Women’s Herstory Month Notables for March 8 to March 14, 2015

March 8: Vickie Butcher is not only the Executive Director for Water for Children Africa, but also was a candidate for the United States Representative District 52 in 2008. The Water for Children Africa non-profit fundraise for bringing sustainable and safe water and medical supplies to 15 nations in Africa. She also served on California Water Quality Control, San Diego Human Relations Council, and National Medical Association Auxiliary. As the President for the National Medical Association Auxiliary, she advocated for and brought healthcare to underserved communities. We celebrate Butcher because of her involvement in the San Diego community and internationally. See http://www.democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/292-vickie-butcher-for-52nd...

March 9: At age 10 in 1928, Florence Chadwick swam across and around the San Diego Bay. Although she was unable to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team, she continued to swim and competed in contests. Later, she became the first woman to swim and set a record in the English Channel, swim in Catalina Channel, Straits of Gibraltar, Dardanelles, and Bosporus, Florence Chadwick was an amazing long distance swimmer. She is not only the first woman to swim in numerous places, but also held world records. Chadwick is known for being one of the greatest female distance swimmer. We celebrate Chadwick for her strength and courage for creating an adventurous life and inspiring many young woman. See http://books.google.com/books?id=WSaMu4F06AQC&pg=PA111&dq=%22Florence+Ch...

March 10: Dr. Elizabeth Cook is the Principal for Marston Middle School in Claremont. Principal Cook graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art and teaching credentials. She previously taught at Stockton Learning Center and Roosevelt Junior High School. Eventually, she earned her master's degree in educational administration and became a vice principal at Farb Middle School. In 2006, she became the principal at Marston Middle School. She believes she has one of the best jobs in the world because she is surrounded by amazing students who are eager to learn and come from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. We celebrate Dr. Cook for her role in educating our future leaders and citizens! See: http://www.sandi.net/Page/20307

March 11: A former executive with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors office and an activist, Diane Coombs has dedicated herself to protecting the environment in San Diego. Coombs sepnt 16 years in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors office dedicated to issues relating to the environment and public works. In addition, she volunteered for the League of Women Voters and Citizens Coordinate for Century 3. We celebrate Coombs' work protecting the San Diego community's environment. See: http://theforcesofnature.com/movies/diane-coombs/

March 12: Cynthia "CJ" Warner is the Chairperson and CEO of Sapphire Energy, a San Diego-based American energy company founded in 2007 that strives to change the world using renewable source of energy. Sapphire Energy produces crude oil made from algae, an alternative to imported oil. Warner has a Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. Warner leads the technological development and commercial-scale transition. Before working at Sapphire Energy, Warner had numerous leadership roles with Global Refining for BP. We celebrate Warner in her work for alternative energy and being a leader in the energy business. See: http://www.sapphireenergy.com/sapphire-renewable-energy/board-of-directors

March 13: Dr. Maryam Davodi-Far is an Associate Professor in the Department School of Professional Studies at National University. Dr. Davodi-Far completed her doctorate at the University at La Verne in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration and Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego. She served as a chief executive officer for a community clinic in San Diego, and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Cancer Coping Center and Swap With a Purpose. We celebrate Dr. Davodi-Far for her doctoral work and volunteer efforts. See: http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/School-of-Professional-Studies/Professiona...

March 14: Pauline des Granges worked for 10 years as the director of the Park and Recreation Department. She had a pivotal role in promoting a $24 million bond issue that allowed for the modernization of the city's major parks (e.g. Mission Bay Park). In addition, she was the first woman president of the California Park and Recreation Society and served on the Commission for Arts and Culture. Her belief and promotion of philanthropy was also a big part of her life. She was one of twenty-one founders in 1975 of the San Diego Foundation, an organization that manages scholarships and funds. We celebrate des Granges for her role in the San Diego Parks and Recreation and her philanthropy. See: http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051022/news_7m22pauline.html

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