Join us at Pardini's Catering & Banquets for our first event of the New Year, which will include the installation of the 2022 Board of Directors led by Nicki Cernegilia and recognition of our outgoing board members. Plus, one of our dedicated members will be presented with the Tillie Tuschoff Award! Guests and non-members welcome!
2022 Board of Directors to be Installed:
- Jennifer Bedoyan, President - Blooming Belle Marketing
- Christy Nottingham, 1st Vice President - Christy's Grant Writing Service
- Summer Boesch, 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair - Oyuna Hospice Inc.
- Kayla Zimmerer, Treasurer/Scholarship Chair - Made To Order Crafts
- Ashley Stiles, Secretary - Photography By Stiles
- Abby Johnson, Member Connect Chair - Hyatt Place Fresno
- Tina Barco, Events Chair - Real Broker
- Ramona Gomez, Website Chair - Guarantee Real Estate
- Crystal Kelley, Director - Capture Life Events
- Kathryn Wage, Director - Aspire Speech & Learning Center
- Jené D'Ambrosio, Director - Eco World
- Rachelle Golden, Director - Golden Law
- Janie Hokanson, Director - Soroptimist Sierra Pacific Region
- Tiffany Redwood, Director - Bank of the West
Guest Speaker: We are honored to have Helen Hansen, President/Owner, CEO, and President of Sales at La Tapatia Tortilleria, Inc. discussing "The joys and challenges of running a family business". She will be accompanied by her daughter Yvette Cuellar, Director of PR and Marketing for La Tapatia Tortilleria.
Breakfast purchase required for this event:
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8:30 am - 9:00 am: Check-in and Relationship Building, Breakfast Served
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Speaker Program, Installation and Tillie Award Presentation
Quiche Lorraine (Eggs whipped with ham & swiss cheese) with Hollandaise sauce (on the side), Fresh Fruit, Biscuits with butter, Freshley brewed coffee, water, and orange juice.
*Vegetarian option upon request*
Please register online by Friday, January 21st. Pre-payment required.
*No refund for no-shows or cancellations made after January 21st.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org*
Helen Hansen is the President/Owner, CEO, and President of Sales at La Tapatia Tortilleria, Inc. She was born and raised in Fresno, California where she attended Roosevelt High School, Fresno City College, and 4C’s Business College. At 19 years old she entered the business world doing clerical work at a local grain company. It was only after a chance encounter with a grocer looking to sell his small tortilla equipment that she took her savings and purchased one corn tortilla line. This became Helen’s side job and the origins of La Tapatia Tortilleria. In the late 1980s, Helen ventured into the realm of sales, personally visiting with each customer to identify their needs and the role of tortillas in the marketplace. In 1993, La Tapatia began producing tortilla chips. The success of the original “Tostadita” chip paved the way for additional growth. In 2003, Helen’s goal to “feed the world” came to fruition as La Tapatia began exporting tortilla chips overseas. Through these endeavors, Helen became a member of the Tortilla Industry Association where she served on the board for 10 years and eventually as President from 1994-1995. In 2012 she was officially inducted into the TIA “Hall of Fame.” Today, La Tapatia is managed by Helen, her four daughters, and one son-in-law. The plant is located in Fresno and currently employs just under 100. Helen takes pride in purchasing locally grown commodities and ingredients, supporting local farmers. The business has received numerous accolades including “Best of the Valley” awards, “People’s Choice” awards, “Woman-Owned” and “Minority-Owned” business awards, Excellence in Business, and in 2017 Helen received the “Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. La Tapatia’s success has allowed Helen to give back to the community through annual scholarships, donations, and sponsorships. She is a resilient and humble individual who continues to provide vision and leadership for La Tapatia.