2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
New York Life
As Latino Marketing & Recruiting Manager for New York Life, Ms. Montoya is responsible for attracting, hiring, and retaining top sales talent to serve the financial needs of the Latino community. She is a Pasadena resident with strong community and business contacts and has experience serving on other nonprofit boards, including the National Latina Women Business Association.
Siebert Brandford Shank & Co, LLC
Grace Yuen is currently a Vice President at Siebert Brandford Shank & Co, LLC. She has more than ten years of experience in public finance and has served numerous municipal bond issuers in the structuring and execution of their transactions across the West, Midwest and Mid‐Atlantic regions. Additionally, Ms. Yuen has served various healthcare clients and has worked on more than $1 billion senior managed financings for not‐for‐profit hospitals and health systems. Since joining Siebert Brandford Shank, she has worked with a number of municipal governments in California and is a member of Women in Public Finance Los Angeles. Ms. Yuen has a B.A. from The University of Chicago and holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Jennie Morales currently serves as the Staff Counsel Specialist for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Jennie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, and went on to pursue her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in Louisiana. In her current position with the State Compensation Insurance Fund, Jennie handles complex defense litigation. Her focus and her community work and activism has been centered on empowering minorities, especially young women. She is dedicated to encouraging and promoting education and raising the self esteem of women.
Lupe Perez founded Green Splendor Landscaping, Inc. in 2006 to provide services in the areas of landscape design and maintenance; irrigation installation and repair; tree trimming and removal; and lot clearing and construction clean-up. Ms. Perez holds a Landscaping Contractor’s License (C-27 #975522) and is certified by the State of California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) as a small and woman-owned business. In addition to day-day-day management of her business, Lupe is very active in social and community activities and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Chapter of the YWCA. Lupe is a resident of Pasadena, CA and a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont.
Marie Cantor (2014)
Associate Director of Foundation Relations
Pasadena Senior Center
Marie Cantor has been the Associate Director of Foundation Relations for the Pasadena Senior Center for the past three years. Prior to that, Ms. Cantor was with Children's Hospital Los Angeles, also working in development for eleven years. She graduated from USC in 1996 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Marie lives in Altadena with her husband and two young boys.
Sobul, Primes, & Schenkel
Emily Huangis a certified public accountant (CPA) and a manager at Sobul, Primes & Schenkel, a local CPA firm in West Los Angeles. Ms. Huang has more than fifteen years of experience in public accounting. She has a wide variety of knowledge in various industries, including financial institutions, law firms, insurance, pension, manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas/energy, direct response marketing, internet marketing, and entertainment. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Business Administration (with emphasis on accounting). Ms. Huang is a member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA), the CalCPA, and is a board member of the YWCA Foothill-Pasadena Valley. She speaks English, Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien. On her spare time, Ms. Huang enjoys traveling to different countries to learn their cultures.
Ellen Ligons (2015)
Ellen is the retired former Dean of Career and Technical
Education at Pasadena City College.She
began her career by working first as a long-distance operator and then as an
investigator for Pacific Telephone Company before starting her career at PCC as
a secretary. Over her more than 20 years at PCC, sherose through the ranks and became the first
African American, full-time, tenured professor in PCC's business division, ending
her career as theDean of Career and
Janie Marquez (2016)
AVP Relationship Manager
City National Bank
Janie works closely with a team of experts to deliver the bank's full range of financial solutions to serve the needs of complex corporations and high net worth individual and their families. A specialist in Professional Latino Business Firms and Small Businesses, Ms. Marquez was recently awarded as the Top Relationship Manager for CNB. Prior to joining CNB, Mrs. Marquez spent eight years with Union Bank, where she began her banking career. Ms. Marquez is a mother to 3 beautiful children, and volunteers teaching financial literacy for non-profit organizations that help underserved communities.
Lurdes Medina (2015)
Bella Sol The Salon
Lurdes is the owner of Bella Sol The Salon located in
Pasadena. She began her career in the
beauty industry ten years ago, owning her first tanning salon. Best known for re-defining the art of spray
tanning and for her flawless airbrushing technique, Lurdes quickly established
herself as one of the best in the industry. This lead her to relocate and
expand her salon to offer additional services. She is also the official airbrush artist for the 2015 Miss Pasadena,
2015 Miss Malibu, 2013 Miss California/Miss Teen Beauty Pageant and official
judge for the Miss Teen Los Angeles 2014.
Rebecca Medina (2015)
Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor - Diploma Project
Los Angeles Unified School District
Rebecca is an experienced senior level social service professional who has worked as a non profit consultant, Director of Casey Family Programs, and Mental Health Manager of Bienvenidos Children's Center. She cares deeply about championing social services and the needs of children in this community which has lead her to volunteer for the Pasadena School District. Rebecca is a University of California alumna.
Carmen Vargas has called Pasadena home for the past 14 years. Prior to Pasadena, she lived in San Francisco, New York and Providence, RI where she earned BA Degrees in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from Brown University. An investment banker who specializes in Public Finance, Carmen has nearly 17 years of experience and is currently a Senior Vice President for BOSC, Inc. She has worked with a broad array of issuers throughout California including cities, counties, K-14 school districts, utility districts, airports, non-profits and higher education institutions. Carmen also understands the importance of creating leadership and networking opportunities for women in the public finance arena. She has worked over the past three years to establish three Women in Public Finance (WPF) chapters in California (Los Angeles, San Diego and Northern California), is a Founding Member of WPF Los Angeles, and is currently serving as Vice President in charge of philanthropic efforts. She is also an Associate Member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment and a Member of California Women Lead. She enjoys speaking to middle school and high school students about careers in investment banking, her college experience, and the importance of philanthropy.
Business and Trusts Attourney
Law Offices of Dennis Huang
Patricia (Patty)Whong is a Business and Trusts attorney who works part-time with the Law Offices of Dennis Huang. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law. She majored in Women’s Studies at Wesleyan University, graduating with Departmental Honors, where she focused on visual representations of Asian and Asian Americans. She is a mother to three children and in her spare time, she enjoys knitting, gardening, playing ultimate frisbee, and leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop ;