Top 51

The Signal hosts 19th annual Top 51 luncheon 

Esteemed individuals meet, mingle as they are honored for their services to the SCV  A group of esteemed individuals met at Salt Creek Grille on Thursday to celebrate another year

SCV’s ‘51 Most Influential’ honored

Santa Clarita Valley’s most influential people were honored for their time and efforts in making the community what it is today over lunch on Thursday. Each year, The Signal recognizes

No. 51: Kathie Martin

Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency PIO Kathie Martin is the voice for one of our most important resources and, just like the agency she works for, she provides top-notch service for SCV residents, to ensure water-users have the information they need.

No. 50: Brian O’Connor

The city of Santa Clarita relies on responsible corporate partners like Princess Cruises, and Vice President Brian O’ Connnor is a big reason why one of the world’s most successful cruise lines has such a great relationship with the community that surrounds its headquarters.

No. 49: Brian Koegle

Brian Koegle’s legal expertise and community leadership skills have made him a huge asset to not only the Santa Clarita Valley’s largest law firm, but also to our nonprofit organizations, colleges and community resources where he’s constantly there to help.

No. 48: Ivan Volschenk

Ivan Volschenk has quickly become a vital part of our business community through the network he’s played an integral role in rebuilding at the SCV Chamber of Commerce. His work on behalf of local industry has helped the area maintain its business-friendly reputation.

No. 47: Stephanie English

County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office does an amazing job representing hundreds of thousands of county residents, and she does it with an amazing team of people like Stephanie English, who really understand the Santa Clarita Valley and are able to meet the needs of our neighbors.

No. 46: Cary Quashen

“With the nation in the throes of a heroin epidemic, in addition to all the other substance abuse issues every community in the country face, the Santa Clarita Valley is lucky to have Cary Quashen and Action on residents’ side in the battle against addiction.

No. 45: Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald is someone who keeps the largest resource for Santa Clarita Valley seniors running smoothly, Bella Vida, and someone who makes sure that thousands of seniors have a meal to eat and a safe place for them to gather as a community.

No. 44: Joan MacGregor

College of the Canyons remains one of the best community colleges in the country, an institution that always delivers a quality education, as well as career opportunities, and the tenure of longtime governing board members like Joan MacGregor is a big reason for that consistency.

No. 43: Tom Cole

Tom Cole’s influence in the city of Santa Clarita can be seen in how he leads the city department responsible for how it plans, develops and zones property. His excellent management there is a reason why the city remains a nationally recognized place to live.

No. 42: Michele Jenkins

College of the Canyons has been lucky to have Michele Jenkins’ advocacy on its side for the last several decades. Her long-term commitment to the development of the college campuses and curriculum for COC are part of why it’s such an excellent, award-winning community resource.

No. 41: Carrie Lujan

For the more than 30 years of its existence, the city of Santa Clarita has held a reputation for being one of the cleanest, safest communities in the state, if not the country, and city Spokeswoman Carrie Lujan has played an excellent job of upholding that legacy.

No. 40: Linda Storli

“Linda Storli’s involvement in the Santa Clarita Valley, whether it’s through her work for years on community events like the Fourth of July Parade, in the classroom at Canyon High or more recently for the whole Hart District, has been a real asset for this community.”

No. 39: Marsha McLean

Marsha McLean has been a voice for the city of Santa Clarita’s residents for decades, and as the mayor, has worked on behalf of the transportation, environmental and the public safety needs of the area.

No. 38: John Shaffery

For more than 20 years, the firm of Poole & Shaffery, and now Poole Shaffery & Koegle, has been a leading business law firm in the Santa Clarita Valley, and John Shaffery is one of the biggest reasons for that, as a founding partner of the firm.

No. 37: Todd Stevens

California Resources Corp. CEO Todd Stevens leads one of the largest independent oil and natural gas producers in California, which acts as an important economic driver for our region, as well as helping to keep our motors running every day.

No. 36: Dale Donohoe

“As a leader for one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s major developers and, in the business community at large, Dale Donohoe of Intertex has contributed to the development of the SCV in a number of ways, and remains one of its most influential citizens.”

No. 35: Rick Patterson

Rick Patterson has long been a supporter of Santa Clarita Valley schools and a respected member of the area’s legal community. His efforts to give back over the years have had a tremendously positive influence on the Santa Clarita Valley.

No. 34: Steve Kim

Steve Kim might be considered a relative newcomer to the Santa Clarita Valley, but he has already created a vision for the east side, and his recently purchased Sand Canyon Country Club, that could bring dramatic changes to the community.