Assemblymember O’Donnell Honors Women of Distinction

For immediate release:

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) will host the annual Women of Distinction event next Friday, April 22, in recognition of women of the 70th Assembly District who go above and beyond for the community. Honorees were nominated by their colleagues in one of five categories – Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, and Health Services – and selected by Assemblymember O’Donnell for their extraordinary achievements.

“The leadership and dedication demonstrated by each of our honorees represents the very best of what our community has to offer,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize the inspirational role these women play in the lives of others and express our appreciation for their invaluable contributions.”

The 2016 Women of Distinction Honorees are:

LaDawn Best
Marilyn Bittle
Becky Blair
Karen Bloch
Cheyenne Bryant
Herlinda Chico
Alissa Cohn
Bev Cook
Laverne Duncan
Diana Eastman
Lana Farfan
Rae Gabelich
Linda Grimes
Michele Grubbs
Melissa Guy
Judie Jacobus
Kimberly Johnson
Adele Langworthy
Cheryl McKnight
Jan Maize
Kathryn Miles
Cindy Orozco
Pearline Railey-Neal
Caroline Rickard
Laura  Som McMillin
Andrea Sulsona
Mona Sutton

Assemblymember O’Donnell will also recognize his Woman of the Year, Chan Hopson, at the event. Ms. Hopson, a health and higher education advocate, joined Assemblymember O’Donnell on the Assembly Floor last month for the California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year ceremony.

Space is limited and RSVP’s are required. For more information, or to confirm your attendance, contact Marisol Barajas in the Assemblymember’s District Office at 562-429-0470 or Event information is also available at

Event Details

The 70th Assembly District Women of Distinction Ceremony

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell
Chan Hopson, 70th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year
The Women of Distinction Honorees

Friday, April 22, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Keesal, Young & Logan
400 Oceangate
Long Beach, CA 90802

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes
Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.