Our executive team is a dynamic and compassionate group of leaders dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life for seniors and individuals with disabilities. With a wealth of experience, in their respective fields, as well as in advocacy, they work collaboratively to develop innovative programs and policies that promote inclusivity, independence, and equitable support for vulnerable populations. Guided by a commitment to fostering a more accessible and caring society, this team is devoted to positive change and uplifting those we serve.
Lorenza C. Sánchez serves as Chief Deputy of the LA County Aging & Disabilities Department. As the operations executive for the department, Ms. Sánchez directs staff, programs, commission support, and services to older and dependent adults throughout LA County.
A gerontological expert with more than two decades of County service, Ms. Sánchez has dedicated her career to creating equity-based programs that maximize the dignity and independence of older and dependent adults. Under her leadership, many programs have received statewide and national recognition for innovation and efficiency.
Prior to joining the Department of Aging & Disabilities, Dawnna Lawrence served as the first female Chief Deputy of the LA County Fire Department. In addition to this role, Ms. Lawrence also took over and rebranded the Fire Department’s Recruitment Unit, which is now the Community Outreach, Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion Section.
Before the Fire Department, Ms. Lawrence spent 20 years in administrative services for the LA County Department of Public Works, culminating in her appointment to Chief Financial Officer.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Lawrence spent a collective five years at the Department of Health Services and the Department of the Auditor-Controller. She has been nominated for Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Ms. Lawrence received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Anna Avdalyan has been employed with Los Angeles County for over 20 years.
For the past 17 years, Ms. Avdalyan has had oversight of the department’s Area Agency on Aging and the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults. Since January 2021, she has also had oversight of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities.
Her current responsibilities consist of managing 14 Community and Senior Centers across LA County. These Centers offer a wide range of services and social activities for local communities, including opportunities for daily learning, skills enhancement, community engagement, socialization, and healthy living for residents of all ages.
Ms. Avdalyan possesses a B.S. in Health Science and M.B.A. in Business Administration and Health Care Management. Ms. Avdalyan’s achievements, commitment, and passion for the elderly population are continually recognized by the State, County, and other partners.
Her prior County career includes working for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services where she worked in programs such as Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN), Long Term Family Self-Sufficiency (LTFSS), In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and the Medi-Cal Program among others.
Before joining the County, Ms. Avdalyan worked in the private healthcare industry for the Blue Shield of California.
Prior to joining our department, Mariella dedicated 27 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. In the last 16 years of her impressive municipal career, Mariella held pivotal positions at the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging—the second largest Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In those roles, she exercised direct oversight of Older Americans Act programs, conducted needs assessments, and proactively formulated initiatives to bridge service gaps for older adults.
Mariella’s last position within the City of Los Angeles was that of Assistant General Manager (AGM). In her capacity as AGM, Mariella shouldered the responsibility for the holistic administrative, budgetary, and programmatic facets of the department. Operating in the second most populous and culturally diverse city in the nation, she orchestrated the delivery of comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and socially accessible services. Simultaneously, Mariella led the charge in achieving performance outcomes that notably enhanced nutrition, fostered increased access, encouraged greater participation of older adults in the community, and championed principles of equity and social justice.
Mariella brings her vast experience of serving older adults coupled with Age-Friendly principles to lead the County’s Area Agency on Aging Branch to address the increased demand for programs, services and support resulting from the rapidly growing older adult population in the LA Region.
Mariella received a B.A. in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and an M.A. in Public Administration, specializing in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University Northridge (CSUN).
Winna Crichlow is an executive-level manager with over 25 years of service with Los Angeles County. More than 18 years have been serving in a management capacity with assignments ranging from front-line operations to training, human resources, call centers, and project management. Previously, Winna was responsible for leading multiple district offices that administered public assistance programs and issued approximately $137 million in monthly assistance payments. During this time, she led a combined workforce of approximately 1,800 staff that worked diligently to inspire hope and provide services and resources to LA County residents.
Winna has an M.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership & Management from the University of La Verne, where she is also completing a Doctorate in Public Administration. Winna is a strong supporter of mentoring and staff development and recognizes the importance of building resilient teams that can meet and sustain the vision of an organization.
When she’s not at work, Winna enjoys spending time with family, volunteering with youth, and traveling to other countries to serve with her church or simply relax and experience other cultures.
As Acting Assistant Director of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Line Operations Branch, Jerrell Griffin oversees 24 APS field offices and over 160 social workers who investigate more than 5,000 referrals of alleged abuse of older and dependent adults every month. APS Line Operations is the only AD branch that works 24/7.
Mr. Griffin started his L.A. County career in 1997 as a Social Worker Trainee with the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), specializing in their Emergency Response division. He was later promoted to Assistant Regional Administrator. In 2018, Mr. Griffin started working for the L.A. Superior Court, where he oversaw Court operations for the Compton Court, and later for the Long Beach Courthouse. In 2022, Mr. Griffin returned to social work by joining our department as the Program Manager over Adult Protective Services Line Operations.
Mr. Griffin has a B.A. in Sociology from Cal State L.A., a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Dominquez Hills, an M.A. in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge, and an M.A. in Psychology from Purdue University.
Ivan Pacheco is an accomplished technologist with years of progressive experience; he has been a leader in the modernization of various LA County systems.
Ivan has been responsible for successfully completing many initiatives that include migrating countywide electronic forms to a cloud-based solution, converting paper-based HR personal records to a digital format, and various other countywide IT initiatives.
Over the last three years the teams lead/managed by Ivan have won the Productivity & Quality Award (PQA) Bronze Eagle, PQA Covid-19 project award, PQA Certificate of Recognition, and the National Association of Counties (NACo) award.
Ivan is a powerful force in the workplace who uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard, learn, innovate, and succeed. He is inspired by his family and the commitment to help others. Ivan received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Nikolette Orlandou is a seasoned professional who thrives at the intersection of the creative, business, and technical realms.
She brings over twenty years of private sector experience in entertainment, having worked as a film and video producer, a production executive, and later, as a business development and marketing executive.
Her County career started with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), where she pitched and created “What Is,” the department’s first public-facing accessible video series, which features subtitles and interactive transcripts in ten languages. The series won ASPA’s (socalaspa.org) 2022 Tom Bradley Equal Opportunity Award.
Nikolette holds a B.A. in Film & Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an M.A. in Digital Marketing & Data Analytics from Emerson College.
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