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GLA Presents Awards, Inducts Board

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Photos by Robin GOLDSWORTHY  The newly installed board members of the Glendale Latino Association with award recipients.

By Robin GOLDSWORTHY

More than 250 people attended the annual community awards and installation luncheon of the Glendale Latino Association held at the La Cañada Country Club on Thursday, Feb. 23. L.A. Superior Court Judge Gus Gomez installed the 2012 officers Nancy Guillen, Amy Navarrete, Arlene Villarin, Mae Abou-Chakra, Adriana Rebold, Nasly Zelaya and directors Carlos Carrillo, Miryam Finkelberg, Daniel Gamboa, Martha Rivera and Mercy Velazquez.

After entertainment, provided by Flamenco dancer Karina Velasco and guitarist Alfredo Caceres, the highlight of the afternoon commenced with the presentation of the woman, man and business of the year.

Business of the year recipients representing Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi and Shammaa from left Kirby Higashi, Mike Velazquez, John Sadd, John Hefner with presenters Mercy Velazquez and Helen McDonagh.

Business of the year recipients representing Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi and Shammaa from left Kirby Higashi, Mike Velazquez, John Sadd, John Hefner with presenters Mercy Velazquez and Helen McDonagh.

Denise Miller of Glendale Adventist Medical Center was named woman of the year and delivered a heartfelt thank you speech touching on her journey to the GLA.

Miller is director of the Live Well (55+) Senior Program at the hospital and is responsible for navigating seniors and their families toward easier access to healthcare information, resources and wellness and prevention programs in the hospital and in the community. Boasting a Hispanic background, Miller credited the GLA with offering respite when she was taking care of her ailing father three years ago. Her family attended the luncheon to celebrate her award.

Named chief of police for the Glendale Community College in September, Gary Montecuollo was awarded the title of man of the year for 2012.

Following a long and distinguished career in the City of Glendale with the Glendale Police Dept. for 30 years, Montecuollo was hired as the college chief. He works with the faculty and staff on campus issues and is intricately involved with several civic organizations.

“I am very humbled, very honored and blessed,” Montecuollo said, thanking Chief Ron de Pompa for his guidance and mentorship.

The firm of Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi and Shammaa – certified public accounts & advisors – was named business of the year.

The partners are active in several organizations and reminded luncheon attendees that the checks written to the GLA benefit “kids for decades to come.”

John Sadd had kind remarks for his associates and those with whom he works in the community.

“If you are judged by the company you keep, then we’re in good company,” Sadd said in accepting the award.

Woman of the year Denise Miller with her family.

Woman of the year Denise Miller with her family.

The Glendale Latino Association awarded $18,500 in scholarships in 2011. Applications for 2012 awards are due March 23.

According to its program, the GLA was founded in 1992 to bring together businesses and professionals, promote activities that improve education and provide scholarships to local students who have demonstrated educational excellence and extraordinary citizenship. The organization hosts monthly networking mixers and is holding its scholarship awards breakfast on May 24.

From left, Helen McDonagh of Massage Envy with man of the year Gary Montecuollo, Andrew Garsten and Miriam McDonnell Business Development Manager, Massage Envy.

From left, Helen McDonagh of Massage Envy with man of the year Gary Montecuollo, Andrew Garsten and Miriam McDonnell Business Development Manager, Massage Envy.

Celebrating the day are, from left, Glendale Adventist Medical Center CEO Kevin Roberts, Glendale YMCA Senior Director Membership Jeanett Cordon, and also from GAMC are Lissette Machado and Charisma Miranda.

Celebrating the day are, from left, Glendale Adventist Medical Center CEO Kevin Roberts, Glendale YMCA Senior Director Membership Jeanett Cordon, and also from GAMC are Lissette Machado and Charisma Miranda.

Toni Beck Espinoza of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (left) talks with Foundation of the Verdugos Executive Director Edna Karinski.

Toni Beck Espinoza of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (left) talks with Foundation of the Verdugos Executive Director Edna Karinski.

Vice President of Glendale Memorial Health Foundation Lance Keene shares a moment with Glendale Healthy Kids Executive Director Camille Levee

Vice President of Glendale Memorial Health Foundation Lance Keene shares a moment with Glendale Healthy Kids Executive Director Camille Levee

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

Photos by Robin Goldsworthy

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