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August 2016

Jill Bauman helps families exit homelessness with 'Imagine' By Jane Gilman Jill Bauman is passionate about solving family homelessness. Seated in her art-lined and book-filled living room, Bauman recounts the road to becoming head of Imagine LA, the non-profit agency that is using creative methods to remedy the homeless dilemma. Born in Pasadena and raised in Santa Barbara, she briefly lived on June St. Bauman graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics and received two masters degrees in business administration and public policy and management from Yale University. Bauman went into computer system design (“I was one of the first to use an Apple Mac”) and later became an investment banker. She has launched three businesses, been a board member of several nonprofits including the cofounder of the Weingart Center “Weingart Partner” young professionals group. Her resume also includes developing an adopt-a-family program and a transitional housing facility for women and children. But it was when Bauman joined Imagine LA as a board member in 2006, in the second year of the agency, that the Windsor Village resident found her niche. Bauman was able to combine her concern for women’s issues with the problem of homelessness.

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A year later, the president resigned, and Bauman was asked to take the reins. “One-third of the homeless are families,” she explained. “At Imagine LA we utilize a family empowerment and mentorship model and access private and public resources, Bauman said. “We match and train volunteers to work with families emerging from homelessness or at severe risk of homelessness to maintain their housing, to attain selfsufficiency and to ensure that every family member thrives.” Mentors are always needed. Their roles include contacting their families weekly, helping them with budgets, tutoring, nutrition and taking them on outings such as to the Los Angeles Zoo, picnics and festivals. One of the agency’s biggest boosters is Anne Loveland, Hancock Park. Anne said, “Jill

Bauman and her team are doing amazing work here in our own backyard. Often these families have simply had a job loss or a medical situation and no cash reserves / safety net. I have gone through a thoughtful training process with the organization, volunteered, contributed financial resources and spent time encouraging Bauman as a leader over the last five to six years.” Anne echoes Bauman’s appeal for volunteers. She says, “Participation is sorely needed. One person can make all the difference plus helping another feels great!” The Bauman family moved to the area 10 years ago, and Bauman is thrilled to be part of this community. “In addition to local board members, we have the support of groups like NGA, Big Sunday and The Ebell of Los Angeles,” she said. Her friends at the Los Angeles Tennis Club also donate or volunteer to the agency. Bauman is ranked an “A” player and also keeps trim by swimming. Husband John is a literary agent “and a gourmet cook.” He also founded the Shakespeare Company that gives free performances in Griffith Park. Isabelle, 19, is a student at Brown, and James, 17, attends Loyola High School. Some summers the family will be at Ashland, Ore., to see the enactments of the Bard’s works.

The Bauman backyard is a retreat for Jill where she relaxes and enjoys viewing the stone labyrinth the family has created. It’s here she can re-

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GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL continues to benefit from the work of Susan Blumenthal.

Woman of Larchmont still serving the community 21 years later By John Welborne Quintessential volunteer Susan Blumenthal was recognized in 1995 as a Woman of Larchmont, and the results of her good works are still with us today. Plus, she continues to lead, especially in support of the Good Samaritan Hospital. The Hancock Park resident also has been active with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Junior League of Los Angeles and the Hancock Park Garden Club. A third-generation Angeleno, whose grandmother was born in Grass Valley in 1878, Mrs. Blumenthal also has been a board member and officer of First Century Families. While other Blumenthal family members have handson duties at the family-owned Gearys in Beverly Hills and in managing property, including on Larchmont Blvd., Susan is increasingly active in her role as a trustee at “Good Sam.” 20 years on the board This coming January, she will have been a member of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. Says Mrs. Blumenthal: “My board responsibilities include serving as chairman of the Development Committee and as a member of the Patient Satisfaction Committee.” In the development area, “we have been very busy with the Campaign for Cardiology that is allowing us to construct and equip two new electrophysiology laboratories, or ‘EP Labs.’” Mrs. Blumenthal observed that one of the many strengths of the hospital is maternity care. In the past 25 years, 100,000 babies have been born at the hospital’s perinatal medicine center, making it one of the busiest labor and delivery departments in Los Angeles. “To support the perinatal program,” says Mrs. Blumen-

thal, “our Development Committee has overseen a $3.3 million ‘Mother and Baby Care Campaign’ that has been enhancing services for the hospital’s smallest patients and their families.” New building progresses Switching topics, she noted that the years-long construction — at the corner of Witmer St. and Wilshire Blvd. — of the new medical office tower and the Frank R. Seaver Ambulatory Surgery Center is nearing completion. “Doctors and patients should be using the new facilities in February or March of 2017,” she said. In addition to all of her Good Samaritan board committee work, Mrs. Blumenthal serves as the advisor to The Auxiliary, a support group founded in 1951. She served as The Auxiliary’s president from 1984 to 1986 “which seems like such a long time ago,” she says. But she also says that the 20 years of board work have gone by very quickly because there always is so much to do and because of “the exceptional doctors and loyal volunteers who are the essence of Good Sam.”

Sway with the palms at South Pacific feast Enjoy the smells and tastes of the South Pacific at the Garden of the Ebell barbecue, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., Fri., Aug. 12 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Besides roast pork, grilled chicken and fish and vegetarian choices, there will also be specially themed cocktails. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers, $15 for children ages eight to 12 years old (no charge for children under eight years old). Call 323-931-1277 or go to

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Academy diversifies under Cheryl Boone Isaacs' watch By Suzan Filipek Cheryl Boone Isaacs lives in exciting times, perhaps among the most exciting in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ nearly 90-year history. As president, the Windsor Square resident heads the organization which recently changed up its membership and governing board. Nearly half of the latest class of new members is now women and people of color, compared to what has been an almost all-white, all-male group since its earliest beginnings at the Ambassador Hotel in 1927. Increasing the diversity was on the Boone Isaacs agenda for a long time, she said last month in her office after returning from a film festival in Italy. She says that she has a long to-do list, which includes no less than building a worldclass movie museum in the former May Co. building on Wilshire Blvd. Boone Isaacs and the Academy were working on plans to diversify the membership last year, and Boone Isaacs repeated the call in January. Then the 2016 Oscar nominees were announced. When not one person of color was nominated for a second year in a row, a boycott ensued, which brought Boone Isaacs’ and the Academy’s plan into a faster pace. “It started more of a public discussion then a private one… “It’s all good,” Boone Isaacs added. “We’re continuing to evolve our relevance.” Until recently Boone Isaacs was the only African American on the board of governors and among just a few women (three). She is serving her third term as president, and she is up for re-election for a fourth term, to be determined early this month.  “I am very, very honored,” she says of her volunteer post. She has served 23 years on the board as governor repre-

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs senting the public relations branch. She credits a sense of humor to guiding her way. A political degree from Whittier College has probably helped. “Big time,” she says, as has her extensive background in marketing and communication. Boone Isaacs has been a mo-

tion picture marketing executive for over 30 years and has several Oscar winners in her resume. Boone Isaacs is as excited about movies today as when she was a child in Massachusetts and was allowed to stay up late to watch the Academy Awards. Only now, the Irving Blvd. resident is working with the producers of next year’s show. “The Academy has many different committees, and members are masters of their craft. Their wealth of information is staggering,” she says. She’s been a member of the Academy since 1987, and she has held every post from secretary to president. She has taught and been a guest lecturer at several universities, and she currently is an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She was also

an adjunct professor at USC Cinema and Television School’s Peter Stark Producing Program; Columbia College Chicago, and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She tells her students to pay attention. No matter how boring or small the job, there is something to learn and you never know where it will lead. She should know; she knocked on a lot of doors, and, as luck would have it, landed a post on the press junket for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” She went on to jobs at Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema and Paramount Studios, and handled several Best Picture winners, including “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.” Academy Museum She remembers shopping at the May Co. long before it

was targeted for the Academy’s new museum. A funding campaign is halfway to its $388 million goal for the Renzo Piano-Zoltan Pali design. Plans call for the museum to open in 2018. Boone Isaacs settled in Windsor Square 19 years ago, first on Lucerne Blvd. She moved to Irving Blvd. seven years ago. The neighborhood’s trees are a big attraction. So is Larchmont Blvd., where she has been an avid shopper, and misses the mom-and-pops. “My favorite shoe story is leaving,” she laments. But there’s always the movies. She enjoys them with her husband Stanley Isaacs, a producer, writer and director, whose most recent documentary is about Alan Ladd, Jr. “We have to go to the movies,” she says. “We see movies all the time.”


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DEBUTANTES above will be honored at a ball in December. Photo on page one shows the tea party recently given at the area home of Mrs. Michael Wright.

JUNIOR LEAGUE’S new directors are, front row, L-R: Alexa Hughes, Katie Young McCullough, Ness Okonkwo, Karla Sayles and Kim Novak; back row, L-R: Nicole Gonzales, Ricci Ramos, Nikki Williams-Nagler, Gena Urowsky, Melody Fang, Yasmin Coffey, Alecia Burkett and Nadine Weiss-Flam.

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to a tea given by Las Madrinas at the Windsor Square home of Mrs. Michael Wright in June. At the tea, Mrs. Jon Newby, president of Las Madrinas, formally welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the community. Among the Las Madrinas members greeting the guests were debutante chairman, Mrs. Henry Hancock, and ball chairman, Mrs. Preston Brooks. Established in 1933 as the first affiliate group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Las Madrinas honors families who have demonstrated commitment to the civic, cultural, and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball. Donations, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled the affiliate group to complete nine major endowments and capital projects at the hospital since 1988. This year, Las Madrinas is continuing to fund a $5 million pledge to endow a pediatric simulation research laboratory.

directors, officers Established locally 90 years ago, the Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) recently elected its leaders for the coming year. The president’s mantle was transferred from Denise Snider Perlstein to Ness Okonkwo, who served as president-elect during the past year. The new president– elect who is scheduled to succeed Okonkwo is Katie Young McCullough. Okonkwo’s fellow board members are: secretary, Nikki Williams-Nagler; treasurer, Melody Fang; directors: Alecia Burkett, Yasmin Coffey, Nicole Gonzales, Ricci Ramos, Katie Schellenberg and Gena Urowsky. Also serving are sustaining director, Nadine WeissFlam; president-elect-elect, Karla Sayles; advisor to the president, Minna Taylor; assistant to the president, Alexa Hughes; and assistant to the board, Kim Novak. Founded in 1926, the JLLA describes its mission

as “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” An exclusively educational and charitable enterprise, the JLLA annually provides 60,000 volunteer hours to the local community. Among ongoing League projects are ones focusing on young people through increasing both literacy and self-esteem. The group’s “Thrive through Literacy” project has League members working with community partner organizations in seven different locations around the city. Another youth-oriented JLLA project is “Fostering Independence,” where the JLLA works with a community partner, Alliance for Children’s Rights, to serve needs of young women ages 14-21 who are in, or once were in, foster care. The new board serves until the end of next spring.

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Regina Chung found a house and true love in Windsor Square By Suzan Filipek When Regina Chung saw a home for sale in Windsor Square in 1984, she had barely ventured into the neighborhood, mostly admiring its tree canopy-lined streets from afar. Interest rates were a whopping 18 percent, but Regina and her husband Jim were undeterred, and with help from relatives, they were able to raise enough money for the down payment. Before escrow closed, they were already remodeling the two-story house. Furious, the real estate agent told them to “’Stop right now!’” Chung had immigrated from Korea a few years earlier and didn’t know about U.S. real estate rules and polices, she explains, still laughing about the incident. Her good nature and sense of humor have served her well


Regina Chung in her new country and also on the board of the Windsor Square Association, where she serves as liaison to the Korean community. “She’s an outstanding board member. She’s the kind of person who will volunteer to do anything… and she adds her own perspective,” said WSA president Larry Guzin.

“She’s always ready and willing to help,” echoed longtime WSA board member June Bilgore. Chung would eventually earn a real estate license and worked at Better Homes & Gardens Realty, formerly on Larchmont, and further up the street at Coldwell Bank North — where she was named Rookie of the Year. She also earned a tax professional license. She and Jim raised two children at the home they moved into all those years ago on Lucerne; and now welcome their two grandchildren to the site. Regina would eventually leave real estate to run a teriyaki lunch restaurant downtown, managing a 10-member staff. When her father became ill, her travels to visit him in Korea changed her life course. After he died, grief-stricken, she volunteered at her



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church and started a four-year stint at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where she brought magazines to patients. She never dreamed she would leave Korea when still a student in Seoul or after graduating with masters degrees in Korean and German, and even after friends introduced her to her future father-in-law whose son lived in the states. When he showed her a photo of his eldest son, “I didn’t like him,” she says. She wasn’t ready to get married, she explained. Her future father-inlaw persisted. “I was his #1 choice,” she laughs. Finally, she agreed to meet his son. The meeting went well. “But I still didn’t like him,” she laughs again. Her future father-in-law convinced her to give his son another chance, and this time she found the eligible bachelor “a nice man, a good man.” They dated two weeks, “and then my father-in-law said, ‘Let’s get married.’” Regina smiles about it today; back then she agreed to an engagement, and thus began a long-distance courtship, as Regina lived in Seoul, and Jim’s family had immigrated to Los Angeles years earlier. “He wrote me letters every day,” she says, still touched by his correspondence. Jim, an engineer with the city Dept. of Water and Power, and Regina have remodeled their home three times in all, including the early escrow snafu. Her experiences have

taught her not to take things for granted. She watched after the Los Angeles riots as area residents coordinated with the police to help secure the neighborhood, and she has witnessed the benefit of local government. Changing the city, the county and the nation starts with small steps, she says. As a WSA board member since 2009, she learned the area’s historic architecture, tree-lined streets and family friendly neighborhood were not a coincidence. The area’s charms were the result of the efforts of neighbor volunteers who have worked to protect and beautify the area. “From the first sight I fell in love with my neighborhood,” she says.

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Mother relocates office, home after discovering Larchmont By Billy Taylor When Vivian Gueler signed a lease for office space on Larchmont Blvd. in 2011, she knew she had stumbled onto something special. Five years later, she is a local resident, has a child enrolled in a nearby preschool, and is volunteering to help organize the Larchmont Family Fair. “The neighborhood is really unique,” says Gueler, adding, “I instantly loved it and wanted to make it my home.” Born in Sherman Oaks, Gueler is a Los Angeles native and a proud UCLA alumnus, but says she wasn’t really aware of Larchmont Village until a chance encounter. A partner at Pacific Trust Group (a boutique mortgage brokerage), Gueller was tasked with finding new office space for the business, and it was during that search she fell in love with the neighborhood. “I didn’t originally know how strong the sense of community was in this area, and how much Larchmont Blvd. served as a base and meeting point for the adjacent neighborhoods,” she explains. At the time, Gueler was living in a Beverly Hills condo, having just given birth to her daughter, Nikka. But she was “looking for something more”

from a neighborhood. Less than a year after relocating her business to Larchmont, she bought a house in Brookside and enrolled Nikka at Plymouth Preschool. In fact, according to Gueler, it’s no accident that she now lives, works and spends much of her time around Larchmont Blvd. “It was strategic. It makes my life both easy and happy,” she says with a laugh. “We’re never moving. The area is like Mayberry in the middle of Los Angeles.” No surprise then that Gueler was quickly inspired to give back to the community as a volunteer. “This area is community driven and people really do know each other. I wanted to get involved to meet neighbors and do what I can to help the community,” she says. After joining the Larch-


mont Boulevard Association (LBA) earlier this year, Gueler learned there was a need for volunteers to help organize the Larchmont Family Fair. “Betsy Malloy is really the event’s organizer, I’m just helping where I can with sponsorships and budgets and things like that,” says Gueler.

The Larchmont Family Fair is an annual event each October, sponsored by the LBA, that brings more than 10,000 people to Larchmont Blvd. for a weekend of competitions, exhibitors, rides and vendors. “Other neighborhoods do fairs, but not like this,” says Gueler, who hopes her efforts as a volunteer help to preserve the tradition. On the topic of preserving the neighborhood, the Chronicle asked Gueler (a mortgage broker) her thoughts on the growing number of storefront vacancies on Larchmont Blvd. “I’m not worried in that I know they’re going to get rented. I do feel that the price per square foot that the owners of these buildings are trying to attain is quite high. And I think it’s going to prohibit mom-and-pop type retailers from being able to go in and


Fashion show, silent auction at St. Anne’s 77th Help St. Anne’s Guild celebrate its 77th anniversary at a luncheon and fashion show at St. Anne’s Foundation Room, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., Thurs., Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show will include a silent auction that goes from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. All proceeds raised go directly to the young women and children of St. Anne’s. Tickets are $40 before Sept. 6, or $50 up until the day of the event. To RSVP call 818276-5859 or go to



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thrive because they’re going to always have to worry about being able to pay rent,” explains Gueler. “It’s disappointing,” she continues, “The fact that there are 13 vacancies right now should be a signal to the owners that, perhaps, the price per square foot is a little high. When you have turn-over like that, it’s certainly not ideal and it’s a sign.” Regardless, Gueler says she expects a bright future for the Larchmont communities: “It’s crazy how many people I meet that grew up here and want to stay here. I find that quite unusual for such a large city. “They want their kids to have a similar experience to their own. A lot of people grow up here and leave for school or whatever, but then come back in their 30’s and 40’s. I think that’s telling, right?”





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The following organizations include Larchmont people and their memberships. If your club is not listed, please write to “Who’s Who Directory,” circula- Meals on Wheels. 213-484-7112; stvincent- ics Research and Therapy. lasfloristasinc@; tion@ or call; ARCS FOUNDATION, LOS ANGELES DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH LES AMIES CHILDREN’S 323-462-2241, ext. 13. FOUNDER CHAPTER SERVICES INSTITUTE, INC.



Ayanna Keeling, development contact. Established in 1942. Purpose: To provide mental health and suicide prevention services to communities in and around Los Angeles. Support groups for people who have attempted or lost loved ones to suicide. 310751-5426;

Judy Vaughan, founding executive director. Purpose: a transitional residence for single women and women with children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Volunteer and donation EBELL OF LOS ANGELES opportunities include playing “top chef” for a night, a thrift sale every 2nd Sat., and host- Loyce Braun, President.  400+ members.  A ing fundraisers. 213-381-2649; alexandria- club for today’s woman, this philanthropic,  cultural and educational organization supports 20 charities that help women & ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL Jenny Chow, president, 7 members. Purpose: children, grants over 50 college scholarships Chartered in 1938, serves and provides sup- each year, holds gourmet lunches with guest port to School on Wheels, Good Shepherd speakers, wine & dine dinners, barbeques, Shelter for Homeless Women, Braille Insti- art receptions, dances, holiday events, play tute and Hope-Net. 213-810-8791; altrusa. readings, film screenings, book clubs, and crafts workshops in a Nationally Registered com. historic Italian Renaissance building,  and ASSISTANCE LEAGUE sponsors field trips.  Call Membership DirecOF LOS ANGELES Andy Goodman, president. Melanie Merians, tor Meredyth Deighton for membership inchief executive director. 600+ members. formation.  323-931-1277; ebelloflosangeles. Purpose: Established in 1919 to improve the com. quality of the lives of at-risk children and their families by providing social services in the Los Angeles community. Local auxiliaries and their chairs include: Anne Banning Auxiliary, Floran Fowkes; Bookworms Auxiliary, Audrey Fimpler; College Alumnae Auxiliary, Mary Toolen-Roskam; Hilltoppers Auxiliary, Mary Kaufman; Mannequins Auxiliary, Rebecca Abano-Trail; Nine O’Clock Players Auxiliary, Dee Nasatir; Pre-School Auxiliary, Yvonne Cazier; Founder Assisteens Auxiliary, Sharona Alperin, Kelly Goode, and Robyn Field. 323-469-1973;


Kimberlee Jones, director of development. Purpose: Provide family-centered early intervention and adaptive education services for children birth through second grade who are visually impaired. Volunteer opportunities available year round. 323-664-2153;


Betsy Butler, executive director. Purpose: work in collaboration with other organizations to protect, secure and advance the comprehensive civil rights of women and girls. 323-951-1041;


Loretta Sturla, president. 100 members. Meets every 2nd Thurs. except July, Aug. and Nov. Purpose: meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused,  neglected and at risk children by focusing their efforts and resources in the areas of advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. The Los Angeles Chapter will host their annual Wonderland event Nov. 6 at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, as well as other fun events throughout the year. 760-674-9400;


Barbera Thornhill, president. 65 members. Nine meetings a year. Purpose: Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. 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 at 3312 Pico Blvd. 213-260-7621;


Tanya Caligiuri, president. Gloria Dahl, national director. 85 members. Purpose: raise funds to provide scholarships to students and accredited teachers to participate in Foundation’s educational programs. 310472-8306;


Contact Adriana Sandoval, director of development. Meets five times a year. Purpose: assist at four centers for the homeless and raise funds. 213-482-1834;


Brad Slocum and Peter Brown, co-chairs. Purpose: a family-centered community organization serving abused and neglected children to age 18, and those at risk of abuse, neglect or in poverty. 323-463-2119;


Dr. Cheryl Craft, president, president-elect is Donna Tohidi Anderson. 75 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. 310NGA, INC. Mary Jaworski, president. 100 members. The 375-1936; arcsfoundation .org/los_angeles BANNING RESIDENCE Needlework Guild meets monthly. Purpose: provide new clothing, shoes and linens to MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS the homeless and needy. 323-931-4885; nga- Janet Akman, president. 500 members. Meets once a month. Purpose: to support NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE the Banning Residence Museum. 310-5487777; FOUNDER CHAPTER Mrs. Rock Lane (Margo), president. 365 memFRIENDS OF THE bers. Purpose: mother-daughter philanthropy FAIRFAX LIBRARY organization. Annual benefit in Dec. Runs Patricia Walker, contact. Book sales are Ticktocker Thrift Shop at 9441 Culver Blvd. to Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Meets 2nd Tues., of support Head Start. 323-665-5981; the month. Always looking for more volunteers. Purpose: to support the library acquiNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE sition fund and various programs, including CORONET DEBUTANTE BALL the children and teen summer programs. BOARD Dr. Wendy Chang, ball director. Mrs. Victor 323-936-6191; FRIENDS OF THE Montalbo (Mary), ball president. Purpose: National Charity League supports the CorJOHN C. FREMONT LIBRARY onet Debutante Ball in Nov. at the Beverly Thom Garbrecht, president; Daniel KendHilton; fundraising supports philanthropic rick, vice president and co-treasurer, Ruth projects of the National Charity League, L.A. Roberts, co-treasurer. Five members. Purpose: to support the library. Holds book Founder Chapter. 323-665-5981; sales on the first Friday and Saturday of the ORPHANAGE GUILD Indi Carey, president. Purpose: raise funds for month to support the library. Always lookMaryvale, LA’s oldest residential treatment ing for more volunteers. 323-962-3521; lapl. agency for abused and neglected girls ages 11 org. HOLLYWOOD BUSINESS AND to 18 placed there by the courts. 626-280-6510; PROFESSIONAL WOMEN Marjory Hopper, president, 15 members. ORPHANAGE GUILD JUNIORS Bette Baer, president. Meets eight times a Purpose: Achieve equity for individuals in year. Purpose: mentorship through activi- the workplace through advocacy and eduties and outings for residents at Maryvale, cation. Meets 2nd Sat. monthly. Hosts lunLA’s oldest residential treatment agency for cheon every autumn at the Preston in the girls ages 6 to 17 who are placed by the court. Loews Hollywood Hotel. 562-699-6288; 626-280-6510;; mjhop6334; LEAGUE OF WOMEN losangelesorphanage Phoebe Vaccaro, president. Purpose: support Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma.  Fundraisers include theater receptions, an annual holiday dinner and other activities. 213-260-7621;


David Almaraz, chair. Purpose: Strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibil- Purpose: affiliate of the graduate theological program at U.C. Berkeley. Provides scholarity. 323-467-4161; ships for and promotes Eastern Orthodox HOPE-NET Tom Patterson, president, 200 volunteers. religion. See for more Board meets bi-monthly. Purpose: help information. PEGGY ALBRECHT eliminate hunger through area food panFRIENDLY HOUSE tries and to provide low-income housing to families and individuals in the Wilshire Monica Phillips, assistant director. Founded Center and Los Angeles metro area. Taste of in 1951 as the first home for women recovLarchmont this year is Mon., Aug. 29 from 6 ering from alcohol and drug addiction in the to 9 p.m. 213-389-9949; USA. Purpose: provide an opportunity for JEFFREY FOUNDATION women to recover physically, spiritually and Alyce Morris Winston, founder and CEO. emotionally from drugs and alcohol in an atPurpose: provide services for special needs mosphere of love, compassion and support. children and their families, typically devel- 213-389-9964; oping children from 12 months, through age P.E.O., GU CHAPTER 18 with early education programs accredited Elizabeth Schwalm, president. 16 members. through CAEYC  and regional centers. 323- Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 965-7536; the Wilshire Country Club; in Nov. and Dec. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES meets the 2nd Tues. P.E.O. is an educational, Ness Okonkwo, president. 1,200 members. philanthropic organization that provides Seven general meetings Sept.–May. Purpose: scholarships for women and owns and mainpromote volunteerism, develop women’s po- tains a women’s liberal arts college in Nevada, tential and improve the community through MO. 213-245-4844; easchwalm effective action and the leadership of trained PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY volunteers. 323-957-4280;



May. Purpose: non-partisan organization to inform citizens about government. 213-3681616;


Nora Leibman, president. 60 members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month at Visitors’ Auditorium, Griffith Park at 9:30 a.m. Sept.– June; different speaker each month. Purpose: to increase knowledge and love of gardening and support philanthropic causes. Toy collection/ monetary donations in Nov. for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, a horticultural scholarship for a college student, and assisting Habitat for Humanity with landscaping or other civic projects.  Spring and winter fundraisers. 818-236-3641;


Hilary Lentini, president. 300 members. Purpose: propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power through advocacy, innovation and community. 213-622-3200;


Theresa Harris, president. Purpose: Fun- Rochelle Gores Fredston, founder. Pur- Purpose: to improve the quality of life for THE COLLEAGUE HELPERS IN PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE (CHIPS) draising and other support for the Sisters pose: Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. women, children and families and to ensure of Social Service who operate Regis House

Anne Marie Scibelli, 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. 213-260-7621;


Daryl Twerdahl, volunteer contact. 120 members. Two general membership meetings yearly at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, open board meetings monthly. Purpose: Fundraising and support for St. Vincent

Community Center, 2212 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057. Annual fundraiser is in October and is primarily a drawing. Group meets approximately  four times a year.  213-380-8168;, regishousecc


Linda Cappello, president. 86 members. Meets 2nd Wed. of each month, Sept. to June in members’ homes. Purpose: support children’s charities at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center including Wheelchair Sports, Scholarships, Recreational Therapy, Adolescent Support, Robot-

with their work to help children affected by individual rights for all. Operates several thrift violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundrais- stores and a talkline. 323-651-2930; DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN ers include the annual Winter Gala, annual REVOLUTION, LOS ANGELESBack-to-School event and numerous other ESCHSCHOLTZIA CHAPTER volunteer activities. 213-260-7621; childJan H. Gordon, regent. 133 members. Meets 2nd Wed. monthly, Sept. through May. PurWOMEN’S CANADIAN CLUB pose: historic preservation; non-political OF LOS ANGELES Joan Liebowitz, president. Rita Gilbert, and non-religious lineage society. lahawki@ membership contact. Meets for lunch 1st or TOWN AND GOWN OF USC Thurs. most months. Purpose: Contributes to four charities a year. Hosts a holiday lun- Pat Whitman president. 850 members. Escheon and an annual tea at the home of the tablished in 1904. Purpose: Engage women in philanthropy, provide academic scholarConsul General. 818-763-6623.


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Women of larchmont 2016



Jenny Sturrock, associate director 466 members. Meets on a special events basis by invitation only at different sites in the city. Purpose: fundraising to support resident companies in arts education program of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. 213972-3348;

bers.  Meets 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept.– June). Purpose: support Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s charitable care program with financial resources and volunteering. October fundraiser is held in the South Bay. mperWILSHIRE ROTARY CLUB Ken Scott, president. 58 members. Meets; Wednesdays at  noon  at The Ebell of Los GOOD SAMARITAN COSTUME COUNCIL OF Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Purpose: EnHOSPITAL AUXILIARY LOS ANGELES COUNTY courage and foster the ideal of service and Mahlon Lawton, president. 150 members. MUSEUM OF ART high ethical standards in business and the General meetings Oct., Feb. and May. Purcommunity. Contact through wilshirerota- pose: Philanthropy, staffing of the Good Sa- Elizabeth Logan, contact. 50 members. or facebook/ maritan Gift Shop and public relations. 213- Board meets six to eight times from Sept. to June. Purpose: support the costume and WINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK 977-2939; textile department of the Los Angeles CounPARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY LAS MADRINAS ty Museum of Art. 323-857-6295; costumeJudy Zeller, president, 200 members.  Board Marcie Newby, President.  175 members. of Trustees meets quarterly at members’ Kelly Rouse, Public Relations chair. Meets DOCENT COUNCIL OF homes. Researches and preserves historical three times yearly.  Purpose: honors famiLOS ANGELES COUNTY information on Windsor Square, Hancock lies who have demonstrated a commitment MUSEUM OF ART Park and Greater Rancho La Brea. Social to the civic, cultural, and philanthropic life events and annual Garden Tour. Contact: of Southern California by presenting their Emily Craig, docent council coordinator. wshphs@gmail,com, daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball. 493  members. Purpose: volunteer educational services for students and adults in the WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE 626-564-0442;  Margot Bennett, executive director. Ann ReLAS NINAS DE LAS MADRECITAS form of tours, lectures, and informal coniss Lane, founder. Purpose: prevent gun vio- Jennings Nelson, president. 90 members, versations. 323-857-6109; FOLK ART COUNCIL OF CRAFT lence by educating the public, policymakers girls grades nine through 12. Meets 2nd and the media about the human, financial Wed. of the month Sept.–June. Purpose: AND FOLK ART MUSEUM and public health consequences and dangers volunteer at Orthopaedic Institute for Chil- Letha Greenberg, contact person. 40 memof firearms. 310-204-2348; dren and in the community; fundraising bers. Board meets 1st Tues. of the month. WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION projects benefiting the patients of OIC in- Monthly programs, except July and Aug., feaclude a spring fashion show and Christmas ture tours of private and museum collections. OF LOS ANGELES Kay Burt, executive administrator. 1,200 mem- See’s Candy Sale; presentation of seniors at Purpose: to support the museum and foster bers. Board meets monthly. Purpose: promote Annual Evergreen Ball.; interest in folk art. 323-931-0497; BARNSDALL ARTS /FOJAC full participation of women lawyers and judges mperrine THE LEAGUE (LCC) Shelah Leher-Graiwer, executive director. 14 in the legal profession, maintain integrity of board members. Purpose: provide quality art CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH legal system by advocating principles of faireducation and exhibitions that nurture creness and equality, improve status of women in ORTHOPEDIC NEEDS society, including exercise of equal rights and Chris Wright Roper, president. 30 members. ativity, the acquisition of artistic skills, and reproductive choice. Does not give referrals or Meets 1st Tues. of the month (Sept.–June) at the aesthetic appreciation of art and build do pro bono work. 213-892-8982; Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Purpose: community through access and engageto support the OIC charitable care program ment. 323-363-4629; HOLLYWOOD BOWL SOCIETY with financial resources and volunteering. CARES AUXILIARY Fundraiser is an annual “Casino Night” in Oc- Leslie Crunelle, president. 60 members. Mindy Halls, president. 200 patrons. Board tober held at OIC’s downtown campus. mper- Meets monthly. Purpose: support the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic and meets monthly Sept.-June, except Dec. Pur- rine; pose: support LAC+USC Medical Center by LUMINAIRES, FOUNDER CHAPTER youth education programs. 323-850-2166; volunteer work and donations. 323-226- Judy Kloner, president. 160 members. Gener- 6941; INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE al meeting four times a year. Purpose: support CEDARS-SINAI WOMEN’S GUILD LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC group benefiting vision research at Doheny Gina Furth, president. 2,000 members. Eye Institute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Rabab Ashley, president. 50 members. Meets Board meets six times a year. Purpose: sup- Stein Eye Institute. 323-442-7101; once a month, Oct.-May. Purpose: encourport Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, primarily age attendance at Los Angeles Philharmonic LUMINAIRES JUNIORS through fund-raising, support programs, Mary Lischke, president. 130 members. performances; fundraising, build bridges beresearch and education. 310-423-3667; wo- General meetings six times a year. Pur- tween cultures and countries through or pose:   support group benefiting vision re- national ball once a year; provide sponsorCHILDREN’S HOSPITAL search at Doheny Eye Institute, now affili- ship to children and their families to attend concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 323LOS ANGELES ated with UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. 850-2166; ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES 323-442-7101; THE LOS ANGELES Bonnie McClure, chair. 38 Guilds and AuxSEARCHLIGHTERS PHILHARMONIC AFFILIATES iliaries. Purpose: raise money for Children’s Anne-Marie Peterson, President. 23 memHospital Los Angeles. 323-361-2367; chla. bers. Meet 1st Tues. of the month (Sept.– David Clark, chair. 1,000 members. Meets org. June). Purpose: provide funds to support 10 times yearly. Purpose: support the Los CHARITABLE CHILDREN’S GUILD medical research and education for Ortho- Angeles Philharmonic Association. 323-8502166; (CCG) paedic Institute for Children. Main fundLOS ANGELES Purpose: support Orthopaedic Institute for raiser is an “Annual Luncheon and Silent PHILHARMONIC COMMITTEE Children’s charitable care program with fi- Auction” event in the fall. mperrine@medKaren Growdon and Pam Thompson, conancial resources and volunteering. Main; presidents. 90 members. General memberfundraiser is the “It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop” SISTER SERVANTS ship meets six times yearly in members’ on the OIC campus. 213-742-1478; mperOF MARY GUILD homes. Purpose: raise funds to support Los; Denise Nighman, president. 165 members. Angeles Philharmonic and endowment for LAS AMIGAS DE LAS LOMAS Meets five times a year. Purpose: fundraising youth education programs. Invitation only. AUXILIARY OF THE CCG to assist sisters in carrying out their mission. 323-850-2166; Barbra Zukerman, president. 35 members. The sisters are RNs, LVNs, CNAs who provide MUSES OF THE CALIFORNIA Meets 2nd Mon. of the month. Purpose: supcare to patients in their own homes regardSCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION port the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s charitable care program with financial re- less of illness, race or religion, free of charge. Diane Siegel, president. 115 members. Meets sources and volunteering. Main fundraiser This year, the annual benefit luncheon will 2nd Mon. of the month Sept–June. Purpose: is an annually themed fall event in Octo- be Sat., Oct 8 at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset supports and promotes the California Sciber.  or Blvd. 818-763-0970; ence Center and its education programs for ST. ANNE’S GUILD youth. Provides fundraising and volunteer gasdelaslomas.; Kay Lindsui and Trudy Decaen, co-president. activities for the Community Youth Bethany Walczak, associate director of special grams, the California State Science Fair and LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE events and volunteers. Meets two times a year. the Hands-On Science Camp. Membership ORTHOPAEDIC GUILD Purpose: serve at-risk, pregnant and parent- open to men and women. 310-259-7288; AUXILIARY OF THE CCG Joan Cleven, president. 30 members.  Meets ing teens, young women and their children. pattimcgov@ MUSEUM SERVICE 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept.–June). Pur- Fundraising events include the thrift shop fashion show Sept. 15 and the holiday bazaar COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES pose: support Orthopaedic Institute for COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Children’s charitable care program with Nov. 12. 213-381-2931 x341; Tim Deegan, chair. 150 members. Annual ST. JOHN OF GOD financial resources and volunteering. Main meeting at museum. Purpose: Guest servicfundraiser is a Book & Author Luncheon WOMEN’S LEAGUE held the last Tues. in October. mperrine@ Margaret Cherene, president. 100 members. es. 323-857-6228; tdeegan; Purpose: volunteering and fundraising to as- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN LAS MADRECITAS THE ARTS COMMITTEE, sist patients in St. John of God Retirement AUXILIARY OF THE CCG and Care Center. 323-731-7141; info@ hosSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Kerbanu Pudumjee, president. 140 mem- Janet Barnet and Marilyn Levin, co-presiships to students at USC and enhance the facilities on the USC campus. president@;;


dents. 75 members. For membership contact Margaret Black. Meets 8 to 10 times a year. Purpose: to support the National Museum of Women in the Arts and to increase public awareness of the work of California women artists locally and nationally. Sponsor exhibits, support educational programs, visit women artists’ studios and galleries and tour private collections. 323-656-9271;



Purpose: to support the policies of the School in maintaining The Buckley School’s high standards; support the School’s academic and administrative functions; assist in the School’s social and cultural activities; create a closer relationship among the School, the students, and the parents; and assist in fundraising. 818-461-6770;


Purpose: fundraising events for Cathedral Chapel School and general support of school. 323-938-9976;


Schedule is posted on website. Purpose: fundraising and implementing projects. 323935-5272; hancockparkschool .com/friendsof-hancock-park-school.


Anna Song, Patricia Alexander and Heather Kampf co-presidents. 350 members. Quarterly meetings held each year in the school auditorium; please see calendar on website for dates and times. Purpose: raise money for enrichment programs. 323-939-8337;


Maria Weidmann, president. 1,400 members. Meets six times yearly. Purpose: Support school and build school community. 818-487-6611;


Mary-Jo Uniack, president. Board meets monthly Sept.-May. Purpose: raise funds for the school and a forum for communication. Serves both the middle and high schools. 323-461-3651;


Jane Hawley, president, 40 members. Board meets quarterly. 323-309-8006;


Teresa Kadlec and Amanda Mansour, copresidents. 1,000 members. Purpose: provide leadership and involvement opportunities. 323-935-1147;


Jacqueline Fox, president. 226 families. Board meets 2nd Tues. of each month. Purpose: fundraising, communication forum, support co-curricular activities and welcome new families. 213-382-7401;


Meets monthly, year-round. Purpose: community building, fundraising and hospitality. 213-233-0133;


Emmy Kirkley, president.    Meetings held the first Friday in Aug., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr., and May.      Purpose: to promote and build parent/family engagement and work with Friends of Third to raise funds for enrichment and curricular programs for Third Street Elementary students. 323-9398337;


Mikki Morris, president. Purpose: Fundraising and support for school and student needs. 323-938-5291.


Hannah Ye, Gabby Meoli, co-chairs. 120 families. Meets monthly Sept.–May. 323-939-3800.


Call for more information. 213-389-1181.



Women of larchmont 2016

Larchmont Chronicle

August 2016

Ebell elects longtime member as president By Suzan Filipek It was the holiday dance that drew Loyce Braun to the Ebell Club years ago. “Honestly, that would have been enough to make me join,” said Braun, who is the Club’s new president. “I soon discovered that there was much more to the Ebell than its beautiful buildings and an occasional dance. Its fascinating history, on-going philanthropies, interesting programs and intriguing members drew me in.” The 22-year board member joined the Ebell in 1994 and has served as chair, theater chair and first vice president. She is its 62nd president. A fourth-grade teacher, she graduated from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, and she has two grown sons and a granddaughter. The Los Angeles native

moved to Chicago after marrying. “But 12 years later, family ties and deep love for the west, especially California’s mountains and deserts, brought us back to Los Angeles.” She would leave teaching (though continued to volunteer) to work temporarily as part of the third generation in her family’s architectural millwork business, which had become Taylor Brothers Stair Company. She retired from that “temporary post” 30 years later when one of her clients needed to have her vintage mahogany staircase copied and a new section built. The client was a member of the Ebell who encouraged her to join. When she was a new member she soon discovered the Ebell’s “treasured history” while assigned to survey the


Club’s contents. She found red Chinese lanterns hanging from pipes in the janitors’ supply closet, harem outfits from a costumer in San Francisco, ledgers and copy books filled with beautifully hand-written minutes and yearbooks going back to 1894. “But what really drew me

in and will always be the draw for me is our members.” Nearing 500, the Club is an exception to the fate of most of the vanished women’s organizations of a bygone era. Incoming board The incoming 2016 / 2017 board members are: Janna Harris (returning), treasurer; Joyce Davidson (returning) finance chair); Laurie Schechter, programs chair / general chair of departments; Linda Myerson Dean, membership chair / 4th vice president; Donna Russell (returning), scholarships chair; Helene Seifer (returning), publications chair / 2nd vice president); Jane Martin (returning after a one year break), first vice president); Julie Stromberg (returning), public relations chair; Portia Lee, house chair / 3rd vice president; Patricia Lombard, Rest

Cottage chair; Ginger Barnard (recording secretary); Myrna Gintel, development chair; Judith Wyle, theater chair; and Wilma Pinder, corresponding secretary.   The incoming 2017-2018 Nominating Committee is Sandy Boeck, Esmay Fraser, Patty Hill, Geraldine Hurley, Morency Maxwell, Elizabeth “Cici” Sears, Chrys Tobias, Evalyn Vannozzi and Nan Williams. The nine members of the Ebell Nominating Committee are elected by the membership and are charged with developing a slate of officers to be presented to the general membership for election. Nominations are accepted by the Committee from the membership, and members may self-nominate.

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This Year’s Outstanding Women of Larchmont


Judy Zeller elected new head of Historical Society Judy Zeller is the new president of the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society. Zeller, Windsor Square, was installed at the Society’s 40th annual meeting in the gardens of outgoing president Patricia Rye. Zeller, who previously served as secretary of the group, is originally from London, where she studied French, German and Italian. She has lived in Windsor Square for 20 years. She was director of protocol for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. After which she worked as director of human resources for various private equity companies. She has been active in various volunteer organizations including on the board of The Ovarian Cancer Circle, a volunteer (together with Myrna Gintel) at the Frances Blend School and at Laurel Elementary, mentor through the Fulfillment Fund, and volunteer at My Friend’s Place in Hollywood, a drop-in center for runaway and at risk youth. (Please turn to page 13)

Larchmont Chronicle

August 2016

Long time resident reflects on neighborhood appeal By Billy Taylor Having lived in the Larchmont community for the past 58 years, Sarane Burns Van Dyke has witnessed the neighborhood change over the years, and she wouldn’t live anywhere else. Van Dyke’s parents were from the Midwest and settled in Los Angeles in 1930. She was born one year later at Good Samaritan Hospital on Thanksgiving Day.

Although Van Dyke spent her early years in Westwood, she was soon attracted to Larchmont Village. “I knew all about Larchmont Blvd. as a girl,” says Van Dyke. “It was a place to spend time with your friends. We used to go to the movies and hang out at the record store. I can even remember ice-skating with friends at Polar Palace on Van Ness. Back then you could get fish and chips at the Farmers

Dr. Neville Anderson Dr. Anderson grew up in the Windsor Square area. She attended St. James’ School and Marlborough School. After graduating from Stanford University, she was an assistant teacher at Bing Nursery School. She went to the University of Rochester for medical school and then did her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she received the Victor E. Stork Award for Continued Excellence and Future Promise in the Care of Children. For 7 years, she practiced in La Cañada at Descanso Pediatrics. She then decided to open her own practice on Larchmont Boulevard. She was named a Top Doctor in Pasadena magazine and a Top Rising Super Doctor in Los Angeles magazine for multiple years. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, going to the beach, reading, and playing tennis.

Dr. Alexandra McCollum Dr. McCollum (‘Dr. Alex’) was born and raised in Chico, California. She completed her graduate training at UC Santa Barbara and graduated from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in 2005. She then completed her pediatric residency training at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New York and later went on to complete a one year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Dr. Alex was most recently practicing medicine in New York and living in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two little boys. Hoping to one day relocate back to California, Dr. Alex’s prayers were answered when her husband took a job in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her lifelong dream of joining a small practice in California has finally been realized at Larchmont Pediatrics. Dr. Alex practices general pediatrics and has a special interest and expertise in pediatric dermatology. In her free time she enjoys taking advantage of living in Los Angeles, going to the beach, swimming with her boys, cooking and traveling to visit family. Dr. Alex is very excited to announce that they will have a new addition to their family in December.

321 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 1020 • 323-960-8500

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 Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Providence 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, travels on humanitarian trips with the Wilshire Rotary, is a board officer of The Ebell Club as well as the Mannequins of the Assistance League, and serves on the Foundation for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She resides in Windsor Square together with her husband Chase, a realtor with Keller Williams on Larchmont, 12 year old twins Hunter and Paris, as well as 10 year old Scarlett.


Women of larchmont 2016

Right: MATRIARCH Sarane Van Dyke sits front row center flanked by grandchildren Joey and Kate Boskovich. Back row (left to right) includes daughter Gail Boskovich, son David Van Dyke, daughter Sarane Caratan, and granddaughter Sarane Caratan. Photo provided by Good Samaritan Hospital

Market for 50 cents.” Van Dyke graduated from Marlborough School in 1949, and she completed a degree in sociology at USC in 1953. But it was only after she married Robert (Bob) Van Dyke in 1958 that they moved to Windsor Square to start their family. “Our first house was on the 100 block of S. Arden, and we paid $150 a month in rent,” says Van Dyke. “Can you imagine? I think it recently sold for $2 million,” she says with a laugh. Two years later, the couple bought their dream home on Norton Ave. It was this house where they raised four children, and where Sarane continues to live to this day (Robert passed in 2008 after 50 years of marriage). “It was a great place to raise a family,” says Van Dyke. “Everybody knew everybody. Larchmont Blvd. was a place to meet and greet. You could walk down the street and storeowners would say ‘hi.’” Van Dyke says she remembers taking frequent trips to Pat’s Ice Cream with her kids: “They were well-known for their ice cream cakes.” One year, when Sarane’s son, David, was very young, he shoplifted from Landis General Store. What should a mother do? Sarane says she marched him right back to the beloved shop where owner Bob Landis stood over the boy as he cried and asked for forgiveness. That same boy would later go on to work as an assistant manager at Landis when he got older. “That’s the kind of place it was. We were one big community,” she recalls. Today, Sarane’s children are all grown up, but the neighborhood’s charm continues to bring them back. “My house has a revolving door with people coming and going,” Sarane says of her four children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “They love how central the neighborhood is to the rest of the city. “The other night,” continues Sarane, “I thought I was alone in the house and heard a noise, but when I came down the stairs my grandson was sitting there. He goes to Loyola and wanted to stop by. I love that.”

Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D. Dermatologist

Maybe that back to school feeling never quite leaves us. To me the end of summer and start of fall always has a sense of new beginnings. And once again I welcome the opportunity to reflect on the past year for this special annual Women of Larchmont issue. This year has been another wonderful whirlwind so I’m grateful for this chance to pause and consider all that we’ve accomplished. We were delighted to welcome our newest team member Dr. Ray Jalian, Board Certified Dermatologist, who brings to the practice his laser specialties focusing on acne scarring, trauma and surgical scars, as well as photo damaged skin. Prior to joining RFMD, Dr. Jalian completed his dermatology residency at UCLA, as well as an additional year of laser fellowship training at Harvard University. We are happy to have had Dr. Helen Fincher (Stanford trained dermatologist) here with us part-time over the last year, and are looking forward to the next year as a team. Julie Gray (our PA for the last 10 years) and her husband welcomed their second baby girl last year, and have relocated to Pasadena. We will miss her terribly, but wish her all the best! As always, the hallmark of RFMD is staying ahead of the curve to offer our patients the latest and finest dermatologic treatments and techniques. Most recently we acquired Cutera Excel V. With longer wavelengths, this laser is unparalleled in its ability to allow us to treat any pigmentation or vascular regions including deep veins. The remarkable system is indicated for all skin types and requires little to no downtime. We also purchased CoolAdvantage from CoolScupting. The applicator allows us to reduce treatment time by almost half, improve patient comfort (the same fat cell destroying energy is delivered at a lower temperature), and address the most stubborn areas with improved contouring. We now have over a dozen lasers in the practice! I’ve continued to be academically active-I teach the dermatology residents at UCLA, as well as attend and speak at national and international conferences. Over the last year I traveled to New York to be the co-director of the Advanced Injection Techniques filler course for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. I also served as co-editor of a supplement to the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery entitled “Soft Tissue Fillers and Neuromodulators: International and Multidisiplinary Perspectives”, as well as writing several other articles and textbook chapters. I’m happy to include that I even managed to squeeze in a much-anticipated annual family vacation to Tulum, Mexico with extended family. Once again thank you to the Larchmont Chronicle for this opportunity to take stock of the past year. Thanks to my dedicated staff and loyal patients who make every day unique and rewarding. I feel honored to practice what I love in our cherished community.

Visit or call (323) 464-8046. 321 N Larchmont Blvd. Ste. 906

Patricia Carroll President 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 Ebell Club, SASNA, Friends of Hope-Net and on the board of the Anderson-Munger YMCA. She also commutes to Paris and Majorca with her husband Mark where they served for many years as directors of international marketing for French Vogue and French Architectural Digest magazines. Her new address is in the orginal Hollywoodland Realty Office on Larchmont Blvd.....584 N. Larchmont Blvd.

584 N. Larchmont Blvd 323 469-3171 2700 N. Beachwood Dr.



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New book is on ‘Remarkable Women’

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.

7312 Beverly Blvd. • 323-939-2255 •

Careylyn Clifford Controller I am a Hancock Park native! My first jobs were on Larchmont Blvd. at My Favorite Place, Landis & Mail Boxes Etc. I am a blessed mother of 2. Noah, 9 years old, attends 3rd Street school with a passion for sports and plays for Wilshire Warriors travel team. Natalee Carey, 5 years old, is excelling in musical arts at Snooknuk and also plays baseball. Several years ago I earned my contractor’s license, MBE, SBA8(a) and took over my Dad’s company, Shawnee Pacific Construction. While I still enjoy coaching T-Ball, I have started a global Health & Wellness business as an independent consultant with Arbonne Int., offering beneficial plant-based nutrition, skin care, make up & an opportunity to change your life ( I am an active member/volunteer with the National Women In Roofing organization providing mentoring and education for women roofing professionals. I have worked with Doug Ratliff, owner of Supreme Roofing on Gower, since 2004 and we are still enjoying working together. I have developed a new respect and admiration for roofers! While at Supreme Roofing, I implemented a new Safety, Injury and Illness program with a 100% success rate. I am most grateful for my children and the joy they have brought to my life. The person whom I most admire is Doug Ratliff at Supreme Roofing.

1015 N. Gower St. • 323-469-2981

Denise Cohen Owner

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.

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Brenda Chandler Cooke Brenda Chandler Cooke has served the luxury real estate needs of her distinguished clientele for over 30 years. She has consistently ranked among the top-producing Realtors while working in the most prestigious luxury home real estate company in the world, Hilton & Hyland. She has listed and sold properties priced from $1M to $40M. She brings exceptional negotiating skills, plus honesty, integrity and commitment to her community as well. She is on the board of The Group in Support of the Otis College of Art and Design, Friends of Robinson Gardens, Beverly Hills Woman’s Club, a member of the Blue Ribbon of the Music Center, Cuisine a Roulette, The Council of the Library Foundation and Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society.. She and her husband Robert Allen Cooke Jr. live in Hancock Park. They have two married children and nine grandchildren.

Hilton & Hyland Office: +1 310.278.3311 Cell: +1 310.614.3434 250 N. Cañon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 CalBRE #: 00845180

By Brooke Stewart Fourth generation Californian, Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, chronicles the lives of 84 influential California women in her new book, “Remarkable Women of California.” Raised in Hancock Park, an alumna of Marlborough School, Stanford, and UCLA, as well as wife of 30 years to “Los Angeles Times” publisher Otis Chandler, DeYoung has especially strong ties to Los Angeles. As she states in the introduction to the book, the project began with a desire to chronicle the lives of several influential Los Angeles women who DeYoung knew personally. The project grew to include more women after years of research but was put aside for nearly two decades. With the help of her son, Harry Chandler, she was able to complete the manuscript, creating the book as it is today. The book categorizes women based on occupations, covering national figures like tennis icon Billy Jean King, and famous authors like Joan Didion. Each woman has contributed to California and its history. Arcadia Bandini The first woman covered in the book, Arcadia Bandini de Stearns de Baker, was an influential landowner during the 1800s. She owned land stretching from Tijuana to Santa Maria. She and Sen. John P. Jones set aside land for veterans, now the 387-acre Westwood / Brentwood Veterans’ Hospital and grounds. Her great-grandniece, Carolina Winston Barrie, has spent a lifetime working to ensure that Arcadia’s gift of the property will always serve veterans. The women in the book are remarkable based on their many accomplishments in their communities and their careers. Despite differences in occupations or ages, all of these remarkable women share a sense of independence and self-confidence, which allowed each of them to succeed in their endeavors. Independence DeYoung attributes these women’s independence to California history, which has been particularly liberal compared to the rest of the U.S. When California became a state in 1850, the original Spanish laws, which granted women the right to own property and investments in their own names, were carried over, giving California women

more freedom than their East Coast counterparts. DeYoung notes in her introduction, “California allowed women to do as they wished. At least in the bounds of their times.” This fascinating social history reveals how each woman, (as well as women as a whole), shaped the Golden State. Women were highly influential in its creation, for they were the ones who founded communities by building homes, starting schools, and getting involved in politics. In addition to running households, women ran newspapers and businesses, and as early as the 1870s, women were elected to the California State Legislature. As historian Lou Buscaglia wrote, “[Women were] the ones who were the force behind what became the great state of California.” “Remarkable Women of California” is incredibly informative. Despite having been born and raised in California, I was never aware of the historic independence of California women. This book presents an important perspective of California history that is often neglected — a perspective from the lives of the women who shaped California. Published by Dream City, Inc. and 311 pages long, the book is available at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd.

Arcadia Bandini de Stearns de Baker

The first woman listed in the new book by Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, “Remarkable Women of California,” is Arcadia Bandini. Dona Arcadia was an important California landowner in the 1800s. She inherited land from her father as well as purchased land with her husbands, first Abel Stearns, then Col. R.S. Baker. She outlived both husbands, dying in 1912, and she owned land stretching from Tijuana to Santa Maria. She and business partner, Sen. John P. Jones, set aside the Westwood / Brentwood land for veterans that has been described in the last two issues of the Larchmont Chronicle. In her time, she was regarded as the “grand dame” of Los Angeles society as well as a savvy businesswoman.

Several prominent local women grace the pages of new book By Brooke Stewart Several prominent and local women grace the pages of the new book, “Remarkable Women of California,” written by Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, who grew up on June St. in Hancock Park. Mmes. Ahmanson, Duque and Toberman all lived in Hancock Park. In Windsor Square, Princess Pignatelli was happily ensconced for decades on Arden Blvd., and Mrs. Chandler reigned over “Los Tiempos” on Lorraine Blvd.

Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson Caroline Ahmanson was an

entrepreneur, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She began her entrepreneurial career by opening a charm school, House of Charm, in San Francisco. After moving to Los Angeles, she opened another charm school, Caroline Leonetti Ltd., on Sunset Blvd. Many of Caroline’s charitable leadership positions were assumed after the death of her husband, Howard Ahmanson. She took up many of Howard’s directorships on many prestigious boards like the Los Angeles County Art Museum. She also was on the board of The Walt Disney Company for many years. Caroline’s leadership extended to ambassadorial roles between China and the U.S. during the Nixon administration. She created museum exchanges between the two countries as well as entertained numerous Chinese dignitaries who visited Los Angeles. (Please turn to page 13)

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Hancock Park's remarkable women (Continued from page 12)

Dorothy Buffum Chandler Born and raised in Long Beach, she married future “Los Angeles Times” publisher Norman Chandler in 1922. When they married, “The Times” was under the firm control of Norman’s father, Harry Chandler. “Buff’s” volunteer career kicked off when her two children were in their pre-teens in the 1930s, when she began working at the Home for Convalescent Children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the initial project of the Junior League of Los Angeles. Norman became publisher of the paper in 1945, and his wife developed an important role there, changing the Society and other sections. In 1951, she was one of the leaders of the successful effort to save the Hollywood Bowl. In the early 1960s, she organized the Music Center Fund that resulted in building the cultural facilities at the top of what is now Grand Park, including the building subsequently named in her honor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

(CHLA). Raised in Los Angeles, Mary was recruited to volunteer during World War II at a Downtown officers’ service club through the CHLA support group, Las Madrinas. Mary soon realized her love of volunteerism and then rallied 102 volunteers to work for CHLA on everything from patient care to facilities. She founded 22 auxiliaries for the hospital and, when it faced financial troubles in 1960, she and H. Russell Smith raised an endowment of $100 million to ensure its survival.

Princess Conchita Sepulveda Pignatelli Born into the prominent Sepulveda family, Conchita was raised among California’s elite. She received a worldly education, studying in Mexico, New York and Paris, and she was fluent in six languages. Her second marriage to Italian Prince Valerio Pignatelli resulted in the birth of three daughters. She moved from Rome back to Los Angeles for the birth of her youngest, and she never returned to her husband or Rome. Conchita’s good friend, William Randolph Hearst, persuaded her to write the society column of the “Los Angeles Examiner.” Spanning 33

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Mary McAlister Duque Mary Duque’s spirit of volunteerism helped grow Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

(Continued from page 10) “I look forward to growing the Historical Society to appeal to people of all ages who are interested in preserving and learning more about our vibrant area and giving back to the community through fundraising for beautification and ‘greening’ projects,” she says.

‘Remarkable Women’ talk at Chevalier’s Aug. 24 Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung will present a short illustrated talk about her book, “Remarkable Women of California” at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 24 at Chevalier’s Books at 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. Mrs. DeYoung will stay to sign books. For further information, call ChevaMarilyn Brant Chandler lier’s at 323-465-1334. DeYoung

years, her thrice-weekly column gained Conchita a huge following of admirers who loved to read her interviews and stories of socialites, royalty, Popes and presidents.

Ilise Faye Head of School Hollywood Schoolhouse Ilise Faye is the newly appointed Head of the School at Hollywood Schoolhouse, an independent, non-profit, Preschool – Sixth Grade educational program that recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Prior to stepping into this role, Ilise was the Early Childhood Director and Assistant Head of School. Ilise has been a vital part of HSH’s growth and success for twenty-three years. Aside from her widely cherished and infectious spirit, during her tenure Ilise has been integral to the development of the school’s Admissions department and re-development of the Early Childhood program, which is now widely considered one of the best in Los Angeles. In addition to curriculum, staff development, and parent education, Ilise is highly involved in community outreach, and has established HSH as a fulcrum of the Hollywood neighborhood.

Lucy Toberman Lucy Montague Quirk Toberman is known for founding and nurturing 32 philanthropic organizations, all of which are still operating. Her philanthropic work spanned her lifetime. She worked for the Girl Scouts in the beginning of her career. Later on, she thrived on the junior board of the Hollywood Bowl and created many auxiliaries for different organizations. Her career as a columnist at the “Los Angeles Times” as well as the “Daily News” allowed her to travel across the country and to Europe during and after World War II. She also taught journalism at Los Angeles City College. She worked for Mayor Sam Yorty, serving on both the Social Services Commission and the City Planning Commission. In later years, she was the society columnist for the Larchmont Chronicle. Serving as vice presidents are Myrna Gintel, Juanita Kempe and Carol Henning. Carol Wertheim is secretary, and Chris Blakely is treasurer. Some 70 members were on hand at the June meeting to hear Beth Werling of the Natural History Museum talk on the life of movie director Cecil B. DeMille and early Hollywood. Accepting the Landmark Award for the Hotel Normandie for its renovation was Jaya Williams. Chris and Cathy Baker were cited for the renovation of the office building at 4526 Wilshire Blvd. The third award winner was Off Vine restaurant. In its 40-year history, the Society has recognized architecturally and or historic properties in the area, conducted research and held open houses and garden tours. See photos and more on award winners in Section Two, pages 20-22.

Being at Hollywood Schoolhouse for over two decades, Ilise has had the unique experience of seeing hundreds of children graduate and matriculate on to some of Los Angeles’ top independent, secondary schools. She is proud to watch these HSH graduates become an active and valuable part of our society, and is especially proud to have them call HSH their home even after they graduate college. Ilise currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Hollywood Schoolhouse • 1233 N. McCadden Pl • Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-465-1320

Jenette Goldstein Owner

LA native, Jenette Goldstein, is twice renowned: once as a character actress in such classic films as Aliens and Titanic, and now as the titular (pardon the pun!) owner of Jenette Bras, the best bra store in the world for busty women. Jenette Bras started in 2009 as a little boutique down the road in East Hollywood and has grown to nearly two million in sales annually, with additional stores in Pasadena and West LA. The rapid growth of her business has been noted by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, KTLA and many other news sources. Jenette is also the founder of Hourglass Underground, a non-profit organization for the (literal) support of girls in foster care. She lives with her artist husband and a shifting cast of children and cats in Virgil Village. 323.813.6689 •

Patricia Hager Principal Christ the King School I am the new principal at Christ the King School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree, Credential and Master’s Degree (Admin-ED.) at California State University, Northridge. I joined the Los Angeles Archdioceses in the bi-centennial year and taught at St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Bridget of Sweden and St Mel School where I also was the vice-principal. From 2001 to 2014, I served the community of Our Lady of Lourdes Northridge as Principal. I was drawn back to the classroom in 2014 and now feel blessed to be in administration again. It is just wonderful to walk into a school where Academic Excellences and Catholic Identity and faith formation are clearly evident. I have found Christ the King to be a place where students benefit from a challenging curriculum taught by staff that is fully credentialed, holding various degrees from a variety of universities. Thank you to all the teachers, students and parents who have already extended a warm welcome and offered their support. A very special “Thank you” to Mrs. Anderson for all of her support and for making herself available during this transition. She is truly a treasure. I am excited to be the new principal and look forward to working in partnership with the teachers, students and parents. Together we can build on the religious and academic foundation already established, strengthen it and meet the challenges of the Future.

323.462.4753 • 617 N. Arden Blvd.

Jennifer Kim


Senior Partner, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA) Active Member of the Larchmont Community, PA 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 Senior 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 5-12. Sterling is attending Harvard Westlake Middle School. Fiona, Sullivan, and Remington attend St. James where Jennifer is on the PA Board. Jennifer’s family is also active at Marat Daukayev, Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, and in local sports.

310-712-2323 • Registered Representative/Securities offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90067. SEIA, LLC and its investment advisory services are offered independent of Signator Investors, Inc., and any subsidiaries or affiliates.



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Meet Wilshire’s commanding officer of patrol for Wilshire

Patricia Klindworth Senior Director, Page Academy Patricia Klindworth is originally from the Midwest and has proven herself as an innovator and leader in the school administration field for over thirty-five years. She has served as Senior Director for Page Academy in their Orlando, Florida-based schools for the past twenty-five years. During the past two years she has served as an educational consultant for Page Academy. Ms. Klindworth recently relocated to California and will be serving as the Administrator of Page Academy - Hancock Park as well as supervising the Beverly Hills campus. Her extensive experience will offer professionalism, innovative ideas and strong leadership. Her exceptional commitment has earned her many professional awards and certifications. She has chaired and co-chaired on a multitude of accreditation teams including, but not limited to, SACS, MSA-CESS, AI and AISF. Page Academy welcomes Ms. Klindworth to the California campuses and looks forward to her never-ending dedication to Community and Parent involvement.

565 N. Larchmont Blvd. • 323-463-5118

Meredith Scott Lynn Founder & CEO of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS Literacy Building on Larchmont Blvd! After two years on Larchmont, the company has grown and its Narrative & Creative Writing Course is being implemented in 38 states across the country! WRiTE BRAiN’s richly illustrated, wordless children’s books with lines on the pages, inspire kids to write and create their very own children’s book. After a 25-year career in the film and television industry, Meredith founded WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS offering innovative K-12 curricula and products that inspire kids of all ages become published authors. The company recently launched into retail and you can SEE WRiTE BRAiN’s LINE AT LANDIS TOY SHOP & CHEVALIERS ON THE BOULEVARD! Teachers and school-active parents, call us! 855.WB.BOOKS  Visit our online store!

Sarah Michael Novia M.S., Ed.S, LPCC, DCC Psychotherapy for Women Media Psych Expert Coining the term, “Theractress,” Sarah began her Hollywood career as a therapist on 6 seasons of the VH1 show, “Couples Therapy,” counseling struggling celebrities with their relationship woes. She can also be seen discussing pop-culture psychological issues on CNN, CBS, E! as well as many radio shows and podcasts, and she is available for media appearances. Sarah enjoys volunteering with Comfort Zone Camp (a bereavement camp for children 7-17) and The Harvat House Foundation (a safe space for adult male survivors of childhood sexual assault). In her private practice, Sarah treats individual women ages 20-40 suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief, with present-centered/future forward psychotherapy for optimal self-care and she holds a certificate in Mediation from The University of Connecticut. Her office is close to Larchmont Village at 6222 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200. She is licensed in and accepts online appointments for CA, CT, and Montana residents.

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Karla Ravandi

Pilgrim mom Karla Ravandi moves so fast that if you blink you might miss her! She is a busy industry professional as Creative Director for Acme Trailer Company, yet somehow finds time to be a passionate community volunteer, using her skills to create public service announcements for community organizations such as Chrysalis and Best Buddies. Her husband David is the founder and CEO of 123 Organic Tequila, and Karla works with him in branding and website design. In between, she runs to keep up with son, Luca, a high school student at Pilgrim School. She is the incoming President of the Pilgrim Parent Association for the 2016-2017 school year and we don’t know how she does it! But we are so glad that she does—Pilgrim School benefits greatly from her support. Thank you, Karla!

TONI KO, founder of Perverse.

Ko, Larchmont’s newest entrepreneur

By Brooke Stewart Toni Ko, Fremont Place, is the founder of Larchmont’s newest store, Perverse Sunglasses. Ko chose Larchmont as the location of her first store as well as the location of her home because she loves the friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Ko moved to Los Angeles from South Korea with her family when she was 13. She first lived in Glendale then in Downtown. She purchased a home in Fremont Place a few years ago and has been restoring it ever since. Ko has had close ties to Larchmont for years. She would often visit the boulevard seeing friends who worked on the street. She enjoys going to restaurants and shopping on Larchmont, particularly at hat shop Goorin Brothers. Coincidentally, the owners are her neighbors. Perverse is Ko’s second business. She is best known for her makeup brand NYX Cosmetics, which she started when she was 25. The brand has been a huge success, selling at major retailers like Target and Ulta. In 2014, Ko sold the company to L’Oréal for $500 million. An entrepreneur at heart, Ko realized that after selling NYX she became “really bored and needed to start a new company.” Once she decided to create Perverse, the business took off. She opened Perverse’s doors in October 2015 and within six months had a full functioning e-commerce website featuring hundreds of different designs. With her hardworking team, Ko achieved in months what can take years for any entrepreneur. Ko’s ingenuity in business is demonstrated with the success of NYX Cosmetics, as well as the rapid growth of Perverse. There is no doubt that her newest venture will continue to thrive. Larchmont is fortunate to have a woman as successful as Toni Ko in the neighborhood.

By Billy Taylor After nearly nine months on the job, the commanding officer of patrol for LAPD’s Wilshire Division says she is “thrilled to be working in the community.” Capt. Patricia Sandoval is one of two commanding officers in Wilshire assigned to replace Capt. Howard Leslie last year. Capt. Rolando Solano was assigned as area commanding officer, while Capt. Sandoval was tapped to be patrol commanding officer. “As a patrol captain, I work to ensure we have sufficient deployment where it’s necessary, and that specific crime areas are covered as needed,” Sandoval explains. Born and raised in Canoga Park, Sandoval is a Los Angeles native and a 28-year veteran of the city’s police department. “As a teenager, I imagined myself as a news reporter,” Sandoval says with a laugh. But, while studying at San Diego State University, she says she was drawn to criminal justice. Immediately following college graduation (Class of 1988) Sandoval landed an internship at the LAPD. She was hired a couple of months later. “I worked in West Los Angeles division during my probation period, and I was then assigned to Van Nuys,” says Sandoval. Since then, she has worked her way up to sergeant, then detective, and now captain. Assigned to Wilshire Division since last December, Sandoval says “it’s a great place to be.

Capt. Patricia Sandoval

“I think it’s a tremendous community and I’m very fortunate to be a part of it.” What is her focus for Wilshire? “My number-one focus,” Sandoval says, “is to combat crime. I’m looking to identify our area’s top crime areas, and what we can do to drive it out and get rid of the problem. “I want to provide the best community service possible, and I’m focused on how to deploy officers to achieve that goal.” When asked what it’s like to be a female captain in the LAPD, Sandoval says she feels very fortunate for the trailblazers who came before her: “They paved the way. I’ve not really come up on any struggles,” adding, “I have a solid reputation, and that has allowed me to work without any issues from other officers, male or female.”

Alexandria House summer barbecue honors volunteers Grilled veggies and meats will be on the menu at Alexandria House’s volunteer appreciation summer barbecue Sat., Aug. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Alexandria House begins its own yearlong celebration “Becoming Twenty-One” Wed., Sept. 21. Community events will celebrate the organization turning 21 years old, culminating with a casino fundraising night. Since it opened its doors, Alexandria House has been a temporary home to more than 200 women and children, as well as hundreds of others who needed emergency help, said Judy Vaughan, Alexandria House’s founding director. She added that an estimated 500 children have gone through Alexandria House’s elementary and teen afterschool programs.

Volunteers and donors are always needed, from hosting fundraisers, to being “Top Chef” one night, to helping with the after-school program and thrift sales. To learn more, call 213-381-2649 or go to

Kitty adoptions, comedy CATbaret Area cat rescue group Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats has kittens and cats for adoption and is also seeking foster homes. Its sixth annual comedy CATbaret is Sat., Oct. 15. Proceeds from the benefit help homeless cats. Kitty Bungalow also has the only feral cat socialization facility in Southern California. Go to

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Women of larchmont 2016

Jeffrey Foundation, Bowl, L.A. Opera attract locals Over 150 friends and supporters consisting of corporate leaders, neighbors, “Circle of Love” auxiliary members and board members gathered at their beloved Jeffrey Foundation child care center on June 16. LA Picnic restaurant owner, Eliot Silver, generously provided an elaborate buffet Around featuring the a display Town of healthy with cuisine Patty Hill and pairings of fine wines that were sponsored by Accolades Brands Inc.’s CEO Mark Newman. Marvin Espinoza, incoming CEO, and Jeffery Foundation founder, Alyce Morris Winston, greeted guests and explained the programs the organization provides that have proven to be so vital to the families of children with special needs since the Foundation’s inception in 1972. Among those nibbling and sipping were Suz and Peter Landay, Bettina Michaels, Chrissy Madden, Lorraine Spector, Margaret Kelsey, Elaine and Peter Bernard, Frank Van Osch and his film crew from Holland who had their cameras rolling as part of their documentary on the Jeffery Foundation. Lively musical entertainment from Larry Colvin of CoCo Productions rounded out a festive and successful night that raised funds for the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund that is currently serving over 90 deserving children. ••• There seldom is anything quite like the opening night of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl classical series. This year, Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel was on the

podium, and the program featured celebrated pianist Lang Lang. The magic happened on July 12, and some from our ‘hood spotted in the Pool Circle included Windsor Square’s Lisa and Mark Hutchins with Victoria and Paul Resnick and maestro in her own right (of interior design, that is) Suzanne Rheinstein with her guests. Spotted in the box section just above were Jennifer and Bill Fain. In another box nearby were Norma McIntyre, Caryn and George Harb and Brooke Anderson Ferguson, all of Hancock Park. Guess who has taken over all of the food and wine operations of the Bowl? Well, it’s none other than James Beard Award winning chef (and Marlborough alumna) Suzanne Goin and her longtime business partner Caroline Styne. Caroline, of Hancock Park, greeted neighbors as they enjoyed the Bowl’s new gastronomic and wine offerings from Lucques and the ladies’ other local restaurants. ••• Congratulations to Kiki Ramos Gindler! She is one of the five ladies newly elected to the board of Los Angeles Opera. This busy attorney, philanthropist and champion

JEFFREY FOUNDATION supporters Suz and Peter Landay with the Foundation’s founder Alyce Morris Winston.

Owner Flicka Children & Infant Clothing

Photo by William Kidston

As a local gal who grew up in Hancock Park and went to Third Street Elementary School, John Burroughs Middle School, Immaculate Heart High School and a loyal Marymount University alumnae, I take living local, buying local, and working local very seriously. Having just celebrated our 24th anniversary, Flicka is part of the fabric of this community. Some of my fondest childhood memories take place on Larchmont Boulevard and I still today remember fondly many of the merchants that treated us children so kindly. I feel an important part of my role as a merchant on Larchmont is to continue that tradition of kind friendly service…. It is, in fact, my favorite part of what I do here at Flicka. We now have relationships with multiple generations and to see these children grow up into beautiful adults and continue to shop with us is just so heartwarming. We’re looking forward to another 24 years serving this community and seeing the friends we’ve made at Flicka.

204 N. Larchmont Blvd. • 323-466-5822

Julie Stromberg THEATER / MUSIC MAVEN Kiki Ramos Gindler and husband David Gindler celebrated 30 years of Los Angeles Opera. Photo by Steve Cohn

of the arts in our city, also is president of the board of Center Theatre Group. She and her husband, David Gindler, additionally have given generous support to the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where David serves as president, and she is a member of that board as well. Is our area filled with wonderful people or what? And that’s the chat!

Attorney, Community Leader and Active Mom An active community member, Julie serves on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) as the Windsor Village community representative, Budget Representative, Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is the founder and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Julie serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles City College Foundation, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, The Ebell of Los Angeles, and the Miracle Mile Democratic Club. An Emerge California alumna, Julie also serves on the Community Forest Advisory Council, is Chair of Friends of Harold A. Henry Park, and was recognized as a “Woman of Larchmont” 2015. Julie is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School, and practices business and environmental litigation with Obagi Law Group, P.C. Although she takes pride in her civic service, she is most proud of her role as mother of two boys and three rescue dogs.

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 410, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 299-2675

Kathy Whooley PT, OCS, CSCS, CPI, MBA Owner Larchmont Physical Therapy “Physical Therapists improve the way you move” An accomplished physical therapist, Kathy Whooley has enjoyed serving the orthopedic and sports medicine needs of the community for over 31 years. LPT is known as a top notch outpatient practice where she oversees a dedicated team of professionals. Kathy’s goal is to ensure optimal results for a wide variety of clients with everchallenging sets of needs and goals. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Boston University Kathy holds a BS in Physical Therapy. After relocating to southern California she went on to earn her MBA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Several other credentials are listed below. Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification Certified Pilates Instructor USGFA Golf Specific Fitness Trainer Improve the way you move and perform today at Larchmont Physical Therapy

Kathy Whooley, PT, OCS • Larchmont Physical Therapy 321 No Larchmont Blvd #825 LA, CA 90004 • 323 464-4458

New wheels for Friendly House Together with Don Hankey of Hankey Investments, City Council President Herb Wesson donated a new van to Peggy Albrecht Friendly House. The van will allow Friendly House staff to transport residents to various medical appointments citywide. The non-profit treatment center is on S. Normandie Ave. Opened in 1951, it is the first residential program for women recovering from substance and alcohol abuse in the United States.

Kristen Sato

Leisha Willis CPCU, AU, API Owner & Agent MIX OF modern and antique is at the store.

Antiques, modern mix on Beverly Live well and prosper! Prospr, a division of Randy Esada Designs, featuring Diane Merrick vintage, held its grand opening reception July 15. Sponsored by Karma Tequila, the reception took place at the new showroom at 7407 Beverly Blvd. The store offers a mix of modern and antique items with private label candles, lush throws, fine and costume jewlery and unusual objects. Prospr is the brainchild of Esada and Merrick who have joined forces to create the decorative art boutique. To learn more visit or call 323-356-9936.

Leisha opened her State Farm Agency in Larchmont Village in 2013 following a 22-year career in management with the organization. Prior to becoming a State Farm Agent, she directed human resources operations in California and led recruiting efforts in the southeast states for State Farm. A Michigan native, Leisha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with undergraduate studies at Oxford University as a Luard Foundation Scholar. Her professional accreditations include Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Underwriting (AU), and Associate in Personal Insurance (API). She is a Leadership America alumna and former board member for the United Way. Leisha holds her Life/ Health and Property/Casualty licenses and is a Registered Representative for State Farm VP Management Corp. In her spare time, Leisha enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family. She is active in community outreach organizations and is honored to have mentored many young people in their careers.

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