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Officers

MICHELLE BERNARDIN, President

Michelle’s roots in Culver City go back to her father, Roger, whose family moved from Santa Monica to the west side of Culver City in 1956. She attended St. Augustine’s School and then Culver City High School. She is a Bruin, having studied art history at UCLA, and continued her graduate work in art history and museum studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She has worked at Loyola Marymount University since 2010, most currently as Director of Board Relations and Strategic Stewardship. Prior to that, she spent ten years at the Museum of Contemporary Art, managing the museum’s two volunteer support councils and internal logistics for fundraising events. She is a former member of the Cultural Affairs Commission for Culver City. She is an avid foodie, enjoys baking in the kitchen, and loves sharing the exploits of both on social media!

STU FREEMAN, Immediate Past President

JANET CHABOLA, VP, Development

While Janet was raised in Mar Vista, her father Al Wahlrab’s Culver City business Tower Insurance meant most of her family’s activities revolved around the Heart of Screenland’s community picnics, Fiesta La Ballona parades, and the Plunge. She met her husband Jerry Chabola in the first grade while attending Saint Mark School in Venice. After graduating from St. Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica they were married in May of 1970 and raised two children, Janice (Chabola) Beighey and Casey Chabola, who both live with their families in Culver City. Janet and Jerry bought Tower Insurance in 1981, keeping it a family business for over 55 years. They have been involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Unified School District, Kiwanis, and the Rotary Club of Culver City, which in 2000 elected Janet as their first female president.

ELLEN AND ARTHUR LITMAN, VP, Museum/ARC

HOPE PARRISH, VP, Programs

Hope represents the third generation of her family working in the motion picture industry. Her grandfather was a property man for many years and her father followed in his footsteps as a property master and set decorator for 53 years. Hope’s maternal grandfather was a special effects man and talented welder for for movie studios. Hope is a graduate of Culver City High School and continues the family tradition as a property master. She is known for her work on Django Unchained (2012), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and the recent Nebraska (2013). The Parrish family loves Culver City and has lived on Mentone Avenue for 75 years!

ADRIENNE BERNARDIN, Secretary

“Tito” as she is commonly referred to by friends and family, was born and raised in Culver City. She is an alum of both St. Augustine’s elementary school and Culver City High School. Adrienne has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cal State Long Beach, and is currently working as an Office Manager at UCLA in the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Department. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two crazy cats.

TAMI ESKRIDGE, Treasurer
(VACANT), Parliamentarian

Committees

RYAN VINCENT, Communications
DENICE RENTERIA, Costumes
STEVEN J. ROSE, Government Liaison
JULIE LUGO CERRA, Historic Sites
JEANNE CONKLIN, Membership
KEVIN LACHOFF, Photographer
(VACANT), Webmaster

 

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