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TARZANA COMMUNITY & CULTURAL CENTER

DIRECTOR

 Claire Bloom

© 2017. Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, a non-profit organization, section 501(c)(3)

JON

TSUCHIYAMA

Vice President of
Site Development

Jon Tsuchiyama is proprietor of the West Valley Nursery on Ventura Blvd. across the street from the TCCC. His father Shigeru opened this nursery in 1951. The Center’s rose garden “Kay’s Garden” was donated in honor of Jon’s mother, Kay.

AMARIS

BRYER

President

     Amaris has been a volunteer for most of her adult life. She has particularly enjoyed her seven years as a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo. Her life long interest in Natural History seemed to segue into a career as a travel Agent, which has allowed her to see so many wonderful places in the world. After owning Travel Ticket in Encino for almost 20 years, she now works for World O’Travel in Woodland Hills. Amaris and her husband Philip enjoy their 8 grandchildren who range in age between one and 21 years. They travel a lot around the world but come home in time to volunteer at the TCCC.

SONNY

FOX

Board of Directors

     She is a graduate of UCLA, with a degree in elementary education and experience as an elementary school teacher. In addition, she is a published author of children’s books and of magazine articles on a variety of subjects. Since 1976 she has been selling real estate, initially for the Jon Douglas Company, which has evolved into Coldwell Banker. She has been a speaker at real estate symposiums and real estate training programs, as well as a participant on panels about real estate.

     Her interests include being a sponsor of Lanai Road Elementary School, a supporter of The John Wayne Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association. The Tarzana Community Cultural Center is of importance to her as it grows to become an integral part of the community.

GARY

JOHNS

Board of Directors

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BEVERLY

WILLIAMS, ESQ.

Board of Directors

A business transactions lawyer, Ms. Williams has served in numerous professional and community organizations from legal counsel for senior citizen centers to Family Law advocacy on behalf of the indigent. Her current practice interest is in the area of intellectual property as its legal applications evolve with today’s technology. A past president of The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Ms. Williams is currently a California Bench and Bar Coalition (BBC) representative. Comprised of State judges and bar leaders the BBC offers legislative lobbying and other advocacy on behalf of the State’s judicial system. Ms. Williams is Chair of the Black Women Lawyers’ (BWL) Judicial Evaluations and Nominations Committee which provides for BWL endorsement of judicial candidates. Ms. Williams is a Board of Supervisors Appointee to the County’s Workforce Investment Board. Spearheaded during her presidency and tenure with Jack and Jill of America, San Fernando Valley Chapter, she has a long term involvement in coordinating community and children’s activities within the San Fernando Valley.

MEET THE TEAM

IRWIN

KORANSKY

Executive Vice President

Irwin Koransky has been a Tarzana resident along with his wife, Carol, since 1974, where they raised their two children. Irwin a graduate of UCLA and California State University at Los Angeles, had a successful career as a healthcare quality management specialist, working in the areas of Infection Prevention, Quality Management and Risk Management. Irwin is also on the Quality Committee of the Board at St. Vincent Medical Center. He now finds time to support the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center through the Board of Directors, hoping to promote both the Center and the community as well. Irwin and his wife have been charter members of the TCCC since it opened.

JANE

LIEF

Secretary

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TOM

IACCINO

Board of Directors

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TERRY

MILLER

Board of Directors

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KATHY

DELLA DONNE

Advisory Board

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PETER JEENSALUTE

Executive Director

     Educator. Advocator. Motivator. Mr. Jeensalute joins TCCC after serving five years at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, his alma mater. While there, he taught in both the English and Fine Arts Departments, directed the theater program for four years, and organized the music ministry program at the school. His most recent work was as the Director of Public Relations & Marketing, working with both the admissions and advancement departments to further the branding efforts of the institution.

     Prior to this work, Peter started his career in education at Saint Catherine of Siena in Reseda, having a heavy involvement in both the school as a middle school teacher and active advocate in religious education, music ministry, and other ministries.

     Mr. Jeensalute is a native of the San Fernando Valley, and attended Loyola Marymount University for his Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Master of Arts in Secondary Education – English. He has worked with many community organizations to further their missions, including the Reseda Neighborhood Council, the Boy Scouts of America, and Greater Los Angeles American Mensa. Alongside the West Valley~Warner Center Chamber of Commerce, Peter has contributed to existing community outreach programs and works to create more opportunities to connect individuals and businesses.

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PAUL

LAWLER

Parliamentarian &
Vice President of Membership

     Paul Lawler is the President of Paul Lawler Risk Management, a full service insurance brokerage and risk management company. Paul has operated the company since 1989. He owned and operated the Coast Stereo retail store chain from 1980-1989. Paul attended The University of Chicago before the Reserve activation in 1969 and is an M.B.A. alumnus of California State University Northridge. He also holds two insurance industry designations: Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.

     Paul served as a Navy/Marine Corps Helicopter Aviator, rising to the rank of Lieutenant (O3). He served two tours in Viet Nam and earned several meritorious citations. Lawler is an active member of several Community organizations, and currently is serving or has served in the following positions: Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster and Wood Badge participant. Optimist International founding President of the Tarzana Club. Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, Park Advisory Board President. American Legion and Jewish War Veterans Life Member of National Post 100 AYSO Senior Level Soccer Coach Trainer, Regional Commissioner and Area Referee. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Level Two designation. Tarzana Chamber of Commerce President 1994-1995, 2000 and 2003 Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Vice-Chair Special Events 2007 Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Vice-Chair Operations 2008 Tarzana Neighborhood Council Board member and Chair of the Organizational Out Reach Committee.

MICHAEL

BELCHER

Treasurer

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PHYLLIS

INDIANER

Treasurer

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ATHENA

NOVAK

Treasurer

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STEVEN

HO

Advisory Board

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HELEN

BAKER

Founder &

President Emeritus

      Helen (Brown) Baker was born and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. After marriage and moving to the Los Angeles area, she continued teaching, in South Central L.A., Los Virgenes Schools, and then at Viewpoint, where her two young daughters attended. Baker was active in the Ebell Club of Los Angeles and Assistance League, where she served as president of her auxilliary.

     Baker obtained her Real Estate Broker’s license when the family moved to Tarzana in 1976 and actively worked in real estate in the San Fernando Valley until 1999 when an investment in a cellular license service area lottery paid off and put her to work as secretary/treasurer for South Carolina Cellular, Inc. When that business was built up and eventually sold to Bell Atlantic Mobile, the family financial situation was significantly improved.

     While considering a charitable donation, Baker remembered a letter written by Helen Itria Norman, president of the Tarzana Property Owner’s Association, who suggested that the property on the corner of Ventura and Vanalden Avenue, then owned by Public Storage Company, would be much better used as a community center, with the trees and open space preserved. Baker became convinced that the corner should belong to the community, and that perhaps she could help to make that dream be realized.

     With the help of many others who also believed in the dream, and a lot of work, the property was purchased in the spring of 2002, the Tarzana Community Center became a reality, and became an independent 501(c3) the following year as the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center.