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Inspirational Women of the Valley Named

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In one of the Valley’s most important awards programs recognizing women leaders of the San Fernando Valley, the United Chambers of Commerce’s (UCC) board of directors has announced its 2024 10th Annual Inspirational Women honorees.

The United Chambers Inspirational Women Awards annually recognize women of outstanding achievement who have inspired others  with their individual stories and accomplishments

Established by the United Chambers and UCC member Vahid Khorsand in 2015, the committee seeks nominees who have not always been in the spotlight or who have not been previously acknowledged – women who could be described as low profile or behind the scenes workers who have overcome unique challenges in finding ways to serve their communities.

The Inspirational Women awards recognize women not only for their successes  but for how they have inspired others, served as mentors and, through their contributions,  made the San Fernando Valley a better place.   Honorees are selected from a wide array of industries including,  but not limited to, business, social services, health care and medicine, education, community advocacy, arts, government and non-profit.

The 2024 nominees will be honored at a luncheon May 9 at the Hilton Woodland Hills. For tickets visit unitedchambers.org.

Dr. Chander Arora, a distinguished professional with wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the healthcare industry, currently serving as the Program Director of Biotechnology at LA Mission College.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Arora impacted global women’s health initiatives by collaborating with the World Health Organization in Geneva. She has been involved in various international projects, showcasing her dedication with positive impact at a global scale. She has secured significant grants, including one from the Department of Labor. She pursued for advancements in the area within LACCD, establishing LA Mission College as trailblazer with the recent approval of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing.

Jenna Hauss has spent the past 18 years working with older adults, and is dedicated to the continued growth of enhancing community-based services to best meet the demands of the San Fernando Valley’s most vulnerable populations, encouraging intergenerational connections to promote healthy aging and age-friendly communities.

Jenna has worked as a Social Worker and leader through a variety of clinical and community-based settings. In 2018, Jenna became the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community Based Services at ONEgeneration, supporting the strategic vision and growth opportunities that led to expanding resources that address the valley’s most pressing issues, including affordable housing, food insecurity, and access to mental health support. Her most recent transition to President and CEO in 2021 comes with an extensive history at ONEgeneration.

Tisha Janigian is the single mother of two teenage boys and the President and Founder of the nonprofit SHE IS HOPE LA whose mission is to envision a world where single mothers are universally empowered, societal and institutional barriers to their success are dismantled, creating an equitable landscape where single mothers and their families thrive. Their mission is to break the cycle of instability by empowering single mothers and their children, guiding their journey from survival to a state of enduring success.  Tisha is also the Broker Owner of SHE IS HOPE Realty, where she and her team of agents make a difference by donating a percentage of every real estate transaction to SHE IS HOPE LA.

Commander Elaine Morales is a 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.  She grew up in Rosemead, California, began her law enforcement career as a young Police Explorer and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988.

Commander Morales rose through the ranks of police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, working various patrol, investigative, administrative and community assignments throughout the City.  Commander Morales promoted to the rank of Captain in 2016 and her assignments included Central Division, the largest and busiest command in the City.  During the last seven years, she also assumed command at Security Services Division, West Traffic   Division, North Hollywood Division and Foothill Division.  In 2023, she was promoted to Commander assigned to Operations-Valley Bureau, which has a population of roughly 1.8 million people and encompasses 226.47 square miles.  

Tammy Scher first became involved in educational volunteering as the PTA Vice President when her daughter,Brooke, was in Kindergarten.

In 2005, Tammy helped create and form CHAMPS, an arts centered Charter High School in Van Nuys. Tammy is currently the Kiwanis key club advisor to CHAMPS and is also the board secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Entertainment Industry Group, Los Angeles. 

 In 2018, Tammy was elected Chair of the Board of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce. Due to the financial restraints of the pandemic, the Chamber had to let go of its staff. Tammy helped save the chamber by taking the responsibilities of acting CEO for over a year, where she advocated for local businesses and their daily struggles of the covid restrictions.

Tammy champions for shelter adoptions, especially of senior dogs. Tammy owns a successful wholesale e-commerce gallery, ForgottenTreasurez.com.

For more information and complete bios on each nominee visit unitedchambers.org.


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