Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Women of Distinction Ceremony

Women of Distinction"It is an honor to celebrate the great women of AD 70 each year.

As a parent and a teacher, I value the contributions of the women in our lives who serve as community leaders, volunteers, business owners, and heads of families."

-Patrick O'Donnell, Assemblymember, 70th District


2018 Woman of the Year:

Michele Grubbs


2018 Women of Distinction:

Marli Amin

Daysha Austin

Abella Carroll

Winifred Carter

Norma Chinchilla

Patricia Costales

Cassandra Davis

Mieko Failey

Tacy Hunter

Roth In

Robin Jones

Elise McCaleb

Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy

Lena Albrite Ragusa

Yolanda Regalado

Pamela Seager

Judith Seal

Virginia Zart


The 70th Assembly District includes the communities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island. 

Categories include: Creative Industries, Business, Community Service, Education, and Health Services

I hope you will take a few moments to nominate an outstanding woman. The nomination deadline is February 22, 2018 and can be submitted on my website, via post mail, email, fax, or dropped-off to my District Office.  

For more information on how to nominate or to RSVP, please feel free to call my District Office at (562) 429-0470.


  • Nominees must be females who live or work in the 70th District (Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro, and Catalina Island) To confirm the candidate lives or works in the district, visit
  • Nominees must be nominated for a specific category (see below)


  • Creative Industries - Individuals involved in creative fields, such as performing artists, visual artists, or design artists. Persons in management/administrative roles (i.e. galleries, museums, cultural programs, journalism, etc.) are also included.
  • Business - Individuals who own or contribute to businesses that have achieved success. Individuals may also be considered for demonstrating a remarkable passion and/or for contributing to the advancement of their trade.
  • Community Service - Individuals who work and/or volunteer for non-profit organizations that have gone above and beyond to make their community a better place to live and work.
  • Education - Individuals involved in developing and/or implementing educational programs at any level (i.e. teachers/instructors, faculty, staff, etc.).
  • Health Services - Individuals dedicated to the enhancement of human health. Health services encompass disease prevention, health education/promotion and the provision of health care.
  • Public Safety – Individuals in public safety occupations who are leaders in promoting peace, protection, and respect for all people.


Who can nominate?

  • Anyone! Elected officials, community and business leaders, educators, friends….anyone!

How many people can I nominate?

  • We know there are a lot of amazing, inspirational women in our district, so please nominate as many as you want.

When will honorees be contacted?

  • Nominees will be reviewed and contacted by March 1.

Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: February 22, 2018