March 9, 2015

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Assemblyman Hadley Names Rosalinda Garcia 2015 South Bay Woman of the Year

SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Torrance, today honored Rosalinda Garcia as the 2015 Woman of the Year for the 66th Assembly District.

"I am delighted to recognize Rosalinda Garcia for her amazing service in the South Bay, and I am so pleased she was able to join us in Sacramento today," said Assemblyman Hadley. "My team and I reached out to community leaders throughout the South Bay to get their input. We learned about several incredible candidates, but we could only honor one so we did some more homework. The decision was not easy because we learned about a number of incredible women in our communities. Rosalinda absolutely rose to the top of our list!"

Rosalinda Garcia is the Chief Programs Officer for the Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN). She is a parent of a former PTN client and was a member of PTN's Hearts and Hands Committee, later becoming a member of PTN's Community Advisory Board where she served for two years. In addition to her involvement with the PTN, Rosalinda is a successful businesswoman who started her own company over a decade ago.

Rosalinda currently serves as the chairperson of the Parent Advisory Board for the Southwest Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). For the past two years, she has served on the Redondo Beach Unified School District's Strategic Planning Committee. Rosalinda is the current Financial Secretary for her local PTSA. She also volunteers her time for the Redondo Sunset Little League and the VIP program (Special Needs League) for AYSO Region 34.

Garcia was recognized on Monday at a special ceremony at the State Capitol, alongside honorees from each of the state's 80 Assembly districts. The honorees are women who have each performed exceptional acts of community service, and possess rare personal qualities that make them so special to the communities they serve.

"I am honored to receive this unexpected recognition from the Assembly," said Rosalinda Garcia. "I have always loved helping children and serving my community. It was so inspiring to meet other women from around the state who share my passion for service."

The Woman of the Year event was started in 1987 by two Assemblywomen - one Republican and one Democrat - who held the first event as a way for the Assembly to commemorate Women's History Month.

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