Lynda Burlison, Glendale Healthy Kids

Burlison-LyndaLynda is President of Glendale Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization that provides access to healthcare for children who have no insurance or who are underinsured. GHK likewise provides dental education classes for first graders within the Glendale Unified School District.  She has been a registered nurse in newborn intensive care, a public health nurse for the Los Angeles County Health Department involving epidemiology, a credentialed school nurse and a coordinator of a school health program for a large school district, including supervision of 10-15 nurses and other paramedical positions. She loves epidemiology, problem-solving, and coming up with ways to make a few dollars go a long way!


Carol Ann Burton, MD, President of Soroptimists of Glendale


Edna Karinski, Community Foundation of the Verdugos

Karinski-EdnaEdna has been a member of many community organizations, including the Glendale Non-Profit Executive Coalition, the Burbank Non-Profit Executive Coalition, the Glendale Patriotism Committee and Veterans Coalition, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP – formerly NSFRE) since 1992, and the AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Leadership Glendale Class of 2009, chair of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition, a 2012 Business Life Women Achievers Awardee, and a PTA columnist for the Glendale News-Press. She is also on the advisory board for the Glendale Character and Ethics Project, former Host of “Our Community Today”, a local cable access program sponsored by RightHome, and was elected to the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (City of Los Angeles) in 2003.

Bruce Nelson, Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Nelson-BruceBruce is a health promotions and community development professional with extensive business development experience, including marketing and public relations, board development, financial planning, program design and implementation, and human resources management. A creative executive with major strengths in assessment, collaborative problem solving, visioning, and communication. Bruce has achieved success in widely differing environments by identifying and supporting mission-critical business elements. He has an M.A. from La Sierra University which had a specialized curriculum and focused on “The Dynamics of Change in Complex Environments: A Model for Leadership.” During his time there, he developed a non-linear model for creative change processes common to human experience. He is a proud board member and community affiliate for a variety of organizations that work to improve health outcomes in Glendale.

Cassie McCarty, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center

McCarty-CassieRev. Cassie McCarty, MDiv, BCC serves as Director of Mission Integration at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center. As the mission leader, Cassie oversees a number of areas including spiritual care, bioethics, community grants and community benefit, all for the purpose of ensuring that the hospital’s mission and values are lived out in a robust manner. Cassie is a professionally trained health care chaplain and board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has spoken at national conferences regarding spiritual care, served as a chaplain consultant for health care quality of life research projects, and is passionate about professional chaplaincy. Cassie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.  She is also a spiritual director, having received her training from the Spiritual Growth Center of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Diocese. She serves on the Executive Board of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition.

Jason Schlatter, Glendale Communitas Initiative

Schlatter-JasonJason Schlatter is the Executive Director of the new nonprofit, the Glendale Communitas Initiative. As a consultant and Executive Director he brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. During his academic career he obtained a Master’s degree which focused on intercultural relations and organizational development. His is a board member of the Caesura Youth Orchestra, a certified instructor of English as a Second Language, is affiliated with Spark Teacher Education Institute, and volunteers regularly across a broad spectrum of organizations. Jason’s passion lies in bridging the gaps between groups in order to accomplish greater things together…that, and cooking.