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Schiff honors human rights advocate, community supporters, JPL official among 2019 Women of the Year

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored 13 area women on Tuesday from communities in the 28th Congressional District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge and other cities.
(Courtesy of Schiff’s office)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored 13 area women on Tuesday from communities in the 28th Congressional District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge.

The four local women honored were Joy Collins-Brodt of Burbank, Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian of Glendale, Diane L. Evans of La Crescenta and Jeanne Broberg of La Cañada Flintridge.

“Today, I met with remarkable women from my district who have all worked tirelessly to make our communities a better place,” Schiff said during the luncheon recognizing the women.

Collins-Brodt learned about human-trafficking issues during her professional career and began volunteering for the International Justice Mission. In 2015, she left her career to accept the chief operations officer position at Treasures Ministries. She continues to be involved in volunteer work with the International Justice Mission as the Advocacy Coordinator of Southern California.

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Gabrielian, the president and chief executive of Gabrielian & Associates Insurance Services, Inc., serves on the Advisory Boards of the Glendale Latino Assn., the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., and on the Corporate Advisory Council of the USC Latino Alumni Assn.

Evans has been the director for Earth Science and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the last 15 years, and is the first woman to lead the Earth Science activities at JPL. She is responsible for the implementation, development and operations of JPL’s Earth Science flight experiments and missions.

Broberg, a Glendale native and mother of eight, is known throughout La Cañada Flintridge for her longtime dedication to the public school system, having served three terms on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board. She is a former La Cañadan of the Year, having taken on leadership roles for a wide variety of organizations.

“It was an honor to recognize their outstanding work in the 28th District. These women have worked to found or support a myriad of charitable organizations and given so much of themselves to improve the common good. They are all pillars of our communities, and I thank them for their invaluable service,” Schiff added.

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