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Marty Tamburrano: A Legacy of Core Values and ProgressSummer 2016
After 40 years of dedicated service to seniors, Marty
Those core values include compassion. Marty grew up in a small Kansas town where her grandmother lived in a local nursing home. Marty was hired to direct activities in that facility and realized she loved working with seniors. Here was a career that had
That call to creativity and imagination stuck with Marty as she took on new roles. She served on the board of KAHA, the state-wide organization and as its president in 1981. Through the years, she served as executive director of three continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and as a creator/developer of five.
Marty joined ECS as vice president of operations in 2001. Her tenure has been characterized by courage. She worked with then-CEO Kevin Gerber to build, open and successfully operate The Covington in Aliso Viejo. She became our president and CEO in 2005 and led us through a merger with The Scripps Home in 2006 and the establishment of The Sophie Miller Foundation in 2009. She guided us through the sale of our original property, The Kensington, in 2010, and the successful relocation and continuing care for 120 residents.
Marty oversaw our name change to Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) and launched our work in affordable housing through an affiliation with Community Housing Management Services. In 2012, ECS was one of only 3 senior service organizations in the state to earn an A- rating from Fitch, which helped with our successful bond offering that raised $148 million to develop MonteCedro. The first CCRC to be built in the Los Angeles area in 20 years, MonteCedro opened on time and on
In reflection, though, Marty says that the most satisfying experience during her time with ECS was leading us through the process that restated our mission: “We Create Exceptional Communities and Services for Seniors,” and clarified our values: Courage, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Generosity, Spirituality,
“If in any small way my years of service in the field of senior living have been reflective of these values, then all of the days, months, years and decades I will count as a success. I will always hold a deep sense of gratitude to those who have walked this path with me.” ~ Marty Tamburrano
Above photo of Marty Tamburrano, Former President & CEO of ECS.
Changing the World, One CGA at a TimeSummer 2016
As they considered retirement, Chuck and Mimi Hanzel were delighted that the value of their home had increased, but they faced significant taxation on this capital gain. They also had concerns about monthly income in the future. Then they learned that a charitable gift annuity (CGA) would give them a significant tax deduction and a monthly income for life. Most importantly, it would enable them to help change the world through philanthropy.
It was this last factor that inspired Chuck and Mimi to create two charitable gift annuities that would benefit four nonprofits, one of which is their new home, MonteCedro. They chose to support MonteCedro’s Employee Education Fund by endowing the Chuck and Mimi Hanzel,
In addition to MonteCedro, the
“The mechanics of these gifts help us with taxes and monthly income, but our main goal is to give back to our community and to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Mimi. On behalf of the MonteCedro family, we are grateful to the
Above photo of MonteCedro residents, Chuck and Mimi Hanzel.
I.T. to the Rescue: Meet Chris KaragozianSummer 2016
Technology has enhanced our lives in many ways, but every user feels the pain when it just doesn’t work. Thankfully, ECS has an amazing Answer Man in Chris Karagozian. Chris is part of an Information Technology (I.T.) team of four who provide tech resources and support for 480 employees at ten locations. It’s an impressive endeavor, considering all the complicated devices and processes they support. The team receives approximately 100 staff inquiries a month and provides some training for residents, as well.
Luckily, this is a dream job for Chris, who has been with ECS for five years. Born in Lebanon, he and his family came to the U.S. when Chris was nine, settling in Glendale, California. One day, his dad brought a computer home from work. Chris took it apart and put it back together; after that, he was hooked. He quickly became the go-to-guy for technical support among family and friends, and his dream of a career in I.T. was launched.
By now, Chris has more than 20 years of professional experience in I.T. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from DeVry University in 2001 and worked in website development when the world-wide-web was brand new. He provided I.T. support in the retail industry and then came to ECS. After working full-time and taking classes at night for two-and-a-half years, Chris earned his MBA with a concentration in I.T. from the University of LaVerne in 2015. Our Employee Education Fund helped him accomplish this dream and we couldn’t be more proud.
Chris enjoys working at ECS. He is known for his patience and
Above photo of I.T. Coordinator, Chris Karagozian.