Luminaries 2018

The Los Angeles Sparks take time each month to recognize a select group of individuals, our Luminaries, who inspire and spark positive change in our community.

Our Luminaries campaign spotlights leaders in the Business, Health, Education, and Public Service sectors in the Los Angeles Area. Each month, the Sparks recognize people of all ages who exemplify positivity, leadership, innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship. Monthly themes follow along with national heritage month designations.

Over the past few months we have recognized the following individuals:

Black History
  • Tammy Dickerson – Business: Principal Owner, The Baker Group
  • Camella Huckabee – Education: LAUSD Counselor, Gage Middle School
  • Kimberly Jones – Health: MA, CSCS, USAW, IFBB Pro, Social Media Influencer
  • Tim Watkins – Public Service: CEO, Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Women’s Heritage
  • Tige Charity – Business: Founder, Kids in the Spotlight
  • Jennifer Uribe – Education: Math Teacher, Marlborough School
  • Dora Ortiz – Health: LVN, Villa Esperanza Services
  • Maleka Long – Public Service: Founder, Love Beyond Limits
Middle Eastern Heritage
  • Dr. Brad Khankhanian – Business: Dentists, Westlake Dental Care
  • Rana Khraizat – Education: Educator and Intervention Specialist
  • Dr. Marian Iskander – Health: Board Certified Pediatrician
  • Romela Kurdoglanyan – Public Service: Volunteer, Adopt-A Family
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage
  • CJ Berina – Business: Owner, Collective Lifestyle
  • Douglas Kim – Education: Educator and Coach, Santa Monica High School
  • Rachel Rhee – Health: Health and Wellness Blogger, @justdimpleit
  • Joel Jacinto – Public Service: Commissioner, Department of Public Works
  • Jewel Thais-Williams – Business: Owner, Catch One
  • Kimberly Peters – Education: Suva Intermediate
  • Vallerie Wagner – Health: Director of Health Center Operations, APLA
  • Cameron Glasgow – Public Service: Director of Training and Development, Penny Lane Centers
Youth Leaders
  • “Sophie” – Business: Owner, Sophie’s Goods
  • “Rocky” – Education: Dancer and Fighter, Aloha Hula/Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu
  • “Meera” – Health: Volunteer, Shoestring City Ranch
  • “Khloe” – Public Service: Founder, Khloe Kares

To nominate somebody who is making an impact in your community, please contact Los Angeles Sparks Community Relations at