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Garamendi Honors 16 Solano County Women at his Annual Women of the Year Awards

October 19, 2017
Press Release

WOODLAND, CA – Today, at his 4th annual Women of the Year event, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Yuba City, Davis, CA) honored 38 women, including 16 Solano County residents, who are leaders and visionaries in their communities. The women have all made significant contributions to their communities through community service, business, education, local government, and the military. The honorees from Solano County are Barbara Beckworth, Tranine Chisom, Anna Eaton, Barbara Graham, Lynn Jewell, Sakari Lyons, Catherine Morris, Kathleen Ramos, Susan Schwartz, Michalle Shown-Rodriguez, Tracee Stacy, Renee Tadlock, Louise Walker, Nancy Wells, K. Patrice Williams, and Patricia Zetah.

“It’s always a special privilege to celebrate our women of the year winners,” said Garamendi. “They are outstanding leaders from diverse backgrounds who have worked hard to improve the lives of the people around them. Every one of these remarkable people has made a real difference.”

Following the award ceremony, Congressman Garamendi facilitated a roundtable discussion on the issues many women face in the workplace and what the federal government can do to help more women succeed. Key areas of concern were health care policy, supporting caregivers, and wage and employment discrimination.

“These roundtable discussions are crucial to help me to my work in Congress,” continued Garamendi. “Hearing the concerns and ideas of community leaders like today’s honorees helps me work on solutions in Washington.”

About the Women Leaders from Solano County

Barbara Beckworth – Barbara is a community activist and small business owner with a heart of service and a strong desire to help others. She sits on several scholarship committees for Dixon High School and has previously served as President of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Dixon Downtown Business Association.

Tranine Chisom – As Director of Supported Housing of Caminar in Solano County, Tranine has tirelessly worked with property owners, and city and county officials to increase and leverage affordable housing resources for our most vulnerable citizens. Tranine is also actively involved with Housing First Solano, Solano Napa Habitat for Humanity, and Solano County’s Neighbors Helping Neighbor-Forward Together 5-Year Strategic Plan to address homelessness.

Anna Eaton – A tireless advocate for our youth, Anna is Executive Director of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club where she helps provide a safe and caring place for youth to learn and grow.  She is also founder of Starbound Theatre, a program that works to provide at-risk youth a creative outlet.

Barbara Graham – A pillar of the Vacaville community, Barbara helped the Vacaville Police Department establish a program to help assist victims of domestic violence. The program provides food, clothing, counseling, and many other free referral services in collaboration with city and county services. Additionally, Barbara currently serves as Chapel Coordinator for Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant Medical Center and on the board of Safe Quest Solano.

Lynn Jewell – A dedicated advocate of veterans, Lynn currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North Bay Homeless Veterans Standdown. She first became involved with the organization as a grant writer and volunteer organizer and is now the driving force behind the North Bay Standdown.

Sakari Lyons – As a fellow with Essie Justice Center, Sakari has recruited and facilitate a support group in Solano County for those with an incarcerated loved one. Through her work, Sakari has helped women and children recognize the ways in which mass incarceration has shaped their lives, and to heal from the wounds it's inflicted on them.

Catherine Morris – A devoted servant to the people of Dixon, Catherine volunteers with Dixon Family Services, Dixon Advocates for Children, the Safe Schools Task Force, and Dixon’s senior communities. She is a tireless advocate for securing affordable senior housing and adequate senior transportation services, and regularly assists seniors on finding the programs and services that can best serve their needs.

Kathleen Ramos – Kathleen’s passion to help others is evident through her community and public service. She has held leadership roles in thirteen boards and commissions, including serving five consecutive terms as president and past vice-chair on the Community Services Commission for the City of Vacaville.  She also volunteers in student education programs, was past president for the Solano Community Symphony League and is a Charter Member for 100 Women Who Care About Solano County and the Vacaville Soroptimists Twilight Club. 

Susan Schwartz – Known as the “volunteer extraordinaire” at the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, Susan is passionate about helping young people grow and prosper. She has launched multiple projects at the club including the Holiday Give Back to provide toys and donations for the needy, and the Garden Project to teach students how to grow and prepare meals not only for themselves, but also for those less fortunate.

Michalle Shown-Rodriguez – The current Executive Director of the Solano County Library Foundation, Michalle has a passion to serve in an education-focused environment where she can have a direct impact on children and their parents. Being an adoptive parent of four elementary school-age children, she has been involved with the National Foster Parents Association, the Sierra Association of Foster Families and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Tracee Stacy – Tracee is committed to serving her community and devotes her time to helping disadvantaged seniors facing disabilities, isolation, mental illness, and poverty. An integral part of Solano County’s ability to provide services to seniors in need, her expertise is unapparelled and she continues to make a positive difference for seniors in her community.

Renee Tadlock – Renee is the Operations Director of The Leaven, a faith-based afterschool tutoring and mentorship program focused on serving the underserved youth in our high-risk communities with educational assistance, physical play, nutrition, and character development. Before becoming the Operations Director, Renee was a Leaven Site Director and helped grow the Leaven Organization from one center in 2009 to sixteen different locations throughout Solano and Napa Counties and three sites in Southern California with more scheduled to open soon.

Louise Walker – Louise has been a strong leader in her roles in both private and public organizations. She is a valued partner of the Solano Economic Development Corporation and President and CEO of First Northern Bank. Louise also lends her expertise to Valley Vision, the Yolo Food Bank, Soroptimist International of Dixon, and the Dixon Rotary Club.

Nancy Wells – During her twenty-year career as a Director of Special Education, Nancy implemented several innovative programs such as “Just for Kids” that matched at-risk elementary student with adult volunteers, and the “Latch Key Program,” an afterschool program that provide a safe space for students to do their homework while their parents were at work.

K. Patrice Williams – Patrice has dedicated her twenty-year career to strengthening small business in Solano County and her advocacy illustrates her talents as a true public servant. She is currently the principal advocate for BrandGov; an agency offering targeted outreach, messaging, social media marketing and more to small businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities in the Solano area.

Patricia Zetah – A retired principal from Travis Unified School District, Patricia served as a mentor to many new teachers and provided professional development workshops for others throughout the District and State. She currently serves as President of the local chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators, where she organizes charitable programs to benefit children’s education.

Full biographies can be found here.

Full List of 2017’s Women of the Year from the 3rd Congressional District

Sheila Allen, Davis, Yolo County

Barbara Beckworth, Dixon, Solano County

Michele Blake, Yuba City, Sutter County

Tranine Chisom, Fairfield, Solano County

Barbara “Babs” Cotter, Yuba City, Sutter County

Ronda DaRosa, Woodland, Yolo County

Robin Dewey, Davis, Yolo County

Baljinder Dhillon, Yuba City, Sutter County

Anna Eaton, Vacaville, Solano County

Laurie Goodman, Meridian, Sutter County

Barbara Graham, Vacaville, Solano County

Judith Holzapfel, Orland, Glenn County

Christine Ivory, Live Oak, Sutter County

Lynn Jewell, Vacaville, Solano County

Jeannie Klever, Sutter, Sutter County

Sakari Lyons, Suisun City, Solano County

Becky Marigo, Davis, Yolo County

Kate Mellon-Anibaba, Davis, Yolo County

Miriam Miller, Woodland, Yolo County

Rita Montes Martin, Davis, Yolo County

Catherine Morris, Dixon, Solano County

Sharon Phippens, Orland, Glenn County

Christine Ponce, Woodland, Yolo County

Kathleen Ramos, Vacaville, Solano County

Jody Samons, Willows, Glenn County

Jaswinder Sandhu, Yuba City, Sutter County

Susan Schwartz, Vacaville, Solano County

Susan Scott, Marysville, Yuba County

Michalle Shown-Rodriguez, Fairfield, Solano County

Tracee Stacy, Vacaville, Solano County

Brynda Stranix, Yuba City, Sutter County

Renee Tadlock, Fairfield, Solano County

Louise Walker, Dixon, Solano County

Amanda Walsh, Davis, Yolo County

Nancy Wells, Dixon, Solano County

Cathie Wicks, Esparto-Capay Valley, Yolo County

K. Patrice Williams, Fairfield, Solano County

Patricia Zetah, Vacaville, Solano County