Our Board Members


Ara Aslanian
Ara Aslanian is President of the Board for the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge. He attains an in-depth understanding of technology and e-Business strategies, Internet trends, customer practices, revenue models, and high-speed networks and systems security. Furthermore, he possesses strong project management and leadership skills. His experience in technology solution development has successfully lead multidisciplinary teams to craft and deliver innovative technology solutions that solve business problems for both private corporations and government agencies. His distinctive style of a team-oriented approach and utilization of detailed project methodologies has earned the trust and respect of clients, professional colleagues and employees. In addition to his day to day management of Inverselogic, Mr. Aslanian serves on the Board of Directors for Business Information Systems, Inc. a mobile technology solutions company based in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Aslanian also served as the regional Scout Master for Homenetmen Western Region’s scouting division in charge of 14 western U.S.chapters with over 2000 scouting members. Homenetmen is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.
Carl Christensen
Carl was born in Utah and grew up in Indiana where he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue. He earned a Master’s degree from Caltech followed by a three-year tour with the Air Force. He lived in southern California for a few years before graduate school at Cornell where he received his PhD. A long career in spacecraft navigation at JPL followed including a year with NASA in Washington. Carl and Irene have been married for 49 years. La Canada has been their home since 1977. They raised three sons, all graduates of La Canada High School. Todd is a chef living in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Nicole. Brian, a contractor, and his wife, Megan live in Mill Valley. Clay and Heidi and their family live in La Canada. Clay works for Bank of America in Pasadena. Carl and Irene have ten grandchildren. Irene and Carl love to travel; they have visited all 50 states and all but one continent. Skiing is a favorite pastime with Mammoth season passes every year. Carl’s building skills helped him with a major home remodel. A large new garage/workshop was finished three years ago. Carl pursues his woodworking skills in his new “studio”. He has been active in Kiwanis for the past fifteen years and was president 2008/2009. He is currently is Vice President of the La Canada Coordinating Council.
Dr. Karmen Parks
Dr. Karmen A. Parks is a neonatal and perinatal pedriatrician. She joined the Community Center's Board in 2013. She lives in La Canada with her husband and children.
Dr. Michael Leininger
Dr. Michael Leininger is Vice President of the Board. Dr. Michael Leininger recently retired from the La Cañada Unified School District where he served as Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations. While at LCUSD, Dr. Leininger also served as Principal, Associate Principal, Summer School Principal, and Assistant Principal at La Cañada High School.
Gayle Penrod
Gayle Penrod is the Treasurer of the Community Center's Board. As a volunteer she assists the Executive Director in the financial planning and oversight of the Center's projects and fundraisers.
Maureen Siegel Sprowles
Maureen Siegel Sprowles is Secretary of the Board. Maureen R. Siegel Sprowles has lived in La Canada Flintridge with her husband and son for over 21 years. A long time participant in the Community Center's Ceramics Program, Maureen's day job is Chief of Criminal Branch and Area Operations for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. In this capacity she oversees all Branch Courts, the Appellate Division, the Family Violence Unit, the Special Victims Unit, the Hearings Program, the Victim Witness Assistance Program, and the Academy of Justice. Maureen has served as a founding Board Member of the League of Women Prosecutors, a Trustee for the Child Educational Center, a member of the County-Wide Criminal Justice Coordinating Commitee, the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, the County Child Death Review Team, and the County Domestic Violence Death Review Team. Maureen is proud to have been a Board Member of the La Canada Flintridge Community Center since 2002. Maureen is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law.
Mike Delaney
Mike Delaney has been involved with the Community Center for years. He's the President of Current Electric in Glendale. He's a avid sponsor of the Center's programs.
Stephen Del Guercio
Steve Del Guercio has joined the Community Center’s Board of Directors. Having served as Mayor of La Cañada Flintridge 2012-2013; 2008-2009; 2003-2004; and City Councilmember 2001-2013, he is a well-known and respected member of the community. He is a Partner at the downtown Los Angeles law firm of Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP.