Maya Bristow is the president of the Friends of the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles.
"I was born in Zagreb to a German father and a Croatian mother. I played piano for nine years, and studied psychology and social work at the Law University of Zagreb. In 1988, I moved to the United States and went on to the American College for the Applied Arts, majoring in marketing, but always involved in arts and culture. I've been president of the FCCCGLA since 2009, where my challenge is to lead it's mission to preserve, promote and interpret the art, culture and history in Croatia in juxtaposition with an international art community. At the center, I'm responsible for producing and arranging the venue's cultural performances, organizing educational art exhibits and cultural programs for the community, and providing opportunities and support for established and emerging artist and performers."
"Becoming a mother, made me realize the importance of being an aware parent. I have raised my daughter Emily Claire to be a wonderful human being an a citizen of the world, having faith and love for everybody. I have to thank her for teaching me how to be patient and less judgmental. I strongly believe that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage and culture. 'It is fundamental to transmit heritage and culture values to children when they are very young. Everything we see and feel in childhood, becomes a part of ourselves when we grow up with this treasure.'"
Frane Jerkovic was born in 1956 on the island of Hvar, Croatia and emigrated at the age of 12 with his family the to United States. From the firs days of this arrival he has been active in the Croatian community. In 1985, he was elected president of the Croatia Soccer Club of the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, where he successfully ran the organization for five years. In 1997, he joined the Croatian Family Guild at Mary Star of The Sea Parish, and was elected as a Cultural and Language Director to four consecutive years. In 2001, he was elected President of the organization and was in that position for thirteen years, and he rejoined the group, after a two year break, to become its Director of Ministry. In 2011, Frane was elected as Vice-president of the organization Friends of the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles, and has been in the position to the present.
Suzana Tkalcic is the director of our in-residence Croatian folkloric chorus IZVOR.
IZVOR was initially organized by Pablo Sepulveda Rosso in 2009, growing an developing from this initial vision under the guidance of Suzana Tkalcic since 2010. Some performances highlights from 2013 include: Tamburitza Extravaganza, Maskare, International Woman's Day celebrations, Dalmatia Night at the Dalmatian American Club, San Pedro International Film Festival, Man of the Year gala with the Croatian National Association at St. Anthony Croatian Parish, and the San Pedro Christmas Parade.
Treasurer and Event Coordinator
Judy Daley is the current Treasurer and Event Coordinator of The Friends of the Croatian Cultural Center.
She was born in the Philippines and migrated to the US in 1983. One thing she enjoys is being actively involved in different civic and religious organizations in various capacities. Before she joined the FCCC, she was the Immediate Past President of the Lomita Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the president of the RoundTable for Women in the Foodservice in her previous career life as an engineer. Presently, she is the treasurer and event coordinator for the Voices of Praise Choir at St. Philomena Catholic Church. As her two children were growing up, she has been involved in the school PTA, Parent Organization, Booster Club and PTSO with greater responsibility in recruitment, financial, project management and leadership capacities. With all of these demanding activities, she continues to work as a Substitute Teacher for LAUSD and POLAHS.
She could not participate in all of these organizations without the unending support of her husband, Richard Daley. Her latest pride and joy are her daughter and son who have each earned scholarships and are enjoying collegiate life.
Linda collects handwoven tribal textiles from the Philippines and has an extensive personal collection of books, art and other artifacts from her country. Trained in the US stock market, she worked for an international stock broker in New York, Hong Kong and Manila, but when martial law was declared in her native Philippines in 1972, she left a lucrative job in order to help her country in crisis. In solidarity with media and writers whose voices have been silenced by the Marcos Regime, she opened a Filipiniana bookshop in Manila that became an outlet for their books.
A cultural activist for the the last 44 years, she owns San Pedro-based Philippine Expressions Bookshop, which is dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots. A recipient of many awards and citations from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, and other community groups, she was honored in 2007 with a "Community Service Award" by the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in LA, as well as chosen as one of the "100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US" in the Founders and Pioneers Category by the Filipina Women's Network (FWN), a US national organization of women of Philippine ancestry. She is an Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS); Board Member of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW), South Bay District and Auxiliary member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, San Pedro. She and her husband Robert Little are Board Members of the Sunset Rotary Club of Rancho Palos Verdes, active members of the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish of San Pedro and since 2010, Team Captains of the annual Public Square Rosary Rally in her neighborhood.
Sena Bulak Denktas
Sena is the director of TAAB (Turkish American Artist Bridge). Here follows a description of their mission statement:
"Our mission is to promote and represent artists from every field and discipline. Our board and members work towards creating and promoting programs and exhibits that showcase creative expression and cultural heritage. We offer educational opportunities for artists, scholars and the public by establishing an environment of collaboration. We also encourage an open and enriching understanding, interpretation and display of art in all its forms, including fine art, music, film and literature. We also provide information and logistical support to creatives, curators, producers, programmers and members of the media. Our events bring together representatives from government institutions, private sponsors, corporations, as well as non-profit, philanthropic organizations. Our publications and informational materials all support our primary goal."
Alida Turner is a prominent cultural advocate in the Los Angeles Peruvian Community
"I was born in Los Angeles to a Peruvian mother and American father, but grew up in Peru and came to the USA in 1990. I am a special education teacher and work at Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School in San Pedro, California. Aside from my work, I am very involved with the Peruvian institutions in Los Angeles, having been president of AIPEUC LA, which is the association of Peruvian Institutions in Los Angeles, for two years in a row. I belong to various Peruvian institutions such as the APIC and PAMS. I organized for two years the Peruvian Croatian Friendship Festival. On September I will receive The Tumi USA Excellence award for being the most outstanding Peruvian in California. The ceremony will be in Miami, and it will be no doubt a moment to cherish. I am also involved with LULAC Orange County, being its District Deputy."
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