The office of Assemblyman Ed Chau recognized on March 22 eight women from the 49th State Assembly District — which includes Alhambra and much of the San Gabriel Valley — for their commitment and dedication to their community. The 49th Assembly District 2013 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards were presented in recognition of distinguished service in the areas of business, non-profit, education, public safety, social services, and veteran’s affairs.
Dr. Shirely Huang Batman is the vice president and home loan manager for retail consumer real estate at Bank of America. In 2006, she received the Community Champion award from Bank of America for her devotion to community advocacy. Batman is an artist as well; her art focuses on portraits of families, pets, and landscapes. She frequently donates her artwork to charitable organizations.
Isabella Goeders has worked at the Monterey Park Police Department Records Bureau for the past 14 years. She's also a counselor at the Chinatown Service Center, providing services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Goeders volunteers for YMCA – Women in Need of Growing Strong, the D.A.R.E Program, and the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force.
Michelle Louise Freridge is the program director for the Asian Youth Center, where she has expanded programs in the San Gabriel Valley, including home-based case management services and gang intervention, to the Pomona and the Antelope Valley areas.
Lieutenant Kelly Gordon became in 2008 the first female lieutenant in Montebello Police Department's history. She has 17 years of law enforcement experience, and 12 have been with the Montebello Police Department. Gordon's partner is a disaster search dog named Mattie. Gordon and her canine companion have been deployed to the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Ernesto.
Sylvia Guerrero has been teaching adult education in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly 30 years, including El Monte-Rosemead, Whitter, Alhambra, and Montebello school districts. Guerrero recieved the "People who Make a Difference" award in 2011 from Assemblyman Mike Eng for her efforts to pass AB 189, which aimed to prevent cuts to adult education.
Dr. Wenli Jen, Ed.D., is an educational consultant, motivational speaker, businesswoman, and nonprofit program director. She has worked with familes, youth, and communities in the San Gabriel Valley and throughout Southern California. She is currently the prevention program director at Pacific Clinics – Asian Pacific Family Center.
Susan Morgan is a retired school teacher and the secretary at American Legion Post 139. Morgan has volunteered for American Legion, the American Cancer Society's Alhambra Relay for Life, and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Morgan was awarded "Volunteer of the Year" from the Lawrence L. Frank Center for her work with handicapped children.
Joanna Vargas is the owner of many Alhambra businesses, including The Fit Factor and QueenVee Entertainment. She is a dancer, choreographer, instructor, studio founder, and producer. She developed the annual Maxt Out Dance Competition, which brings over 1,000 dancers from the western United States to perform and compete.