About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Manhattan-Hermosa aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Established in 2009, the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter has more than 300 active members who volunteer at philanthropic organizations in Southern California. In 2013, our Chapter received the “Oustanding Ticktocker Program” award from NCL, Inc., and in 2016, we received the award for “Outstanding Chartered Chapter Program.” In 2020, one of our Patronesses was named NCL, Inc. “Leader of the Year” for her amazing contributions to our Chapter and community. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our Chapter continues to be a vibrant part of our South Bay community, safely supporting philanthropies in meaningful and vibrant ways.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter?  A prospective member must be sponsored by a current member of our chapter.  Membership opportunities are dependent on chapter openings.

If you know someone in our chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline. If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • 1736 Family Crisis Center
  • Any Soldier
  • Children’s Dental Health Clinic
  • City of Manhattan Beach
  • Food Forward
  • Heal the Bay
  • Hermosa Five-O Senior Activity Center
  • Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Mychal’s Learning Place
  • One Voice LA
  • Pediatric Therapy Network
  • Richstone Family Center
  • Saint Sebastian Sports Project
  • Shared Bread

Leadership Development

Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships. 

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Monique Vranesh
  • Secretary: Andrea Barker
  • Treasurer: Sandra Meyer
    Lisa Valde Severin
  • Parliamentarian: Michelle Traylor
  • Vice President Communications: Cristina Kabealo
  • Vice President Membership: Debbie Tran
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Lindsey Serrano
    Jamie Wood
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Katie Driscoll
    Louisa Cushman
  • Vice President Provisionals: Catherine Brodkin
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Pamela Smith
    Melissa Steinbeck
  • Sustainer Liaison: Kim Friedman
    Melinda Arentsen

Cultural Experiences

As future leaders, we continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.

Each chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.