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Supporting Women in Our Community to Enact Lasting Change

  • Lasting Change



    Jill Welton

    Jill Welton is committed to improving the health of our community. Welton has served as the hospital president and chief executive officer of Dignity Health - Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center since July 2018. With more than 20 years of health care experience, Welton is a proven leader with demonstrated success in culture change and quality improvement.

    In just two years’ time, Welton, along with the support of a dedicated leadership team, has improved the hospital’s quality outcomes and patient experience scores, while enhancing services.

    These improvements have been recognized nationally with the hospital’s first-ever CMS Five-Star Quality Rating and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A.

    Welton is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion with a strong passion for leading change in health care by championing for racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. She has been recognized as a one of LA’s Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare and she received Business Life’s Women’s Achievers Award. Welton serves on the board of the Glendale Chapter of the YWCA. Welton earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Holy Names University in Oakland, California and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Hayward. She served as an emergency room nurse, before shifting her focus to administrative leadership roles. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at home with her rescue dogs.


    Tara Peterson

    YWCA Glendale CEO Tara Peterson, is a recognized expert in the field of violence against women,
    is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of the YWCA Glendale
    which strives to eliminate racism and empower women. 

    She has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the agency’s 93-year legacy of supporting local women and girls by expanding programs and reach, igniting a change in the culture and conversation around gender and racial equity in Glendale and surrounding communities. She also leads the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale, which helped draft the City of Glendale’s resolution apologizing for its racially exclusionary history as a “sundown town.”


    Gloria Rogers

    Gloria Rogers has been in the credit union industry for over 16 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University,, Pomona.  She is passionate about helping people and providing resources, especially to those in socio-economically disadvantaged areas.  As the Vice President of School & Community Development, Gloria supports the education outreach in Southern California.   This includes financial literacy, scholarships, teacher grants and sponsorship opportunities.  Gloria continuously looks for ways to be involved in the community; she currently serves as Board Treasurer and Secretary for the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation the philanthropic arm of the Los Angeles County Office of Education and a strong supporter of the Classroom of the Future Foundation for San Diego County Office of Education.

    Outside of her role and responsibilities she enjoys her time with her family, gardening, traveling and exploring new places to eat.


    Dr. Hasmik Danielian

    Dr. Hasmik Danielian is an accomplished educator with over three decades of experience. She served as the Superintendent at Norwalk La Mirada USD from 2015-2020 and at Brawley Union HSD from 2011-2015. She has served as an Associate Superintendent in charge of secondary schools and Student Support Services at Hacienda La Puente USD for six years.  As a culturally savvy agent of change, her focus has always been on social justice, equity, and access for all students. Through systems reform, innovation, collaboration and community partnerships, student achievement significantly grew and both districts received state and national accolades.

    Dr. Danielian’s career in education began in 1988 at Glendale USD where she served as Teacher, Teacher Specialist, Dean of Students (GHS), Assistant Principal (GHS), Principal (Toll Middle School) and Principal (Hoover High School). Under her leadership, Toll became one of the first triple-crown winning schools in CA (CA Distinguished School, Blue Ribbon School, and Title I State and National High Achieving School), and Hoover received a full 6-year WASC accreditation term.

    She has also served on local foundation and nonprofit boards. Dr. Danielian is currently a Clinical Specialist at Pacific Oaks College. She has received numerous prestigious awards for her leadership and service to the community including several Woman of the Year and Educator of the Year awards.


    Rebecca Johnson

    Rebecca Johnson is the 2020-2022 President of the Glendale Council Parent Teacher Association, which oversees the 24 unit PTAs within the Glendale Unified School District. She has served for six years on the Glendale Council PTA Board and in several PTA roles at the elementary and middle school level. Rebecca also served or continues to serve in other local organizations including her temple Board of Directors, Scouts and the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Committee. Prior to having children, Rebecca covered education for Bay Area newspapers. In college, Rebecca served as Editor in Chief of UC Davis’ student newspaper and she obtained a Master’s Degree in Print Journalism from American University in Washington D.C.