Sibyl Buchanan

Sibyl Buchanan has worked for Playa Vista since 1991. As director of community affairs, she is responsible for implementing Playa Vista’s community relations programs.

She is a past honorary mayor of Westchester and she is a board member of the Marina Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Positive Alternative Choices Today (PACT), and the Venice Chamber of Commerce. She is on the executive committee of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board for the LAPD Pacific Boosters Association, Cornerstone Prep, and the Mar Vista Family Center. She is a member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey.

Buchanan serves as secretary of the board of directors for PVJOBS (Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services), and oversees the Playa Vista Educational Trust.

She received her B.S. degree from Hofstra University in New York and she resides in Playa del Rey with her husband, Mitchell Poris.

David Asper Johnson

David Asper Johnson is the founder, editor and publisher of The Argonaut, the weekly newspaper serving the Marina area.

He returns as a Marina boat parade judge after years of support for the annual Marina boat parade.

He has been a longtime supporter of the local community and served on the boards of the various local chambers of commerce for the Marina and Venice, the Boys and Girls Club of Venice and the Venice Family Clinic, where for years he was board secretary.

He served on a citizen advisory board to develop an emergency room at the Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital and was a contributor to the nautical wing to the Lloyd W. Taber Marina del Rey Library.

He has served several terms as a director of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including a term as president of the association’s Southern California Unit, and for three years represented California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, and Arizona as a director of the National Newspaper Association.

Andrew Zephrin

Barbadian native Andrew Zephirin is currently the general manager of the 304-room Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. He jointed The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. in 1999 as hotel manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, while at the same time serving as acting general manager for the immediate post-opening period of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Previously, Zephirin held positions in Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados.

Currently, in addition to being a Ritz-Carlton general manager, he is the 2004 president of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau, a member of the Hotel Catering International Management Association of England (MHCIMA) and is accredited as a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) by the educational institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association (AHMA).

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Charlene (formerly Wilkin) and two daughters, Tasha and Annique.

Charlie Woehler

Charlie Woehler has been a resident of South Florida since 1973. In 1975, Charlie saw his first Winterfest Boat Parade and promised himself that one day he was going to decorate his own boat for the holiday boat parade.

Charlie and his wife Darcy have been married 23 years and have two daughters, Brittany and Shannon.

This will be their eighth year participating in the Winterfest Boat Parade on their boat, Three Babes, which refers to Darcy and the two daughters.

Diane Barretti

Diane Barretti is vice president and director of sales for Sievers/Burnett Press, Inc., an El Segundo-based printing firm.

She is president of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and is active in a variety of community, service and business organizations, from which she has received service awards for her volunteerism.

She also serves on the board of directors for the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, the LAPD Pacific Area Boosters Association and the Rotary Club of Westchester.

Barretti holds an arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and was earlier in the fur industry.

She is a longtime resident of Marina del Rey and loves to water and snow ski, bike ride, work out and travel.

Eric Loft

Eric Loft was born in Wenatchee, Washington and grew up in the capital of Washington, Olympia.

After working his way through school in Olympia. He decided a change of scenery was needed and moved to San Diego.

While in San Diego, Eric moved into the hotel industry, beginning as a front desk clerk with the Days Inn Hotel downtown. In 1998, he joined Pacifica Hotel Company as a guest service agent at the Best Western Blue Sea Lodge in Pacific Beach. Over the last six and a half years, Eric has worked his way up, holding management positions at Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina, the Best Western Blue Sea Lodge in San Diego and Pacifica Suites in Santa Barbara.

In February 2003, Eric came to the Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey, where he is the general manager of the hotel and the Beachside Café.

Alen Toroyan

Alen Toroyan moved to Glendale in 1990 and has been living there ever since.

He graduated from Glendale High School in 1995 and transferred to Glendale Community College, where he was very involved with the college and the community, which earned him a scholarship from the Glendale Kiwanis.

He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in business management.

Toroyan started working as a teller eight years ago with Pacific Century Bank, which was acquired by US Bank in 2000.

In late 2002 he was promoted to manage the Century City Branch, and to manage the Marina del Rey Branch in March this year.

Since his arrival at the Marina office, there have been many positive changes, including a complete remodel of the entire branch.

Michele Blackmon

Michele Blackmon specializes in architectural homes all over the world.

She has been seen on MTV “Cribs” and VH1’s “The Fabulous Life” and has penned the Brentwood Magazine Real Estate Section.

Blackmon has been involved in the development and restoration of hotels and landmark estate properties in the Midwest and new construction in Southern California. She points out that her background, along with her service-oriented philosophy, innovative marketing concepts, worldwide links and use of cutting edge technology, have led to her reputation from Beverly Hills to Malibu and internationally.

She is recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, which represents agents and firms around the world.

She is also an active member of the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Architecture.

Mohammed Khan

Mohammed Khan presently manages the Marina International Hotel & Bungalows, a full-service hotel with 135 guest rooms, the Crystal Fountain Restaurant & Bar, and meeting and banquet rooms located in the heart of Marina del Rey.

Khan was formerly director of sales and marketing for the Marina Hotels in Marina del Rey and was responsible for 300 guest rooms as well as banquet and meeting room facilities.

He has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is active in the hotel community. He has held key positions in the industry and handled various projects, including managing full-service hotels, universities, colleges, and hospitals. Additionally, he has held positions in public relations, sales, marketing and management.

Khan has traveled around the world to study the global market and the economy.

Lance Lipscomb

Lance Lipscomb is a fifth generation Californian and was formerly a teacher, counselor and director of guidance.

He moved to Westchester 23 years ago to purchase and manage the Airport Century Hotel, now operating as the LAX Travelodge Hotel – home of SLEEPY BEAR.

He is currently Honorary Mayor of Westchester, and president of the board of directors of Airport Marina Counseling Services.

He is also coordinator of the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund and serves on the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Education Committee that oversees its Teacher Mini-Grant Program.

Lipscomb also serves on the Gateway to LA executive board as treasurer and is a member of the Rotary Club of Westchester and the LAX Kiwanis.

Irene Kuc

Irene Kuc joined the Marina del Rey Hotel as general manager in June of 2003.

With over 25 years of hotel management experience, she has had the opportunity to travel extensively while opening/managing full-service hotels and resorts for Sheraton, Marriott, Radisson and several independent properties.

Her hotel management career started at the Sheraton Corporation while at the historic Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel. From there her career took her to Kansas City, Missouri; Toronto, Canada; Boston; LAX; Redondo Beach; Houston; Indianapolis; Ocho Rios on the island of Jamaica; Anaheim; Minneapolis; Long Beach and Sacramento.

When asked which area she enjoyed the most, she replied, “Each one was unique for different reasons, but if I had to choose, I would have to say the Marina del Rey area because we have the best of all worlds right here.”

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