SIGSCV

Our 2019-2020 Board Members

Unlock the potential of women and girls

Pam Ingram.

President

I am honored to again be President of this amazing organization.  They say third time is the charm, let’s see.  With such a dynamic group of ladies and now our first man we are striving to help more women and girls locally and internationally.  Our mission is to help women in crisis, advocate for women’s health issues, and to celebrate women overall. 

With our major fund raisers, we are able to give back, whether it’s through our mentoring program, Go Girls, in our local community, or through our Dream It, Be It program where we mentor high school girls, or our Live Your Dream program which helps women who are the head of household go back to college.

Personally, I have been married for 47 years, have 1 son who is married and lives locally as well as 4 wonderful grandkids who I enjoy spending as much time as possible.  I am celebrating my 20th year as a Soroptimist and love this organization and the friends I have made here.

If you are interested in hearing more about our organization, join us for a meeting or social event.  We welcome all

Karen Schnuur.

Past President

I have been a member of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley for ten years. During that time I have been President, Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, VP Membership, Public Awareness Chair and have participated on many committees.

I have greatly enjoyed all of the time I have spent since joining helping this organization raise funds and provide service to our community in an effort to improve the lives of girls and women. This organization continues to evolve, leading our club to provide educational help for women working to improve their lives as well as provide mentorship to high-school aged girls to help them reach their full potential. I have loved meeting the people we have helped and hearing their individual stories inspires me to continue. Being part of this important mission is personally very rewarding. Working alongside our wonderful members, a group dedicated to helping women and girls reach their full potential has created some great friendships and has made the work fun. I invite you to join us to experience the fulfillment from what we do.

Kim Kurowski.

V.P. of Membership

I had the honor and pleasure of being the 2017/2018 President of this wonderful organization. Our club is over 9 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 friends and sisters.Soroptimist means “Best for Women” and our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in the locally and throughout the world. We are women helping women live their dreams.

Kathy Alkaraghouli.

V.P. Programs

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.

Megan Carpentier.

Treasurer

I have lived in and around Santa Clarita for the past 15 years. I am a pharmaceutical sales rep and really enjoy being able to help people, and provide medication to help patients live a longer and healthier life. In my free time, I love to go to sports games with my family, run/ hike with my dog, play indoor soccer, and travel. I joined Soroptimist to meet like-minded, strong, successful woman and friends. After my 1st year, I decided to join the board and be a Dream It Be It mentor to become even more involved! I am passionate about helping others around me, giving back, and bettering our local community. I believe with a little support and determination, anyone can reach their dreams. I was lucky enough to always have strong, successful, and supportive woman around me and hope I can now be that for others!

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.

Director

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.

Corresponding Secretary

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.

Deb Manahan.

Recording Secretary

After spending the past 37 years as an educator, retirement has been unbelievable! I have lived in Valencia for the past 19 years.  I am an Aunt to 6 of the best kids and am now a Great Aunt to little Carter. Faith and Hope are my fur cat babies who use my house as their running track.

 I am very active in Valencia United Methodist Church as a youth leader.  My passion in my church is mission work and I travel to Sierra Service Project sites with our teens for a week each summer to foster their love in helping others.  Traveling to Nicaragua to build houses has been a highlight of my life. It is a joy to see a young lady handle a circular saw! With my retirement, I have more free time and I have been elected to be on the board of a non-profit organization called Sierra Service Project.

I am overjoyed to be the Recording Secretary for an organization that has such a great impact on the lives of women and girls. It is a privilege to belong to an organization that helps raise funds and provides services within our community. I am proud to me a member of Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley.

Alison Lindemann.

Public Awareness Chair

I have called Santa Clarita home for the past 20 years and am married with two sons, ages 20 and 25.  I left the corporate world in 2004 and started my own digital marketing agency in Valencia.  When I’m not working, I enjoy playing tennis, working out, traveling and spending time with family. I am a founding member of this club and already feel a deeper connection with Soroptimist members and especially our mission since recently becoming a board member.  It is such a rewarding experience being part of an organization that does incredible work for woman and girls both locally and all over the world.

Tracey Carpentier.

Parliamentarian

I have lived in Santa Clarita for 15 years and am married with two daughters, ages 26 and 24 and a son, age 22.  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.