental care to her patients. Dr. Bezian holds a Bsc. degree in Biochemistry from McGill University. She has worked in research at McGill, the Montreal Neurological Institute, UCLA, and USC. She graduated from USC Dental School and practiced for 28 years in Beverly Hills. In 2006, Dr. Bezian moved her practice to her beloved Larchmont Village. Dr. Bezian is very grateful to her staff of 31 years and especially the loyalty of her wonderful patients.

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Angelique S. CAMPen, MD esthetic Medicine Specialist and eR Doctor Angelique S. Campen, MD is a mother of three, an Emergency Medicine Physician, and an expert in the field of esthetic medicine. As a graduate of Marlborough, Georgetown University, and UCLA School of Medicine, Angelique is the Director of Operations at Providence at St Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and practices as faculty in emergency medicine at UCLA. She also owns an esthetic medicine practice called “The Best Kept Secret in Larchmont.” She offers in-home confidential botox and fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Radiesse) as well as Latisse eyelash enhancement. You have likely seen many of her clients either on the big screen, TV, or along the streets of Larchmont, but you would never know it (with her talent for achieving the natural look.) In her “free” time she volunteers her medical services at the LA Free Clinic, is a board officer of Club 100 and the Ebell Womens Club, and member of Wilshire Rotary. She resides in Windsor Square together with her husband Chase, a realtor for Deasy/Penner, 8 year old twins Hunter and Paris, as well as 6 year old Scarlett.


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Hollywoodland realty Patricia Carroll grew up in the real estate business as the daughter of Hollywoodland owner Ed Carroll. She is now president of the firm her late father operated in two offices, since the 1940’s on Larchmont Blvd. and Beachwood Dr. Patti actively works for preservation, and serves on the Land Use committee of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. She is a member of the Art Deco Society, SASNA and Friends of Hope-Net. She also commutes to Paris with her husband Mark where they are directors of international marketing for French Vogue and French Architectural Digest magazines. She has recently moved into the orginal Hollywoodland Realty Office on Larchmont Blvd.....584 N. Larchmont Blvd. 584 N. Larchmont Blvd 323 469-3171 2700 N. Beachwood Dr.

zations which include Larchmont women in their memberships. The listing for each club includes its name, number of members, officers, aims and meeting places. If your club is not listed in this section, please send the information to “Who’s Who Directory,” c/o Larchmont Chronicle, 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004.


ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL 626-799-3132. Ann Baum, president. 12 members. Meets 2nd and 4th Wed. Purpose: Chartered in 1938, serves and provides support to School on Wheels, Good Shepherd Shelter for Homeless Women, Braille Institute and Hope-Net. ANGELIC AUXILIARY OF THE CHILDREN’S BUREAU 213-342-0144. Denise DeSantis, president, with 40 members who meet three times a year. Hosts an annual benefit event in March. Purpose: benefits Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, which helps prevent child abuse and neglect as well as protect, nurture and treat abused children. www. all4kids.org. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 323-469-1973. Wendy Overmire, president. Susan Brown Campbell, chief executive director. 700+ members. Purpose: Established in 1919 to provide comprehensive social services that address needs of children, families and seniors dealing with poverty. Local auxiliaries and their chairmen include: Anne Banning Auxiliary, Karen Berkus; Bookworms Auxiliary, Isabelle Prescott; College Alumnae Auxiliary, Mary Toolen Roskam; Hilltoppers Auxiliary, Barbara Pfister; Mannequins Auxiliary, Leah Houska; Nine O’Clock Players Auxiliary, Mary Lyon; PreSchool and Kindergarten Auxiliary, Yvonne Cazier; Founder Assisteens of Greater Los Angeles Auxiliary, Missy Calvert. AVIVA CENTER STERLING ASSOCIATES 323-876-0550, ext. 1107. Lucia Hincapie, contact. 15 members. Welcomes new members throughout the year. Fundraising activities benefit Aviva Treatment Center for Abused Children, which provides care and treatment to abandoned, neglected, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Hosts annual fundraiser for cultural outings and events. BLIND CHILDREN’S CENTER 323-664-2153. Jennifer Brown, president of the 27-member board. Meets 3rd Mon. Purpose: Provide family-centered early intervention services for the child (infant–8) who is blind or visually impaired, helping children build skills and acquire independence. BRAILLE INSTITUTE AUXILIARY 323-906-3119. Sally Cullman, Auxiliary liaison. Purpose: assist Braille

Institute of America through fundraising and volunteering in providing free education and services to blind and visually impaired individuals, and inform the community of the works and services of the Braille Institute. CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S LAW CENTER 323-951-1041. Katie Buckland, exec. dir., Vicky Barker, legal dir. Purpose: work in collaboration with other organizations to protect, secure and advance the comprehensive civil rights of women and girls. www.cwlc.org. CHILDHELP USA 323-465-4016, x 2004. Anita Tashjian, president. Judy Jensen, Western Regional coordinator. 100 members. Meets every 2nd Thurs. except July & August. Purpose: meet physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children’s group. Hosts Wonderland event every December, as well as other fun events at the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village. www.childhelp. org. COLLEAGUES 213-260-7600. Alexandra Dwek, president. 65 members. Nine meetings a year. Purpose: Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. with their work to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraising activities include annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, and operation of The Colleagues Boutique, a designer resale and vintage clothing store in Santa Monica, 3312 Pico Blvd. COLLEAGUE HELPERS IN PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE, CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE, INC. (C.H.I.P.s) 213-260-7600. Cara Leonetti Esposito, president. Purpose: support Children’s Institute, Inc. with their work to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraising and volunteer efforts include an annual fashion show, boutique fashion events, hosting special children’s activities, and donating and distributing toys during the holidays. CUISINE Á ROULETTES 213-484-7128. Peggy Bartenetti, president. 102 members. Two general membership meetings yearly at St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, open board meetings monthly. Purpose: Fundraising and support for St. Vincent’s Senior Citizen Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels. EBELL OF LOS ANGELES 323-931-1277. Patty Hill, president 400+ members. Luncheons on most Mondays, Oct.-June. Spring and Fall benefits. Purpose: educational, philanthropic and cultural. www.ebellla.com. EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION 310-845-8050. Debbi Winter, vice president of development. Purpose: provide services for children and adults with developmental disabilities through schools and job training. Annual

fundraisers: Spring Gala and golf tournament. FRIENDLY HOUSE 213-389-9964. Peggy Albrecht, executive director. Founded in 1951 as the first home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in the USA. Purpose: provide an opportunity for women to recover physically, spiritually and emotionally from drugs and alcohol in an atmosphere of love, compassion and support. FRIENDS OF VISTA 310-836-1223, x 419. Millie Ring, president. 300 members. Purpose: An outpatient division of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, supports learning disabled, autistic or abused children and their families at the Vista Center. GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN AUXILIARY 213-482-1834. Louise Phipps, president, contact Andrea Salazar, dir. of dev. Meets five times yearly in members’ homes. Purpose: assist at four centers for the homeless and raise funds. GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS 213-482-1834. Marcia W. Hobbs, president, contact Andrea Salazar, dir. of dev. 33 members. Purpose: provide four centers for homeless women and children and act as a policy–setting body. HOLLYGROVE 323-463-2119. Shawn Caracoza, executive director. Purpose: a family-centered community organization serving abused and neglected children ages 0-18, and those at risk of abuse, neglect or in poverty. www.hollygrove.org. HOLLYWOOD WILSHIRE YMCA 213-639-7542. David Almaraz, chairman, board of directors. Purpose: build strong children, strong families, and strong communities. Fund-raising activities for various children’s scholarships. HOLY FAMILY’S ADOPTIVE PARENTS 213-202-3900. Debra Quigley, events coordinator. 150 families. Executive board meets four times a year. Purpose: bring together adoptive parents from the Holy Family Services for social, fundraising and educational events. HOPE-NET 213-389-9949. Gillian Wagner, president, 200 volunteers. Board meets bi-monthly. Purpose: help eliminate hunger through area food pantries and to provide lowincome housing to families and individuals in the Wilshire Center and Los Angeles metro area. www.hopenetla.org. JEFFREY FOUNDATION 323-965-7536. Alyce Morris Winston, founder and CEO. Hosts annual fundraiser each May. Celebrity tennis match in Sept. Purpose: provide services for special needs children and their families. www.thejeffreyfoundation.com.

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NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE FOUNDER CHAPTER 323-665-5981. Ms. Mary Ann Atkisson, president. Mrs. James Hassenfratz, advisor. 565 members. Purpose: mother-daughter philanthropy organization. Runs Ticktocker Thrift Shop at 9441 Culver Blvd. to support Learning Ally, and Head Start. NA’AMAT, USA LOS ANGELES COUNCIL 818-981-1298. Betty Zabezhinsky, area dir. Approx. 1,100 members. Purpose: provide education and social services (including scholarships, childcare and battered women shelters) for immigrants and the poor in Israel. www.naamat.org. NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE CORONET DEBUTANTE BALL BOARD 323-665-5981. Susan Hilton, ball dir. Janet Walther, ball president. Purpose: National Charity League supports the Coronet Debutante Ball in Nov. at the Beverly Hilton; fundraising supports philanthropic projects of the National Charity League, L.A. Founder Chapter. ORPHANAGE GUILD JUNIORS 818-709-1751. Susan Frazier, membership. 40 members. Meets 12 times a year. Purpose: mentorship through activities and outings to residents at Maryvale, LA’s oldest residential treatment agency for girls age 6-18 who are placed there by the court. PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS ORTHODOX INSTITUTE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AUXILIARY 310-378-5672. Rosalind Halikis and Christine Haidos, co-presidents. 28 members. Meets six times a year. Purpose: affiliate of the graduate theological program at U.C. Berkeley. Provides scholarships for and promotes Eastern Orthodox religion. PEO, GU CHAPTER 818-755-4522. Gloria Droguett, president. 18 members. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Wilshire Country Club. An educational philanthropic organization that donates scholarships. PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOS ANGELES GUILD 213-284-3316. Stephanie Twerdahl, assoc. dir. of dev. 200 members. Four general meetings per year. Hosts two events annually: a food fair and chef promotional dinners. Purpose: raise funds for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. WOMEN’S CANADIAN CLUB OF LOS ANGELES 818-763-6623. Cynthia Robinson, president. 60 members. Meets for lunch 1st Thurs. of each month except for Jan., July, Aug., Sept. Purpose: Contributes to four charities a year. Hosts a holiday luncheon and an annual tea at the Consul General. WOMEN’S OVERSEAS SERVICE LEAGUE, LOS ANGELES 626-447-1462. Helen Finke, pres-

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Margie Christoffersen Proprietor

After growing up in the Hollywood Hills and attending local schools, Margie began her professional life as an elementary school teacher. After raising her four children, she returned to college to achieve her master’s degree. From her teen years, Margie was involved in the restaurant business. El Coyote Mexican Café was always a significant part of her life having been opened by her aunt and uncle. “Experiencing the Coyote has enriched my life,” says Margie, “I relish being with each of my customers and employees, all of whom have a story to tell.” Striving to maintain the integrity and continued success of El Coyote takes up much of Margie’s time, though she is very involved with her family, the church and Wilshire Rotary.

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Denise was born and raised in Indiana on a working farm. An active lifestyle, along with nutrition and fitness, was and is a top priority. Spending most of her time in Colorado enjoying the great outdoors learning to ski and hike, she started spending time in Los Angeles where she was introduced to Cardio Barre, and was “hooked”. She purchased the franchise for Hollywood, and opened in October of 2010. This one hour class is everything a fitness class should be! It includes high intensity, no impact, strengthening exercises and core work, while elongating every muscle. Cardio Barre offers a beautiful blend of all of these elements while increasing flexibility, and it’s FUN! Denise is excited and grateful to be part of the community and contribute to healthy living in Hollywood. Just 5 minutes from Larchmont Village at 6464 Sunset Blvd. #150, Hollywood, CA 90028. 323-462-6464 www • cardiobarre.com

SuSan E. DownEy, MD Plastic Surgeon Dr. Susan Downey is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been in practice for 23 years. Dr. Downey’s practice includes all areas of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery including Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty and Body Contouring. Dr. Downey is nationally recognized for her expertise in Plastic Surgery after Massive Weight Loss and has been listed on the Best Doctors in Los Angeles since 1996. Dr. Downey has volunteered her time on over 16 international medical missions to repair cleft lips and palates as well as train foreign medical doctors in those procedures. Last year she traveled to Peru with Women for World Health in April and also was a Visiting Educator to Ecuador in December. Dr. Downey has been a resident of the Larchmont Community since 1988 and is an active member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club. 321 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 800 • 323-468-0127 www.DrDowney.com


textbooks for students who are blind, dyslexic or physically disabled. www.learningally.org. LES AMIES CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE, INC. 213-260-7600. Sue Ellen Douglas, president. Purpose: support Children’s Institute, Inc. with their work to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraisers include theater receptions, an annual holiday dinner and other activities. LIBRARY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES 213-228-7506., Mary Beth Thomas, president, Sharon Rising, chairman. 366 members. Hosts special literary events throughout the year. Purpose: fundraising and to increase public awareness of LA Public Library’s Central Library and 72 branch libraries. Invitation only. www.lfla.org. LOS ANGELES ORPHANAGE GUILD 626-280-6510. Lisa Sheedy, president. Holds general meetings five times yearly. Purpose: raise funds for Maryvale, LA’s oldest residential treatment agency for girls age 6-18 who are placed there by the court. Hosts bring-a-friend luncheon in Nov., and dinner and dance in Feb. laorphanageguild. com. FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE 310-472-8306. Diane Deshong, president. 85 members. Purpose: raise funds to provide scholarships to students and accredited teachers to participate in Foundation’s educational programs. Student groups study the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and free enterprise on campus at Valley Forge. NGA, INC. 323-931-4885. Melanie Boettcher, president. The Needlework Guild meets monthly. Purpose: provide new clothing, shoes and linens to the homeless and needy.

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JEWISH WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, AL JOLSON CHAPTER 323-936-0388. Rena Melikan and Arlene Epstein, co-presidents. 110 members. Meets 3rd Thurs. Purpose: support children’s home in Israel, Operation Stork, Battered Women’s Shelters and Anti-Defamation League. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES 323-957-4280. Alexa Bleifer, president. 1,200 members. Six general meetings Sept.–May. Purpose: promote volunteerism, develop potential women and improve the community through effective action and the leadership of trained volunteers. JUNIORS OF SOCIAL SERVICE 626-355-3461. Susan Welsh, president. 125 members. Meets seven times per year, Sept.-June at members’ homes. Purpose: assist the Sisters of Social Service in their works and Regis House. Annual fundraiser is the Candlelight Ball in Jan. LAS FLORISTAS 562-673-3899. Debra Veady, president. 50 members. Meets 2nd Wed. of each month, Sept.-June at members’ homes. Purpose: support children’s charities at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center (including sports wheelchair program). lasfloristas. org. LAW ADVOCATES OF LOS ANGELES 323-465-1669. Pat Yeomans, president. 50 members. Three meetings per year. Purpose: support legal aid, child advocates office. Publishes bilingual U.S. Constitution booklet and promotes registering to vote. LEARNING ALLY 323-210-1454. Sherry Weekes, studio dir. 550 volunteers. Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Bi-monthly board meetings. Luncheon each November. Purpose: provide audio

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ident. 25 members. Meets 2nd Sat., Sept.-June. Purpose: fundraising and to build awareness concerning the needs of women veterans overseas.


Kitty Gordillo Development Director Hollywood wilsHire yMCA Kitty Gordillo, a native of Los Angeles, is the Director of Development at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Kitty is responsible for community outreach and coordinating fundraising efforts to support the Y’s youth and teen programs, a women’s transitional housing program, family and senior programs. With the Y’s mission of strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, her current push is to help bring to fruition the construction and opening of the Anderson Munger YMCA, which, when built, will be located on the corner of Oxford & Third Street. Kitty has been with the Y since 2004, and working as a development professional for over 15 years. She serves on the Sunset and Vine BID Board of Managers, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a Wilshire Rotarian.

1533 N. Schrader Blvd. • 323-639-7542

Lori roepke Hernandez President Montessori Children’s World Three years ago Mrs. Lori Hernandez brought Montessori Children’s World private schools to the Miracle Mile/ Beverly Hills area. Businesswoman, entrepreneur, and mother of three, Lori saw an educational need and filled it. Lori is the 2nd generation of Montessori women operators in her family. Having been educated in the Montessori approach as a child, and then later joining her mother, Arlene Roepke, in Montessori school operation and expansion, Lori continues to work toward their goal for authentic Montessori education. Our schools offer an excellent early education for children ages 18mos - 3rd grade. By meeting the needs of the “whole child” with an early experiential and individualized program, we are preparing them for a lifetime love of learning. Recent brain research clearly verifies that young children in this enriched environment excel and succeed in life. For more information please visit our website: www.MontessoriCW.com

650 S. San Vicente Blvd. • 323.677.2670 • MontessoriCW.com

HeatHer Boylston, reBecca HutcHinson Marketing Communications & Community Relations

H&r Pr H&R PR is a Larchmont-based boutique public relations firm specializing in marketing communications and community relations. Principals Heather Boylston (she’s the H) and Rebecca Hutchinson (she’s the R) formed their business partnership while co-founding Larchmont Charter School and have since consulted with a diverse group of clients including local start-ups and real estate agencies, and national non-profits and consumer product companies. Heather and Rebecca both bring a career’s worth of experience in public relations and marketing communications to H&R PR. This spring, they began work with the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District on its first branding and marketing communications campaign, and they are looking forward to creating greater awareness of our amazing Boulevard within Los Angeles and further afield.

hrprrebecca@gmail.com • hrprheather@gmail.com. 323-646-6406 • 323-397-3446

Marcella Kerwin

co-owner Boot Camp LA For me being the“LT” of Boot Camp L.A. is like a dream come true! To be a part of helping others to lead healthy life is nothing but a rewarding honor! Having recently had the opportunity to hear a panel of medical professionals speak about the healthcare reform, it became ever so clear to me, that we all should do everything in our power to be and stay as fit and healthy as we possibly can throughout our lives! Know that it is not too late, to start working out! We have all ages and sizes in our program! At Boot Camp L.A. we believe 100% in the power of encouragement! It’s time to take care of number one! You! For the Boot Camp L.A. class schedule visit www.bootcampla.com and or call Boot Camp L.A. Headquarters anytime at: 323-938-6179!

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ARCS FOUNDATION, LOS ANGELES FOUNDER CHAPTER 310-375-1936. Yolanda WaltherMeade, president. 125 members. Meets monthly year-round. Purpose: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) advances science in America by raising funds for outstanding collegiate scholars in the fields of science, engineering and medical research. www.arcsfoundation. org/los_angeles BANNING RESIDENCE MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS 310-548-7777. Marsha Kelly, president. 500 members. Meets quarterly. Purpose: to support the Banning Residence Museum. FRIENDS OF THE FAIRFAX LIBRARY 323-936-6191. Shirley Thompson, treasurer. 30 members. Twice weekly book sales. Meets 2nd Tues., Sept.-June. Purpose: to support the library acquisition fund and various programs, including the children’s summer programs. FRIENDS OF THE JOHN C. FREMONT LIBRARY 323-962-3521. Ted Poyser, president. 4 members. Purpose: to support all functions of the library. Holds book sales on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, and mid-month on Thursday, to support the library. Always looking for new members. HOLLYWOOD BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN 562-699-6288. Marjory Hopper, president. 25 members. Purpose: Achieve equity for individuals in the workplace through advocacy and education. Meets 2nd Tues. monthly. www.bpwhollywood. org. HOLLYWOOD HILLTOPPERS REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED 323-466-1724. Esther Aboud, president. 15 members. Meets every 4th Monday at the Assistance League except July, Aug., Dec. Purpose: to promote Republican issues and to educate on propositions. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, LOS ANGELES CHAPTER 213-368-1616. David A. Holtzman, president. 500 members. Meets monthly Sept.-May. Purpose: non-partisan organization to inform citizens about government. LOS ANGELES GARDEN CLUB 323-856-8617. Martha Hunt, president. 70 members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month at Visitors’ Auditorium, Griffith Park at 9:30 a.m. Sept.-June. Purpose: to increase knowledge and love of gardening and support philanthropic causes. A different speak-

er every month. Garden tour in April. Flower show in May. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS, LOS ANGELES 213-622-3200. Jane Pak, CEO. Vicky Brown, president. 300 members. Meets 2nd Tues. of the month for breakfast every other month. Purpose: propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power through advocacy, innovation and community. www.nawbola.org NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN, LOS ANGELES SECTION 323-852-8501. Amy Straus and Ruth Zeitzew, co-presidents. Hillary Selvin, exec. dir. 1,000 members. Purpose: to improve the quality of life for women, children and families and to ensure individual rights for all. Operates several thrift stores and a counseling talkline. ncjwla.org. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN (NOW), LOS ANGELES CHAPTER 310-398-5805. Shelley M. Mandell, president. 1,000 members. Meets monthly Jan.-Oct. Purpose: to take action and support legislation that brings women into full participation in American life. DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, LOS ANGELESESCHSCHOLTZIA CHAPTER Stephanie Boyd, regent. 141 members. Meets 2nd Wed. Sept.May for lunch. Purpose: historic preservation; non-political and non-religious lineage society. laedar.org. TOWN AND GOWN OF USC Judith Pohlmann, president. 700 members. Established in 1904. Purpose: provide academic scholarships to students at USC. Contact through website: townandgownusc.com. WILSHIRE ROTARY CLUB Raymond Schuldenfrei, president. 80 members. Meets every Wed.

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noon at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Purpose: encourage and foster the ideal of service and high ethical standards in business and the community. www.wilshirerotary.org. WINDSOR SQUAREHANCOCK PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY 213-243-8182. Fluff McLean, president. 400 members. Board of trustees meets quarterly at members’ homes. Researches and preserves historical information of Windsor Square, Hancock Park and Greater Rancho La Brea; recognizes landmark institutions and residences. Holds annual garden party in the spring and home tour in the fall. wshphs.org. WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE 310-204-2348. Margot Bennett, exec. dir. Ann Reiss Lane, founder. Purpose: prevent gun violence by educating the public, policymakers and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences and dangers of firearms. www.wagv.org. WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES 213-892-8982. Kay Burt, executive administrator. 1,200 members. Board meets monthly. Purpose: promote full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession, maintain integrity of legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, improve status of women in society, including exercise of equal rights and reproductive choice. Does not give referrals or do pro bono work. www.wlala. org.


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 310-348-0356, x 3. Julie Brewster, director. 35 members. Multiple committees, breast health and special events. 5731 W. Slauson Ave., #200. Purpose: educate about cancer and prevention. cancer.org.

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AUXILIARY OF CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER 213-742-5940. Barbara Jefferson, president. 101 members. General membership meets three times a year, 3rd Wed. Feb, Mar. and Oct. Purpose: promote and foster welfare of hospital and its patients. Volunteers comfort and cheer patients. Fundraising for special projects. BEIT T’SHUVAH 310-204-5200. Annette Shapiro, president. 250 members. Meets weekly for Shabbat. Purpose: fundraising and other support for program that integrates faith, A.A. and traditional psychotherapy. www.beittshuvah.org. CARES AUXILIARY 323-226-6941. Mindy Halls, president. 200 members. Board meets monthly Sept.-June, except Dec. Purpose: support LAC+USC Medical Center by volunteer work and donations. CEDARS-SINAI WOMEN’S GUILD 310-423-3667. Lorette Gross, president. 2,000 members. Board meets at hospital or in members’ homes six times a year. Purpose: support Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, primarily through fund-raising, support programs, research and education. www.womensguildcs.org. CHEERFUL HELPERS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 213-387-7252. Jackie Sloan, president. 10 members. Board meets the 2nd Wed. of each month at 3300 Wilshire. Purpose: support the Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center. www.cheerfulhelpers.org. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES 323-361-2371. Bonnie McClure, chairman. 35 Guilds and Auxil-

iaries. Purpose: raise money for Children’s Hospital. CHARITABLE CHILDREN’S GUILD OF ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL 213-742-1534. Justine Lewis, president. 33 members. Meets 4th Thurs. of the month at Orthopedic Hospital. Purpose: to support children with orthopaedic needs and disabilities through volunteering, fundraising events, and “It’s a Bargain” Thrift Shop at downtown campus. GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL AUXILIARY 213-977-2902. 225 members. General meetings Oct., Feb. and May. Purpose: support hospital via fundraising and public relations. usc.edu/socialwork. JUNIORS FOR THE LEAGUE OF CRIPPLED CHILDREN 213-742-1534. Theresa Cornell, advisor. 12 members, grades nine through 12, meets 1s t Sat. of the month at Orthopaedic Hospital (Sept.-June). Purpose: support children with orthopaedic needs and disabilities through fundraising and volunteering. LAS AMIGAS DE LAS LOMAS 213-742-1534. Lauren Perreault, president. 31 members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month at 7 p.m. Purpose: support children with orthopaedic needs and disabilities through volunteering and fundraising. Holds annual horseshow in July. lasamigasdelaslomas.org; www.facebook.com/lasamigasdelaslomas. LAS MADRECITAS AUXILIARY, CHARITABLE CHILDREN’S GUILD 213-742-1534. Pev Hukill, president. 146 members. Meets 1st Thurs. of the month, Sept.-June. Purpose: support the children of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital

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through volunteering, fundraising and social events throughout the year. Holds fundraiser at the Trump Golf Course in October. http://worknotes.com/CA/RPV/ lasmadrecitas/index.html

LAS MADRINAS 323-669-2367. Pat Rauth, president. 168 members. Meets three times yearly. Purpose: honors debutante families to raise re­search funds for Children’s Hospi­tal Los Angeles.

LAS NINAS DE LAS MADRECITAS 213-742-1534. Marie Delcarson, president. 77 members, grades nine through 12. Meets 2nd Wed. of each month Sept.-June. Purpose: volunteer at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital and in the community. http://worknotes. com/CA/RPV/LasNinas/index. html.


213-742-1534. Chris Wright Roper, president. 37 members. Meets 1st Wed. (Sept.-June) at Orthopaedic Hospital. Purpose: support children with orthopaedic needs and disabilities through fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Holds Casino Night in August and Day at the Races in the spring. LUMINAIRES, FOUNDER CHAPTER 323-442-7101. Kandi Wopschall, president. 160 members. General meeting three times a year. Pur­ pose: support the Doheny Eye In­ stitute. LUMINAIRES JUNIORS 323-442-7101. Amanda Larson, president. 165 members. General meetings three times a year. Purpose: support the Doheny Eye Institute. PINAFORES OF THE LEAGUE FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN 213-742-1508. Theresa Cornell, advisor. Six members in first through eighth grades. Meets 1st Sat. of the month (Sept.June). Purpose: support children with orthopaedic disabilities and needs through volunteering and providing activities for hospital patients. SEARCHLIGHTERS 213-742-1534. Marcia Snidow, president. 23 members. Meets 1st Tues. of month. Purpose: support research, education and charity care for children at Orthopaedic Hospital. www.searchlighters. com. SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY GUILD 323-661-6788. Denise Nighman, president. 175 members. Meets once a month except June, July and Aug. Purpose: fundraising to assist sisters in carrying out their mission. The sisters are RNs, LVNs, CNAs who provide care to patients in their own homes regardless of disease, race or religion, free of charge. Yearly benefit is a luncheon at the Wilshire Country Club in Sept.

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Jennifer Kim CfP®, CmfC, ChfC, CLU

Partner, Signature estate & investment Advisor, LLC (SeiA) Active Member of the Larchmont Community, PSF Board Member, Wife, Mother. Jennifer Kim is a native of Los Angeles and a resident of Larchmont for over 20 years. She received her BA degree in Economics from UCLA in 1992. Jennifer is a Partner at SEIA where she customizes wealth and investment strategies for families and corporations. She has been in the securities and insurance business since 1993. Jennifer is married to Mark Kim, a Los Angeles native and District Attorney in downtown, LA. Together they have four children ages 2 – 8. Sterling and Fiona attend St. James where Jennifer is on the PSF Board. When Sullivan and Remington are old enough, they will be attending too. Jennifer’s family is also active at Marat Daukayev and in local sports.

310-712-2323 • jkim@seia.com 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600, LA, CA 90067 • SEIA.com

Meg Mc CoMb MiraCle Mile ChaMber of CoMMerCe Meg McCombe, Executive Director of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. Starting with a Degree in Theater Design from CSUN she tested recipes for “Bon Appétit” while working for interior designers. Next: pastry chef-ing for The Biltmore Hotel, Le Dôme and Valentino’s became her local Culinary University. In 1979, she opened her first restaurant, Mangia, in West LA. Two others followed, Meg’s on Rodeo & Doug Arango’s in Palm Springs. To document her creations and send custom Thank-you notes to clients; Meg’s camera went right along with her knife kit to Catering and Food Styling for feature films. In Director Sydney Pollack’s home, Meg served as his private chef for over 13 years. With Euro-travel photo-ops and marketing of her aesthetic ephemera, in 2001 Meg took off her toque and put up the Nutmeg Unlimited sign, focusing on remarkable & memorable Corporate Stationery in an era of easily deleted greetings. Her convivial style and attention to detail have been effectively framed by her recent appointment to the MM Chamber of Commerce.

Linda & OLivia nOh Mother and Daughter Real Estate Team

Re/Max Mega gROup Linda and Olivia Noh are owners and run the local Remax office in Hancock Park. The Remax motto of “outstanding agents, outstanding results” truly defines our office. We listen to the needs of our clients and help them through the selling or buying process. We are on the client’s side and we are not afraid to help you through any situation whether it is a conventional sale or negotiating through a short-sale. We understand that the real estate market is constantly changing and we must adapt to nurture the needs of our clients through our expertise and valuable know-how. Whether it is selling your property for the most value or helping buyers obtain their dream home, we will help you each step of the way. 323-692-9900 • INFO@remaxmegagrOup.cOm

Mary Anne Reyes ColoniAl Wine BAR Mary Anne Reyes is a native of Hancock Park and a UCLA Alumni with a degree in Political Science. She has recently opened The Colonial Wine Bar on Melrose Avenue, along with partner and sister, Carolyn Reyes and David Haskell. This is the second venue for Mary Anne who, while still a college undergrad, opened Mandalay Restaurant, a French-Vietnamese restaurant on La Brea Avenue and two years later, The Pearl Cocktail Lounge. She successfully operated the duo which became Hollywood staples for over 10 years. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and brings with her an incredible ability to market and interact with guests. Additionally, she is an accomplished real estate consultant specializing in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas. Mary Anne is married to Greg De Belles and has a daughter, Sofia De Belles that attends Third Street School. 323-657-1827 • 7166 Melrose Ave., 90046

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Deborah richman

Head of School Turning PoinT School For the past 24 years, Deborah Richman has served as Head of Turning Point School, a California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited independent, co-educational day school enrolling students in Primary (two years, nine months) to Level 8. Deborah currently serves as the Chairman of school accreditation committees on behalf of WASC and CAIS. She has previously served on The Westmark School Board of Trustees, Council for the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, The Oaks School Board of Trustees, and was Vice-President of Elementary Standards of CAIS. Deborah earned her B.S.E. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and M.Ed. degree from the University of Houston. She completed postgraduate studies at New York University and Inter-American University in School Leadership and Administration and Marketing and Business Administration. Prior to joining Turning Point, Deborah held administrative positions at schools in Houston and Puerto Rico.


Kim Rudy

Corporate Sales Manager Kim Rudy has been a member of the Park La Brea staff for nearly eight years. As Corporate Sales Manager, she enjoys welcoming people from a wide array of corporations, consulates, and colleges into their new Park La Brea homes. Kim’s roots are in the Larchmont Village community, having grown up there while attending St. Brendan and Marlborough Schools. She received her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Communications from Santa Clara University, which is also where she met her husband, Patrick Rodriguez. Kim is a member of the Wilshire Rotary club and the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. This helps keep her active and contributing to service projects and business development in her community. Kim is the mother of two boys, eighteen month old toddler, Cole Alexander, and his almost six-year-old brother, Grant Richard, who will be attending Kindergarten at St. Brendan School this Fall. She is thankful to live in this vital community that affords so many exciting venues for family activities and fun.

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Lisa Rudy Director of Marketing

Lisa Rudy has been part of the Park La Brea family since January 2008. She is the former Director of Training for SARES-REGIS Group in Irvine, CA and has been in the property management field for over nine years. Lisa is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach and holds a BA Degree in Human Development. She is active in the California Apartment Association and is a member of the Regional Council for the LA chapter. In addition, she is an instructor for their CCRM (California Certified Residential Manager) program. Lisa, and her husband Glenn, currently reside in Sherman Oaks and enjoy spending time with their dogs, Winston and Zoe. 6200 West Third Street • (866) 677-0134 • parklabrea.com

Dia Schuldenfrei Realtor & Philanthropist dia/ray deasy/penner&chase 323.462.7200 Home as art ®.com

An active Ebell Board member and First Lady to the President of the Wilshire Rotary, Dia was born and raised in Hancock Park where she attended Wilton Place School and L.A. High. After graduating from U.S.C. she married her college sweetheart Ray; they live in the Hollywood Hills. Dia’s activities include board membership in Club 100 of the Music Center, Assistance League, and the Hollywood Womens Club. She still finds time for her career in Real Estate, and an active travel schedule. You can reach her at (323) 646-9776

ST. ANNE’S GUILD 213-381-2931 x 212. Joyce Whittlesey, president. 100 members. General membership meets two times a year. Purpose: serve atrisk, pregnant and parenting teens, young women and their children. Fundraising events include the thrift shop fashion show and golf tournament in Sept. and the holiday bazaar in Nov. www.stannes.org. ST. JOHN OF GOD WOMEN’S LEAGUE 323-939-3219. Therese Holz, president. 200 members. Purpose: volunteering and fundraising to assist patients in St. John of God Retirement and Care Center. ST. VINCENT MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY 213-484-7328. Michele McGarry Crahan, president. 100 members. Meets five times yearly. Purpose: support the mission of the daughters of charity of St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles. SPECIAL CHILDREN’S LEAGUE 818-790-6167. Ruth Lyle, secretary. 40 members. Meets 4th Wed. Purpose: Raise money to support the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.


THE BLUE RIBBON 213-972-3348. Carla Sands, president. 450 members. Meets on a special events basis by invitation only at different sites in the city. Purpose: raise funds to support resident companies in arts education program of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. CENTER THEATER GROUP AFFILIATES 213-972-7620. Mandi Or, event manager. 120 members. Meets monthly Sept.-June. Purpose: support activities of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater and the Ahmanson Theater; fundraising to Education and Community Partnership programs; furthers interest in performing arts. www.centertheatregroup.org/. CLUB 100 OF THE MUSIC CENTER 213-972-4349. Jane McNeil, chair. Members meet socially each month, Sept.-June, plus two membership meetings. Purpose: fundraising for support of arts education for the music center. www.musiccenter.org. COSTUME COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 323-857-6013. Cindy Canzoneri, chair. 350 members. Board meets monthly Sept.-June. Purpose: support the costume and textile department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. DOCENT COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 323-857-6119. Susan Bjerre, chair. 521 members. Purpose: volunteer educational services for students and adults in the

form of tours, lectures, and informal conversations. A new class of docents is recruited and trained every other year. www.lacma.org or admissions@lacmadocent.org. FOLK ART COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM 323-931-0497. Letha Greenberg, contact person. 75 members. Board meets 1st Tues. of the month. Monthly programs, except July and Aug., feature tours of private and museum collections. Purpose: to support the museum and foster interest in folk art. FRIENDS OF THE RAGAN ART ACADEMY BARNSDALL ARTS /FOJAC 323-363-4629. Shelah LeherGraiwer, executive director. 18 board members. Purpose: educational arts programs at the Barnsdall Arts Center for children ages 12-16; outreach art program in schools; international child art collection. Family art workshops at Griffith Park on Saturdays. Art studio for kids on Sundays at Barnsdall Art Park. barnsdallarts. org. HOLLYWOOD BOWL SOCIETY 213-972-0753. Constance Bessada, Lori Mawhinney, copresidents. 180 members. Meets monthly. Purpose: support the Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Philharmonic and volunteer. www.hollywoodbowl.com. INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC 213-972-0753. Founded in 1951. Kay Sidhu, president. 100 members. Meets once a month, Oct.-May. Purpose: encourage attendance at Philharmonic performances; fundraising, build bridges between cultures and countries through international ball once a year; provide sponsorship to children and their families to attend concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. www.laphil.com

KCET WOMEN’S COUNCIL 323-656-9271. Margaret Black, president. 80 members. Four gatherings and one board meeting a year. Purpose: to foster public interest in KCET and assist station with contributions of service and funds. Major fundraiser is annual Star Luncheon. www.kcet.org. THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AFFILIATES 213-972-0753. Aida Gaona, chair. 1,000 members. Meets 10 times yearly. Purpose: support the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC COMMITTEE 213-972-0753. Suzanne Olsen, president. 65 members. General membership meets six times yearly in members’ homes. Purpose: raise funds to support Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Music Center Endowment for Educational Initiative. Invitation only. MUSES OF CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER 626-799-5257. Christine Hessler, President. 105 members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month Sept.- June. Mission: supports and promotes the California Science Center and its education programs for youth. Provides fundraising and volunteer activities for the Community Youth Programs, the California State Science Fair and the Hands-On Science Camp. Membership open to men and women. MUSEUM SERVICE COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 323-857-6228. Kathleen Dunleavy, chair. 275 members. Annual meeting at museum. Purpose: council members staff the welcome center, host mu­ seum functions, provide research, office assistance and translations. Msc-lacma.org RUSKIN ART CLUB 310-876-4954. Gabriel Meyer, president, Elena Karina Byrne, literary programs director. 120 members. Holds readings, work-

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shops, lectures, concerts, and occasionally film and cross-over arts programs. Hosts fundraising events for other arts organizations, publishers and artists. www.facebook.com/RuskinArtClub or ekduende@gmail.com. WOMEN’S COMMITTEE OF LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION 213-972-0753. Ursula Drummel and Gizella Greenlee, copresidents. 60 members. Meets monthly, Oct.-June. Purpose: raise funds for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. www.laphil.com.


BUCKLEY SCHOOL PARENTS ASSOCIATION 818-461-6727. Kim Kerscher, dir. of comm. Purpose: volunteer in classrooms and library, hold fundraising events to support school. CATHEDRAL CHAPEL SCHOOL PTO BOARD 323-938-9976. Heather Risinger, president. 30 families. Purpose: fundraising events for Cathedral Chapel School and general support of school. FRIENDS OF THIRD STREET 323-939-8337. Roy Forbes and Jennifer Rissier, co-presidents. 350 members. Meets at 3rd St. auditorium 1st Fri. of each month at 8:10 a.m. Purpose: raise money for enrichment programs. www. friendsofthird.org. HANCOCK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOOSTER CLUB 323-935-5272. Diana Park and Jessica Dabney, co-presidents. 21 officers plus parents. Meets 3rd Wed. of every month Sept.- June. Purpose: fundraising and implementing projects. HARVARD WESTLAKE SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION 818-487-6611. Katie Holthouse, president. 1,400 members. Meets six times yearly. Purpose: Support

school and build school community. IMMACULATE HEART PARENTS’ COUNCIL 323-461-3651. Roxane and John Cornelius, co-presidents. Board meets monthly Sept.May. Purpose: raise funds for the school and a forum for communication. LOYOLA HIGH MOTHERS’ GUILD 310-230-9114. Tina Cathcart, president, 900 members. Board meets quarterly. MARLBOROUGH PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION 323-935-1147. Debi Gonzales and Erika Johnson, co-presidents. 1,000 members. Meets six times a year. Provides leadership and involvement opportunities. ST. BRENDAN’S SCHOOL PARENT BOARD 213-382-7401. Joanne Pickett, president. 217 families. Board meets 2nd Thurs. of each month. Purpose: fundraising, communication forum, support co-curricular activities and welcome new families. ST. JAMES’ SCHOOL PARENT SUPPORT FELLOWSHIP 213-233-0133. Olivia Kazanjian, Jennifer Kim, Tina Lynam, Clara Martin, Kelley Nelson, Marcy Pullard and Kimberly Rolfe, cochairs. 314 family memberships. Meets monthly Sept.-May. Purpose: community building, fundraising and hospitality. sjsla.org. THIRD STREET PTA 323-939-8337. Deanna Hughes, president. 800 members. Meetings held quarterly on the 1st Fri. of the month at 8:15 a.m. Purpose: work with Friends of Third Street School to raise funds for enrichment and curricular programs for Third Street School students. www.thirdstreetpta.org. WILSHIRE CREST PTA 323-938-5291. Marcella Lowe, president. 45 members. Meets monthly. Purpose: Fundraising

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and support for school and student needs. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL PTA 323-939-3800. Keefe KaupangerSwacker, Joon Kijo, co-chairs. 120 families. Meets monthly Sept.-May. WILTON PLACE SCHOOL PTA 213-389-1181. Mi Yun, president. 1,000 members. Board meets at the school every 3rd Thurs.

Meet ladies of the Larchmont Chronicle The special section on “Women of Larchmont” is the combined effort by the ladies of the Larchmont Chronicle. We would like you to meet them. Pam Rudy has been enlisting advertisers to the Chronicle’s pages for the past 15 years. A local resident, she is a past president of Wilshire Rotary Club. Rachel Olivier wears several hats—circulation manager, receptionist, proofreader and all around Girl Friday. She walks to work. As associate editor Suzan Filipek brings journalistic expertise to the Chronicle pages. She also promotes animal welfare issues. Laura Eversz, assistant editor and former resident, specializes in our web page, education and gardening news. Keeping our financial records in order is Yvonne Auerbach. She is a past chairman and secretary of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. Maria Buoniol creates ads and special illustrations as our graphic artist. She also keeps our tech equipment up and running. When Nancy MacCoon isn’t playing tennis or writing books, she is proofreading. Jane Gilman, editor and publisher, began the Chronicle 49 years ago with her former partner Dawne Goodwin. She is planning a big 50th anniversary celebration next year.

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Jennifer K. Sohal, MD Spine Specialist St. Vincent Spine inStitute Jennifer K. Sohal, MD is a spine specialist at St. Vincent Spine Institute and a strong advocate for seniors. Her goals are to restore stability and mobility for each patient. Dr. Sohal specializes in the treatment of cervical myelopathy, lumbar spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication, spinal instability and radiculopathy, both cervical and lumbar. After being educated at Marlborough School, she attended Yale University, where she graduated with honors and received a B.S. in both Computer Science and Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics. Dr. Sohal received her Medical Degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Sohal took her fellowship at Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, KY. 2200 W. 3rd Street, Suite 120B • Los Angeles, CA 90057 • 213-484-7310

Gillian WaGner

Gillian Wagner is a longtime Hancock Park resident and President of the Board of HopeNet, a collaboration of Los Angeles area congregations dedicated to addressing problems of hunger and homelessness in our city. She oversees fourteen Food Pantries and four sites serving meals, and finds time to serve every week at one of the sites. Mark Brooks, Head of School at Pilgrim School, says of Gill “a busy woman who never hesitates to help others in need. She is the epitome of the adage ‘if you want to get something done give it to a busy woman!’ “ She has been married to entrepreneur John Wagner for 25 years and is the mother of two sons: Tom, a Junior at University of Chicago and Joe, soon to be a Freshman at Ohio Wesleyan.

Kathy Whooley PT, OCS, CSCS, CPI, MBA


LArChMOnT PhySICAL TherAPy Kathy established Larchmont Physical Therapy in 1985 and has been serving the community for over 27 years. She has worked hard to build a quality outpatient physical therapy practice serving the orthopedic and sports medicine needs of the community. A Boston University Magna Cum Laude alumna with an MBA from Pepperdine, she also has advanced credentials as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a USGFA golf-specific fitness trainer. An avid golfer and photographer, Kathy attained her Pilates certification in 2007. Kathy mentors a team of dedicated physical therapists with evidence-based techniques to produce positive functional results. 321 North Larchmont Blvd, Suite 825 • 323-464-4458 larchmontpt.com

Devoney Wolfus

Landis’ Labyrinth Devoney Wolfus is one of the most recognizable Women of Accomplishment in Hancock Park. A native of the neighborhood, she is best known for reinvigorating one of the neighborhood’s most beloved names, Landis. She has been the owner of Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop since its opening in January of 2009. The offspring of her mother’s shop, Landis General Store, Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop is well into its 3rd year of business at 140 North Larchmont, and soon will expand. This fall she will be opening her second location on Larchmont (at 144 N. Larchmont) to meet the needs of a neighborhood ever growing with new families. In addition to her Larchmont locations, Devoney also opened another branch of her business in Manhattan Beach in October of 2011. Devoney and Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop are also heavily invested in supporting the local schools and charities, including The Sunshine Kids, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, Walk with Sally, and the Red Cross.

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Larchmont Chronicle

Women of Larchmont 2012

The Women of Coldwell Banker Salute the

Women of Larchmont June ahn

June Ahn is a top producing agent and an estate director with Coldwell Banker Hancock Park South. A member of the International President’s Elite, June has been recognized as one of the top 100 agents of Coldwell Banker in all of Southern California. She has earned many awards for her outstanding achievements. Please call 323-855-5558.

barbara allen

Barbara Allen, a Massachusetts native and Boston University graduate, specializes in residential homes and residential income properties. Barbara strives to help people realize their real estate goals. In this changing market, Barbara’s tenacity, knowledge, understanding and determination are key to her success. Please call 323-610-1781.

PeGGy barTeneTTi

Peggy graduated from UCLA with a BA in English; studied design at Otis Parson’s Art Institute for 3 years and completed a summer course in the Architecture of English Country Homes at Oxford University in England. Peggy has been selling real estate for 11 years with Coldwell Banker South on Larchmont and has been a resident of Hacock Park for 41 years. Peggy is involved in many community activities. 323-860-4250

vickie bascoy

Victoria is a Los Angeles native and a long-time resident of Hancock Park/Windsor Square. Her real estate career spans 20 + years with such achievements as Rookie of the Year, Assistant Manager, Top Producer and Woman of the Year. She has sold from Santa Monica to Palm Springs & is a member of numerous charitable & religious organizations. 323-823-6869.

sandy boeck

Sandy is dedicated to bridging the needs of buyers and sellers with personalized, one-on-one service from the starting line to the dotted line. She has the comprehensive knowledge, negotiating experience and marketing skills helping her clients since 1988 to achieve their goals. Sandy grew up in Hancock Park and has lived in Brookside for 38 years. 323-860-4240.

leah brenner

“Performance not promises” are Leah’s buzz words. A 30-year veteran in residential real estate in Hancock Park, Beverly Center & Westside., Leah is a member of the prestigious Int’l President’s Elite. She’s involved in local charitable organizations & proud grandmother of 15. Leah and her partner Naomi were the topproducing team for both HP CB offices in 2011, the top 1% of CB associates internationally. 323-860-4245 or www.naomiandleah.com

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Jenny choW

A long-time resident of the area Jenny specializes in residential and commercial real estate. She has more than 20 years experience and is a consistent top producer. Jenny is a native of Taiwan & speaks three dialects of Chinese. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers & Altrusa International. She is married with two sons. 323-460-7624.

cecille cohen

Cecille is a member of the President’s Circle and has won many top awards. She and her husband are active in the Orthodox community & are past parents in Yahneh Hebrew Academy, Toras Emes, YULA, Bais Yakov & Yeshiva Gedolah. For the past 26 years with Coldwell Banker, her mission has been to help her clients achieve their real estate goals. Call Cecille at 213-810-9949.

anna Gee

Over 15 years experience in real estate & usually does 6 to 7 transactions with one client. In year 2003, ranked 251st among 69,000 REMAX agents. Owned & operated a real estate office. Rookie of the Year, consecutive Top Producer of the Year, for consecutive y e a r s . M o t t o : Tr u t h f u l , responsible & loyal. Do my best in every transaction with my professional knowledge. 213-276-2288.

kaThy Gless

Kathy’s successful representation of sellers & buyers in Hancock Park and Windsor Square has spanned 35 yrs. Considered one of the most respected, experienced & successful agents at Coldwell Banker, she holds the title of Executive Sales Director & Previews Property Specialist. Her integrity & commitment to clients is exceededbynone.Charitable activities include Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women, Meals onWheels & Hope Net. 323-460-7622

Maria GoMeZ

Maria, a 32 year resident of Hancock Park & a Top Real Estate Sales producer for 17 years, is a Certified Short Sale & Foreclosure (SFR) resources Specialist & neighborhood Specialist. She represents buyers & seller in their Residetial Short Ssale, Commercial, Multi-Family, Trust REO-Bank Owned & Probate Sales. (213) 705-1603 or mgomez@coldwell banker.com

Terri c. hall

WOW! I can’t believe I’m approaching my 35th year serving clients with their buying, selling, leasing, searching real estate quest. As a proud native of Los Angeles I enjoy a rich knowledge of many local areas and provide clients with marketing skills, understanding of fluctuating trends and dealing with the many changes and aspects of our transactions. Coldwell Banker South. 323.860.4233

Michelle hanna

Mary Louise is a consistent top producer who has been in real estate for the past twenty six years. A native Californian and an alumnus of USC, she especially enjoys working with first time home buyers, investors for income properties & finding the ultimate dream home! She can be reached at 323-314-5718.

“Each transaction is like a puzzle and it excites me to make sure all the pieces fit as easily as possible! I love helping people achieve the American Dream!” Born & raised in Los Angeles with over 20 years of experience in real estate allows Michelle to be the ultimate real estate professional. Graduate from Pepperdine University. When she is not selling real estate she is serving @ St. Brendan’s School or Plymouth School where her children attend.

sue carr

Naomi is the #1 agent in her market. Her achievements are unparalleled. Naomi is a neighborhood specialist, in Hancock Park & Miracle Mile. Her determination & hard work have gained her the honor of being one of the 1000 top brokers in the country. Naomi & her partner Leah are in Top 100 agents Nationwide for 2012. Naomi & her partner collectively have been selling real estate in our neighborhood for 64 years. Call 323-860-4259 www.naomiandleah.com

God gave me one mouth and two ears for a reason. To be heard, call 323-460-7606. www.HancockParkLiving.com

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lisa huTchins

#1 Agent in Hancock Park/ Windsor Square since 1994. Only agent in Hancock Park ever awarded S ociet y of Excellence, Coldwell Banker’s highest achievement level, for the 10th year in a row. Lifelong resident of H.P.-W.S., Graduate of 3rd St School, Marlborough School & Stanford University. Contact her at 323-460-7626 or lbhutchins@aol.com.

bella kay

Bella Kay, with over 20 years of experience in the local real estate industry, speaks five languages fluently: English, Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish. Known for her patience, persistence, and enthusiasm, she has a loyal following of satisfied clients throughout Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the Westside. 323-972-3408.

nadia kiM

“Nadia Kim looks forward to working with you now and in the future, handling all of your real Estate needs. She is fluent in English and Korean. In her first year with coldwell Banker, she was honored to be recognized as “Rookie of the Year” and she has consistently built on that success each year. Her one goal is to insure that all of her clients achieve their Real Estate goals. Call Nadia at 213-700-3709.

belinda lavioleTTe

Belinda has lived in Hancock Pa r k fo r m a ny y e a r s a n d raised her five children here. Her real estate goals are to make the buying and selling process run as smoothly as possible and to develop long term relationships with her clients. Belinda can be reached at 213-435-1775.

June lee

June has been a long-time resident and prominent realtor in Hancock Park meeting the individual needs of each client with her expertise and knowledge of the area. In each of her year’s affiliation with Coldwell Banker, June has been named to the International President’s Circle / Elite and is a certified Previews Property Specialist. 323-860-4262.

GinGer lincoln

I love Real Estate, I adore my clients, I love finding them homes, I think it is fabulous to sell their home and haveapleasantsurpriseintheirbank account, I love investing and making money. This is why I do Real Estate. I love making my clients happy! 323-252-6612

anne loveland Proper preparation prevents p$$$ poor performance. 1st step, call 323-460-7606 www.HancockParkLiving.com

JaneT loveland

First impressions count. I can be your “Swiffer”and your spiffer before you list. For proof, call 323-460-7606. www.HancockParkLiving.com

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barbara Macdonald

A real estate professional since 1974, Barbara holds the titles of Executive Sales Director, Previews Property Specialist and Assistant Manager/Training Director with the North office. She is a consistent member of the President’s Club and has been awarded some of Coldwell Banker’s highest achievements. A Hancock Park resident since 1968. Call 323-460-7633.

Terri MccorTney

Terri has lived in the Hancock Park area since 1971. She has been with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office since 1995 where she has been a multi-million-dollar producer. She specializes in Westside residential real estate to include Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Please call Terri at 323-460-7612.

Mollie McGinTy

A thirty-nine-year resident of Hancock Park, Mollie has been in real estate in the area for 36 years and 24 years with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office which is recognized as being in the top 1% of its agencies. She is also an assistant branch manager. Call Mollie at 323-460-7636

linda MorroW hadley

Linda has been a multi-milliondollar producer since 1972 and is a member of the prestigious International President’s Elite. She is also an Executive Sales Director, a title awarded for o u t s t a n d i n g p ro d u c t i o n , dedication & ser vice. A dynamo, Linda is active in many community organizations & loves to sing, play tennis & ski. 323-460-7601.

shar Penfold

Shar is a proud resident of historic Fremont Place. She takes pride in delivering truly remarkable service with any eye to discretion. Having relocated with her family to Los Angeles, London & France, Shar’s experience is unprecedented when it comes to buying a house and settling into LA from anywhere in the world. Your referrals are always welcome. Call 323.860.4258.

Jackie valenZuela

Jackie is a Realtor servicing the greater Los Angeles area. The transition into Real Estate was seamless to her because education and counsel are two elements she enjoys. As a real estate agent, she takes pride in assisting clients in making informed decisions about their real estate transactions. Jackie is a Bank-Owned/Short Sale Specialist. She can be reached at 323-460-7663.

Mary WoodWard

Mary Carlota Woodward is part of a family partnership with her brothers John & Andrew and are a members of the prestigious designation of Coldwell Banker Top 1%. They are 4th generation with over 80 years combined experience Hancock Park resident, Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of QueensCare. Call Mary at 323-860-4265.

susan yiM

A former designer with a keen eye for detail and a passion for architecture and design, has been a member of the Hancock Park community for over 20 years. With her passion for the neighborhood comes honesty and integrity. Her goal is to provide the highest level of service to her clients. Her current success and growth in business is true testament to her hard work in a down economy. Call 323-252-7287

hancock Park north 251 Larchmont Blvd. 323.464.9272

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