Stroke Awareness Month

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Attendees Maria Drummond and Mary Gant flank Dr. Matt Tenser, who led a seminar on stroke awareness. More than 75 people attended last week’s Stroke Awareness Seminar at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, where Tenser, a vascular neurologist and neurointerventionalist at Keck Medicine of USC, spoke about the risks, warning signs and treatment of stroke. Free carotid artery and blood pressure screenings also were administered to participants.

Glendale Memorial Hospital President to Retire

Jack Ivie

Health care leader Jack Ivie will conclude his 42-year career and retire from his position as president of Glendale Memorial Hospital, effective June 30.
Entering health care in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist, practicing at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Ivie’s lifelong service to Glendale Memorial Hospital is significant, stemming from a committed history with the hospital. Each of his four children was born at Glendale Memorial and this connection, as well as his service as hospital president and in various hospital administration roles, is clearly evident.
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Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day May 21

The Noon Rotary Club of Glendale will host its fifth annual Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day at the Glendale YMCA Sunday, May 21.
The family-oriented community festival will begin at 7 a.m. with three separate bicycle rides that will depart from the Glendale YMCA: the Jewel City Ride/Tour de YMCA, a 30- to 40-mile circuit around the Verdugo Mountains that will include La Tuna Canyon Road, Chevy Chase Drive and a lap around the Rose Bowl Stadium Recreation Loop; the East Tour de YMCA, a 15-minute bike ride that will pass by Brand Park and the Burbank Community YMCA; and the 30-mile Verdugo Gravel Adventure that will travel over climbing mixed terrain into the Verdugo Mountains via the Stough Canyon Nature Center, the Tree of Life and Cherry Canyon (CX or mountain bikes are recommended for the mixed terrain ride). The $35 registration fee for each of the bike rides will include a special souvenir, raffle ticket and lunch.
The free Family Fun Ride for bicyclists ages 7 and older will depart from the Glendale YMCA at 9 a.m. with a police escort through downtown Glendale. The free Glendale Family Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glendale YMCA will include games and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle as well as live music, rock climbing wall, free yoga and Zumba, health and fitness demonstrations and more. Food will be available for purchase at the Family Fest.
Event proceeds will benefit Glendale YMCA, Homenetmen Glendale and Glendale Adventist Medical Missions.
The Glendale YMCA is located at 140 N. Louise St. For more information, or to register for fee-based bike rides, visit or call Sevada Hemelians, the event coordinator, at (818) 335-6585.

Dilbeck Agents Help Build Nine New Habitat for Humanity Homes

Those on hand to help build nine Desiderio Bungalow Homes include (in wheel barrow) Tanner Arden, along with (middle row, from left) Pam Heiberg, Julie Ann Martin, Kali Lamarine, Diana Kronfli, Andrea Kaufman and Kathleen Boss. Back: Greg Cowell, Jeff Arnott and Mark Dilbeck, president of Dilbeck Real Estate.

Dilbeck Real Estate and the Dilbeck and Associates Charitable Foundation teamed with Habitat for Humanity to help build nine new, affordable homes in Pasadena on April 20.
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Descanso Appoints New Executive Director

Juliann Rooke

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees. Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
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Project Scientist Founder Wins Women of Influence Award

Sandy Marshall

Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall is the 2017 winner of the Orange County Women of Influence President’s Award sponsored by the Connected Women of Influence. The President’s Award recognizes a woman CEO, president or owner who has demonstrated success, growth and achievement in her business enterprise.
Marshall was chosen from nine finalists who were acknowledged at the awards luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The finalists received a certificate of recognition by state Sen. John M. W. Moorlach.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Marshall. “Our mission at Project Scientist is to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math. We hope to dispel the stereotypes around girls in STEM and winning this award gives us another platform to inspire girls to become women of influence in fields that are predominantly male dominated.”
While funding national STEM initiatives through the NASCAR Foundation (that Marshall also founded), she learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Marshall remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country.
Project Scientist is now on four university campuses serving more than 1,000 girls annually. For more information about upcoming Project Scientist Summer Academy, visit

Colburn School Gala Honors Williamson

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Alyce Williamson (left), who received the prestigious Richard D. Colburn Award recently, is pictured with Colburn School Gala co-chair Bea Bennett.

Alyce Williamson was honored at Colburn School’s annual gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She, along with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, each received the Richard D. Colburn Award.
“Ms. Williamson is a steadfast champion of cultural organizations up and down Grand Avenue and throughout Los Angeles,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “She is a consummate role model for leaders and philanthropists, and a tireless ambassador for the performing arts and arts education. It is with honor that we dedicate this gala to her and her legacy.”
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Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

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Paulette and Terry Chapman were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed by ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor Ellen Leyva. Pacific Clinics’ signature fundraiser will help them provide mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit

Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture, Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row

Carol Roleder

Producing seamless events and making people happy in the process is what it’s all about for Craig and Carol Roleder, owners of Craig’s Crew Inc.
For more than 30 years, Craig’s Crew has been celebrating all of life’s occasions with clients all over Southern California. From large-scale festivals to the most intimate of gatherings, Craig’s Crew has been there to welcome a new family member, celebrate life’s milestones and say goodbye to special people.
More than just a staffing agency, and definitely not your typical event planning company, Craig’s Crew brings a peace and a presence that can be explained in one word: family. So for your next event, consider becoming part of the Craig’s Crew family. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information, visit or call Carol Roleder at (626) 398-0559.

Taix Workout Studio Celebrates 15 Years in Business

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), Taix Workout Studio owner Linda Taix, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and City Council member Jonathan Curtis celebrate 15 years in business.

Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, with its owner Linda Taix, recently celebrated 15 years in business at its Foothill Boulevard studio location.
The morning reception was attended by residents, business community members, and local and state government officials. In addition to running a successful business, Taix is active in the community and has held positions with the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Community Support Group. State Sen. Anthony Portantino delivered words of praise and a state proclamation congratulating Taix on helping to “Build a Better America. One body at a time.”