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President's Greeting

Alice Petrossian

Alice S. Petrossian, President

2016-2018

I am excited and honored to serve as President and I am looking forward to working with this outstanding group of women leaders. I thank my fellow commissioners for their willingness on a voluntary basis to take on extra work and meetings with the full intent to serve all women and girls in our County. I thank the Commissioners for setting a vision and a work plan for the next year that focuses on Education, Health, Violence Against Women and Girls, Policy Legislation and the granting of Scholarships for the girls who truly need support. We hope to be more visible with our work through appropriate Public Communications and relations and are committed to continuing our successful Women of the Year Luncheon and recognizing women who day in and day out make a difference. There is a great deal of work to be done and we invite all who are interested in joining our efforts.

  • District 1
  • District 2
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5

 

FIRST DISTRICT

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

 

ANA MARIA GARCIA

Ana Maria Garcia is a supervising attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. She is a member of the Administrative Office of Court’s Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants; State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force. Ms. Garcia served on both the Elkins Implementation Task Force and the Family Law Task Force. She is past president of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and received the 2011 Legal Aid Association of California Family Law Direct Representation Award.

 

 

 

BARBARA KAPPOS

Barbara Kappos, LCSW is the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California. She has over 25 years of experience in the Greater East Los Angeles communities providing services to vulnerable families. Ms. Kappos established a variety of service models based on best practices and culturally relevant interventions. She is an expert in the field of social work and has been influential in the areas of child welfare, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse recovery. Ms. Kappos published several articles and conducted studies in the field of substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.

 

 

 

Irma Archuleta

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND DISTRICT

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

 

GERDA GOVINE, Ed.D.

Dr. Gerda Govine was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Second District, in 2012.  She is the Chair of the Public Relation/Social Media Committee and a member of the Economic Development Committee.  Commissioner Govine’s interest is in women’s health with a focus on working women and seniors.  She believes in and is a product of life-long education. Commissioner Govine is a consultant in the area of human resources/diversity and is a published writer. She is a newspaper columnist and her articles appeared in numerous professional publications, Commissioner Govine authored a book of poetry and her work has been published in national and international journals and magazines.

 

 

 

MARIA CALIX

María M. Cálix is an Entrepreneur and Actor. She holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Administration. She was appointed to the Commission for Women in 2015 and also serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Public Roundtable for Child Care. She is a committee member of the Los Angeles County School District Organization and a member of Rotary. Commissioner Cálix participates in various charity walks and fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She is a long-term volunteer with the Cub Scouts and has served as an Assistant Cub Master and Den Leader.

 

 

 

LINDSAY LOUIE

Lindsay Louie was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District, in 2015. A recent graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Government, Commissioner Louie spent time working in both the public and private sector in Washington, D.C. before returning to Los Angeles to work for a commercial real estate private equity firm. Her passion is providing young women with the tools to become confident leaders in their communities.

 

 

 

THIRD DISTRICT

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

 

NANCY L. COHEN, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy L. Cohen was appointed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District, in 2015. She is a historian and author, specializing in women and politics. Her books include the forthcoming The Making of America’s First Woman President, Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America, and The Reconstruction of America Liberalism, 1865-1914. Dr. Cohen’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and other publications. Previously she worked as a senior policy analyst at LAANE, focusing on labor and environmental policy-making. She has been a visiting fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and taught history at Occidental College and California State University, Long Beach.

 

 

 

IMELDA PADILLA

Commissioner Padilla is an Associate at California Consulting LLC, a grant writing firm. She is a young professional with a strong understanding of public funding, public policy development and hands-on inter-governmental relations.

Commissioner Padilla earned a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley with a double minor in Chicano Studies and Philosophy. She has also been a part of other policy-based programs, for example, UCLA Community Scholars and USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science research groups.

For many years she has been a community organizer for winning campaigns and successful events, for example, the environment, Clean Up-Green Up LA; youth justice, Adelante Hombre Latino Youth Summit, San Fernando Valley and income equity, LA Raise the Wage.

Commissioner Padilla is pursuing her MA in Public Administration with an emphasis on leadership and non-profit management at California State University Northridge.

 

 

 

KARRIANN FARRELL

Karriann Farrell Hinds has dedicated her career to advocating for equal rights and access to opportunity and services in her community. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Loyola Law School, she has committed her professional life to serving and advocating for others, first as a volunteer attorney with the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and later as an engaged board member of the ACLU of Southern California. In addition to the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Hinds serves on the boards of and collaborates with multiple organizations committed to advocating for equal representation of women and people of color in elected and appointed office, as well. Ms. Hinds was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in 2015 and was recently appointed as a public member to the California Board of Accountancy. Currently, Ms. Hinds works as a consultant with the Public Policy Institute of Santa Monica College.

 

 

FOURTH DISTRICT

Supervisor Janice Hahn

 

Allison Welch Castellanos

Allison Welch Castellanos is an advocate for women leadership, female-owned businesses, and the education of girls and women in her community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. She is the owner of Allison Tutoring Educational Center. Allison is currently Board Chair for SELACO Work Development Board (representing 7 cities) and the Lakewood YMCA. She represents BUSD Board Member, Debbie Cuadros, on the Citizen Task Force for Bellflower School District. Allison has been involved in her community through volunteer coaching, serving the homeless and promoting philanthropic events.

 

 

 

Dr. Caren Grisham, D.C.

Dr. Caren Grisham was appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn who represents the 4th District. She received her B.S. from Whittier College and her B.A. from West Coast University. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College Los Angeles.

Dr. Grisham has been in private practice for over 28 years. She is the current President of Soroptimist International of Whittier and serves on the board of the Whittier Community Foundation. She is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in her city, district and internationally. Living in Whittier for over 60 years, she continues to be involved with the community.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Montano

 

 

FIFTH DISTRICT

Supervisor Kathryn Barger

 

BECKY SHEVLIN

Becky A. Shevlin was appointed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Fifth District, in 2010. In 2012, she was elected to the position of Vice President. Commissioner Shevlin is a member of the Monrovia City Council and sits on numerous Civic Boards and Commissions addressing transportation, housing, economic and community development issues as well as serving on various Community nonprofit organizations and teaching Sunday School.  Commissioner Shevlin worked as a legal assistant for over 37 years and holds a real estate sales license. In September, 2012, she was honored as one of Business Life Magazine’s “Women Achievers”.  Her commitment and involvement has always been heart felt and based on her sincere desire to serve the entire Community.

 

 

 

 

ALICE S. PETROSSIAN

Alice S. Petrossian was appointed in 2011 by 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. She immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Commissioner Petrossian has multiple Teaching and Administrative credentials, a Masters Degree in Education Administration and has completed course work towards a PH.D. in Educational Policy at the University of Southern California.  She is currently President of the Association of California School Administrators.  Commissioner Petrossian retired from the Pasadena Unified School District as Chief Academic Officer-Deputy Superintendent.  She has a special passion in working for and with disenfranchised, minority and limited English speaking students.  She has a been happily married for over 43 years, has two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

 

 

 

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