Local Ladies Step Up to Help Out
The Kindergarten Teacher
Home: Pacific Palisades
Vocation: Kindergarten teacher
Philanthropy: Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club board, Room parent, Corpus Christi School, Cub Scout Den Leader and Pack Trainer, American Legion Auxiliary member
Childhood Dream: I always knew I would work with kids.
Inspiration: My parents and schooling instilled a spirit of service in me.
Rewards: Making a difference in my local community. It is satisfying to see a project from start to finish and know that I have helped others.
Advice: It is all about balance.
Accomplishments: My family—it is truly a pleasure to watch my kids grow up. I have an Educational Doctorate from Loyola Marymount and a Master’s from USC.
Future: Teaching at the collegiate level
Fun: Cooking with my son and making jam—everyone loves to get a jar of jam as a gift!
The Family-Minded Philanthropist
Home: Malibu, 32 years
Philanthropy: Pepperdine University- Board of Visitors, Friends of the Theater, The Pat Boone Center for the Family, International Guitar Competition, The David Baird Lecture Series; Pacific Palisades Lutheran Church, Feed my Starving Children
Childhood Dream: A singer and a mom
Rewards: Volunteering to me, no matter where it is, means helping to lighten the load.
Advice: All that women can accomplish in a lifetime now is truly endless. Remember life moves fast and is truly short. Make family your top priority, because at the end of the day or one’s life, all else is just fluff.
Future: Get more involved with Feed My Starving Children; Get back to singing.
Fun: Keeping strong and healthy, having a long lunch with dear old friends, time with family, laughing, loving, eating; traveling.
The Youth Center Donor
Cindy Leuty Jones
Home: Bel Air; Palisades for16 years
Philanthropy: Founding the Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista Gardens at the Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center with my husband. Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, teaching fitness classes; health and wellness presentations
Childhood Dream: To work in the medical profession—I became a respiratory therapist working in open heart surgery.
Inspiration: After donating a kidney, working to make more money became meaningless and I decided to use my type-A personality to better various charities.
Rewards: Children make up 25% of the population, but they are 100% of our future. Those kids need someone to champion them into adulthood.
Advice: Love and care for yourself first.
Accomplishments: I believe in helping good people do good things.
Future: Developing an online presence to address food choices.
Fun: Surfing, paddle boarding, gymnastic rings, yoga, animal flow…
The Adventurous Progressive
Home: Pacific Palisades, 43 years
Vocation: Flight attendant, Continental Airlines; Private/Commercial pilot/Flight Instructor; Data Processing/Information Systems for 40 years; City of LA Information Systems Manager, for 20 years (retired).
Philanthropy: Pacific Palisades Community Council; President of the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association; Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club
Childhood Dream: To be an engineer
Rewards: To make a difference in the quality of life of others.
Advice: Find your passion and be the best you can be in its pursuit.
Accomplishments: Being a supportive wife and mother; saving the MKPOA from dissolution; preserving the PPWC Clubhouse as an affordable community resource.
Future: I feel a sense of obligation to use my God-given talents when the need arises. I am looking forward to a new role in the circle of life, a soon-to-be Grandmother in July.
The Kind Leader
Home: Pacific Palisades
Philanthropy: Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, Meals on Wheels, Palisades High School Booster Club, and The Village Green
Family: I love being married and being a Mom to curious learners and thrill seekers.
Inspiration: Volunteer to most opportunities—I greet everyone with a smile.
Rewards: I am energized working with people.
Advice: Be your best self. Be a mentor and be surrounded by mentors—seek exponential growth.
Accomplishments: President of the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club. L.O.V.E. (Ladies Operating Very Effectively) award for Inspiration in February 2018. Took a summer sabbatical in 2017.
Future: Refinement, promote community and civic engagement; implement improvements, and collaborate.
Fun: Power yoga, hiking, walking in the sand, hearing the ocean waves, travelling, reading and baking.