The Town Crier has named Claudia Coleman, a longtime resident who has held leadership positions at the Los Altos Community and El Camino Hospital foundations, 2016 Los Altan of the Year.
Modeled after Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the Town Crier’s annual honor recognizes a resident whose volunteer work generates goodwill and forwards Los Altos’ reputation as an outstanding community.
Claudia has been involved with LACF since 1996, participating in LACF’s first Leadership Education Advancement Class (LEAD). Since then she has contributed actively as a member of the LACF board and has served as program manager for the LEAD since 2009.
She is currently a member and past-chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board. She previously served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Pilgrim Haven, now known as The Terraces of Los Altos. Claudia was recognized for her volunteerism by Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards and the John W. Gardner Award .
Thanks for your dedication to your community, Claudia. From your friends at LACF.
Liz Simons is president of the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to sustainable, research-based solutions in early childhood education, climate/environment, and science. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Stanford, Liz taught high school English and, subsequently, English as a Second Language in elementary school.
She founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a summer program that facilitates the transition to kindergarten for children without significant preschool experience. Liz currently serves on the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail, which focuses on improving the health and well-being of America’s youngest children.
She is on the board of the Foundation for a Just Society and a member of the advisory council for Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.
She and her husband, Mark Heising, have two children: Caitlin and Matthew.
Ruth Patrick, of LACF program WOMEN SV, is being recognized for her contributions to our community.
The Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA) gives the Agency Award each year to an agency whose contributions have significantly enhanced the well-being of the community at large, and includes in its mission the task of serving an underserved population, said Jeffrey S. Kline, past president of the SCCPA.
“Until I met Ruth, I did not realize how great the need was for her services in our affluent community,” said Kline, who practices in Menlo Park. Kline has sat in on the organization’s domestic violence support groups, accompanied Patrick to a conference, and allowed her to use his office on many occasions.
“The love and care Ruth shows toward the women who come to her, who have no where else to turn, is inspiring.”
Left to Right: Dennis Young, LACF Board Chairman; Ron Cooper, Challenge Team of Mountain View – Los Altos – Los Altos Hills; Fran Verlot, Rotary Club of Los Altos; Ginny Dolan, Community Health Awareness Council; Kay Payne, Los Altos Art Docents; Angela Richards, Festival of Lights Parade Association; Bob Galen, Kiwanis Club of Los Altos; Kathy Thibodeaux, Community School of Music and Arts; Danielle Maddox, Friends of the Library; and Liz Nyberg, Los Altos History Museum. Not able to attend was Duncan MacVicar of Community Services Agency.
Our community made the 9th Annual Johyn W. Gardner Community Building Awards a rousing success by selling out the event.
Attendees were treated to a buffet breakfast at the Fremont Hills Country Club and witty banter by LACF Board Chairman, Dennis Young.