What is Founders Day?

Each year, at a Spring reception, La Canada High School, along with the other four LCUSD schools and La Cañada Council PTA, gives Continuing Service and Golden Oak Awards to individuals who go “above and beyond” in supporting our school and our students. Parents, teachers, staff, and community members are eligible for the award and each year in the Fall we solicit nominations for the Founders Day Award. A committee headed last year by Sharon Grey reviewed all nominations and selected winners for last school year. Here are the winners for the 2020-21 school year:



Winners for 2021

Please join the LCHS PTSA in recognizing the 2021 Founders Day recipients, announced on February 23, 2021:


Justin Luthey

Mr. Luthey has been a positive force at LCHS since 2011 where he has coached track, football and wrestling. He also serves as a young life advisor and LCHS 7/8 PE teacher, notorious for inspiring and pushing his student athletes to work hard, sharing his passion for athletics with all his students. Mr. Luthey works with all LCUSD students beginning with the elementary schools, encouraging them to play multiple sports and create healthy life styles. He also serves as a mentor, friend and positive influence to those students who need it most.


Brent Beaty

Mr. Beaty, in his ninth year of teaching at LCHS, has shined in the classroom where he teaches Advanced Placement US Government and Economics and Advanced Placement US History. He cares deeply about the well-being of his students, is a force of positivity and leadership on campus, and makes better any group of which he is a part. His passion for his subject matter is attested to by his students, his care for them is equally present, and he contributes so much good to our campus through his support for students and colleagues.



Marybeth Henry & Harrison

Maribeth Henry is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who graciously volunteers her time each week on campus as part of our Wellness Wednesday activities. Students & staff alike look forward to these meetings --in great part due to her sidekick, Harrison, a loving & playful therapy dog! The two of them tour classrooms & offices, bringing smiles & laughter to all, and impressively have made several home visits to students struggling at home during these difficult times.


Tamar Tujian

Tamar Tujian has been a role model of public service for nearly 20 years. Tujian has gained a reputation as an energetic co-worker and thoughtful leader while serving in numerous PTA roles including President for La Canada High School, La Canada Elementary and the La Canada PTA Council.  As a co-founder of LCF for Healthy Air, her efforts have increased the safety of the Hahamongna Reservoir Restoration Project for our students at LCHS. Her leadership and support of children extends beyond our schools to the Boy Scouts, the La Canada Junior Women’s Club, La Canada Sister Cities and St. Gregory Armenia Apostolic Church.

Jack Mackenzie

Jack has volunteered his time and talents to help the young people of our community in many ways since his children started kindergarten in 2001. His roles have spanned coach, fund raiser, teacher and volunteer leader.

He coached youth soccer and softball emphasizing good sportsmanship, hard work, and being a good teammate. He taught an extra-curricular Journalism class to interested 5th & 6th graders that led to the publication of a student generated newspaper. He has spent countless hours supporting the Choral Parents Association (CPA). Even in his role as co-President of CPA, he has found time to fundraise for the Spartan Booster Club. Mackenzie is an enthusiastic and generous volunteer who shares his time and talents with La Canada schools


Past LCHS 9-12 Founders Day Award Winners

(Honorary Service Award unless otherwise indicated.)

YearWinnerAward Type
2020 Kelly Armaly  
Sun R. Chung  
Maria Videla Juniel  
Jeremy and Julie Milbrodt  
Bill Lively  
Rachel Zooi  
Alice Hastings  
2019 Justin Valassidis  
Laura Deans  
Susan Moore  
Frances Delgatty  
Judy Kwon  
2018      David Haxton  
Bob Huson  
Mike Kauffman  
Natalie Kouyoumdjian  
Lori Moody (Haxton)  Golden Oak
Chris Roberts  Continuing Service
2017     Sarah Beattie  
Sonia Bradley  Continuing Service
Christie Clarkson  Continuing Service
Laura Strametz  Golden Oak
Victor Torres  
2016      Leanne Forshager  
 A.J. Jones  
Ian McFeat  
Rosanne Morrison  
Linda Richman  Continuing Service
Merissa Sadler  
2015     Maureen Borland Continuing Service
Carlos Martinez  
Vineda Mitchell  
Lucy Pelletier  
Kathy Seuylemezian  
2014      Reda Hanna  
Kathy Harb Continuing Service
Samantha Heer Continuing Service
Celina Lew Continuing Service
Gayle Nicholls-Ali  
Vicki Schwartz  
2013      Justin Eick  
Jennifer Herzer  
Deena Keys  
Lori Moody (Haxton) Continuing Service
Joy Smith  
Jason Stone  
2012     Christie Frandsen Continuing Service
Becky Lankey Continuing Service
Jamie Lewsadder  
Jackie Luzak Continuing Service
Sue Wright Continuing Service
2011     Jeff Brookey  
Shelley Buck  
Linda Kimball  
Anne Tryba  
Steve Zimmerman  
2010      Paul & Cindy Gilbert  
Mo Hurlbutt  
Rick Mohney  
Cayce Sheppard Continuing Service
Sally Spangler  
The 2009 LCHS Grad Night Committee  
2009     Claudia Alequin  
Damon Dragos  
Hilary Gregg  
Cynthia Roye  
Daniel Yoder  
2008     Christine Burrows  
Jim Cartnal  
Karen Mathison Golden Oak
Deputy Todd Samms  
Tom Traeger  
2007     Jim Harvey  
Michele Listo  
Linda Matchie  
Randy Strapazon  
Beth Waas  
2006     Joanne Davidson  
Susan Fleming  
Laura Hicklin  
Melinda Horwith  
Joanne Lew  
2005     Jean Kawakami Continuing Service
Mike Leininger Continuing Service
Mary Motia Continuing Service
Tom Reynolds  
Lorie Marie Rios  
2004     Judy Cosgrove  
Rita Harwood  
Christine Kim  
LCHS Music Parents  
Aileen Peterson  
2003     Kim Beattie  
Cathy Geisbauer  
Mary Jane Hufstedler Continuing Service
Kathy Kumagai  
Morgan Spiecker Golden Oak
2002      Terry Engler  
Jan Guerrero  
Vicki Ho  
Karen Kiefer  
Lindsay Ward Continuing Service
Tanya Wilson  
2001     Linda Fors  
Myrna McCune  
Karen Mealiffe Continuing Service
Bob Miller Continuing Service
Ginny Wetzel  
2000     Craig Franzen  
Kathryn Mayer  
Georgia Moses  
Wes Seastrom  
Richard Weld  
1999     Debra Dane  
Phil Despard  
Lindsay Epstein Continuing Service
Mary Lou Langedyke Continuing Service
Javier Rocha  
1998      Randy & Mike Bayard  
Michael Carney  
Anthony Dicks Very Special Person
Julie Miller  
Wendy Nicoll Continuing Service
Hope Ricewasser  
1997    Pat & Harold Henderson  
John Kelsey Continuing Service
Julie Miller  
Carol Mollet Continuing Service
1996      Patty Compeau Continuing Service
Mary Ruth Dicks  
Carri Pollock Continuing Service
Dallas Raines Honorary Life
Mimi Song  
Lani Wile Continuing Service
1995     Sherrill Carbonetti Golden Oak
Kavitha Krishnan  
Nancy Pickett  
Elizabeth Rose Continuing Service
Mary Walsten  
1994   Jinny Dalbeck  
Cappy Mieding  
Ellie Slack  
1993   Louie Bilowitz  
Carol Brown  
Martha Osher  
1992    Charlene Cundey  
Mary Jane Huffstedler  
Carol Pollock Continuing Service
Margo Walter  
1991    Marina Chahine  
Tema Halpern  
John Siegler  
Cynthia Smither  
1990     Doug Coe Continuing Service
Bonnie Falin  
Tom Hofman  
Noreen Kukkonen  
Carol Liu  
1989    Evie Aguilar  
Nancy Evans  
Susan Hamre  
Fred Hansen  
1988   Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bender Certificate of Appreciation
Elizabeth Rose  
Dede Whitney  
1987     Voytek Dolinski  
Becky Gelhaar  
Mary Lou Langdyke  
Karen Mealiffe  
Rosalie Plowaty  
1986      Liz Argue  
Tanya Beglitsoff Certificate of Appreciation
Jane Cooney  
Don Hagen  
Julia Hastings  
Gary Lievre  
1985     Jan Downhower  
George Madatian  
Margaret Pankratz  
Don Schaafsma  
Lourene Vail Continuing Service
1984   Iris Douglas  
Karen Johnson  
Don Miller  
1983   Mary Ann Andrews  
Glen Perrin  
George Wartenberg  
1982    Jane Malmgren  
Clover Moffat  
Nancy Palermo  
Wealthy Slattery  
1981     Marilyn Colyar  
Jim Harvey  
John Lusche, Sr.  
Donald Nydam  
Barbara Roberts  
1980    Nancy Francis  
Marilyn Pieroni  
Dennis Sanchez  
Thelma Stanley  
1979    Jerry Klocek  
Carolyn Northern  
Wesley C. Seastrom  
Helen Smith  
1978  Silsby Eastman  
Joseph Kidushim  
1977  Sue Schechter  
Richard Wilkinson Continuing Service
1976  John Beger  
Lois Brough  
1975  John Kelsey  
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Larsen  
1974  Mary Jane Ellis  
James McDonnell  
1973 Rahla Hall  
1972  Anne Christopher  
Robert Hoagland  
1971  Sally Moore  
John Murphy  
1970  Gerry Bittner  
Fred Hansen  
1969 Richard DeGrey  
1968 Virginia Frank  
1967 Douglas Coe  
1966 James Eaton  
1965 Ruth Lindegren  
1964 Jane Hogle