During National Women’s History Month, local assembly members honored women in their district for community service and outreach, leadership and strong advocacy support, and for volunteerism.
Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) honored local Riverside resident Ofelia Valdez-Yeager as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District for her extensive community service and outreach.
“I am proud to honor Mrs. Valdez-Yeager as Woman of the Year for the 61st district,” said Medina. “Her tireless commitment to advocating for the needs of the community is inspiring and she serves as a vital role model for the Inland Empire.”
Ofelia Valdez-Yeager is an active community member who advocates for the needs of children and families in the greater Riverside area.
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) has selected Bloomington resident Linda Gonzalez as her 2014 Woman of the Year. During a recent Assembly Floor Session, Gonzalez was honored for her outstanding leadership and strong advocacy in support of water resources, education and small business.
“I’m very proud to recognize small business owner Linda Gonzalez as my Woman of the Year,” said Assemblymember Brown. “She’s been a dedicated leader in the Inland Empire region for over thirty years. She was recently elected to the West Valley Water District of San Bernardino County. She broke the proverbial ceiling when she was appointed as the first Latina president of the Bloomington Woman’s Club in 2010. Most notably, she served as chairwoman and board member of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) for thirteen years, and as vice chairwoman of the Colton Joint Unified School District Measure G Committee. She’s always giving back and I just want to recognize her for the great work that she’s doing to enhance our community.”
Assemblymember Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, named Cindy Domenigoni as the 67th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. Domenigoni volunteers countless hours to Riverside Farm Bureau, University of Riverside, and numerous Chambers of Commerce and Action Groups throughout Riverside County.
Mrs. Domenigoni has made a difference in many people’s lives who are living with Diabetes. For the pasted 20 years, she has sponsored the ‘Domenigoni Ranch Poker Ride’ to fund Juvenile Diabetes research.
“Cindy is an example of how we all can give back and play a role in our community,” said Melendez. “Her dedication to the growing prosperity of our region and ensuring its success is model to live by. Along with her selfless commitment to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes, Cindy is the kind of person our community should be honoring every day.”
Assemblymember Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, honored Darleana McHenry as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 42nd Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol. McHenry has committed her life’s work to education and has been key to bringing STEM educational programs to her community in Hemet.
“Darleana’s passion for students has led her around the world and now back to her hometown of Hemet. Through her work she is educating students from some of the lowest income areas to grow their interest in science and ensure they make education a priority in their lives. She is an exemplary leader that shows us all the importance of finding creative solutions to community issues,” said Assemblymember Nestande.
Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-Corona) recently honored Laura Roughton as his Woman of the Year. In her position as a city council member for Jurupa Valley she has worked tirelessly to restore funding Sacramento stole from newly incorporated cities in 2011.