Mountain Finalists for Senator Mike Morrell’s Women of Distinction Award

By Susan A. Neufeld


Sacramento, CA – Six mountain residents are among finalists selected for the 13th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner Friday, November 3, by State Senator Mike Morrell (R- Rancho Cucamonga/23).


                               State Senator Mike Morrell represents the mountain communities

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The evening — which will be held at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center in Rancho Cucamonga — will highlight the work of 36 women from throughout the 23rd Senate District who make a difference in their communities. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


The finalists from Big Bear include Cindy Caretto and Megan Meadors.

The three finalists from Lake Arrowhead are Diane Gladwell, Yolanda Lopez Douglas and Rhea Frances Tetley.

The finalist from Crestline is Bev Rios.

“The women we honor each year are all held in the highest esteem by family, friends, colleagues,” Morrell stated in a press release. “They represent the best of the 23rd Senate District and it is my privilege to shine a spotlight on their successes and willingness to serve others.” 


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The 2017 Woman of of the Year is Shelley Burnach of San Bernardino. Shelley is widely regarded as a woman that tirelessly works to better the lives of all residents in San Bernardino County. She is actively involved in and serves on numerous non-profit boards, including Friends of Santa Claus Inc., the San Bernardine Medical Center Foundation, and the Women of Dignity Health to name a few. Shelley is a graduate of Rim of the World High School.



Each year, the Women of Distinction Ceremony showcases the service of women from Morrell’s State Senate district who, because of their volunteerism and efforts in the community, have been nominated by their peers and loved ones for this recognition.

The finalists were selected by a panel of previous Women of Distinction honorees.

The ceremony continues a legislative tradition, which began in 1987, and that includes weekly recognition’s of women’s accomplishments by both the Senate and Assembly. It is also an opportunity to discuss legislative and public policy issues

For a complete list of honorees visit on line.


For more details or information on how to attend, contact Melissa Boyd at (909) 581-9473 or by E-mail at

The Goldy S. Lewis Community Center is located in Rancho Cucamonga’s Central Park at 11200 Baseline Road. (Contributed Photo)