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PEF Board President Receives Pasadena Women of Distinction Award from Assemblymember Chris Holden

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Onoye!

The Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Board president, Dr. Kathy Onoye, was selected to be this year’s recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for Pasadena. The award honors women from across the 41st Assembly District who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role models for other successful women who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role models for other successful women.

Prior to serving as our board president, Dr. Onoye was an employee of the Pasadena Unified School District from 1971 to 2014, beginning as an elementary school teacher, appointed Principal of Willard Elementary School, and retiring as Executive Director of Elementary Education.
“The 2018 Women of Distinction are passionate leaders who improve the lives for thousands of individuals and families in the 41st Assembly District and beyond,” said Holden. “They demonstrate exceptional leadership that all of us should aspire to achieve.”

Women of Distinction from throughout the 41st Assembly district include Jill Adler-Moore Ph.D. (Altadena), Christy Anderson (Claremont), Sylvia Whitlock Ph.D. (La Verne), Julie Gentile (Monrovia), Kathy Onoye Ed.D., (Pasadena), Kathleen Tiegs (Rancho Cucamonga), Rhonda Beltran (San Dimas), Joanne Harabedian (Sierra Madre), and Marie Sliney (Upland).

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Kathy Onoye
– Dr. Kathy Onoye was an employee of the Pasadena Unified School District from 1971 to 2014, beginning as an elementary school teacher, appointed Principal of Willard Elementary School, and retiring as Executive Director of Elementary Education. Under her leadership Willard was awarded the Title I Academic Achievement Award for four consecutive years and received the International Baccalaureate authorization. Kathy has logged over 6500 volunteer hours at Huntington Hospital and has been a clerk and member of vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church for over 25 years. She served as region representative for Curriculum and Instruction with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). ACSA Region XV honored her as their Administrator of the Year in 2016 and 2010. Dr. Onoye became a member of the board for Pasadena Educational Foundation in 2004, and is currently its President for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. She is on the Advisory Board for Young and Healthy and San Rafael Library Associates Board.