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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2014

MVC President to Be Honored at
Women of Distinction Luncheon


MVC President

Sandra Mayo, president of Moreno Valley College, will be one of 20 women from the Inland Empire honored Saturday at the Women of Distinction ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Jose Medina. The honorees all come from the assemblyman's 61st District.

"The month of March is Women's History Month. We celebrate the success of all women and the contributions women make on a daily basis," Assemblyman Medina said in a letter to the honorees. "Our society continues to improve based in a large part on these contributions."

Assemblyman Medina said the honorees were selected for their significant contributions to the community, and specifically have served as a role models and mentors for young women. Dr. Mayo, Riverside Community College District Foundation Board member Joan Roberts, owner of Visiting Angels, and the rest of the honorees will be celebrated Saturday at 12:30 pm during a luncheon at the Riverside Marriott Hotel.

"It is certainly an honor to be recognized in this way by Assemblyman Medina," Mayo said. "I would not be in this position had it not been for the work of women who preceded me. And I feel very strongly that we must continue the work to build a society where equity is the norm."s

Others being honored include: Beverly Bailey, CEO, Stronghold Engineering; Elena Carrasco, Regional Coordinator, Mi Familia Vota; Phyllis Guze, Associate Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside; Patricia Knudson, Chief Deputy, Riverside County Sheriff's Department; Patricia Locke-Dawson, Attorney and Riverside Unified School Board Member; Allison MacKenzie, CEO, Babcock Laboratories; Rose Mayes, ED, Fair Housing Council; Joan Roberts, Owner, Visiting Angels; Ophelia Valdez-Yeager, Director, Altura Credit Union; Gladys Walker, Interim Superintendent, RUSD (Retired); Michelle Dawson, City Manager, City of Moreno Valley; Janet DuHaime, COO, Visterra Credit Union; Dr. Denise Fleming, Vice President, Moreno Valley School Board; Sandy Ramirez, Owner, Moreno Valley Flower Box; Dr. Sandra Mayo, President, Moreno Valley College; Luz Maria Ayala, Founder, TODEC- Training Occupational Development Educating Communities; Luz Gallegos, Community Program Director, TODEC; Jacqueline Ramos, Chief Executive Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Perris; Nancy Salazar- City Clerk, City of Perris ; Cynthia Quintero, City of Perris Senior Center Assistance Program Manager.