Pleasanton Military Families leader named Woman of the Year

Pat Frizzell recognized at State Assembly award ceremony in Sacramento

Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of the military support organization Pleasanton Military Families, was honored at the State Capitol on Monday as Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's Woman of the Year for the 16th Assembly District.

A registered nurse for 41 years and an active member of Pleasanton Military Families since her oldest son David deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2003, Frizzell has served as the group's chair since 2009, a leader in the effort to provide support for local military families.

"I love the volunteer work I do with Pleasanton Military Families, our young veterans and our local veteran service organizations," Frizzell said Tuesday. "I've always felt I get more back from it than I give. To be honored like this is a bonus."

A longtime Pleasanton resident who now lives in Livermore, Frizzell said she was honored to receive the recognition and take part in the ceremony on the Assembly floor in Sacramento.

"(Monday) was like Queen for a Day. With a corsage, gift bag, brunch, ceremony, lunch, a beautifully framed award, speakers and a great opportunity to meet many amazing women throughout this state, my day and my heart were full," she added.

Baker (R-San Ramon) said Frizzell embodies the values of the Assembly's annual Woman of the Year program, which aims to honor women across California who display outstanding community service.

"Pat is selfless and dedicated in her work to create a support network for military families in our community," Baker added. "This is well-deserved recognition for Pat, and I am honored to celebrate Pat as Assembly District 16's Woman of the Year."

Pleasanton Military Families provides an opportunity for residents with family members in the military to come together and meet with others experiencing a loved one's deployment. Frizzell, who said she found purpose in supporting people experiencing what she went through, has remained a leader in the organization even after her son completed his military service.

Founded by Vietnam veteran Chris Miller in 2003, the organization also focuses on honoring local military members when they return home from conflicts abroad.

"One of our goals was to provide loud and proud homecomings for our troops when they returned, including a motorcycle escort from the airport while we were decorating the yard and the house for their arrival," Frizzell said. "Great fun, hugs and tears."

Group members also send personal supplies and other gifts to military serving abroad, with its next care package pack-out event set for March 18. For more information, visit


4 people like this
Posted by VickyS
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

Congratulations to Pat. She is a very fine representative of the 16th Assembly District and deserves the Woman of the Year award. I have worked with her and Pleasanton Military Families and can attest to the welcome community outreach she had performed for our community.

Great job, Pat!

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Posted by Julie Testa
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Wow, Pat congratulations! Whether dance mom, nurse, or military mom, you have always given a lot of yourself. Hear-hear to a well-deserved recognition.

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Posted by Elaine Olson
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 10, 2017 at 9:54 am

My friend Pat Frizzell received the honor of Woman of the Year and is so well deserved. I've known her for over 35 years and she is everything and more what people say about her. Dedicated, driven, humble and loves what she does for these military families. I am honored to call her a long time friend and more importantly a dedicated member of our Pleasanton community. Congrats!!

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