On March 18, Senator Ben Hueso honored Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek Executive Director Leslie Reynolds and five other leaders in celebration of the 2016 Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to exceptional women from his district. “Senator Hueso is a true Chollas Creek Watershed champion, and we thank him for all he has done for our creek and our communities.
The awardees were recognized in the categories of education, civic engagement, health, arts and culture, business and the environment. The honorees were: (1) Dr. Karen Janney, Superintendent, Sweetwater School District; (2) Marla Cooper, Lead Organizer, Juneteenth Celebration; (3) Myleen Abuan, Program Coordinator, Operation Samahan; (4) Claudia Sandoval, Celebrity Chef and Philanthropist; (5) Alejandra Mier y Teran, Executive Director, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce; and (6) Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, Groundwork San Diego. “I am honored to be presenting these outstanding women with the 2016 Women of the Year Award,” stated Senator Hueso. “They have proven that dedication and hard work can lead to exceptional results. They have raised the bar in many ways and I am thrilled to celebrate their passion. I commend and respect them for all that they do for our community.” The Annual Women of the Year event is considered a prestigious recognition for women throughout the State of California. The event brings together dynamic women who are inspirational and remarkable leaders.