“Passion and love for children have been the driving force behind my involvement at [Glendale Healthy Kids] and I have received more love and gratification than I have ever given to this great organization…” So said Elizabeth Manasserian at a board of directors farewell gathering celebrating her GHK board membership.
Manasserian was first introduced to the GHK by Dr. Greg Franklin in 2006. After attending an event given by Bruce and Debbie Hinckley, she was introduced to CEO Camille Levee and the board members. Manasserian said that was touched by their love and dedication kids and decided to join the organization.
She started by volunteering for the first grade dental program and recalled those days as “one of the most gratifying experiences of my volunteer life.” After joining the board, she worked relentlessly with the marketing and outreach committees. During 2007-08, the marketing committee, headed by Barry McComb and Manasserian, created an art contest for GUSD students. It was then that “Heartly,” the GHK mascot, and the logo were born. Heartly was the creation of a Clark Magnet High School student who had been a GHK patient during her elementary school years.
Later when Manasserian took on the role of president of the GHK board, she introduced many community members and businesses to the organization and strengthened the community collaborations and relations. Her volunteer activities not only included the GHK board membership; during those same years she also served as commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women, president of Glendale Council PTA and board member of the Rotary Club of Glendale.
In addition to her volunteerism, Manasserian is a successful business owner and a commercial and investment real estate broker at Park Place Properties in Glendale. She has been active in real estate for over 24 years after changing her career path as an electrical engineer at Exxon Corporation. Her professional accomplishments include rehabilitation projects, condo conversion projects and sales and lease of commercial, industrial and apartment buildings. She has lived in Glendale since 1982 with her husband Greg and her sons Christopher and Daniel.
The board of directors recently recognized Manasserian for her dedication and tenure of service to GHK.