WHS Events

Inaugural Awards Ceremony Luncheon
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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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Meet One of Our Panelists:

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.

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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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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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