SIGSCV

Our 2019-2020 Board Members

Unlock the potential of women and girls

Kim Kurowski.

President

I have the honor and pleasure of being the 2020/2021 President of this wonderful organization. Our club is over 12 years old and we have won several awards for outstanding giving and community programs. Our club was founded by members who believed there was a need for a service club that focused on women’s health issues, women in crisis, and also celebrating women in our community. We put on two signature fundraising events to generate funds to help as many women as we can. Our social events provide members a chance to have fun and learn about each other. We think of each other not just as fellow club members, but also as friends and sisters. Soroptimist means “Best for Women” and our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world. We are women helping women live their dreams.

Pam Ingram.

Past President

As a member of Soroptimist for over 20 years, I have been honored to be President a few times and have chaired many of our fundraising events.

Although we work hard for women and girls, we enjoy our time together raising money which allows us the ability to give back through our mentoring programs such as Live Your DreamDream It Be It and a local program, Go Girls.

I am very proud that this past year we made a financial donation to the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Cardiovascular Care Unit.  Heart disease continues to remain the leading cause of death for men and women, and the prevalence of heart attacks in female patients, age 35-54, is increasing.

As president last year we reached our goal of over 100 members, including two male members.

Our mission and pillars remain the same: women’s health issues, women in crisis and celebrating women.

Personally, I have been married for 48 years, have a son who is married and lives locally with my four wonderful grandchildren (3 girls) who I enjoy spending as much time with as possible.

We are an amazing group of individuals doing great work right here in our own community and globally.  If you would like form information, please contact us.  We welcome all!

Holly Hanlin.

Vice President of Membership

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Kathy Alkaraghouli.

Corresponding Secretary

As a professional photographer of over 30 years, I first saw the beauty of Santa Clarita Valley through a lens 21 years ago when I emigrated from the UK and made Santa Clarita my home. My business introduced me to amazing people and organizations that make our community special. I’ve also been fortunate to forge lasting relationships with businesses and nonprofits throughout Los Angeles County who are committed to helping others; I have a special place in my heart for organizations that improve the lives of children and families who are less fortunate. Through my photo booth business, Fun Time Captured Photo Booths, I’m privileged to give people lasting memories of fun times at many pivotal life events.

I’ve been married for 21 years and we have two beautiful children and 5 grandchildren; nothing is more important to me than family. The Soroptimist’s mission first attracted me to the organization but the sisterhood and impact we can have in our own community showed me this is the perfect fit for me in my heart. I’m excited to be a member of the SCV Soroptimist Board; my years of participating in and developing programs throughout Los Angeles will help me in my new role as VP of Programs. I look forward to all that comes next and know that together we’ll continue to engage our members and the community through thoughtful and inclusive programming.

Dora Zavala.

Treasurer Elect

I am proud to be a past Governor of Camino Real Region and Chartering President of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. I raised my two beautiful daughters in Stevenson Ranch for 25 years and I am now proud to be known as Glamma D of my granddaughter Makayla, who just started Kindergarten. By day, I work as a Category Manager for Gelson’s Markets and the rest of my time is spent taking care of others with beauty and wellness. I have a passion to serve my community and empower others to be their best. I live my life with gratitude and my family time and balance are the most coveted.

Aida Weinstein.

Parliamentarian

Being a member of Soroptomist International has been incredibly rewarding. I always hoped that I would be able to help people and can’t think of better organization that does exactly that. When I think of what we have accomplished and how we can make and actual difference in people’s lives, it makes me so proud to be part of this group. I have met some amazing people, and appreciate their support and friendship. It’s been great experience and I hope to be part of Soroptomist International for a long time.

Valerie Gausche.

Director

I am a happily retired Radiology Director. I have been married to my husband, Steve, for 40 years. It was truly “love at first sight.” I was born in New York, grew up in Granada Hills, and graduated from CSUN with a degree in Health Science. Steve and I moved to the SCV in 1985, and I worked at UCLA Medical Center for 32 years. I became a Soroptimist in 2014, and it quickly enriched my life. I am passionate about helping others in need, volunteering, and fundraising. I recently co-chaired our 10th Annual Wine Affair, and have assisted on 3 Fashion Shows. In my spare time, I enjoy attending UCLA football and basketball games, with family and friends.

Jennifer Lee.

Treasurer Elect

Joining Soroptimist has been a great way to work alongside like-minded, accomplished women who have the desire, talent, and work ethic to make a positive difference in the world on both the local and international levels. Prior to joining the board of Soroptimist, I had decades of volunteer and leadership experience, including providing counseling and mentorship to a wide array of people in need, including the chronically mentally ill, underprivileged adults and children, as well as victims of domestic violence who were trying to rebuild their lives. Empowerment of women and girls benefits society as a whole, and I am honored to continue my journey in giving back through Soroptimist, alongside thoughtful women that I am privileged to call sisters.

Krystina Reyes.

Recording Secretary

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Dana Baker.

Public Awareness Chair

I have been a member of SIGSCV for two years. During this time it has been my honor to serve on various committees, helping raise funds to continue the commitment of improving the lives of girls and women, while giving back to our community. As mother to my son, my responsibility is to do everything I personally can to help bring light into the world by lifting others up. And as a woman, I aspire to empower and encourage the young women we mentor, guiding them in a direction of positive self awareness and confidence. We can rise above anything with the proper care and support of others, and that’s what being a member of this club of extraordinary women has brought to my life.

Tracey Carpentier.

Treasurer

I have lived in Santa Clarita for 16 years and am married with two daughters, ages 27 and 25 and a son, age 23.  I retired in 2018 after leading businesses for 20+ years and now spend my time serving on Boards for multiple companies and non-profits.  I enjoy reading, working out, traveling, hiking the national parks and attending sporting events. I joined Soroptimist because it’s really important to me to do what I can to make a difference in the lives of others, especially women and girls, in our community and around the world. I am very pleased to support the Soroptimist International mission of providing women and girls access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. In addition to a rewarding volunteer experience, I have met so many outstanding women in our local community. It is such an honor to work alongside women who truly care about others and want to make the world a better place for everyone.

Cheri Fleming.

Director

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Renee Leon.

Director

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