Winter 2019 /
Elizabeth Angres Vaughn & Sarah Vernallis ’15—State of CA Attorney General’s Office It’s not just alumnae connections being made—Westridge parents are jumping in to help alumnae as well. Elizabeth Angres Vaughn, parent of Quintynn ’21, a civil defense litigator for the California Department of Justice, and member of Westridge Connect, is mentoring Sarah Vernallis ’15 (Stanford ’19). When Sarah reached out on Westridge Connect for career advice, Elizabeth was impressed. “She seemed so smart, engaging, and thoughtful about what she was looking to achieve,” said Elizabeth, whose department doesn’t typically offer internships to college students. Sensing Sarah would be capable of handling more than the typical college-level paralegal experience, and based on her interest in environmental law, she referred Sarah to a friend in the Land Law Section of the Public Rights Division of the California Attorney General’s office. “I made the connection for her, but she landed it on her own abilities,” said Elizabeth. “I’ve never heard of anyone in my office offering a law clerk position to a college student, which says a lot about Sarah.” Sarah, an undergraduate, joined law student interns, visiting many judges in their chambers and seeing oral arguments given in court. “I was able to help with research I then saw
deployed in the courtroom!” said Sarah. “Westridge Connect led me to Elizabeth, the kind of mentor one can’t really ask for but just feel incredibly grateful to have,” said Sarah. “She was incredibly supportive…Her warmth and attentiveness made me feel that even in this new and strange environment I had someone that really cared about me.” Throughout the summer, Elizabeth checked in, had lunch with Sarah, and made herself available for advice. “I think the world of Westridge and I love that I’m able to make myself available to young women looking for their future path,” said Elizabeth.
Andrea Cherng ’95 & Liz Carlton ’03 —Panda Restaurant Group
Parents, trustees, and alumnae gathered for the Panda Express Lake Avenue grand re-opening, including from left to right: Laureen Chang, Liz Carlton ’03, Andrea Cherng ’95, Johanna Brown Clark ’95, Emily Ko Wang ’93, Darrell Chulay Banta ’77, Lisa Burke.
“For the last two years, I have been fortunate to work in the marketing department at Panda Restaurant Group with alumna and Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Cherng ’95. For the recent re-opening of the Panda Express on Lake Avenue in Pasadena, I had the opportunity to work closely with Andrea and experience first-hand the impact she has made on the brand and the community through her leadership, vision, and passion. The grand opening was filled with magical, serendipitous moments—the Westridge Lower School Lion Dance team performing. We even reconnected with one of Andrea’s former classmates, Johanna Brown Clark ’95, who is now the manager of individual and foundation giving at Families Forward Learning Center, who was the community partner for the Lake Avenue grand opening. These connections have reinforced my belief that Westridge is a magical place that instills the importance of community and leadership in all of the women that go there.” - LIZ CARLTON ’03 05