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Foundation adds 9 new board members

Posted: April 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Mike Peluso was named Celebrity Waiter of the Year at the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center Foundation in February. He was one of nine new members recently named to the foundation board. Mike Peluso was named Celebrity Waiter of the Year at the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center Foundation in February. He was one of nine new members recently named to the foundation board.
Mike Peluso was named Celebrity Waiter of the Year at the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center Foundation in February. He was one of nine new members recently named to the foundation board.

The SCV Senior Center Foundation has taken a big swing at elevating the profile and strength of the organization’s board of trustees, adding nine new board members who offer a diverse array of talent, expertise and experience.

“We’ve landed some heavy hitters, that’s for sure,” said board President Myles McNamara. “We’re extremely proud that these nine new board members have agreed to join us and make a strong team even stronger.”

The new board members are: Oscar Dominguez, Darlene Gandara, Mark McCorkle, Mike Peluso, Judy Penman, Tina Reed, Greg Spencer, Brenda Tumasone and Vladimir Victorio.

“Each one of our new board members has a great deal of passion for helping our community’s seniors,” McNamara said. “They’ve already demonstrated it through their involvement in the community and support of the center, so joining our board is the next logical step for each of them.”

The nine new trustees bring the total number of trustees to 26 for the nonprofit Senior Center Foundation. The organization is dedicated to raising funds to support the nonprofit SCV Senior Center and its programs and services for the community’s rapidly growing senior population.

The foundation’s major fundraisers include the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner, held each February, and the Summer Showdown Golf Tournament at the TPC Valencia, scheduled for June 18.

Kathy Crone, foundation executive director, said the addition of the new board members will significantly broaden the foundation’s reach in the community.

“All of our new trustees and our existing board members are volunteers, so we’re especially pleased that they have agreed to donate their time and energy to help our organization,” Crone said. “Every one of them brings something special and unique to their role on the board, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them help us make our foundation stronger and support the thousands of seniors served by the Senior Center.”

* Oscar Dominguez, vice president/manager of Union Bank Newhall and Stevenson Ranch. Dominguez has been a long-time SCV resident and supporter of the Senior Center Foundation. Union Bank has been a dedicated sponsor at all of the SCV Senior Center Foundation’s fundraising events and can usually be spotted bringing sweet treats for our seniors for special events.

He has been extremely involved with other local nonprofits such as SCV Artist’s Association, Boys & Girls Club SCV and College of the CAnyons Foundation.

* Darlene Gandara, National eHealth business operation manager, Kaiser Permanente. Gandara is very involved with Soroptimist International of Greater SCV and was an auction co-chairwoman and fundraiser committee chairwoman for Crespi Carmelite High School.

She has been a long-time resident and supporter of the SCV Senior Foundation, and her husband, Robert Gandara, was the foundation’s third-place winner in last year’s Dancing with Our Stars.

* Lt. Mark McCorkle, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a 20-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley.

In addition to his work with the Senior Center Foundation, McCorkle is an executive board member for the Final Leg Torch Run for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles.

He is also active with Giving Respect and Nurturing to Deserving Seniors, or GRANDS, and is a past president for both the Saugus and Valencia high school football booster clubs.

* Mike Peluso, business development officer, Lockheed Federal Credit Union. Peluso has been a resident of the SCV for seven years and is on the Education Committee for the Valley Industrial Association.

He brought is entire family with him to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center and delivered Home Delivered Meals. Peluso also partnered with Marilyn Cevita of Lockheed Federal Credit Union to fulfill the “wish list” for the center’s Adult Daycare.

He was named Celebrity Waiter of the year at the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner held in February.

* Judy Penman has lived in Santa Clarita since 1989 and has been volunteering since she arrived.

She has been active in many organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, where she was honored as volunteer of the year in 2007.

Penman has been active in Zonta since 1991, twice serving as president.

She’s been president of Circle of Hope for the past three years, and is involved with the Child & Family Center auxiliary board, Canyon Country Questers and Assistance League.

Since Penman retired six months ago from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, she wants to continue to help those who need assistance in our community.

She is thrilled to be a new member of the Senior Center’s Trips and Tours team and enjoys working with the men and women behind that desk helping plan trips for seniors.

Penman plans to get involved in HICAP since health insurance is her expertise.

* Tina Reed, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and has a strong desire to give back.

She has volunteered whenever asked. In her first board meeting she was quick to sign up for new challenges.

Reed has strong leadership, organizational skills and drive to help.

* Greg Spencer, vice president with California United Bank. Spencer has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1971.

He has a strong desire to make positive changes in the lives of seniors.

His strong financial background will be an asset for the finance committee.

Spencer also volunteers his time with Carousel Ranch.

* Brenda Tumasone, Packaging Systems Inc., is a long-time resident, working on many community events as a volunteer.

She came to the Senior Center originally as a Home Delivered Meal driver and then took on the task of creating and packaging more than 100 shoeboxes of blessings for seniors and recently joined the Celebrity Waiter committee.

* Vladimir Victorio, Wells Fargo V.P./senior private banker, has been a SCV resident for 14 years and has been very active working with Santa Clarita Valley YMCA, city of Santa Clarita, Newhall Redevelopment Committee, City of Los Angeles — Mayors Office, Small and Local Business Advisory Committee, Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Latin American Civic Association. 

More information on the SCV Senior Center Foundation is available at


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