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Fernando Award Foundation Board Adds Four Members

The board of the Fernando Award Foundation has four new members, the organization announced Wednesday.

Rojean Kashanchi, Jason Schaff, Tamara Gurney and Diana Sanchez’s two-year term appointments were approved during the foundation’s Jan. 11 board meeting.

Kashanchi is a strategy and management consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, specializing in the health care industry segment. Schaff, a career journalist, served as the executive editor of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal prior to his retirement in 2018. He previously worked as editor of the Business Journal.

Gurney is the chief executive of Mission Valley Bank in Sun Valley and was last year a finalist for the Fernando Award. Sanchez is the public and community relations director of Los Angeles World Airports-Van Nuys and was the 2021 Fernando Award recipient.

“We are proud to have such distinguished new board members on the Fernando Award Foundation board this year,” Marian Jocz, board secretary, said in a statement. “These four board members will bring diverse skills, experience and enthusiasm to the foundation, and we welcome them aboard.”

The new board members will join the rest of the 12-member board to determine the next winner of the Fernando Award, presented for volunteer leadership and philanthropy in the San Fernando Valley. Nominations for the 64th annual Fernando Award are being accepted until the end of May and the honoree will be announced later this year.

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.
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