Schiff recognizes 'inspiring women' during luncheon

As part of an annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recognized a group of women from the 28th Congressional District -- including Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge -- for their service to the community. 

Schiff entered a special tribute to each woman into the Congressional Record, and presented the tributes at a luncheon Friday in Echo Park, according to a press release from Schiff’s office.

While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Schiff looks to honor women who have improved the quality of life for the community through their work or volunteerism, according to the release.


“It was wonderful to meet with this group of remarkable women, and to recognize their outstanding work in our community,” Schiff said in the statement. “These women demonstrate the truth of the maxim that if you need something done, ask a busy person. Each has worked tirelessly to support a myriad of charitable, business and community causes, and made an indelible mark on our region.”


  • Lynn White-Shelby of Burbank, California was recognized for her volunteer work at the learning center at the Boys & Girls club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, tutoring at the Main Club, and co-teaching a storytelling and acting class at Roosevelt Elementary School.

    White-Shelby also volunteers with the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and served five terms as President of the Verdugo-Glen Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), where she has been a member for over three decades.

    She also serves as Vice Chairman on the City of Burbank’s Senior Citizen Board, and as Secretary on the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley’s Board of Directors.
  • Seda Khojayan of Glendale was honored for her work with the Soroptimist International of Glendale, the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, and the YWCA of Glendale. Khojayan has also been a member of the Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. for more than three decades.

    Khojayan uses her professional experience as a programmer and data analyst to help plan and implement fundraising efforts, including grant writing, to help Armenian organizations secure funding for philanthropic, educational and social projects for low-income families and for the needy.

    She has also volunteered with the Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter, Homenetmen Navasartian Games & Festival, Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF), and for the City of Glendale, including the Unity Fest, Man’s Inhumanity to Man, and Relay For Life.
  • Jean Maluccio of La Crescenta was recognized for her service as the executive director of the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, where she has volunteered for more than 18 years, helping to ensure the smooth operation of chamber events like the Taste of the Foothills and Hometown Country Fair.  

    Maluccio was also one of the founders of the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association, a nonprofit which organizes an annual 4th of July fireworks display, and volunteers each year arranging for the carnival entertainment, handling site permits, working with security for the event and selling tickets.

    Maluccio has also volunteered with Prom Plus, Relay For Life and the Glendale Police Department, and was a “driving force” in raising awareness and funds for the refurbishment of the war memorial at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta. 



Below is a full list of honorees from this year: 


Lynn White-Shelby (Burbank), Kellye Nakahara Wallett (Pasadena), Renae Plant (Los Feliz), Tracy A. Stone (Elysian Valley), Jean Maluccio (La Crescenta), Seda Khojayan (Glendale), Ann Neilson (La Cañada Flintridge), Lynda Rescia (Silver Lake), Cheryl Ortega (Echo Park), Nadia Sutton (West Hollywood), Sandra Caravella (Atwater Village), and Susan B. Stewart (Sunland).

Source: Burbank Leader