Shanna Warren began volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley in 2001, while working as a marketing director. That volunteer service changed the focus and direction of Warren’s life so much that she left her marketing career to take a full-time position with the club, and in 2004 was named the organization’s chief executive.
Warren, a part of the team that took the club from serving 75 youth at one location to more than 1,500 at 17 locations, was honored Saturday as the Zonta Club of Burbank’s 2012 Woman of the Year.
Convening in the Starlight Ballroom of the Castaway, more than 225 Zontians and their supporters joined the club’s president, Grace Farenbaugh, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and Mayor Dave Golonski to honor Warren for her leadership and commitment to the community.
Established in 1949 by the now-defunct Burbank Women’s Club, the Burbank Woman of the Year program was taken over by the Zontians in 1996. Among the past recipients in attendance at Saturday’s event were 1978 honoree Elaine Paonessa, 2001 honoree Joan Ortiz, 2008 honoree Lucy Burghdorf and 2009 honoree Barbara Howell.