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Alameda County announces Women's Hall of Fame class of 2018

Pleasanton women among 13 inductees to be honored this month

Members of this year's Women's Hall of Fame class gathered last month for n introductory reception ahead of this month's award ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Alameda County)

Local leaders are recognizing 12 women and one teenager from throughout the county later this month with induction into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame.

The annual program, organized by the county's Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women, aims to spotlight the accomplishments and inspiring stories of women in Alameda County while also raising funds to support organizations serving local women and families.

"The outstanding achievements of this year's Women's Hall of Fame honorees will inspire us all as we celebrate Women's History Month, and our 25th year of recognizing the many contributions women make in our communities," County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi said.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Class will be honored during a luncheon and awards ceremony March 24 in Oakland.

The honorees include Pleasanton residents Beena Ammanath, in the Science, Technology and Engineering category, and Wendy Sommer in the Environment category.

The global president of AI, data and innovation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ammanath has been instrumental in bringing analytic innovations to some of the world's top companies, while leading longstanding efforts to increase the ranks of women and minorities in technology and to make artificial intelligence accessible to all, county officials said.

Sommer, executive director of Alameda County's Waste Management Authority (StopWaste), has been at the forefront of sustainability leadership for more than 25 years and has launched standard-setting programs for green building, bay-friendly landscaping and resource conservation, according to county officials.

Another Tri-Valley hall of famer this year is Dublin resident Rona Popal for Community Service. Popal leads the Afghan Coalition, a Fremont-based nonprofit supporting Afghan refugees.

The 10 other members of the 2018 class are:

* Hilary Bass, Emerging Leader. Bass received the honor in this new category for her work as executive director of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Activities League.

* Shonda Scott, Business and Professions. Creator and CEO of 360 Total Concept, an Oakland-based management and marketing firm, Scott also serves as a civic leader and philanthropist whose efforts include supporting Oakland schools, cancer research and help for cancer survivors.

* Winda I. Shimizu, Culture and Art. Shimizu is a creator, coordinator and supporter of the arts who has had a significant impact on expanding arts programming in communities of central Alameda County and beyond.

* Trina Ostrander, Education. Now executive director of the East Bay STEM Institute at Cal State East Bay, Ostrander has spent more than 20 years promoting education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

* Janet Liang, Health. Liang is president of Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Region and a leader in the use of technology to advance clinical excellence, health access and affordable care.

* Amanda Berger, Justice. A Berkeley resident, Berger oversees gardening programs at eight California state prisons that bring vocational gardening and landscaping training to incarcerated people.

* Liisa Pine Schoonmaker, Non-Traditional Careers. She is chair of the welding department at Laney College in Oakland, and the department's only female instructor.

* Nicole Curran, Philanthropy. Curran is board president of the Warriors Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Golden State Warriors.

* Leilani Shaffer, Sports and Athletics. The San Lorenzo resident is a longtime volunteer coach and team manager with Special Olympics of Northern California.

* Roxana Perez, Youth. At just 17, Perez has already assumed the role of community leader in the city of Oakland, serving on the Oakland Youth Advisory Commission, an Oakland police explorer and a leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center -- all while thriving in the classroom and on the soccer field at Aspire Golden State Preparatory Academy in East Oakland.

The 2018 Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. March 24 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. Tickets cost $100 and are available at http://acgov.org/whof/.

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