NOMINEES FOR 2019-20 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
Two Year Terms (Seven Seats)
Derek Catao (incumbent)
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Derek has called Glendale home for the last 22 years. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors and currently serves as Vice President/ Outreach. He has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Management and professionally manages the IT Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management of Telecom Services for a corporation headquartered in Glendale. Derek became interested in preservation more than 15 years ago when a group of neighbors petitioned the city to establish a Historic District Overlay Zone Ordinance to allow for the creation of historic districts. At the time, Glendale had no historic districts and no procedures or guidelines to create them. Currently, Derek is leading the effort to establish a new South Cumberland Heights Historic District in Northwest Glendale. He and his partner, Mark Taraborelli, live in a 1933 Spanish Colonial Revival home in the Cumberland Heights neighborhood.
An artist and photography editor, Kathleen directed the contemporary galleries SPOT Photo Works and Clark|Oshin in Los Angeles and was Photo Director of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. She has a master’s degree in studio art from UC Irvine and served as faculty at USC and Art Center College of Design, where she continues to advise students and jury exhibitions. Her personal work explores themes of American history, environment, language and heritage. Along with partner Beth Marlis, she was active in the resistance to “mansionization” in the Carthay Square/Faircrest Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles prior to moving to Glendale in 2015. Together they have (mostly) restored their 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival beauty in the Bellehurst Hillslopes neighborhood. They recently filed a city application for historic district designation of a portion of the Bellehurst Hillslopes tract. Kathleen is a member of the Preservation Action Committee.
Marcia Hanford (incumbent)
Marcia was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 and has served as Events Coordinator for much of that time. She has played an instrumental role in the success of many signature TGHS events, including the annual home tours. She has been involved in preservation issues for a number of years and has held Director positions with the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Alex Regional Theatre/Glendale Arts Board. Marcia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and has had careers in marketing and in education, currently teaching Adult School at the Garfield Campus of Glendale Community College.
Armen is the founder of Interiors, the first-of-its-kind film and architecture publication, and Armenian Film Society, an organization that has been devoted to shining a spotlight on Armenian films and filmmakers. Armen currently serves as the Creative Director of Phonexa, an all-in-one marketing platform for businesses. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Armen has an extensive background in writing, marketing and film, and has had his work published on ArchDaily, Business Insider, Complex, Fast Company, Hypebeast, Filmmaker Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and The Verge. In 2015, he produced the feature film Small Fish, starring Mike Starr (Goodfellas). Armen’s first book with Interiors is due to be published in 2020. Last year, he joined the Board of Directors of Glendale Arts, which operates the Alex Theatre. Armen and his wife, Mary, have enjoyed serving as docents on TGHS home tours.
Vice President and longtime senior music faculty member at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, Beth’s work of community engagement on behalf of the college led her to become involved in historic preservation advocacy. An emeritus Chairman of the Board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (2014-2016), she now continues her efforts to preserve the vintage architecture of Hollywood by serving on the Hollywood Historic Trust, Hollywood Heritage and HWD Tourist District Overlay Zone boards. Beth is also the Executive Director of the Musicians Foundation and serves on several advisory boards, including Japan House (a project of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the Grammy Music Education Coalition. Inspired to move to Glendale in 2015 because of its many historic neighborhoods, homes and exceptional landmarks, Beth is passionate about historic preservation and education. She proudly serves on the Preservation Advocacy Committee.
Anita brings her enthusiasm and appreciation for historic architecture and design to the Board of Directors. She earned her BFA degree in Fashion Design from The Otis Art Institute with a concentration in Costume Design. As an avid history buff and researcher, Anita enjoys exploring and uncovering the past. Whether researching costuming for a feature film project, or unraveling the history of her beloved El Miradero neighborhood, Anita often finds herself completely immersed. She and her husband, Russell, enthusiastically hosted the Taste of Spain soiree at their 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home in 2017. The event featured an outdoor screening of Russ’s prized 16mm copy of Mildred Pierce, arguably the most famous motion picture set in and featuring Glendale. Anita enjoys serving as a docent on TGHS home and historic building tours and is a member of the Preservation Advocacy Committee, which finds her proudly speaking up for Glendale’s architectural heritage at meetings before the Glendale City Council.
Zara Rostomian (incumbent)
Zara is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and graduated with a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Chapman University. She is currently a manager of Financial Reporting at Paramount Pictures. A resident of Glendale since 2013, Zara and her husband and their son live in a 1950 Mid-century Modern home designed by noted architect A. Quincy Jones, which was part of TGHS's 2015 “Mad for Modern” Home Tour. Zara was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer.
The 2019-20 Nominating Committee
Greg Grammer, Maria Sahakian, and Joemy Wilson