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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown and Mrs. Lisha Smith
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown and Councilwoman Darcy McNaboe
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown and Milele Robertson on behalf of her mother Deborah Robertson
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown and Mayor Sarah Zamora
Photo credit: Jon Gaede/Office of Asm. Cheryl R. Brown and City News Group
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) celebrated groundbreaking women from the 47th Assembly District at her Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards event on Friday, April 26 at the Vanir Tower in San Bernardino.
The 2013 honorees were: Mayor Sarah Zamora, city of Colton; Mayor Deborah Robertson, city of Rialto; Councilwoman Darcy McNaboe, city of Grand Terrace; and Mrs. Lisha Smith, deputy executive officer of the Legislative and Public Affairs Office at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD).
During her address, she acknowledged the recipients for their strong commitment to public service and for overcoming barriers on behalf of other women. Mayor Sarah Zamora was honored for accepting a call to leadership during a difficult time following the death of her husband and former Colton mayor, David Zamora. Mayor Deborah Robertson was honored for breaking the glass ceiling as Rialto’s first African American mayor. She was also honored for her commitment to inspire, mentor and pave the way for future generations.
Councilwoman Darcy McNaboe was honored for her leadership and support of veterans in the 47th Assembly District by organizing the “Veterans Wall of Freedom” in Grand Terrace. And Mrs. Lisha Smith was honored for breaking the glass ceiling when she returned to AQMD as the deputy executive director of the Legislative and Public Affairs Department. Previously, she served with the Office of San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales for seven years and eventually become deputy chief of staff. Through her new role, she leads her department, broadens the awareness of AQMD and more importantly, protects the health of the residents that she serves.
“I want to thank all of the ladies who were selected this year. They have done so much to honor and serve this community. They serve as a shining example for other young women who are watching them and I believe the take away from this event was very valuable for all of them. We are already looking for next year’s honorees,” concluded Assemblymember Brown.
Following Assemblymember Brown’s address, each woman was awarded with a plaque and Personal Care Products Council gift bag.