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Inaugural Awards Ceremony Luncheon
12:00 PM12:00

Inaugural Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Join us for a WHS hallmark event, our Inaugural Awards Ceremony! For this special engagement, WHS is bringing you a panel of women who are leading policy level strides for equity in the fire service. 

Learn about the tribulations and triumphs experienced as they have navigated their professional journey while influencing opportunities for women across the industry. 

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Time: 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Luminarias Restaurant, 3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754

$20/ticket, this event will sell out!

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Commissioner Rebecca Ninburg

Commissioner at Board of Fire Commissioners, City of Los Angeles

Rebecca Ninburg is the most recent appointee by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City of Los Angeles Fire Commission. Prior to her appointment Rebecca served for two years as Vice President and then President of the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women where she worked closely with the LAFD to help strategize on the recruitment and retention of women in the fire service.

Rebecca has devoted herself recently to public service and is best known for her work as the Co-Founder and CEO of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. The LA Derby Dolls is a pioneer league in the resurgence of modern roller derby. Founded in 2003, the Derby Dolls is an all-female roller derby league committed to elevating women, young girls, and the community through sport. She has led the league to hold the title of number one banked track roller derby league in the US in both adult and youth classes, while also leading the 250+ league members and volunteers in multiple annual community outreach efforts. 

In 2014, Rebecca was named as one of the top 10 most influential women in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. Rebecca has also been awarded the Commission on the Status of Women's Pioneer Women Award in both 2010 and 2011 and she received the Treasures of Los Angeles award on behalf of the LA Derby Dolls by the Central City Association in 2010.

Rebecca is a California native who grew up in Orange County then moved to Los Angeles to attend school where she received a bachelor's degree in fine art from UCLA. In 2000, she became one of four women in the sculptor's union, local 755, sculpting for major motion pictures such as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, Team America, War of the Worlds and countless others. In 2008 she retired from sculpting to work full time as the CEO of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. In March of this year Rebecca sold the Derby Dolls, stepping down as CEO and remains active in the mission to improve the lives of the women, girls and the community through sport.


Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley

Los Angeles Fire Department

Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley moved to Los Angeles 25 years ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin two weeks after graduating from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Her plan to begin Medical School was changed as a Los Angeles Fire Captain walked up to her and gave her his business card.  He told her, “The Los Angeles Fire Department is hiring…Have you ever thought of becoming a Firefighter? If you are physically and mentally strong and looking for challenge in life, this opportunity is her for you.”

Fast forward to today, Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley has over 22 years of experience dedicated to public safety.  She has proven her credibility and character by promoting through the ranks of the Los Angeles Fire Department as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer, Fire Inspector, Captain I, Captain II, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief. She has been selected as the first female Fire Marshal in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department. She is the second female to earn the rank of Deputy Chief.

Chief Crowley has been instrumental in the Los Angeles Fire Department’s youth development program. She has served as the program director on two youth fire academies in the harbor and valley areas in the City.  This program has trained over 1000 LAUSD students from local high schools the basic fundamentals of becoming a firefighter with a main focus on graduating from high school and good citizenship.

Kristin holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership; a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Medicine), still holds an active paramedic license and recently completed a four year program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland to acquire her Executive Fire Officer certificate.

Kristin and her partner, Hollyn (who is a 27 year veteran Apparatus Operator with the LAFD) are the proud mothers of their three daughters, who are 11, 9 and 7 years old.  They have a very busy household and live in Redondo Beach.


Chief Nikki Brodowy

Los Angeles Fire Department

Chief Brodowy serves as a Battalion Chief for the City of Los Angeles Fire Department.  She was honored by the City as "Pioneer Woman of the Year" award for her innovative work in various projects such as Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Awareness Training, LAFD recruitment, and the LAFD Girls Camp. She continues to make a positive impact on the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Fire Department as the gender equality liaison. 

Chief Brodowy also serves as the Second Vice President of Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service.  She received her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. 




Andrea E. Davis

Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity 

The Walt Disney Company 

Andrea started from humble beginnings. She began college as a single teen mother and waitressed graveyard shifts to put herself through school. She attributes those challenging times to giving her the drive to succeed and the determination to help others during times of crisis. 

Andrea is the immediate past-Chair for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Regional Board of Directors and is the Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity for The Walt Disney Company. There, she oversees an enterprise-wide department that is responsible for all-hazards emergency planning and testing for Disney and its affiliates world-wide. 

Prior to joining Disney, Andrea served as the External Affairs Director for FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO) where she oversaw all media, intergovernmental and congressional activities for the largest disaster recovery effort in United States history with a total recovery portfolio of over $20 billion. Prior to her arrival, FEMA received repeated negative press both locally and nationwide and no support from local and state partners. Andrea’s team undertook a massive outreach campaign to regain the public’s trust consisting of hosting one-on-one meetings with local and state officials and FEMA leadership as well as the media and community leaders. Their grassroots efforts have been credited with helping transform the public’s perception of FEMA, culminating with FEMA participating in over 300 groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies and the local media coining a new acronym- TGFF: Thank God for FEMA. 

Prior to FEMA, Andrea served as the Regional Training and Exercise Planner for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management, was the Emergency Manager for the 12th District of the Federal Reserve and served as the emergency manager for the San Francisco Salvation Army and several other San Francisco based non-profits. 

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, a Master of Science in Public Health and was a 2013 inductee to the Women’s Emergency Management Hall of Fame.


Anna M. Burton

Emergency Management Coordinator II

City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports 

Anna M. Burton is an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles. She is currently assigned to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) supporting the Van Nuys Airport emergency management program.  Prior to joining LAWA, Anna was the Assistant General Manager for the City’s Emergency Management Department from 2003 – 2016.  In addition to this position, Anna  was honored to be appointed the Interim General Manager by the Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013.  She has represented the City as its Emergency Manager, Emergency Operations Board Member and Emergency Management Committee Chair supporting the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative, a subsection of the Department of Homeland Security, overseeing and recommending distribution of more than $375 million of Homeland Security Grant program allocations.  

Anna is a long-time member of the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP), founded to be a forum to exchange information in emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community where she proudly held the position of Vice President to the Public Sector.  She is a past Board member of Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA), a coalition of nonprofit organizations along with government and private-sector partners who work share knowledge and resources to help communities mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from disasters.  Anna has also represented the City to the County of Los Angeles as the appointed Disaster Management Area Coordinator.  

Anna has been with the City of Los Angeles since 1986 when she began with the Department of Recreation and Parks.  She has worked in the Office of the City Administrative Officer and the Department of Housing and Community Investment. 

Anna received her Master in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach in 1992. She is married to Charles Burton and has two children, Nicholas and Hanna, along with three step children, Charlie Burton and Candace Burton-Sotela, and Courtney Burton who was lost tragically in 2015. She and Charles have two grandchildren and they are looking forward to a third in August 2018.    


Kate Powers

Support Specialist

Constant Associates

Kate Powers is a Support Specialist with Constant Associates where she has worked on several complex and groundbreaking endeavors across a wide range of projects – from bioterrorim to community resilience.  Creative, agile, yet technical, Kate has quickly demonstrated her capability as a homeland security professional. 

She holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California where she also served as co-President of USC’s Homeland Security Student Organization (HSSO). In 2017, Kate also completed an externship with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) where she gained valuable insight into emergency management protocols, homeland security issues, and intelligence operations at the state level. 



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12:00 PM12:00

Women Who Inspire Us - Lunch Mixer + Panel

Join us for an exceptional event of networking, learning, and culinary adventure! 



Listen as these inspirational panelists share stories and insights regarding their career:

LaFonda Sutton-Burke

Port Director, Los Angeles/Long Beach Port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Chief Lisa G. Rosales

Chief of Police, City of Glendora Police Department


Yoli McGlinchy

Emergency Services Manager, City of Santa Barbara


Patricia Frohock Hanes, PhD, MSN

Professor, School of Nursing, Azusa Pacific University



Thursday, May 3, 2018

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Maddalena Restaurant at San Antonio Winery

The Heritage Cellar

737 Lamar St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Parking is available off of Lamar Street





As the Port Director of Los Angeles/Long Beach Port, LaFonda Sutton-Burke oversees the largest seaport complex operation in the United States and the 10th largest in the world. She is responsible for managing all operational and administrative aspects of port security and trade facilitation. Prior to her current assignment from 2012 to 2016, Mrs. Sutton-Burke served as the Director of the NII Division within the Office of Field Operations located at CBP Headquarters. In this role, she oversaw a $4.6 billion portfolio of all NII technology lifecycle functions consisting of over 40,000 pieces of X-ray and imaging equipment that provides critical interdiction and detection capabilities to over 320 ports of entry and 52,000 CBP officers and agents.  Mrs. Sutton-Burke joined the U.S. Customs Service as a U.S. Customs Inspector in El Paso, Texas, in 1993 and served in various roles within the organization and CBP after its creation.  Mrs. Sutton-Burke received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and is a graduate of CBP’s Leadership Institute Class #1603, University of Maryland’s, Robert H. Smith’s School of Business.

Chief Lisa Rosales serves as Chief of Police for the City of Glendora. Rosales is the first female police chief in Glendora history. Originally a teacher, she traded her classroom for a squad car when two close friends were murdered by the Hillside Strangler in 1977.  Pasadena’s department sponsored her training, and she served there for 27 years until becoming Chief of Police at the City of San Pablo in Northern California.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.

Yolanda McGlinchey has been the Emergency Services Manager for the City of Santa Barbara since 2006. Born and raised in Santa Barbara County, Yolanda has been working in the area of emergency services since 1991. Yolanda has been involved in twelve (12) Emergency Operation Center Activations since 1995. Yolanda has also conducted several exercises, including a Full Scale Exercise in the City of Santa Barbara in 2007 that included over 900 residents, 21 agencies and 53 Emergency Operation Center Staff. Yolanda is responsible for the City’s Emergency Operations Plan, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and many others. She is also certified to conduct exercises in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and certified by the State of California as an outreach Train-the-Trainer. 

Patricia “Trish” Hanes, PhD, has been with APU’s School of Nursing since 1992. She has been a registered nurse since 1974 and has clinical expertise in critical care and emergency nursing, with additional experience in triage and prehospital care. She has an interest in disaster health and emergency management, nursing history, face-to-face and online curriculum development, program planning, and mentoring. As a longtime lead teacher of the writing intensive course in the major, she is committed to fostering better student writing and research. Hanes has developed the programs and curricula for nursing education, and courses for disaster nursing and disaster health/emergency preparedness. She frequently teaches community courses related to disasters and participates in disaster drills with students.  Hanes is a past moderator of the APU Faculty Senate, and was president of the California League for Nursing, an ambassador for the National League for Nursing, and vice president of the Independent California College and University Faculty Association. She currently sits on the board of a local hospital system.





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12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Mixer + Panel on the Future of Homeland Security

  • Center at Cathedral Plaza - Our Lady of Angeles | Levy Restaurant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHS SoCal Event

Lunch, learn, and network! Gain perspective on what is on the horizon for Homeland Security. Connect with other trailblazing women in the industry. Dine on the kind of trendy-meets-gourmet eats that only downtown LA can offer.

Listen as panel presenters talk about: future core competencies for emergency managers, how public/private partnerships will shape homeland security strategies, technologies and innovations that are on the horizon for our industry & more!


WHS SoCal is excited to partner with the University of Southern California Homeland Security Student Organization to bring you this special event. 

Space is limited and this event will fill quickly, so reserve your tickets today!


Parking Map: http://www.olacathedral.org/gettinghere/printdirections.htm




 Shirley Feldmann-Jensen, DPPD, MPH

California State University Long Beach

Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Emergency Services Administration

Dr. Shirley Feldmann-Jensen has policy expertise at the intersection of public health and disaster risk management. She brings both international and domestic experience, spanning a range of public health, disaster risk management, and instructional settings. The emphasis of her research and didactic work is given to policy influences for practice, implementation planning, evaluation and improvement processes. 

She earned her Doctoral degree in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. Dr. Feldmann-Jensen also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from California State University of Long Beach, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. Additionally, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist, holds several certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and brings international experience from a range of settings. Proficient in curriculum development and delivery, Dr. Feldmann-Jensen is dedicated to fostering students in the process of synthesizing disaster patterns and adaptive capacity building for the communities they live and work in.


Gabriele Almon, MPP

Homeland + Humanitarian Futurist

Member, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council

For the past decade, Ms. Almon has served as a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international governments, and numerous humanitarian organizations around the world. Ms. Almon has helped these organizations prepare for and respond to large-scale emergencies and terrorist attacks. (The kind of events that become breaking news on TV and worst-case scenarios that keep leadership up at night.)  

In recent years Ms. Almon has worked with the best of the best to make our nation, and world, a safer place. Now, she’s interested in working with high-level decision makers to prepare their organizations for the world that is to come and develop their staff into radically creative, wildly imaginative problem solvers.

From artificial intelligence, to cyber security, and even outer space, her work heavily involves using cutting edge technology and tried-and-true coalition building to help the highest levels of leadership solve their greatest challenges.


Dawn Comer, MBA

FUSE Corps Fellow, Smart Cities 

City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency

Ms. Comer has over than 15 years experience in business strategy, solution development, and marketing and communications strategy for consumer products, technology and media and entertainment companies. She is currently a

FUSE Corps Fellow with the City of Los Angeles’ Information Technology Agency, focused on setting a strategy and roadmap to improve services through

Smart City Technology.  Prior to her FUSE Corps Fellowship, Dawn worked to create digital business solutions to improve her client’s brand performance and differentiate their consumer experience. Her experience spans two decades of consulting with IBM Global Business Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.  Dawn earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.


Courtney La Bau

Emerge California
Truman National Security Project
California Democratic Party Delegate

Ms. La Bau has over 17 years experience in the international political arena. She has served as a government employee, consultant, speaker, lecturer, and published author on a variety of topics, including foreign policy, counterterrorism, and women in politics. Although a native of Los Angeles, she has lived and worked across the globe and is experienced in foreign affairs and international relations and cultures. She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic and French.

Ms. La Bau was most recently was a Senior Advisor on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Community Partnerships. In this capacity, she was responsible for all counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts in Southern California, working directly with local and federal agencies as well as the Mayor’s office on strategic efforts and programs. She served as a direct link to DHS headquarters for the region, and worked with religious and other community partners on building civil society, community resilience, and countering extremist narratives. She has extensive relationships with Consul Generals and the international business community.

Prior to her time at DHS, Ms. La Bau  consulted on projects with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counterterrorism unit, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, and various think tanks around the world. Courtney has also authored numerous publications and reports and has frequented numerous media and radio outlets as a subject matter expert. 


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