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My New Normal A New Badass Robot Leg

For about 9 years I had increasing pain in the arch/heel of my right foot and had seen a lot of different types of doctors to figure out the cause of this. Through all that time I had been misdiagnosed with conditions such as tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, tarsal...

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Women Behind the Science

 Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) develops and delivers the paints, coatings and specialty materials that its customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, PPG solves customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the...

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To Infrared, and Beyond with Kathryn Smith

The SETI Institute is a non-profit corporation that explores, understands and explains the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence. This past October, the Institute partnered with high school districts in eight states, selecting a...

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GIANNA JULIET “Setting Her Own Path”

From the moment she learned to walk, Gianna Juliet knew she was destined to live on stage and in the throes of the ballet world – and she’s made quite the name for herself throughout the years. After starting classes at just five years old, Gianna quickly realized...

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“Winter Wonderland” Holiday Home Tour 2019

It’s that time of year again - the Holiday Home Tour is coming to town! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th and features a tour of three local homes, a Holiday Boutique and a Preview Gala. A cherished tradition in Santa Clarita for more than...

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Leading Women of the Past

The community we have today was built on volunteerism, hard work and a rich history of leading women who forged through several challenges to make Santa Clarita into the “awesometown” we all have come to know and love. With the help of we have...

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Style Tips for the Modern Business Woman

Today’s working women are saying bye-bye to uniformity and hello to uniqueness. We have asked our Ultimate Award winners and some of the best fashionistas in the Santa Clarita Valley for their expert opinion on fashion trends that will have you looking professional...

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Beautiful Napa Valley

Joseph Phelps Insignia Event, Beringer Veranda, Alpha Omega Terrace, Caldwell Cave, Knights Bridge Vault + Shout Outs We try to visit Napa Valley every other year to discover new places and to enjoy club member events – and now both seem to last a lot longer. Gone are...

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40 Years of Monkeying Around!

“We’re doing something very special here,” says Gabi Skollar, the director of the Gibbons Conservation Center in Santa Clarita. “We’re changing the lives of these animals.” Since its foundation in 1976, the GCC has made it a priority to care for and promote the...

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Why Companies Need Women in Leadership

As we celebrate the accomplishments of Women in Business in this month’s élite Magazine, it is important to note that the battle for equality in the workplace rages on. The good news is that more women than ever are head of Fortune 500 companies. However, with the...

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Film Santa Clarita: Ringing in the Holidays

 As decorative lights twinkle and the sounds of sleigh bells ring many of us will settle in and watch our favorite holiday films. In Santa Clarita, we have had our fair share of holiday film and television productions produced right here in our backyard. Hollywood...

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Great Escape: Santa Monica

Located nearly 30 miles south of the Santa Clarita Valley sits Santa Monica, a fabulous beach town known for its bustling nightlife, delicious eateries and stellar hotels for your enjoyment. Santa Monica is just far enough away for you to enjoy a day at the beach or...

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Women of Theatre …The MAIN

As seen throughout the pages of this edition of élite Magazine – local women are achieving amazing accomplishments and making a real impact right here in Santa Clarita. That is also true for the women who are contributing their talents to the stage at The MAIN in Old...

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A Message from Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Associate Publisher

The Holidays are here and we at élite Magazine couldn’t be more excited. We believe this is one of the best times of year, so let’s deck the halls with boughs and holly and join Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and their Holiday Home Tour, a perfect place to kick-off the holidays. We have a sneak peek inside the beautifully decorated homes. Be sure to get your tickets and have a great time for a great cause, it is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
Our cover story in this issue is truly an inspiring story! Riley Cline is a family friend, she and I practically grew up together and over the past year, she battled cancer and won! Her can-do attitude is amazing and we are so pleased to feature her, please see our cover story on page 8. In this issue, we celebrate our Ultimate Ladies in Business awards. See the winners starting on page 10. We had some fun this year with the photographs of the winners and I have to give a big shout out to Michael Asmar of Joie de Vivre Photographie for making our vision come true. Also thank you for the photo above of my fiancé, Arnold Bryant and I. Be sure to congratulate our winners when you see them and enjoy our feature.


As an Elite advertiser since the first issue, I continue to be satisfied with our advertising results.  It’s been a pleasure to work with the Elite team.  As a SCV resident, I look forward to every issue.

Kathy Allie

Cobblestone Cottage




I wholeheartedly recommend Elite Magazine for an advertising source. We have had the pleasure of advertising in the Elite Magazine for the past nine years and watched our business grow because of it.

Clay Friedman

N Style Salon

26111 Bouquet Canyon Rd Ste A3

Saugus, CA 91350




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Lawn Kings Inc




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SkinSmith / Cynthia Smith




Good afternoon and thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
We had the pleasure of receiving our personal issues of the August/September 2016 Elite Magazine today in the mail and we are so excited. There has always been something special about Elite Magazine, and we can't believe that Cruise Planners is part of such an amazing issue. Kirsten's write-up, "Cruising Through Your Honeymoon," and your collaboration with her resulted in a perfect opportunity we are so glad we didn't miss. The supplement, the article, and the entire issue resonates and defines who we are as a company and what our business is built on, we call Cruisitude! We are so very pleased and look forward to future opportunities of advertising with your publication. Did we mention...we are also huge hockey fans!
Thank you, again!
Helene and Lisa of Cruise Planners




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"Alex Hafizi and SCV elite Magazine are the best! Community minded and supportive. I highly recommend!"

- Andrea Vibe of Vibe Performing Arts



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 - Brian Biery of Primerica



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"I enjoy reading the magazine! It keeps me informed about events in the community, new businesses, restaurants, etc."
- Sandra Naba of Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley


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- Greg Nutter of Farmers Insurance Broker



"They are "in tune" to goings on in the Santa Clarita Valley--and have for years"
- Vic Afetian of SCV Math Tutoring



"The magazine share their knowledgeable of the history and growth of our valley making it one of the best sources of what's happening from activities to new developments. They're generous and helpful in supporting nonprofits and those in need. Their dedication, caring for others, and informative details make it a very "elite" magazine. "
- Colleen Shaffer Founder of Circle of Hope Inc



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"Great community magazine! Quality and well done!"

- Chris Aldieri of BlueStar Resort & Golf