Mission Statement

The Glendale Rose Float Association is a non-profit organization formed to preserve our 100 plus year community legacy by promoting civic engagement through participation in the annual Tournament of Roses parade.

Our Values

Accountable

Takes responsibility for actions and outcomes

Fun

Playful, entertaining, amusing

Team

Working & contributing to those associated together in work or activity

Achievement

Reaching a goal through effort

Legacy

Making a difference today with tomorrow in mind

Creativity

Thinking outside the box

Commitment

Being obligated or emotionally impelled to a course of action

Integrity

Words and deeds match

Passion

Intense feeling of conviction/excitement/enthusiasm

Honesty

Being fair and straight forward

Board of Directors

Keith Sorem, President

Keith is finishing six years as the chair of the Hoover High School PTA Tour of Homes, leading the tour from proceeds of $3,500 in 2009 to almost $20,000 in 2014. He realized the need to improve the quality of the tour and the financial viability so he assembled a team of both neighbors and fellow parents, creating a partnership that has resulted in six consecutive years of need to rejuvenate the Glendale Rose Float, Keith initiated action immediately by launching the group’s Facebook page that in just a few months has over 800 likes.

A member of the Rotary Club of Glendale Sunrise since 1994, Keith is a past president and active in many of the club’s projects, including Not Even For A Minute (the dangers of leaving children unattended in and around vehicles). In 2009 The Glendale Association of REALTORS® recognized Keith with its REALTOR® of the Year Award for outstanding service to REALTORS® and the community. Keith is a member of the Agent Leadership Council of Keller Williams Real Estate. A Glendale resident since 1989, Keith lives in Glendale with his wife Pam and their daughter Kristen, and two cats, Tiger and Bella.

Keith Sorem

Yvette Vartanian Davis, Vice President

Yvette is a true product of Glendale, growing up in Glendale, attending Glendale schools, and graduating from the University of Southern California. She later returned to Glendale to establish her accounting and business-management firm, The Counting House. She is a vibrant member of the community, participating on numerous boards including: President of The Rotary Club of Glendale Sunrise (2015 – 2016), Glendale Education Foundation, Finance and Audit Committee with Glendale Healthy Kids, Treasurer of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Caesura Youth Orchestra, and Vice President of the Glendale Rose Float Association.

Yvette Vartanian Davis

David Smith, CPA, Treasurer

Owner of David L Smith, CPA in Glendale. The firm has a staff of eight and is a general practice doing accounting, audits, reviews and all types of income tax work. Our practice includes non-profit organizations for both audit and tax work. The largest business segment for our practice is fast food franchisees. Board of Director positions have included the Glendale Historical Society, Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club, Glendale-Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Through Children’s Eyes. Trustee for several trusts. California State University Los Angeles, BS in Business Administration – accounting 1971. California CPA since 1975. 1972 to 1986 with the accounting firm of Clarence Rainess & Co and its successor Weber Lipshie & Company in Beverly Hills. Started as a junior accountant and left in 1986 as an Audit Manager.

David Smith

William Slaughter, Financial Secretary

Resident of Glendale for 23 years. Managing Partner, Heavy Hitters Music Group LLC: Music publishing and song catalog, licensing music to the Film, TV and Advertising community. I handle all aspects of accounting, publishing, and administration for the company. Board of Directors for the Glendale Church of the Brethren. Member of the Northwest Glendale Homeowners Assn. Member of RYTMO, a non-profit music foundation for disadvantaged youth.

William Slaughter

Garen Amirganian, Marketing Director

Growing up in La Crescenta, Garen attended Rosemont Jr., High School and Crescenta Valley high school. As a member of the school band I was always involved with fundraisers and nonprofit activities. During college years I joined and became the president of the youth chapter of Armenian Society of Los Angeles, where my team and I were able to hold fundraisers, organize events and participate alongside city held benefit events. Currently, Garen operates a small business in La Crescenta, where we focus on graphics, printing, advertising and marketing.

Garen Amirgarian

Cheryl Kaliesh Erb Zeff, Vice President, Membership

Graduated from Hoover High School & from USC with degrees in Economics & Communication. Worked as Assistant Vice President at the Pacific Stock Exchange Clearing House & Depository, where I implemented a computerized trade clearing system. Currently I am an owner and manager of a small business that tests, repairs & installs Backflow Valves throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. As an integral part of Kalish Construction for over 30 years, I was involved in the construction of many of Glendale’s residences, commercial buildings and landmark public buildings: like, the Brand Park Library, Maple Park, and Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

My ties to the Glendale Community run deep, from attending Holy Family and Incarnation parochial schools, volunteering for many years at Glendale Adventist Hospital, to performing in various productions at The Glendale Center Theater, including their annual Christmas Carol play. I was involved in the Glendale-Burbank chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) and I have spent many hours in fund-raising events for the Glendale Oakdale Manor Garden Club, and assisting the President of The Glendale chapter of the National Charity League.

An organization is only as strong as its membership, and I plan to reach out to all of the residents of Glendale by finding a connection that will galvanize them into belonging to our organization.l, with her husband Arnie, own an independent backflow device testing company headquartered in Glendale. Longtime residents, they both enjoy helping make Glendale a great place to live and do business.

Cheryl Kaliesh Erb Zeff

Lori Silao, Communications Director

Lori is a registered nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner by training, having recently completed her PhD in nursing education. She is full-time faculty at Azusa Pacific University teaching in the School of Nursing for both the undergraduate program and the RN to BSN program. Her teaching specialties are path physiology and nursing theory. She makes tough subjects come alive and applicable to everyday practice. Before nursing school, she originally thought she wanted to major in English as she has a love for writing, which came in handy for her dissertation, and now for the Glendale Rose Float Association. Family life is important and with a busy physician husband and two kids (one in high school, one in junior high), it is challenging to find balance and time for everyone. She loves dancing hula with her daughter for Halau Hula O’Kawahineali’inoho’ike’anuenue-elua (that’s a mouthful) and playing golf/bowling with the family as much as possible. She is very excited to be a part of the new Glendale Rose Float Association! All it takes is one person to create change!

Lori Silao

Beth Levitin, Special Events Director

Beth is a marketing and events professional specializing in nonprofit and arts organizations. Her community work includes partnerships and outreach to diverse communities throughout the Los Angeles Area. While at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, she served on the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Marketing Committee for seven years. Beth’s hobbies include hiking, dance and Tai Chi, and enjoying the many great restaurants, wine bars and shopping in Glendale. She lives in Glendale with her husband, Scott, and grey cat, Andre.

Beth Levitin

John Kociemba, Ad Hoc

Born (1946) and raised in Glendale. I marched in the Rose Parade in 1961 with the Hoover High School Band. I taught math in Glendale for 8 years before a career change into the computer field. My teaching skills have also been very useful for many of the various companies that I worked for over the years as a consultant.

John Kociemba

Cindy Slaughter, Sgt. At Arms

Cindy is a 22 year resident of Glendale and the President of Heavy Hitters Music, an independent Music Publishing and Song Catalog which provides music to Films, TV and Advertising. Cindy is currently Board Chair of Glendale Church of the Brethren, serves on the Policy and Ministry Boards of the Church of the Brethren Pacific Southwest District, and is also a mentor and volunteer with PROJECT RYTMO, an after school music program for at-risk youth.

Cindy Slaughter

Melody Rogers-Kelly, Honorary Chair

Emmy Award-Winning Actress

Melody Rogers-Kelley has been successful in all of endeavors. She is best known for her eight year stint on the acclaimed CBS-TV series “Two On The Town,” where she won four Emmy’s for her work. She also is known for playing the role of Zach Morris’ Mom on the international hit NBC show, “Saved by the Bell” and as the nasty tabloid journalist, Elise Flynn, on the ABC well known Soap Opera “All My Children.” Melody spent close to 20 years as a singer, dancer and actress in numerous theatrical plays and musicals. She came to Los Angeles from New York with the brilliant musical “A Chorus Line.” She has recently added author to her list of endeavors. She and her husband wrote a book about their journey together. “And There Will Always Be Termites “available on Amazon Kindle books.

Melody Rogers-Kelly