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Garamendi Honors 44 Women at Annual Women of the Year Awards

WOODLAND, CA – Today, at his 8th annual Women of the Year event, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) honored 44 women from the 3rd Congressional District of California who are leaders and visionaries in their communities. The women have all made significant contributions to society through public service, business, education, and local advocacy.

“Every year I have the honor of recognizing the achievements and service of these distinguished women, Garamendi said. “These leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but every one of them has made a real difference to their communities and the people around them. It’s a privilege to be able to honor them.”

“Last year’s Women of the Year was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, thanks to the transformational work by many of our honorees as well as policies like the American Rescue Plan, we can once again gather in person with family and friends to honor the incredible work these women have done on behalf of our community,” Garamendi continued.

“The service and dedication each honoree has shown their community is deserving of recognition, and by receiving this award, their work will be commemorated and chronicled at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC,” Garamendi concluded.

You can view a photo album of this year’s honorees here. A legislative update that was shared at the event is available here.

The list of 2021 Women of the Year Honorees is included below:

Lake County:

Megan Grant (Upper Lake)


Glenn County:

Dorothy Tefelski (Orland)

Solano County:

Audrey Calder (Vacaville)

Susan Clark (Rio Vista)

Col. Erin C. Cook (Travis Air Force Base)

Birgitta Corsello (Vacaville)

Karstin Feinhandler (Dixon)

Col. Gwendolyn Foster (Travis Air Force Base)

Lavona Hamilton (Vacaville)

Rochele Henderson (Suisun City)

Deanna Hurn (Fairfield)

Mary Jameson (Dixon)

Cheryl Johnson (Fairfield)

Lakethia Lake-Pascua (Fairfield)

Alicia Minyen (Vacaville)

Ana Petero (Fairfield)

Candie Rodriquez-Selden (Suisun City)

Steiphanie Tarter (Vacaville)

Edith Thomas (Suisun City)

Kathy Walsh (Dixon)

Jeanie White (Vacaville)

Wanda Williams (Suisun City)

Lori Wilson (Suisun City)

Yolo County:

Tess Boyd (Woodland)

Gena Bravo (Woodland)

Joy Cohan (Davis)

Sara Gavin (Davis)

Autumn Labbe-Renault (Davis)

Petrea Marchand (Davis)

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin (Woodland)

Carol Scianna (Winters)

Tessa Smith (Woodland)

Carol Souza Cole (Woodland)

Susie Stocking (Winters)

Rachel Warren (Davis) 

Yuba/ Sutter Counties:

María Arvizu-Espinoza (Marysville)

Lisa Buschmann-Kirchner (Yuba City)

Diana Langley (Yuba City)

Rose McIsaac (Yuba City)

Debbie Procayo (Yuba City)

Nicole Rubio (Yuba City)

Lisa Shelton (Yuba City)

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