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Foundation elects new board members

February 21, 2012

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos announced new members to its Board of Directors and newly elected officers for 2012.

Those newly elected to the board include attorneys Armen Baghdasarian of the Glendale firm Irsfeld, Irsfeld & Younger LLP, and Charles L. LeCroy III with Baker, Olson, LeCroy & Danielian, also located in Glendale. Joining them is Lee Wochner of Counterintuity LLC, a marketing company in Burbank.

Robert Knauf, of Arroyo Insurance, has taken the lead as Board President. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2005 and a Glendale resident, Knauf’s goals are to focus on closer relations with businesses and corporations.


“The foundation's role in our community is to assist individuals and businesses with their philanthropy and we want to get this message to those who may not be aware of the foundation's work,” he said in a statement.

Ernest P. Burger, an attorney and Glendale resident with Burger Law Group in Burbank, serves as Vice President. Serving as CFO and Secretary are Eric Ashton Jr., a Glendale attorney, and Mary Ann Plumley, former Glendale City mayor, respectively. The four lead the activities of 18 fellow directors, who all serve on a volunteer basis.


provides individuals and businesses with options for donating to community causes and also manages donor advised funds. The foundation also oversees endowments for nonprofits through agency funds but is best known for grants that are issued to nonprofits in a competitive application process.


ABWA to fund two scholarships

The Verdugo Glen chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is funding two scholarships through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. The scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each. No applications will be accepted after March 31.

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, candidates must be women who are citizens of the United States and residents of Los Angeles County; are currently second-year students at Glendale Community College; are majoring in the field of business and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The application needs to be completed online and requires a biographical sketch, three professional letters of reference and an official transcript.

To apply, interested, eligible women should send name and email address to: Lynn White-Shelby at

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