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.