Steve Miller, 2nd Vice President
Commissioner Steve Miller was appointed to the Commission on Disabilities by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich in November 2010. He was the 5th District Award Recipient at the 2007 Commission on Disabilities Access Awards Luncheon.
Commissioner Miller born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Canoga Park High School and Pierce College. He earned his Masters degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Following Commissioner Miller’s post-graduate studies in the design and evaluation of social service programs, he served as Principal Program Evaluator for the Santa Barbara County Probation Department. During his research, he discovered that a number of people on probation or parole were developmentally disabled adults, who had unintentionally become involved with the criminal justice system. Commissioner Miller began to build the means for people with disabilities to participate more positively in society.
Commissioner Miller's career has been dedicated to assisting people with disabilities, by establishing programs leading to employment and independent living for thousands of Californians with developmental disabilities. Since 1990, he served as Executive Director of Tierra Del Sol Foundation a community integration program, which has grown to serve more than 470 men and women in the San Fernando Valley and North Los Angeles County.
Commissioner Miller retired from Tierra Del Sol in 2014. During his tenure, he helped the agency move into a leadership role in demonstrating the truly significant contributions that people with disabilities can make to society.
Dee H. Pinchbeck, Commissioner, Little People Representative
Dee H. Pinchbeck, Fifth District Commissioner was appointed in 2015. Served in the early 1970's with the Glendale Unified School District as an advocate for troubled teens and helped establish an Outreach counseling program in the Glendale Unified School District. She became a Paralegal until becoming disabled with a crippling form of Rheumatoid Arthritis Returned to U.C.L.A. while working with Jane Small as an advocate. She works with families stricken with severe arthritis and lupus. Currently works with Helping Hands for the Blind.
Jack Darakjian, Commissioner
Commissioner Jack Darakjian was appointed by Supervisor Kathryn Barger in February 2018. He brings expertise and a wealth of knowledge to the Commission on Disabilities in the areas of mental illness, developmental disability, and advocacy for those with developmental disabilities.
Commissioner Darakjian serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Support Services, LLC, a Glendale based agency that provides individualized community and home-based services, such as Supported Living Services and Independent Living Skills to individuals with significant psychological, emotional and physical challenges. In this setting, Commissioner Darakjian’s goal is to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Seizure Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Schizophrenia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, etcetera.
Commissioner Darakjian’s passion for empowering people and helping them to stand proud has included helping runaway teenagers at the non-profit 1736 Family Crisis Center, providing support, supervision and education. He has also served as a Mental Health Worker at UCLA/NPI and at the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center as Service Coordinator. Currently, Commissioner Darakjian also serves as an Advisory Council Member on the Disability Organizing Network, a statewide advocacy organization; and is also a Board Member of the Campbell Center as well as a Provider Review Committee Member at the Regional Center of Orange County.
Commissioner Darakjian has co-authored three research papers on addiction, and was the recipient of “Character and Ethics” Award from the City of Glendale in 2014.
Andrea Edoria, Commissioner
Commissioner Andrea Edoria was appointed by Supervisor Kathryn Barger of the Fifth District on July 3, 2018.
She was born and raised in Pasadena, is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is an Angeleno through and through. At the age of three, Commissioner Edoria suffered a brain aneurysm which resulted in a stroke. After twice being misdiagnosed, a mass was found at the base of her brainstem that doctors concluded was causing the stroke. At the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a team of the nation’s best neurosurgeons, under chief surgeon Dr. Gordon McComb, performed an eleven-hour surgery to remedy the aneurysm and save Commissioner Edoria’s life.
Hence, Commissioner Edoria’s advocacy for people with disabilities began. She was the spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, the non-proﬁt partner foundation for all Children’s Hospitals nationwide. Commissioner Edoria has participated at various fundraising events sharing her life experiences and recovery.
Today, Commissioner Edoria continues to act as a proud ambassador for the Children’s Hospital for local and national events. Growing up lending her voice to children in hospitals or on the road to recovery has strengthened her passion to advocate for children and adolescents with disabilities. Through Commissioner Edoria’s advocacy, she hopes to improve the current landscape of disability services to accommodate those newly released from rehab, as well as children and adolescents coping with disabilities as they grow up.
In addition to public speaking, Commissioner Edoria is currently studying for the Law School Admission Test and is taking paralegal courses at the Pasadena City College in preparation for a career in law. Commissioner Edoria aspires to continue her advocacy for disabilities through her work as an attorney in the near future.