AMENDED PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Twila P. Kerr, Senior Staff
Los Angeles County Commission for Women
Phone: (213) 974-1455 Website: www.laccw.info
Date: August 27, 2011
L.A. COUNTY COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES
“WOMEN OF THE YEAR” AWARDEES
*On Monday, March 12, 2006, at 11:30 a.m., the Los Angeles County Commission for Women will hold its 22nd Annual Women
of the Year Luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. This year the Commission will
work to Empower, Influence, and Help Women to Forge Ahead!
The following women are saluted for their work to bring about social and economic change.
*PATRICIA ALLEN DEIZLER, the7th Annual President’s Awardee, now retired was the former Director of Community
Resources, City of Redondo Beach. She is a role model for women and skillfully and passionately reformed social services with
her South Bay and Los Angeles County Community.
First Supervisorial District: WOMEN OF PROYECTO RENACIMIENTO (Project Rebirth) is a group of highly motivated women
living in the Angela Chanslor neighborhood in Pomona, who decided to revitalize their community ridding it of gangs, crime and
Second Supervisorial District: EDNA ALIEWINE, Real Estate Broker, Proprietor and Community Activist, is founder of the
Watts-Willowbrook Chamber of Commerce and the Community Beautiful Corporation.
Third Supervisorial District: ELLEN HOBERMAN, Volunteer and Board Member of the Los Angeles Free Clinic since the early
eighties. She strongly believes that health care should be a right for all, not a privilege of the few.
Fourth Supervisorial District: ANGIE PAPADAKIS, is the founder and director of the Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program
and is an active Board Member and former President (2004-05) of the Los Angeles County Board of Education.
The Fifth Supervisorial District Awardees are as follows: SUZAN SOLOMON, Board Member, Newhall School District, for more
than 10 years she has dedicated her efforts on behalf of students, supporting education funding, leadership and volunteerism.
*RAMONA CORTÉS GARZA, Executive Director, State Government Relations at UCLA, has implemented advocacy strategies
to increase UCLA”s visibility among legislators and community leaders. She is responsible for the operation of the Visitors
Center, which serves over 7,000 visitors from foreign countries annually, hundreds of visitors include women.
*PATTY DEDOMINIC, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the PDQ Careers Group of Companies. PDQ is one of Los Angeles’
largest privately held staffing services, specializing in recruiting and consulting in Accounting, Administration and Information
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*LAURA DIAZ, Anchor, CBS 2 TV, is one of the city’s leading television journalist and a seven time Emmy Award winner. She
is the original host of “Vista L.A.” the first public affairs program in Southern California to serve the English speaking Latino
*AREVA D. MARTIN, ESQ., is the Managing Partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, in Los Angeles, one of the largest African
American owned law firms in Los Angeles. She is a syndicated columnist, professional speaker, and recognized authority on
education children with disabilities.
*LISA WATSON, Executive Director, Downtown Women’s Center, appointed in 1999, has tripled the organization’s capacity to
serve homeless women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Ms. Watson is a tireless advocate for women’s rights, and is most committed
to helping women in need.
*Event sponsors include UCLA, Supervisors Don Knabe, and Gloria Molina, AbilityFirst, The Ebell Los Angeles and Connie
McCreight Interior Design. For more information contact Commission staff at (213) 974-1455. Come and show your
appreciation and meet these exceptional women!
* Reflects changes to the previously sent press release dated January 24, 2007 entitled L.A. County Commission for Women
Announces “Women of the Year” Awardees.