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Janet Clayton

Diane Hawley

Janna Bodek Harris

Sheri Weller



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Janet Clayton looks to the future of energy; Pulitzers are in her rear view By Suzan Filipek Janet Clayton tends to be where the action is — from Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the “Los Angeles Times” to being at the forefront of new technologies as head of corporate communications at Edison International.

“It was a very exciting time to be in journalism,” she says of her long career at the newspaper. And, it’s an exciting time at her current post at the utility company, notes the Hancock Park resident. “I enjoy the challenge. It’s a

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little like the newspaper business. This is a very dynamic industry. There’s a lot going on.” While utilities have long been associated with monopolies, with the advent of “new energy options... it’s going to be a more choice-driven

market, from battery storage to solar panels, there will be more of a mix,” says Janet. As senior vice president, corporate communications, her challenge is “to make it understandable.” She has a staff of 59 and advises even more, and she oversees the company’s philanthropic side; Edison donates $20 million a year to Southern California charities. After her decade-long beat as a general and political reporter at the “Los Angeles Times,” she went on to be editor of the editorial pages and the California section, where she managed the largest news staff at the newspaper. She edited three Pulitzer Prize-winning series: one on the homeless mentally ill in 2002; another on the dysfunction of California government in 2004: and an investigative series on problems leading to needless deaths at King-Drew Medical Center. She’s most proud of an oped piece on the Iraq War. The “Los Angeles Times” was only one of two newspapers in the country that came out against the Iraq invasion, she said. She eventually left journalism to head up ThinkCure. The Los Angeles Dodgers community-based nonprofit raises funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope. While she’s proud of her journalism achievements and work in philanthropy and fundraising, Janet had wanted to be an artist. But that dream faded when she took an art class in high school “and realized I wasn’t very good.” An aptitude test showed her talents laid in journalism. “I can talk to people and write about it and get paid to do this?” she thought. “I loved politics anyway,” and her future course was set. She got her first civics lessons from her dad, who was an elevator operator for the thencalled County of Los Angeles Hall of Administration. He would take riders like Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, up and down the elevator. (Today it is called the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.) City leaders “would speak quite freely…” amongst each other, not noticing the elevator operator. “He would come home and tell us there’s going to be a new park… I loved knowing ahead of time,” said Janet. Clayton received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism, Phi Beta Kappa, from USC. She also met her future husband Michael Johnson on the campus. They first lived in West Adams, and, just when they


had completed restoring their 1912 home, they moved, she laughs. Michael had set his sights on a fixer-upper in Hancock Park on Rimpau. By now the couple had two small children and needed more room. (Jocelyn is now 28, and Aaron, 23.) But the English Countrystyle home was in bad shape, from the grungy pool to the yellow-and-pink Formica in the kitchen. Even the realtor advised against buying it, said Janet. Michael persevered. “He saw the bones of the house. All I could see were the problems. But fortunately he persuaded me. It’s a great neighborhood,” she says. The house was featured in “Architectural Digest” the year it was built, 1928. One year, as a Christmas present, Janet had research done on the house and the article was unearthed. “It was very cool.” Their children attended Pilgrim, St. James Episcopal, Immaculate Heart and Loyola High schools, and Michael was a Wilshire Little League coach for many years. Daughter Jocelyn graduated from Northwestern and Claremont Graduate schools and is the data manager at Larchmont Charter Schools. Aaron attended Santa Clara University and he works at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park. The couple recently hosted a reception for an opening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, where Michael is on the board. The two ride bikes to Larchmont Blvd., which, Janet happily notes, has kept its smalltown charm. The neighborhood has also retained its historical beauty. Gone are the days when you’d drive by a home and the next day it would be gone. “Protections are in place to keep people from midnight demolitions,” says Janet. The couple are members of the Hancock Park Home Owners Assoc., and while Michael is more plugged in on community issues, Janet keeps an eye on the neighborhood as well as staying busy leading us into a bright new future.

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‘Not your mother’s Ebell,’ says board member Janna Bodek Harris By Billy Taylor Longtime Windsor Square resident Janna Bodek Harris has a message to all of the young women reading this: join the Ebell of Los Angeles. “The club is a jewel in our community,” says Harris, who serves on the board of directors for the organization. “Really, I feel like every woman in this neighborhood should be a member.” Born and raised on the Westside, Harris left Los Angeles as a young woman to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After graduating with a double major in American studies and film, she relocated to New York City, where she lived for nearly six years before meeting her future husband James Harris, who, coincidentally, also is a native Angeleno. “I would probably still live in NYC if I hadn’t met my husband. He dragged me back,” Harris says with a laugh. “The deal was we would try living back in Los Angeles for two years, and if I wasn’t happy, we would try somewhere else.” Returning to the West Coast, the couple first lived in Cheviot Hills. It was then that Harris, who says she has always had a passion for architecture, renovated a house in West Adams as a business project. While working in the area, it didn’t take Harris long to discover the well-preserved homes in the historic neighborhood of Windsor Square. Shortly after, the couple sold their Westside property and moved to Norton Ave., where they lived for 15 years, and for the past 12 years, the couple has lived on Lucerne Blvd. “I love that it’s a real community. That you can walk along Larchmont Blvd. and run into people you know,” says Harris. Having raised two children in the neighborhood, Harris can recall many wonderful memories walking up and down Larchmont to grab supplies or heading a bit further to play a match at the Los

Angeles Tennis Club. “It’s wonderful having Chevalier’s Books so close,” she adds. “When my kids were little, it was nice to be able to walk them over for events and story hour.” When Harris talks about the things she loves best about the Larchmont community, the Ebell Club is near the top. “Most people don’t know that the Ebell does impressive educational and philanthropic work,” she explains of the organization, which was founded by local women in 1894. To all the younger women living in the neighborhood, Harris explains: “This is not your mother’s Ebell anymore.” And with annual membership fees around $270, there’s no excuse not to join, she notes. “There aren’t many clubs that you can join for that.” Recruiting Ebell Club members is important, according


to Harris, because the club needs to survive to allow for its many philanthropic endowments to continue. In 2012, Harris was tapped to be the club’s program chair, a role she took seriously. “I really wanted to make the programming as diverse as possible to try and appeal to our diverse membership.” Harris points out that the

Ebell’s membership “is pretty unique” in that it is made up of women from many backgrounds, young and old, working and stay-at-home moms of all races. As program chair, Harris resurrected a long lost Ebell tradition to give members the opportunity to do hands-on activities to help the non-profits that the club supports each year through the Rest Cottage Endowment Fund. “It’s a wonderful way for our members to work together to help women in need.” These hands-on activities have previously included members knitting squares that are then put together to make blankets they donate to breast cancer patients at Good Sam Hospital, donating cooked dishes so members can bring dinner to residents at Alexandria House once a month, and donating personal hygiene items for the resi-

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dents at Teen Project. Harris’ approach to programming was to try and encourage as many people as she could to get involved and share ideas. “What I found is that if we created program series, then it’s pretty easy to plug things in,” says Harris. And from 2012-2016, that’s exactly what she did, organizing lunch speakers and ongoing events like the “Live in the Lounge” and themed wine pairing dinners. Although Harris is no longer the program chair — “There’s a terrific woman doing programs now,” she says — Harris now serves as the club’s treasurer. And she continues to promote Ebell membership. “It’s a wonderful community of women," she says. "I’ve met some amazing people who I otherwise would never have met, worked with or had fun with.”

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Diane Hawley’s business expertise is put to good use


years [at Las Madrinas] is that the amount of money you raise is overwhelming.” This is a good thing, as the need at CHLA is so great. Many of the children there are from the inner city and don’t have access to health care. “Children’s Hospital swoops in and helps them,” she says. Besides “fundraising like crazy” and getting to “see the amazing things the doctors do,” members of Las Madrinas “work with the hospital to find priorities” for where best to channel the raised money. Las Madrinas’ focus this year is to endow the CHLA Neurolo-

gy Chair and Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program. Some of the past endowments previously raised by the CHLA affiliate, of $5 million each, support autism and simulation research. Hawley says that the effort has been gratifying beyond knowing she’s part of a larger effort to help countless children. “Along the way, I have found dear friends in all of our members — whose mission is to ‘do good’ in our community. I am forever inspired by these ladies!” The mother of four worked in the private sector, lastly at the Disney Channel, until


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after her third child was born. “I always knew I’d want to stay home and raise my kids,” she said, at her 1922 Colonial Clapboard home on Plymouth Blvd. last month. “It has good vibes, and, we try to keep it super original,” she says. (Prior owner Sue Betty Hillman was a wellknown neighborhood figure.) Diane and her husband Vic have raised four children: Jack, 25, Victor Jr., 23, Veronica, 21, and Nell, 15. The oldest two are Notre Dame graduates; Veronica is in her senior year at the university, and Nell is a sophomore at Marlborough. Diane’s dad, a son of immigrants, went to night school to get a master’s degree in electrical engineering; her mother was an orphan who also persevered and became a nurse. Their work ethic and family values (her parents are celebrating their 60th anniversary) were passed on to their daughters. “As one of four girls in my family, there was no doubt that, through hard work in school, we could achieve our dreams.” After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as an internal auditor at National Steel Corp. Tired of being on the road, a boss suggested she get a master’s degree at Harvard, which initially seemed like a long way from the small town she grew up in near Pittsburgh. But, off she went, and it was at the Ivy League school that she met her future husband, who would eventually bring her to Windsor Square, where Vic and his seven siblings were raised. “I feel very local, but I’m not the original. He’s the original,” she smiles, her blue eyes shining. (Vic’s parents Phil and Mary

Hawley raised their family on Plymouth and Hudson; two of his brothers John and George also live in Windsor Square.) As her children grew, Diane was involved in their schools, eventually leading her to Marlborough, “a top-rated school nationally — right in our neighborhood!” As a trustee (and big cheerleader), she works on issues from fundraising to the buildings and grounds. “I have been inspired by the ability of this educational institution to help young women achieve their dreams and be the best they can be. How lucky we are to have this gem in our neighborhood. “The lovely thing about it is, there’s still a great core group of girls in the neighborhood who go there.” Hawley shares camaraderie with the women she has befriended since she moved here 32 years ago, from needlepoint circles and the Los Angeles Cotillion at the Ebell, where she was chairman and patroness for many years, to a longstanding membership in the Hancock Park Garden Club. She finds solace in her front and back yards, which she designed, trimming back the grass before it was fashionable. “I did the gravel before the rebate,” she notes, praising the Garden Club for its guidance. Inspired by her father’s victory garden, she shows her cucumbers during a tour in her white tennis shoes and summer dress, her golden retriever, Captain, at her side. She is a hostess at the Annual Assembly, an autumn whitetie dinner dance held in Los Angeles each year since 1931. She notes that the Assembly is not a philanthropy; it’s strictly for fun, she laughs. She and Vic are also members of the California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum and the California Art Club. A painting of a seated young girl hangs in the hallway, her large brown eyes full of hope and promise. The painting spoke to her and Vic, she says. “I feel supremely lucky to be able to stay home and pursue all the priorities that are near and dear to our hearts: children, education and the arts,” she says, almost all in one breath. The community, too, is lucky to have her here.

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By Suzan Filipek Diane Hawley’s business acumen is being put to good use, both through Las Madrinas in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where the past president has worn many hats the past 10 years, and at Marlborough. At the school, she is a trustee in her first of two terms and a parent for 12 years. “My strength is to work with the auditors,” says the Harvard University business school graduate and a former auditor. But, even with all of her financial experience, the numbers can be staggering. “The biggest surprise in my

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Travels around the world led Sheri Weller back home

By Suzan Filipek A professional public speaker, with a degree in business and broadcasting, Sheri Weller traveled 300 days a year during the days and later for Nissan and other company conventions and trade shows. After the birth of her son, Teddy, now 5, she continued her life on the road, with her son and her own mom in tow, but she was becoming more and more drawn to her volunteer work at Wagon Wheel preschool. One day, while at her Hancock Park condo — in a historic French Normandy style building — Weller turned her sights across Melrose Ave. to Hollygrove, the Los Angeles organization founded in 1880. “I had lived here for 20 years and I had never heard about that place,” she said of the former orphanage, Hollygrove, that once was home to a young Marilyn Monroe and occupied an entire block east of Vine, between Waring and Gregory avenues. Today, the nonprofit social services agency, is part of Uplift Family Services and offers afterschool and summer programs for kids mostly living in gang-infested neighborhoods. Three years ago, Weller and Hancock Park neighbor Julia Connolly plus Sarah McTeigue founded the Hollies, a 60-member-and-growing support arm of Hollygrove. Weller also has joined the board and she chairs the annual spring gala. Fundraising, after all, “is in my blood,” says the former Miss Georgia USA and clogger. (Her sister runs the National Clogging and Hoedown Council). Weller’s talents, honed in the small farming town where she grew up, (“clogging, cheering and community service” is what you did,) have come into good use at Hollygrove, where her involvement started when a parent asked her to help make baskets filled with goodies for the agency. The two moms were dropping off the baskets when Weller asked about volunteering. When she was told that Hollygrove lost funding for a volunteer coordinator, she thought of the “many great families” she knew at Wagon Wheel. As she expected, her friends, and the community, have stepped up. When the agency’s summer movie night was approaching, she reached out to Para-

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mount Pictures for donation of a screen. Oinkster restaurant across the street served the food. Weller “walked down Larchmont handing out flyers” to rally the neighbors to attend. This year’s community movie screening is planned for Sat., Sept. 30. On another visit, Weller stumbled upon Hollygrove camp’s Olympic-theme day, and she was blown away by what she saw. The kids wore hand-made decorated T-shirts, walked in a procession of their chosen country and performed in field events. “It was so overwhelming. These kids put so much work into this, and I was the only one to see it. I decided we needed to staff at least a day or two of the camps... even if we’re only holding the tape for them to run through.” Initially there were about


eight to 10 Hollies, and “the kids had a blast… everyone likes to be cheered on.” Soon, parents were donating sunscreen, beach blankets and water. Someone set up an Amazon account to purchase supplies. “We needed 50 of everything, crayons to T-shirts.” The last day of each camp

week, the group heads to the beach, which for most of the kids is a first. One child remarked of the sand, the surf and the sea gulls, “’It smells exactly like I imagined.’” Besides the weeklong camp offered for 50 children in the summer months, “Endless Summer,” serves 50, 5- to 12year-olds three times a week during the school year. In another program, volunteers serve meals and find speakers during the twice-aweek parent institute. Most of the children are referred from local schools, Family Children Services or the police. They live in an area spanning Fairfax to Western avenues and Sunset to Wilshire boulevards, an area home to “eight very, very active gangs... A lot are working for gangs for $1,200 a week to sit on the corner” as police lookouts, says Weller.

Weller’s face brightens when she tells of the miracles that she’s encountered. One boy came back at age 13, now sober, to say how Hollygrove turned his life around. His father, after two prison terms, attended the parent program, aimed to break the cycle. “You parent how you were parented,” Weller explains. She’s preparing for her son’s entry into St. James’ elementary in the fall. Her earlier life, when she acted in commercials and soap operas is a distant memory. But it was on the set of a movie 21 years ago where she met her husband, producer/director Peter Weller. Now she travels to meet up with him on location — they never like to be more than two weeks apart as a family. But otherwise “I’ve got this whole community here,” she smiles.



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Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer Ester Poe teaches a combination of yoga, tai chi and aerobics at her fitness classes at 415 N. Larchmont Blvd., 2nd floor. “The goal is for you to be better at life‌ to be able to pick up your suitcase, stand up straight and fall prevention,â€? among other things, said the all-around athlete and former swimmer in the former USSR (now Ukraine). “She’s amazing,â€? said Ruth Leibowitz, a retired dancer and choreographer, who walks from her home on Arden Blvd. to take the class three times a week. “She’s made me so much stronger in my upper body,â€? said Leibowitz after a recent workout. “The thing I like about it is you never know what’s going to happen,â€? said Jim Montgomery, a medical equipment salesman who walks to the class from his Beachwood Ave. home. “This is the most important thing I do,â€? added the cycler and hiker. “I’m getting older and the flexibility is going. This has brought it back.â€? “Our bodies should be able to do everything a child does, including putting its foot in its mouth,â€? Poe said in her usual comical, light-hearted tone to a recent class of eight students. This is a large class, remarked Montgomery, “usually there are fewer people and you feel like you’re taking a private class.â€? “They’re fun, too,â€? adds Poe. The small group sometimes socializes outside of the class. After a 10-minute warm up, the one hour+ session can include weights (under 20 pounds), aerobic exercises, and deep squats followed by stretching and self-massage of the head, feet and hands. Demonstrating, Poe places her thumbs at the back of her head and gently massages her skull. “All the wires get dusty and need to be unplugged and then get plugged back in again,â€? she explains. “Our skull needs to breath too. We want to make sure it’s open and wake it up.â€? Ester Poe’s fitness classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at MUSA Martial Arts Academy, 415 Âź N. Larchmont Blvd. Visit wellbalancedbootcamp. com for more information.

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The following organizations involve many Larchmont people. If your group is not listed, please write to “Who’s Who Directory,” circulation@larchmontchronicle. luncheon and fashion show and operation of LAS FLORISTAS com or call 323-462-2241, ext. 13. The Colleagues Boutique, a designer resale Linda Cappello, president. 50 members. Meets and vintage clothing store at 3312 Pico Blvd. once a month, Sept. to June in members’ 213-260-7621; homes. Purpose: support children’s charities ALEXANDRIA HOUSE at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation COLLEAGUE HELPERS IN Michelle Tonn, executive director; Judy Center including wheelchair sports, scholarPHILANTHROPIC SERVICE (CHIPS) Vaughan, founding executive director. PurAnne Marie Scibelli, president. Purpose: sup- ships, recreational therapy, adolescent suppose: a transitional residence for single womport Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work. port, robotics research and therapy. lasflorisen and women with children in the process Fundraising and volunteer efforts include;; facebook. of moving from emergency shelter to permaan annual fashion show, boutique fashion com/Las-Floristas-Inc-114777528580122. nent housing. Volunteer and donation opporLES AMIES CHILDREN’S events, hosting special children’s activities, tunities include playing “top chef” for a night, and donating and distributing toys. 213-260INSTITUTE, INC. a thrift sale every 2nd Sat., and hosting fund7621; Susan Armistead, president. Purpose: support raisers. 213-381-2649; Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work to help CUISINE Á ROULETTES ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL Daryl Twerdahl, volunteer contact. Cathie children affected by violence, abuse and other Jenny Chow, president, 7 members. Purpose: White, membership chair. 120 members. trauma. Fundraisers include theater recepChartered in 1938, serves and provides supTwo general membership meetings yearly tions, an annual holiday dinner and other acport to School on Wheels, Good Shepherd at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, open board tivities. 213-260-7621; Shelter for Homeless Women, Braille Instimeetings monthly. Purpose: FundraisNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE tute and Hope-Net. 213-810-8791; districteing and support for St. Vincent Meals on LOS ANGELES FOUNDER CHAPTER Wheels. 213-484-7112;; C. Suzanne Boone, president. 539 members. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE Purpose: mother-daughter philanthropy OF LOS ANGELES DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH organization. Annual benefit in December. Lisa Wierwille, president. Melanie Merians, Timeless Treasures Thrift Shop open TuesSERVICES chief executive officer. 600+ members. PurChristopher J. Harrer, board chair. Kim Kowsky, days, Fridays and Saturdays at 9441 Culver pose: Established in 1919 to improve the qualdirector of development and communications. Blvd, Culver City.   323-665-5981; ity of the lives of at-risk children and their Established in 1942. Purpose: To provide menNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE families by providing social services in the tal health and suicide prevention services to CORONET DEBUTANTE BALL BOARD Los Angeles community. Local auxiliaries and communities in and around Los Angeles. Sup- Alice W. Gould, ball director. Purpose: Antheir chairs include: Anne Banning Auxiliary, port groups for people who have attempted or nual Coronet Debutante Ball in November at Shelagh Callahan and Kiel Fitzgerald; College lost loved ones to suicide. Several fundraisers a the Beverly Hilton.  Event fundraising supAlumnae Auxiliary, Mary Toolen-Roskam; Hillyear. 310-390-6612; ports philanthropic projects of the National toppers Auxiliary, Mary Kaufman; Mannequins EBELL OF LOS ANGELES Charity League, Los Angeles Founder ChapAuxiliary, Melly Lindsay; Nine O’Clock Players Loyce Braun, president.  450+ members.  A ter. 323-665-5981; Auxiliary, Dee Nasatir; Pre-School Auxiliary, club for today’s woman. Its philanthropNEEDLEWORK GUILD OF Yvonne Cazier; Founder Assisteens Auxiliary, AMERICA, HANCOCK PARK Laura Bauer Yani Buchanan and Nicole Kim. ic,  cultural and educational programs support 20 charities that help women and chil- Beverly Brown, president. 85 members. The 323-469-1973; dren, grants over 50 college scholarships Needlework Guild meets monthly. Purpose: AVIVA CENTER each year, holds gourmet lunches with guest improve the quality of life of economically STERLING ASSOCIATES speakers, wine and dine dinners, barbecues, Regina Bette, president. Genevieve Haines, art receptions, dances, holiday events, play disadvantaged individuals in the community board chair. Purpose: fundraising group for readings, film screenings, book clubs, and by collecting, purchasing, and distributing Aviva Treatment Center for Abused Children, crafts workshops in a National Register new clothes, linens and personal care items through the seven local agencies supported. which provides compassionate support, ther- historic Italian Renaissance building.  Call 310-339-2212. apeutic services and guidance to at-risk chil- membership director Meredyth Deighton ORPHANAGE GUILD dren and families, including “wraparound” for information.  323-931-1277; Mary Anne Atkisson, president. Purpose: raise community mental health, foster care, adopFREEDOMS FOUNDATION funds for Maryvale, oldest residential treatment tion and residential treatment services. ConAT VALLEY FORGE agency in Los Angeles, which provides residentact Elizabeth Rulon, development associate, Diane Deshong, president. 95 members. Purtial care for girls ages 13 to 18, mental health at 323-876-0550, ext. 1107, or erulon@aviva- pose: raise funds to provide scholarships to services for individuals and families, and an, or visit students and accredited teachers to participate emergency placement center for children ages BIG SUNDAY in the Foundation’s educational programs. 6 to 12. 626-280-6510; David Levinson, founder and executive direc- 310-275-1039; ORPHANAGE GUILD JUNIORS tor. Mission: Big Sunday connects people by GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER FOR Bette Baer, president. 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Danette Beck, board president. Scott Kassel, director of development and communications. Purpose: Provide family-centered early intervention and adaptive education services for children birth through second grade who are visually impaired. Golf tournament fundraiser in Nov. and other times of year. Volunteer opportunities available year round. 323664-2153;


Betsy Butler, executive director. Purpose: Break down barriers and advance the potential of women and girls in California for more than 30 years. Activities include education and support services; impact litigation; and policy advocacy. CWLC emphasizes on effecting change for low-income and indigent women and girls. 323-951-1041;


Loretta Sturla, president. 100 members. Meets every 2nd Thurs. except July, Aug. and Dec. Purpose: address the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The Los Angeles Chapter will host its annual Wonderland event Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, as well as other fun events throughout the year. 760-674-9400;


Cara Esposito, 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


David Almaraz, chairman. Purpose: Strengthening the community through Peggy Albrecht, board chair. Bill Cunninghamyouth development, healthy living and social Corso, board president, Monica Phillips, executive director. Founded in 1951 as the first home responsibility. 323-467-4161; for women recovering from alcohol and drug HOPE-NET Douglas Ferraro, executive director, 200 vol- addiction in the USA. Purpose: provide an opunteers. Board meets bi-monthly. Purpose: portunity for women to recover physically, spirhelp eliminate hunger through area food itually and emotionally from drugs and alcohol pantries and to provide low-income housing in an atmosphere of love, compassion and supto families and individuals in the Wilshire port. 213-389-9964; P.E.O., GU CHAPTER Center and Los Angeles metro area. Taste of Larchmont this year is Mon., Aug. 28. 213- Elizabeth Schwalm, president. 16 members. 389-9949; Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Wilshire Country Club; meets two times in Jan. JEFFREY FOUNDATION Alyce Morris Winston, founder and CEO. and Sept. P.E.O. is an educational, philanthropPurpose: provide services for special needs ic organization that provides scholarships for children and their families, typically chil- women and owns and maintains a women’s libdren from 12 months through age 18. 323- eral arts college in Nevada, MO. 213-245-4844; 965-7536;


Katie McCullough, president. 1,200 members. Founded in 1926. Seven general meetings Sept. to May. Purpose: promote voluntarism, develop women’s potential and improve the community through effective action and the leadership of trained volunteers. 323-957-4280;


Theresa Harris, president. Purpose: Fundraising and other support for Regis House Community Center owned and operated by the Sisters of Social Service. Annual fundraiser is in November. Group meets approximately four times a year.  2212 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057. 213380-8168;, regishousecc 



Donna Tohidi Anderson, president. 68 members. Meets monthly Sept. through June. Purpose: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) advances science in America by raising scholarship awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate medical students and postdoctoral fellows  in the fields of science, math, engineering and medical research. 310375-1936; arcsfoundation .org/los_angeles


Janet Akman, president. 500 members. Meets once a month. Purpose: to support the Banning Residence Museum. 310-5487777;


Jan H. Gordon, chapter regent. 110 members. Meetings alternate 2nd Wed. and 2nd Sat. monthly, Sept. to May. Purpose:  The D.A.R., founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.  Contact: or follow on Facebook.


Patricia Walker, contact. Book sales are Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Meets 2nd Tues., of the month. Always looking for more volunteers. Purpose: to support the library acquisition fund and various programs, including the children and teen summer programs. 323-936-6191;


Thom Garbrecht, president; David Kendrick, vice president and co-treasurer, Ruth Roberts, co-treasurer. Five members. Purpose: to support the library. Holds book sales on the first Friday and Saturday of the month to support the library. Always looking for more volunteers. 323-962-3521;


Samantha Anderson, president. Purpose: focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs; stimulate gifts of desirable collections, endowments and bequests. Book sales Tuesdays and Saturdays. 323-938-2732;


Marjory Hopper, president, 15 members. Purpose: Achieve equity for individuals in the workplace through advocacy and education. Meets 2nd Sat. for monthly luncheon at the Preston in the Loews Hollywood Hotel. 562-699-6288; mjhop6334; /hollywood-club.


Martha Sklar and Maria Montero, co-presidents. 500 members. Meets monthly Sept.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’ Center, Griffith Park at 9:30 a.m. Sept.–June. Purpose: to increase knowledge and love of gardening and support philanthropic causes. Toy collection / monetary donations in Nov. for Homeless UPLIFT FAMILY SERVICES AT Health Care Los Angeles. A horticultural scholHOLLYGROVE arship for a college student and assisting HabiBrad Slocum and Peter Brown, co-chairmen. tat for Humanity with landscaping are other Purpose: a family-centered community orga- civic projects. Spring and winter fundraisers. nization serving abused and neglected chil- 818-236-3641; dren to age 18, and those at risk of abuse or NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN neglect or in poverty. 323-463-2119; upliftfs. BUSINESS OWNERS, LOS ANGELES org/about/hollygrove. Hilary Lentini, president. Purpose: propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social WOMEN’S CANADIAN CLUB and political spheres of power through advoOF LOS ANGELES Elizabeth Abugayda, president. Meets for cacy, innovation and community. 213-622lunch 1st Thurs. most months. Purpose: 3200; NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH Contributes to four charities a year. Hosts a holiday luncheon and an annual tea at the WOMEN, LOS ANGELES SECTION home of the Consul General. 818-368-2429. Helen Davidov, board president. Purpose: to



IN OUR COMMUNITY improve the quality of life for women, chilORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE FOR dren and families and to ensure individual CHILDREN (OIC) rights for all. Operates several thrift stores; ortho-institute. and a talkline. 323-651-2930; org.


Pat Whitman president. 870 members. Established in 1904. Purpose: Engage women in philanthropy, provide academic scholarships to students at USC, make building and campus enhancements, and engage in cultural programs.;;

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Joan Cleven, president. 30 members.  Meets 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: support OIC’s charitable care Patrick MacKellan, president. 54 members. program with financial resources and volunMeets Wednesdays at  11:55 a.m.  at The teering. Main fundraiser is a Book & Author Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Luncheon held on a Tues. in October. Purpose: “Building friendships and tackling t-"4".*("4%&-"4-0."4 community challenges — for 85 years.” AUXILIARY OF THE CCG Contact Ben David, membership chair: ben- Stella Chang, president. 25 members. Meets, 2nd Mon. of the month. Purpose: support the or facebook/ OIC’s charitable care program with financial resources and volunteering. Main fundraiser WINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK is held in October in conjunction with Las PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Judy Zeller, president, 236 members.  Board of Madrecitas. 2017 Fundraiser theme is KenTrustees meets quarterly at members’ homes. tucky Derby.  Visit or facebook. Researches and preserves historical informa- com/lasamigasdelaslomas. tion on Windsor Square, Hancock Park and t-"4."%3&$*5"4"69*-*"3:0'5)&$$( Greater Rancho La Brea. Historical tours, so- Jennifer Robbins and Kym Smitham, cocial events and annual Homes / Gardens Tour. presidents. 140 members. Meets 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: Contact:, WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE support OIC’s charitable care program. Main Margot Bennett, executive director. Ann Re- fundraiser is held in October in conjunction iss Lane, founder. Purpose: prevent gun vio- with Las Amigas de Las Lomas. 2017 Fundlence by educating the public, policymakers raiser theme is Kentucky Derby.  t-"4/*/"4%&-"4."%3&$*5"4 and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences and dangers Emily Warter, president. 70 members, girls grades nine through 12. Meets 2nd Wed. of of firearms. 310-204-2348; WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION the month Sept. through June. Purpose: volunteer at OIC and in the community; fundraisOF LOS ANGELES Kay Burt, executive administrator. 1,200 mem- ing projects include a spring fashion show and bers. Board meets monthly. Purpose: promote Christmas See’s Candy Sale; presentation of full participation of women lawyers and judges seniors at Annual Evergreen Ball. t-04".*(04"69*-*"3:0'5)&$$( in the legal profession, maintain integrity of Hans Khoe, president. 50 members. Meets legal system by advocating principles of faironce a month. Purpose: volunteer at OIC and ness and equality, improve status of women in society, including exercise of equal rights and in the community; support Las Amigas de reproductive choice. Does not give referrals or Las Lomas through volunteerism at the Fall Fundraiser event in October. do pro bono work. 213-892-8982;





Anne-Marie Peterson, president. 20 members. Meet 1st Tues. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: provide funds to support medical research and education for OIC. Main fundraiser is an “Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction” event in the fall.



Medical Center through volunteer work and seum of Women in the Arts and to increase donations. 323-226-6941; public awareness of the work of California women artists locally and nationally. Sponsor exhibits, support educational programs, visit women artists’ studios and galleries THE BLUE RIBBON Kimberly Linares, senior coordinator, 468 and tour private collections. 323-656-9271; members. Meets on a special events basis by invitation only at various cultural institutions. Purpose: Founded in 1968 by Dorothy Chandler, this independent charitable BUCKLEY SCHOOL support group is comprised of outstanding PARENTS ASSOCIATION women leaders in the Los Angeles communi- Purpose: to support the policies of the school ty. Funds raised go to its education programs in maintaining The Buckley School’s high and resident companies — Los Angeles Op- standards; support the school’s academic era, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles and administrative functions; assist in the Master Chorale and Center Theatre Group. school’s social and cultural activities; create 213-972-3348; a closer relationship among the school, the BARNSDALL ARTS / FOJAC students, and the parents; and assist in funShelah Leher-Graiwer, executive director. 14 draising. 818-461-6770; board members. Purpose: provide quality art CATHEDRAL CHAPEL SCHOOL PTO education and exhibitions that nurture creBOARD ativity, the acquisition of artistic skills, and Purpose: fundraising events for Cathedral the aesthetic appreciation of art and build Chapel School and general support of school. community through access and engage- 323-938-9976; ment. 323-363-4629; FRIENDS OF HANCOCK PARK




Van Kantor, president. 50 members. Meets monthly over the summer. Purpose: support the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic and youth music education programs. 323-850-2166;



Shanon Trygstad, president. Schedule is posted on website. Purpose: fundraising and implementing projects. hancockparkschool. com/friends-of-hancock-park-school.


Quarterly meetings held each year in the school auditorium; please see calendar on Anne Landsberger, contact. 50 members. Board website for dates and times. Purpose: raise meets six to eight times from Sept. to June. money for enrichment programs. 323-939Purpose: acquisitions and special project sup- 8337; port for the Costume and Textile Department HARVARD-WESTLAKE SCHOOL of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 323PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION 857-6558; Jackie Klein, president. 1,400 members. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM Meets six times yearly. Purpose: Support OF ART DOCENT COUNCIL school and build school community. 818Emily Craig, docent council coordinator. 487-6611; 431 members. Purpose: volunteer educaIMMACULATE HEART tional services for students and adults in the PARENTS’ COUNCIL form of tours, lectures, and informal conKen Reichman, president. Board meets triversations. 323-857-6109; annually. Purpose: sponsors high school and LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF / or middle school parent socials and parent ART MUSEUM SERVICE COUNCIL information nights. Major events include faTim Deegan, chair. 150 members. Annual ther / daughter picnic in October, the walk meeting at museum. Purpose: Guest servic- in November, faculty appreciation luncheon es. 323-857-6228; tdeegan in February, the mother / daughter luncheon LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC in March, and the used uniform sale in AFFILIATES May. 323-461-3651; Becky Novy, chair. 1,000 members. Meets 10 LOYOLA HIGH MOTHERS’ GUILD times yearly. Purpose: support the Los Angeles Mona Schlater-Hewitt, president, 40 board Philharmonic Association and youth music ed- members who meet quarterly. Purpose ucation programs. 323-850-2166; is hospitality and fundraising for faculty LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC salaries. Annual spring luncheon. 213-3815121; COMMITTEE Karen Growdon and Pam Thompson, coMARLBOROUGH PARENTS’ presidents. 90 members. General memberASSOCIATION ship meets six times yearly in members’ Kara Corwin and Amanda Mansour, co-preshomes. Purpose: raise funds to support the idents. 1,000 members. Purpose: provide Los Angeles Philharmonic and endowment leadership and involvement opportunities. for youth music education programs. Invita- 323-935-1147; tion only. 323-850-2166; ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL

Gina Furth, president. 400 members; 3,000 constituents. Board meets six times a year. Purpose: support Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, primarily through fund-raising, support programs, research and education. 310-423-3667; SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY GUILD or Denise Nighman, president. 165 members. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGE- Purpose: fundraising to assist sisters in carrying out their mission. The sisters are RNs, LVNs, LES ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES Bonnie McClure, chairman. 38 Guilds and Aux- CNAs who provide care to patients in their own iliaries. Purpose: raise money for Children’s homes regardless of illness, race or religion, LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC Hospital Los Angeles. 323-361-2367; free of charge. This year, the annual benefit luncheon will be Sat., Oct 7 at the Luxe Sunset INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE GOOD SAMARITAN Hotel. 818-763-0970; Rabab Ashley, president. 50 members. HOSPITAL AUXILIARY ST. ANNE’S GUILD Meets once a month, Oct. through May. Mahlon Lawton, president. 150 members. Dolores Bononi, president. Esther Clark, as- Purpose: encourage attendance at Los AnGeneral meetings Oct., Feb. and May. Pursociate director of special events and volun- geles Philharmonic performances; raise pose: Philanthropy, staffing of the Good Sateers. Meets two times a year. Purpose: serve funds; build bridges between cultures and maritan Gift Shop and public relations. 213at-risk, pregnant and parenting teens, young 977-2414; countries through the International Ball women and their children. Thrift shop at 155 LAS MADRINAS N. Occidental Blvd. Fashion show is Thurs., once a year; provide sponsorship to chilLisa Brandt, president. 175 members. Kris- Sept. 21. Christmas boutique is Sat., Nov. 4. dren and their families to attend concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 323-850-2166; tin Harrison, public relations chair. Meets 213-381-2931 x341; three times yearly.  Purpose: Improve and ST. JOHN OF GOD HELPER’S CLUB enrich the Southern California community Purpose: Raise money for St. John of God MUSES OF THE CALIFORNIA with commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Retirement and Care Center through apSCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION Angeles and other philanthropic enterprises. peals and popular events such as the an- Patricia Torres, president. 115 members. Through members and debutante families, nual “Charity Golf Classic,” the “Classic Car Meets 2nd Mon. of the month Sept to June. honor those who have shown exceptional Show” and the “Brothers Night.” The Help- Purpose: supports and promotes the Calicommitment to the community. lasmadri- er’s Club also sponsors the Foundation’s fornia Science Center and its education  Newsletter. 323-731-7141; info@hospitaller- programs for youth. Provides fundraising and volunteer activities for the Community LUMINAIRES, FOUNDER CHAPTER Elizabeth Schonk, president. 160 members. ST. JOHN OF GOD WOMEN’S LEAGUE Youth Programs, the California State Science General meeting four times a year. Purpose: Margaret Cherene, president. 100 members. Fair and the Hands-On Science Camp. Membenefiting vision research at Doheny Eye In- Purpose: volunteering and fundraising to as- bership open to men and women.  310-529stitute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein sist patients in St. John of God Retirement 7540: Eye Institute. 323-342-7101; and Care Center. 323-731-7141; info@hospi- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS COMMITTEE, LUMINAIRES JUNIORS Stacey Henning, president. 130 members. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA USC MEDICAL CENTER General meetings six times a year. Purpose: Janet Barnet and Marilyn Levin, co-presiCARES AUXILIARY benefiting vision research at Doheny Eye In- Mindy Halls, president. 200 patrons. Board dents. 75 members. For membership constitute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein meets monthly Sept.-June, brunch in Dec. tact Margaret Black. Meets 8 to 10 times a Eye Institute. 323-342-7101; Purpose: support Los Angeles County / USC year. Purpose: to support the National Mu-


Diedra Hoye, president. 226 families. Board meets 2nd Tues. of each month. Purpose: fundraising, communication forum, support of co-curricular activities and welcome for 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.  323-939-8337;


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


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


Call for more information. 213-389-1181.



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Faith, family and friends is ‘secret’ to Olsens’ 75th Ken (99) and Dickie (96) Olsen of Muirfield Road will have been married 75 years this November. The couple credit "faith, family and friends" as the secret to their long marriage and to life. The couple raised

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seven children and volunteered countless hours to St. Anne’s Home, Loyola High Mother’s Club (which Dickie’s mom, Linda Luer Von der Ahe, founded), and others. After her own children left home, Dickie started volun-

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teering at local schools to read to children. “She was very unassuming and genuinely kind,” says her daughter Jodi Kelly. Dickie was a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont in 1982.

Dickie and Ken met through Dickie’s brother, a Jesuit, who was living at what was then called Loyola University, and today is Loyola Maryount University. Ken, a native New Yorker, was in the U.S. Army 7th Regiment which was sent to Los Angeles — his first trip west. Having never been here and arriving in the dark of night, he staked out quarters for his troop on the bluff at Loyola. “He had no idea, of course, and the next morning he was confronted by Fr. Karl about what he was doing there. Eventually, that same priest asked if a couple of soldiers might want to go to his parent’s house in Hancock Park for dinner, and the rest is history.” Dickie was attending USC and majoring in music at the time. Ken’s parents “were poor immigrants, and dad learned early and well the value of a dollar and the rewards of hard work,” said Jodi. Dickie’s mother was also a native Los Angeleno. Her father was from the mid-west and rode the rails to Los Angeles. “Dad worked for Standard Oil,” said Jodi, “a company that tried to woo him back to the east coast after the war. He was also pursued by the Army that promised him ranks beyond his captain status. “But he was smitten not only with Dickie, but also with California with its warm weather. He brought his dad and sister out west to join him because he accepted his father-in-law’s offer to work at Von’s Grocery.” He worked his way up from meat cutter / butcher through multiple positions to president and CEO. During his ten-

FOUR GENERATIONS celebrated Ken Olsen's 99th birthday. Dickie is seated, right.

ure as president, Von’s and he were recognized by the Pulitzer Prize of the food industry — the Sidney Rabb Award. Dickie isn’t as mobile these days, so Ken attends daily mass and brings his wife com(Please turn to page 19)

Olsens and Kellys top 200+ years The Olsens' 75th wedding anniversary in November is not their only cause for celebration. Five of their seven children chose to get married (two bachelors are still holding out), and those marriages are still going strong. If you add up all the years, it tops 200+ years, estimates Jodi Olsen Kelly. Not just stability, but longevity, is a recurring theme in their family. For example, 25 years ago, four Kelly children had the unusual privilege of attending not one 50th anniversary, but two — the Kelly grandparents (Van Ness Ave.) in June of 1992 followed by the Olsen grandparents in November of that same year. “And, now, they get to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee,” says Jodi.

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FAMILIES will be honored at Children's Hospital Los Angeles debutante ball in December.

Las Madrinas announces 2017 debutantes at tea Las Madrinas has announced the 28 families and their daughters who will be honored for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball on Thurs., Dec. 21. The debutantes and their families gathered at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on May 10 for an introduction by Paul Viviano, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He spoke to the families about the impact that giving to Children’s Hospital has both for research and patient care. Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., MD then spoke about the new project that Las Madrinas is funding, The Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurollogical Institute Epilepsy Program — a first of its kind program that brings together experts to provide comprehensive treatment. A month later, the debutantes, their mothers and their grandmothers were guests of honor at a Tea given by Las Madrinas at the home of Mrs. James Francis Fla-



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.

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LADIES with a local Larchmont connection include, L-R, Katherine Ann MacPherson, Christine Garland Babcock and Margarita Clark Higgins.

herty III. The president of Las Madrinas, Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt, formally welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the Southern California community. Among the Las Madrinas members greeting the June 14 guests were debutante chairman, Mrs. Patrick James McRoskey and Ball Chairman, Mrs. John Ledlie Rouse.

Established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Las Madrinas honors families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball. Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled the group to complete ten major endowments and capital projects at the hospital since 1988.


(Continued from page 18) munion. “He wasn’t always a Catholic. Sometime in his 40s, he came home and announced he was converting. “Mom had no idea. He’d been researching the idea and praying over it for years because he was motivated by ‘the good person your mother is,’” he told daughter Jodi. Dickie and Ken were married in 1942 at Cathedral Chapel where all seven children attended grade school as well as St. Brendan’s – “the same church where Tom Kelly and I got married almost 43 years ago and where my brother Ken married his sweetheart two years ago,” concluded Jodi.

Dr. Alex is a board certified general pediatrician with a special expertise in pediatric dermatology. She enjoys working in a small practice and getting to know her families and patients. She practices compassionate, family-centric, and common sense based pediatrics, hoping to guide and support families through the many challenges of parenthood. She joined the Larchmont Pediatrics in December 2014. Originally from Chico, California. Dr. Alex received her medical degree from St. George’s University in 2005. She completed her pediatric residency at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of New York. She then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She is one of the founding members of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Health Network and is currently an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alex and her husband, Dr. Sherman, relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with their two little boys in the summer of 2014 and were blessed with the latest little addition, a girl, in December 2016. So not too much free time to speak of but loves to hang with her boys at the beach and snuggle with the littlest every chance she gets.

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Lisa Beiras Director of Admissions, Hollywood Schoolhouse Lisa Beiras has been in admissions since 2000. Being at Hollywood Schoolhouse for the last eight years, Lisa has been involved with ESAD, the Elementary School Admissions Directors Association, and has recently taken on the position of Co Chair of the steering committee. Lisa loves admissions because she has a genuine interest in meeting families, making personal connections, and helping families through the admissions process. At Hollywood Schoolhouse, finding the right family for the program is key and Lisa has not only the skill but the experience at HSH to know what that right fit is. For Lisa, building these relationships is the cornerstone of admissions and doesn’t end when a student is accepted. Helping students and families feel a part of the community is essential. Lisa has said, “I came to Hollywood Schoolhouse for the opportunity to be a Director but I stay because of my colleagues and the diverse community of families and educators that surround me.” Lisa is a California native and currently resides in Studio City. In her spare time, Lisa is likely to be traveling. 1233 N. McCadden Place • 323-465-1320 •

Heather Duffy Boylston President, The Duffy Co. Congratulations to the Women of Larchmont. Thank you for all your meaningful work! President and founder Heather Duffy Boylston, a native Angelino and a long-time Larchmont resident, brings a career in public relations, marketing communications and community relations to The Duffy Co. A full-service public relations firm, The Duffy Co. can help you solidify and communicate your company mission and brand. We tell your story in a way that engages your target market and grows your business. We approach our communication strategies using today’s advancements in technology while still valuing longterm personal relationships. Our goal is to make a positive difference for our clients and our community. /…iÊ ÕvvÞÊ œ°Ê>Ài>ÃʜvÊiÝ«iÀ̈Ãiʈ˜VÕ`i\Êi`ˆ>Ê,i>̈œ˜ÃÊUÊi`ˆ>Ê/À>ˆ˜ˆ˜}ÊUÊ

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Angelique S. Campen, MD Esthetic Medicine Specialist and ER Doctor Angelique S. Campen, MD is a mother of three, an Emergency Medicine Physician, an entrepreneur, 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, “The Best Kept Secret in Larchmont.” She offers in-home confidential botox and fillers. 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.) She is founder of Vital Medical Services which provides medical clearances and DUI blood draws at law enforcement facilities and thus reduces ER overcrowding. In her “free time” she travels on medical missions to Peru, Guatemala, and Ecuador, and is a member of Wilshire Rotary and The Ebell of Los Angeles.


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 is the Treasurer for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, where she also serves on the Land Use and Outreach committees. She is a member of the Ebell Club, SASNA, Friends of Hope-Net and is 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.

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.

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Naomi Despres Outstanding Parent at Pilgrim School Naomi Despres is a busy producer and director, with over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry, as well as a devoted Pilgrim parent (with husband Arty Nelson) to Desi and Clyde. Naomi began her career working with Oliver Stone’s production company and is a principal and cofounder of Artina Films, where she is currently in production on Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. Although it is impossible to imagine how she finds the time, Naomi is always available whenever Pilgrim needs her support and has been involved in countless events over the years. Last March, Naomi turned a room at Pilgrim into a magical cabaret for Café Barnum, the annual faculty/student talent showcase. The Pilgrim community is greatly enriched by Naomi’s knowledge, passion, generosity, and huge heart. She gives more than 100% every day and that’s why she is a beloved member of our Pilgrim family, a Woman of Accomplishment, and so much more!

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Educating women was the goal of The Ebell of Los Angeles when it was founded 123 years ago. That objective continues with a calendar of activities that would make Adrian Ebell, founder of women’s clubs throughout the country, proud. Today’s Ebell members enjoy educational programs covering health, technology, cooking and poetry, to name a few. Speakers include city officials, historians, film producers, authors and wellness authorities. Dennee Frey, a member for 23 years, says the Ebell programs have grown in numbers, scope, diversity and sophistication in recent years. “Attending programs is a great way to meet members and introduce prospective members to our wonderful club!” A program that began several years ago is a collaboration with Women in Film’s celebrity spotlight series. Actress Angie Dickinson was guest speaker at the most recent event. The club hosts a playwriting contest, and the winner’s work is performed. Meetings also highlight the club’s philanthropies such as college scholarships and support of women- and childrenoriented nonprofit agencies. Family activities include a Supper with Santa that children eagerly anticipate. The Mother’s Day Brunch also is a favorite with moms and their offspring. Summer barbecues and bingo games also draw family members. Wine & Dine dinners showcase the chef’s cuisine. Well-known singers entertain at the monthly Live in the Lounge. Public outreach is another goal of the Ebell  programs, as exemplified by an open house scheduled Sun., Sept. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ebell, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd.

Feast to be served at Tex-Mex BBQ at Ol’ Ebell Ranch Come on down to the Tex-Mex BBQ at the Ol’ Ebell Ranch Fri., Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The annual barbecue is in the Ebell gardens, with Chef Ron cooking the brisket, spice-rubbed baby backs and mesquite-grilled chicken and all the fixins’. A corn on the cob bar and, for dessert, an ice cream sundae bar, are also on the menu. Co-chairs and ranch hands are Linda Myerson Dean, Peggy Giffin, Kristan Giordano, Randi Jones and Wendy Savage. The event is open to members, neighbors and friends. Tickets are $35 members and $40 nonmembers. The Ebell is at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. Call 323-931-1277, ext 131 or email

Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D. Dermatologist I always welcome the opportunity to reflect on the past year for the Women of Larchmont issue. I’m grateful for this chance to pause and consider all we’ve accomplished. I’m proud of staying ahead of the curve to offer our patients the latest and finest dermatologic treatments. This year we acquired the Profound laser and it’s yielding remarkable results. We like to think of it as “facelift lite”. We are one of the only practices in Southern California to offer Enlighten PICO Genesis. The revolutionary laser offers immediate improvement of sun spots, melasma, and tattoo removal. Angela Sarff, our talented RN, is going back to school to become a nurse practitioner. We’re delighted that she’ll still be providing treatments in our office while she attends classes. Speaking of our office, we’re looking forward to remodeling and adding additional treatment rooms this year. I’m happy to share that I traveled with my family to South East Asia and New Zealand to visit my niece who is studying abroad. Thank you to the Chronicle for this opportunity to take stock of the past year. Thanks to my dedicated staff & loyal patients who make every day unique and rewarding.

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

Joanna Shewfelt-Girard Director of Operations Wilshire Escrow Co. Joanna Shewfelt Girard has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. She worked for “I Have a Dream” Foundation as an Americorps volunteer after graduating from university, and then moved to Los Angeles to become Director of Operations for Wilshire Escrow Company, a prominent real estate escrow firm established by the Shewfelt family over 73 years ago. Wilshire Escrow is prepared to accommodate a broad range of client needs. She has worked for Wilshire Escrow for 15 years, and now splits her time between the office and enjoying her young family, comprised of two sons, Bobby and Jack James, and her husband, Bob Girard, who successfully launched his own law firm, Girard Bengali APC, last year. Joanna still finds time to be actively involved in charity work, including being on the Board of the Mannequins, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Los Angeles.

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Vivian Gueler Chief Financial Officer, Pacific Trust Group Vivian Gueler is a Managing Partner and the Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Trust Group, a boutique mortgage bank/brokerage in Larchmont Village. She has been with the firm since 2002, prior to which time she ran the international marketing department for Virgin Records. Vivian has a solid foundation in both commercial and residential lending with an emphasis on working with first time homebuyers. She holds a bachelors degree in International Politics / Political Science from UCLA, is a graduate of the Executive Masters program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is a licensed tax preparer in the state of California. Vivian is active within the community, serves as a board member to the Larchmont Boulevard Association, and in 2016 was honored as a “Woman of Larchmont” by The Larchmont Chronicle. Vivian is currently co-chair of the Larchmont Family Festival and resides in Brookside with her five year old daughter, Nikka.

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Jennifer Kim MS, CFP®, CMFC, ChFC, CLU

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 6-13. Sterling is attending Harvard Westlake High 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.

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Patricia Klindworth Principal, 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 served as Senior Director for Page Academy in the Orlando, Florida-based schools for twenty-five years. The following two years, she served as an educational consultant for Page Academy before relocating to California last year. Ms. Klindworth is currently serving as the Principal 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. She is currently overseeing the renewal of Page Academy’s accreditation that will take place during the 2017-2018 school year. Page Academy looks forward to continue working with Ms. Klindworth and her never-ending dedication to the Community and Parent involvement.”

565 N. Larchmont Blvd. • 323-463-5118

Peggy Procter Head of School, Echo Horizon School Echo Horizon School is honored and excited to welcome Peggy Procter as the new Head of School beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. As the third Head of School at Echo Horizon, Peggy looks to honor the legacies of all of those who have built Echo Horizon School into a world class institution. Peggy has over 25 years of experience as an educator, and most recently served as Director of Upper School and Global Studies teacher at Windward School. During her tenure at Windward, she expanded curricular options, helped create world class Global, STEAM, and Entrepreneurship programs, and oversaw student leadership and health and wellness initiatives. Peggy is passionate about girls and women’s empowerment and leadership and serves as a facilitator for the CATDC Women Rising program for aspiring female leaders. Peggy has considered California home for the past 20+ years and enjoys reading, traveling, and camping with her husband and rising fourth grade daughter. She holds her BA from Dartmouth College in Spanish and Government and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid. Stop by Echo Horizon School for a tour, or meet Peggy at our booth at the Larchmont Fair! 3430 McManus Ave. , Culver City • 310-838-2442 •

Jackie Smith The Agency A 16-year real estate veteran, Jackie brings a multifaceted vision of LA real estate to The Agency. With an eclectic background spanning industry lines and coastal cities, she serves her clients throughout every step of the buying and selling process. Born and raised in New York City, Jackie studied film and broadcast journalism at NYU before moving to LA to pursue an opportunity as a publicity and marketing director. It was in LA where she would discover her true affinity for real estate and design. After spending time developing single-family residences and spec homes with her husband, Jackie recognized her passion for finding and selling homes and set out to earn her real estate license. Leveraging her marketing expertise and development background with her natural talent for matching clients with their dream homes. Her tireless work ethic and keen negotiating skills have earned her the loyalty of a distinguished clientele who turn to her time and time again for their real estate needs.

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Julie Stromberg

Attorney, Activist, and Advocate 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 is a delegate to the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 50. She serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles City College Foundation, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Women’s Political Caucus LA Westside, and the Miracle Mile Democratic Club. An Emerge California alumna, Julie also serves on the Community Forest Advisory Committee 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 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.

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(Continued from page 1) She said that the new community impact statement created last year is being implemented now. Junior League is assisting its members in improving access to resources for Los Angeles area youth ages 18-21 who are transitioning out of foster care. Members also are working with underserved students seeking higher education. She says that these activities of League members “really speak to the work we currently are doing and hope to continue in the community.” She cited the ongoing JLLA partnerships with organizations such as United Friends of the Children and Alliance for Children’s Rights. New board The 2017-2018 board of directors includes: Karla Sayles, president-elect, Katherine Dru, president-elect-elect, Dara Beer, secretary, Christine Neuharth, treasurer, and Elaina Graham, Sydney Johnson, Maria Jones, Kelly McFarren, Katharine Newman, Samantha Silverman, Elizabeth Svatek and Samantha Zachrich. The new board serves through May of 2018. August is when the JLLA wraps up its registration for this year’s new member program, with Tues., Aug. 8 being the deadline to complete and return the membership application. A prerequisite is attending a New Member Orientation, and one is being held Sat., Aug. 5 in Larchmont Village. By becoming a volunteer with the JLLA, a woman has an opportunity to develop her skills and build friendships through the League’s structured and supportive environment while, most importantly, making a positive impact on the community. For example, Renee Capellaro joined JLLA last year to expand her network and to get involved in community service. “Along the way, I’ve met some pretty amazing women that I now consider friends. If you want to develop your leadership skills while making a difference in the community, I encourage you to attend one of our information sessions,” says Capellaro. Details about membership are at jlla. org/join.

Jan Daley album hits the Top 10

By Nina Adams Hancock Park’s Jan Daley’s jazz album “The Way of A Woman," featuring six self-written songs, hit the Top 10 on two Billboard Album charts. Daley passed Norah Jones, Thelonious Monk and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for her spot in 6th place. The artist's career has spanned over five decades. “This has been a long time coming," she said. “This is more than I dreamed of.” Daley’s single  “When Sunny Gets Blue”  can be downloaded on

Donna Trairat Long-term Cocktail Server, El Coyote Donna has devoted her life to serving others. Fortunately for El Coyote, where she has been a server for 39 years, her loyalty, dependability and skills have added to the restaurant’s success of 87 years. Donna’s talents extend to sewing beautiful costumes and creating the perfect meal for her friends. Traveling for Donna is determined by locations where she sees people in need. Typically, Donna’s trips involve going to her native Thailand to visit her son and discern the needs of students in schools where supplies are lacking. She then takes measures to make a difference. Her time and energy have been spent over the years assisting family members in becoming permanent U.S. citizens. She has been a proud citizen since 1988. With deep gratitude, Donna says, “I wish for the Coyote to go on forever. I feel everything good in my life has come from El Coyote.” Donna has definitely accomplished her mission of helping others. El Coyote congratulates Donna on her years of service to us and others.

7312 Beverly Blvd. • 323-939-2255 •

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 32 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

Leisha Willis CPCU, AU, API Owner & Agent 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.

500 North Larchmont Blvd • 323-785-4080 •

Alyce Morris Winston

CEO and Founder Alyce Morris Winston, CEO and Founder of The Jeffrey Foundation, has dedicated her life to specialneeds and low income children and their families for over 45 years. The Foundation recently celebrated its 45th anniversary! “Helping children learn, and cope with their disability and counseling their parents is truly my passion and makes me feel happy and fulfilled. I have been so blessed to have the support of the community in proving infant, toddler, afterschool, camping and recreation programs through The Jeffrey Foundation, named after my son Jeffrey who had Muscular Dystrophy. My dream has come true!” Alyce believes that working for the community, especially with children, keeps us young, happy and fulfilled. She was honored in 2003 as a Woman of Larchmont, and is extremely proud of her foundation’s accomplishments! For more information or to volunteer, please call 323-965-7536.

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Charlotte Lipson, 100, daughter of Larchmont’s founding builder By Patricia Lombard Charlotte LaBonte Lipson, daughter of Larchmont’s founding builder Julius LaBonte, passed away at her home in Studio City last month, just one day after her 100th birthday. According to sources close to Mrs. Lipson, she died peacefully in her home, surrounded by people who cared for her. Charlotte LaBonte Lipson was born on June 28, 1917 in Traverse City, Michigan, the only child of Julius and Pauline (Leitelt) LaBonte, who moved to Los Angeles in 1920. Mr. and Mrs. LaBonte used to winter in Los Angeles and decided to settle here full time after selling the successful family business, Leitelt Iron Works and Foundry, the previous year. Charlotte grew up at 340 S. Arden Blvd. and later moved to 316 N. Rossmore Ave. Memories of her childhood

Lipson in an interview with the Larchmont Chronicle in November 1991. “When he arrived in Los Angeles, my father wanted something to do. He walked all around this area and met with a number of city planners and decided that commercial real estate was the way to go,” explained Lipson. With access provided by the streetIMAGE FROM the Larchmont Chronicle car line that was extended to run north November 1991. on Larchmont from are recounted in the book Third Street up Mel“Larchmont,” a pictorial his- rose to the Hollywood Mineral tory of the street: Hot Springs, LaBonte bought “It was a huge house, built up lots along the boulevard. by the Stanton Lumber heirs, In September 1921, The Los recalled…Charlotte LaBonte Angeles Times reported that

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create the first neighborhood shopping street in the city of Los Angeles that catered to the adjacent new neighborhoods of Larchmont Heights, now known as Larchmont Village, New Windsor Square, known simply as Windsor Square, and Hancock Park. According to the Times, every store was leased before the buildings were finished. Streetlights fitted to the railway power poles makes this “one of the best illuminated sections of the city.” “My father always had a very clear idea of what Larchmont Blvd should be,” LaBonte’s daughter Charlotte Lipson recalled. “He always saw it as a service street for the carriage trade of Windsor Square and Hancock Park. It was the first neighborhood shopping center in Los Angeles.” “J.J. LaBonte was the one who put the money together with the dream,” Lipson said. “except for one building at 124 N. Larchmont, which he built as an investment for his family, he financed the other buildings by selling their mortgages to his contacts in Michigan. His main contractor was Clarence Bean.” Lipson recalled, “my father stipulated that his buildings be constructed of brick because that was the material he was familiar with in the Midwest. He planned for a theatre, bank, grocery store, drug store, bakery, dry cleaners and a candy store, and always looked for continuity in the business of his tenants. He knew customers would come back to the same locations.” Luckily, LaBonte got out of the stock market six months before it crashed. But when the government closed all the savings and loans during the Depression, and the real estate bubble burst, he was forced to sell all his properties except the one he owned outright at 124 1/2 – 148, on the east side of the street, which Mrs. Lipson inherited when her father died in 1968. (Her mother, Pauline, died in 1951.) “My father went to the office every day of his life,” Lipson told the Larchmont Chronicle in an

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(Continued from page 22) article on the 70th anniversary of Larchmont Village. “He knew every tenant, and was very approachable, very available to everyone. He had lunch with his friends every day at the Wilshire Country Club. He was a dapper man — he walked with a cane, not because he needed it, but because it looked so elegant, and always wore a soft-brimmed felt hat or a Panama.” “He never had a son, so I was trained to follow in his footsteps,” she continued. “He always protected my mother, but he pushed me to be prepared for the world that he knew was coming: my mother never learned to drive because a lady didn’t do that in those days, but I had my license at 14.” Charlotte LaBonte attended Westlake School for Girls and the University of Southern California. In 1962, she married Jack Lipson, a plumbing contractor who rented office space from her father and did much of the work on her father’s buildings. “I had known him all my life — his office was in the LaBonte building,” she told the Chronicle. The couple never had any children. Over the years, Lipson remained committed to maintaining the last remaining building her father built on Larchmont. In 1982, she chose to save the building, renovate it and bring it up to seismic code, at great expense, rather than tearing it down. “I didn’t have the heart to demolish it,” she told the Larchmont Chronicle in November 1991, “I owed it to Larchmont not to.” Lipson was also committed to the shopkeepers who were her tenants on Larchmont, often offering much lower than market rate rents in order to preserve the small businesses that were so important to her father’s vision of Larchmont. She reportedly turned down several offers to sell over the years. According to those closest to her, Charlotte Lipson was a very private person. In her later years, she declined to be interviewed and preferred to communicate primarily through her attorney and trusted friend Eric Nelson. When the community honored her father with a plaque in 2012, Mrs. Lipson did not attend the festivities. Occasionally, she would stop in to visit her tenants, even climbing the stairs to visit those in the upstairs offices, recalled Judy Horton, a garden designer whose office is upstairs at 136 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd. Nelson told the Buzz that he met Mrs. Lipson in 1969 when he was leasing office space on La Brea from another attorney, having been unable to find space on Larchmont where

LARCHMONT BLVD. around 1920. Looking north, the LaBonte building is down the street on the right. The building in the foreground is no longer there. (Photo courtesy of the Larchmont Chronicle.)

LABONTE Building is featured in a scene from “Better Behave,” a short filmed on Larchmont Blvd. in 1928 by the Weiss Brothers.

a bookstore. Rather than try to extract the highest possible market rent, she insisted the community interest in maintaining the local feel of Larchmont trumped her interest in driving a hard bargain. It was Chevalier’s good fortune to have had our landlord be a great communitarian. She’ll be missed!” This article was originally published on the Larchmont Buzz July 7.

he’d always wanted to locate. It turned out Mrs. Lipson was a client of Nelson’s landlord, a sole practitioner. Upon his passing, Lipson became a client of Mr. Nelson, who had grown up in the area and shared Mrs. Lipson’s affection for Larchmont. “Charlotte Lipson was a local treasure,” Bert Deixler, co-owner of Chevalier’s Books told the Buzz. “It is because of her and her friend Filis Winthrop that our community has




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Larchmont Chronicle


The Women of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Salute the

Women of Larchmont JUNE AHN

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



After 33 years, Sue is a virtual computer: if you want to know the history of a property, she likely has the answer. Her credibility with industry colleagues often results in referrals & is given preview on exclusive properties before coming on the market. Her patience, humor & attention to detail are unparalleled. Call (323) 864-7406


Over twenty years ago, Barbara relocated from Massachusetts with a Master’s Degree from Boston University’s School of Communications. She specializes in residential homes & residential income properties in the Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Silver Lake & Los Feliz areas. She’s a member of International Diamond Society. Call (323) 610-1781

A long-time resident of the area Jenny specializes in residential and commercial real estate. She has more than 23 years experience and is a consistent top producer. Jenny is a native of Taiwan & speaks three dialects of Chinese. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers & Altrusa International. She is married with two sons. (323) 460-7624.



A Tradition Of Excellence, Integrity, Hard Work And Innovation. Among The To p R e a l E s t a t e A g e n t s From Hancock Park To The Coastline. Specializing In All Aspects Of Residential And Income Properties. Distinctive, Personalized And Attentive Service. Call Anne at (213) 718-1527

Cecille delivers results. Resolves problems. Reliable, responsive, effective. 30 years distinction. President’s Club. Top awards. She & her husband, are parents of 5 children who attended Yavneh, Toras Emes, YULA, Bais Yakov, Yeshiva Gedolah.


Peggy graduated from UCLA with a BA in English; studied design at Otis Parson’s Art Institute for 3 years and completed a summer course in the Architecture of English Country Homes at Oxford University in England. Peggy has been selling real estate for 20 years with Coldwell Banker South on Larchmont & has been a resident of Hancock Park for 46 years. Peggy is involved in many community activities. (323)860-4250


Victoria is a Los Angeles native and a long-time resident of Hancock Park/Windsor Square. Her real estate career spans 22 + years with such achievements as Rookie of the Year, Assistant Manager, Top Producer and Woman of the Year. She has sold from Santa Monica to Palm Springs & is a member of numerous charitable & religious organizations. (323) 823-6869.


Sandy is dedicated to bridging the needs of buyers and sellers with personalized, one-on-one service from the starting line to the dotted line. She has the comprehensive knowledge, negotiating experience and marketing skills helping her clients since 1988 to achieve their goals. Sandy grew up in Hancock Park and has lived in Brookside for over 40 years. (323) 860-4240.


Leah has three loves: family, real estate and community. A proud grandmother to 17, resident of HP, supporter of local charities and a top producing CB, Leah has achieved many accolades over her 33-year career. Leah and her partner Naomi are members of prestigious Society of Excellence and earned a position on TheWallStreetJournal/REALTrends list of the nation’s top 1,000 REALTORS®. (323) 860-4245

MARY LOUISE BURRELL Mary Louise is a caring, respected & experienced real estate agent who has beenservingtherealestatecommunity forthepast31years.AnativeCalifornian & an alumnus of USC, she especially enjoys working with first time home buyers, investors for income properties & finding the ultimate dream home! She can be reached at (323) 314-5718.

Hancock Park South 119 Larchmont Blvd. 323.462.0867

Call 213-810-9949

CINDY DEFATTA I am a neighbor. I love our neighborhood! I am passionate, ethical and smart. I do not take lightly the responsibilty that I am given. I do try to make every sale as stress free and yes..even fun and exciting. Call Cindy at (760) 703-3877


Spanning 40 years, Kathy has represented both buyers & sellers in Hancock Park & Windsor Square. She is considered one of the most respected, experienced & successful agents at Coldwell Banker. Integrity & commitment to clients are her hallmark. She holds the title of Executive Sales Director & Global Luxury Specialist. Charitable activities include Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women, Meals on Wheels & Hope Net. (323) 460-7622.


Maria, is a 37 yr Hancock Park Resident & a Top Real Estate Sales producer since 1995. Her specialties are Single Family, Multi Family, Short Sale, Bank Owned, (REO), Probate & Trust Sales. In 2016, Maria has been awarded the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award . Maria ranks in the top 3% Sales producer Nationwide. For a free and private consultation call Maria @ 213705-1603




Celebrating 23 consecutive years as the #1 agent in Hancock Park! Graduate of local 3rd Streeet and Marlborough schools and Stanford University. Born on Norton Ave and currently l ives in Windsor Square.

Armed with an MBA from USC, Anne brings business discipline to the team, its staff & her clients. She has a spread sheet or a flow chart with details most buyers or sellers want to know. Anne loves negotiations & practical ways apply technology to the buying & selling process. Hancock Park resident.

For the inside edge call Lisa 323-216-6938

Call (323) 864-3004

ALI JACK Ali has quickly climbed the ranks, earning a spot in the top 11% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. Part of the Loveland Carr Properties team, Ali works tirelessly for her clients & they rely on her in depth market knowledge, savvy negotiation & keen eye. Graduate of St. James & Marlborough. Call (213) 507-3959


Bella Kay, with over 36 years of experience in the local real estate industry, speaks five languages fluently: English, Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish, taken courses in interior design. Known for her patience, persistence, and enthusiasm, she has a loyal following of satisfied clients throughout Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & the Westside. (323) 972-3408.


Sara provides the highest service to her clients that she serve, and she aims to provide absolute client satisfaction. Sara will assist her clients through every step of the transaction, making the process as effortlessly as possible. Her communication skills and ability to negotiate have allowed her to make the process of completing the real estate transaction more efficient and successful. Call (213) 273-6559

GRACE KIM Buying or selling a home on your own can be a challenge fraught with potential pitfalls. As an experienced real estate professional, I can manage the details and make your purchase or sale as smooth as possible. Your can relax knowing I will take care of your real estate needs every step of the way. Call Me! Let’s talk! (213) 700-6833

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


“Each transaction is like a puzzle and it excites me to make sure all the pieces fit as easily as possible! I love helping people achieve the American Dream!” I was born & raised in Los Angeles with over 23 years of experience in real estate & graduate of Pepperdine University. When she is not selling real estate she is serving @ St. Brendan’s School or Loyola H.S. where her children attend. Call (213) 923-8086

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



Buying or selling in Hancock Park or Miracle Mile? Look no further. Respected by clients and colleagues, Naomi has 38 years of real estate experience. She and her partner Leah have a history of setting records and garnering accolades, including their membership in the Society of ExcellenceandTheWallStreetJournal/ REAL Trends list of the nation’s top 1,000 REALTORS® Naomi is the proud grandmother of six. (323) 860-4259


“Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way but the only way to become wealthy”Marshall Field. Call me and let me help you! Ginger 323-252-6612


JANET LOVELAND After 36 years i n the business, Janet still loves a challenge. Working with Sellers to fix up their homes prior to listing, cooking for the launch party, & complex negotiations remain her greatest joys. Call (323) 864-7407


A real estate professional for over 40 years, Barbara holds the titles of Executive Sales Director, Previews Property Specialist and Assistant Manager of the North office. She has been awarded some of Coldwell Banker’s highest achievements including I n t e r n a t i o n a l Pre s i d e n t ’s Circle. A Hancock Park re s i d e nt s i n ce 1 9 6 8 . Ca l l (323) 460-7633.


Betsy is a very trustworthy real estate agent. Her expertise in preparing a house for sale is incredible. She takes a marginal house and with minimal expense, turns it into a home where people put multiple offers to live in. She is a fullservice agent whose warmth and genuine caring has made her loved by all who know her. She is deeply committed to her clients getting them top dollar for their homes. 323-806-0203.


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


A forty-two year resident of Hancock Park, Mollie has been in real estate in the area for 39 years and 28 years with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office which is recognized as being in the top 1% of its offices. She is also an Assistant Sales Manager. Call Mollie at (323) 460-7636


Shar is a proud resident of historic Fremont Place. She takes pride in delivering truly remarkable service with an eye to discretion. Having relocated with her family to Los Angeles, London & France, Shar’s experience is unprecedented when it comes to buying a house and settling into LA from anywhere in the world. Your referrals are always welcome. Call (323) 860-4258.

SUSAN YIM As an agent who’s an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It’s not the same ever ywhere, so you need someone you can trust for upto-date information. I am eager to serve you. Call (323) 252-7287

Hancock Park North 251 Larchmont Blvd. 323.464.9272

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