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Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation Elects New Leadership
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 18, 2019

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors and new officers. Since its inception in 1983, the Pasadena Tournament of Foundation has invested over $3 million in more than 200 Pasadena-area organizations.  Community programs receive grants in the categories of Performing and Visual Arts, Sports and Recreation, and Education (Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

The Tournament of Roses Foundation elected Brian Birnie, Glenn Bowie, Judy Gordon, Krysty Leckrone, Leslie Lyons, Joan Madsen, Brandon Shamim, and Kristin Yanish to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.  Below is information about each new board member. Complete bios can be found at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation.

These new members replace outgoing board members Alex Aghajanian, Nancy Neal-Davis, Jerri Price-Gaines and Phil Orozco who provided outstanding service and leadership.

The Foundation Board also elected officers: Maxine Harris, President; Shannon Boalt, Vice President; Paige Parrish, Treasurer; and Mark Harmsen, Secretary. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association Vice-President Mark Leavens will be transitioning in to replace Association Secretary Alex Aghajanian. Below is information about the new members to the Foundation Board. Complete bios can be found atwww.tournamentofroses.com/foundation.

Brian Birnie is a lawyer and has been a member of the firm LaFollette & Johnson for over 40 years practicing civil litigation. For over 20 years, he has been a member of the Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Fall Food and Wine Committee and currently co-chairs with his daughter Caroline Burke. Mr. Birnie has been a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association since 1990, making the 2020 Rose Parade his 30th parade.

Glenn Bowie currently serves as a Business Solutions Consultant for Sprint, is an LA Area Chamber Ambassador, and a new board member of Pasadena City College Foundation. Mr. Bowie is Founder and CEO of his own motivational and inspiration speaking company, Glenn Bowie Speaks, Inc.

Judy Gordon is an attorney and trust officer with over 25 years in private legal practice and the financial services industry. Ms. Gordon is a current or former member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, Women’s Leadership Council, Broad’s Circle, Pro Visors, and San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council.

Krysty Leckrone has been in education for the past 27 years either in a teacher role or as a teacher on special assignment. Ms. Leckrone is a member of the Glendale National Charity League, a mother-daughter organization promoting philanthropy.

Leslie Lyons is a senior member of the Fiduciary Banking Group of Manufacturers Bank and is Vice President and Area Manager of the Bank’s Glendale office. Ms. Lyons also serves on the Advisory Board of the Pasadena Salvation Army.

Joan Madsen spent many years in the financial services industry. She recently retired as Vice President from Bank of America to pursue her passion for corporate philanthropic ventures. Ms. Madsen also services as a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Assistance League and Altadena Guild.

Brandon Shamim has over 25 years of experience as a business advisor, leadership coach and university professor. Active in civic affairs and community service, Brandon has served on the board of advisors/directors of the LA Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, KCET-TV,  Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center and Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Social Entrepreneurship.

Kristin Yanish has spent the last 19 years sharing her expertise in education while teaching at St. Philip the Apostle School in Pasadena. Ms. Yanish is an active volunteer at Mater Dolorosa Passionists Retreat Center in Sierra Madre for the last ten years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last four years.

Bios of the new board members can be found at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation.

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