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U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has named 16 remarkable women from different parts of the 30th District as Women of the Year.
The recipients have made significant contributions to their communities through civic engagement, community service and leadership in their respective fields, Schiff said. They include Carolyn Ramsay (Hancock Park), Barbara Meltzer (West Hollywood), Alexa Skarpelos (Hollywood), Chanchanit Martorell (Park La Brea), Delores Shine Kerr (Miracle Mile1
) and Patricia Lombard (Larchmont Village), as well as Dr. Joanna Chikwe (Hollywood Hills), Barbara Howell (Los Feliz), Barbara Monderine-Williams (Atwater Village), Isabel Omero (Burbank), Rhonda Reynolds (Echo Park), Maria Herrera (Elysian Valley), Barbara Kwong (Silver Lake), Dr. Christina Ashjian Garabedian (Glendale), Evelyn Serrano (Sunland/Tujunga) and Dr. Marie Levine (Pasadena).
“The sixteen 2023 Woman of the Year honorees are an inspiration to their communities for their passion and dedication to service,” Schiff said. “As artists, engineers, entertainers, surgeons, bakers and beyond, these women are not just leaders in their fields of work but in their communities, making our home a better place for all.”
Schiff will celebrate the honorees at a private luncheon this summer. Schiff annually honors women who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. All residents of the 30th District are eligible, and Schiff seeks nominations from the public.
Ramsay, a Hancock Park resident, is executive director of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, and previously served as chief of staff for the late L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, and Los Angeles program director for the Trust for Public Land.
Meltzer enjoyed a long career in television, broadcasting and public relations. She serves on West Hollywood’s Human Services Commission and is vice president of the Friends of the West Hollywood Library Board of Directors.
Skarpelos is president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, helping to build a more cohesive neighborhood by providing safety information at monthly meetings with updates from community officials. She has been involved in neighborhood outreach events and led neighborhood programs.
Martorell, who was born in Thailand and raised in Los Angeles, is founder and executive director of the Thai Community Development Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to improve the lives of Thai immigrants. She was involved in the creation of the Thai Town District in Hollywood.
Kerr has served on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center for more than 25 years and is also a member of its Muses program, which supports and promotes the California Science Center Foundation and its educational programs.
Lombard is co-publisher and co-editor of the Larchmont Buzz, which provides online news coverage of Larchmont Village, Hancock Park and the Greater Wilshire areas. She is also a volunteer trustee at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.
For more information on all of the honorees, visit schiff.house.gov.
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