OC Labor Honors the County’s Outstanding Women

From L to R: Denise Penn (Political Courage), Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen of St Anselm's Episcopal church (Community Heroine), Robin Marcario (honoree), Gloria Alvarado (Community Heroine), and Nancy Aleccia (Labor Pioneer).

From L to R: Denise Penn (Political Courage), Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen of St Anselm's Episcopal church (Community Heroine), Robin Marcario (honoree), Gloria Alvarado (Community Heroine), and Nancy Aleccia (Labor Pioneer).

Buena Park –Sixty-six women were honored at an award reception featuring the original play Speaking Up! at the UFCW Local 324 auditorium last night. Top awards were given for Political Courage (Denise Penn, the Anti Human Trafficking Task Force), Community Heroines (Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen, Gloria Alvarado), and Labor Pioneers (Judy Perez, Nancy Aleccia). Each of the 66 women received proclamations from Lou Correa and Loretta Sanchez and the top honorees received a framed award honoring their service.

Over 100 people turned out to congratulate the honorees and enjoy an evening of theater. Speaking Up!, written by Carina Franck-Pantone consisted of several one-woman dialogues featuring coal miner organizer, Mother Jones (Charlie LaChance, CSEA); garment industry organizer Clara Lemlich (Carina Franck-Pantone), Eleanor Roosevelt (Dr. Kimberly Salter, CA NOW, National Women’s History Project); Delores Huerta (Denise Velasco, SEIU); and three everyday women illustrating the difficulties for women in the job marketin in the 1970′s (Priscilla Luviano, OC Labor Federation), the struggle for civil rights during the ’60′s in the South (Anne Moody, school psychologist), and a Wal-Mart Associate (Elizabeth Mullens).

Outstanding Women of Orange County

Political Courage:

  • Denise Penn (LN News Editor)
  • Anti Human-Trafficking Task Force: Tammy Tran (Lou Correa staff), Sandra Morgan (Human Trafficking Task Force), Alicia Woodard (Vanguard University), Tiffany Nguyen (Boat People SOS), Lilly Nguyen (Loretta Sanchez Field Rep.), and Van Le (Viet Act)

Community Heroines

  • Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen (St. Anselm Episcopal Church, social justice activist)
  • Gloria Alvarado (Director of a Santa Ana Senior Center, vice president SEIU local 721)

Labor Pioneer

  • Judy Perez (Executive Board, OC Labor Federation, Exec. VP, CWA local 9400)
  • Nancy Aleccia (Teamsters Women’s Caucus)

Women Making a Difference in Orange County:

  1. Pam Allison
  2. Nancy Aleccia
  3. Lourdes Alvarez
  4. Gloria Alvarado
  5. Anti Human Trafficking Task Force: Tammy Tran/ Cathy Ngo Ngoc Hang/ Anne Huyen Le/ Natalie Nhat Nguen/Van Le
  6. Patricia Arfsten
  7. Lupina Arce Avalos
  8. Melissa Baker
  9. Alicia Berhow
  10. Barbara Blake
  11. Carol Bowers
  12. Ada Briceno
  13. Luisa Camino
  14. Maria Castillo
  15. Jessica Chavez
  16. Judy Chen-Lee
  17. Maria De La Torre
  18. Patricia Fernandez
  19. Cecilia Flores
  20. Doris Fults
  21. Laurel Golden
  22. Aida Gurrola
  23. Rev. Sarah Halverson
  24. Jeannie Harrell
  25. Silvia Hernandez
  26. Herminia Leal
  27. Lisa LeTourneau
  28. Priscilla Luviano
  29. Robin Marcario
  30. Carolina SarmientoBarbara Liddy 
  31. Maria Rosa Lopez
  32. Gia Lugo
  33. Roxanne Lumpkin
  34. Delima MacDonald
  35. Lisa Major
  36. DeAnn McEwen
  37. Donna A Metcalfe
  38. Nidia Monroy
  39. Jessica Moreno
  40. Sonia Moseley
  41. Patricia Moser
  42. Miriam Nava
  43. Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen
  44. Denise Penn
  45. Judy Perez
  46. Elizabeth Phillps
  47. Melahat Rafiei
  48. Diana Ramon
  49. Pearl Raya
  50. Lili Reyes
  51. Marisol Rivera
  52. Teresa Rodriguez
  53. Lisa Ruvalcava
  54. Kathy J. Sackman
  55. Dr. Kimberly Salter
  56. Carolina Sarmiento
  57. Nancy Velasquez
  58. Deborah Vasquez
  59. Denise E. Velasco
  60. Paula Wood
  61. Zulma Zepeda

 

 

 

 

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From L to R: Dr. Kimberly Salter (Eleanor Roosevelt), Denise Velasco (Dolores Huerta), Priscilla Luviano (Veronica Ramirez), Charlie LaChance (Mother Jones), Elizabeth Mullens (Always Smiling Wal-Mart Associate), Carina Franck-Pantone (Clara Lemlich), Melissa Parker (Anne Moody)

From L to R: Dr. Kimberly Salter (Eleanor Roosevelt), Denise Velasco (Dolores Huerta), Priscilla Luviano (Veronica Ramirez), Charlie LaChance (Mother Jones), Elizabeth Mullens (Always Smiling Wal-Mart Associate), Carina Franck-Pantone (Clara Lemlich), Melissa Parker (Anne Moody)

  2 comments for “OC Labor Honors the County’s Outstanding Women

  1. R. Scott Moxley
    May 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Yeah! Denise Penn!

  2. Denise Penn
    June 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Thank you

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