MODESTO — Yamilet Valladolid, site manager for El Concilio for the Spanish speaking in Modesto, received the Liberty Bell Award presented by the Stanislaus County Bar Association during its 55th Law Day luncheon Friday.
The annual award is given to a community member who has promoted a better understanding of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and an appreciation for the rule of law.
A member of the Hispanic Leadership Council, Valladolid also helped found the Latino Leadership Development Collaborative, is the director of the Latino Business Association Foundation, and mentors underprivileged youth at Mark Twain and Hanshaw middle schools.
Scholarships went to Alicia Rorabaugh of Johansen High and Keuren Parra of Davis High.
Justice Rosendo Pena Jr., of the 5th District Court of Appeals gave the keynote address.
Modesto native Libby Leffler has been named the nation's most important woman under 30 in tech by Business Insider.
The online publication chose Leffler, 28, from an elite field of women who work at some of the tech world's top companies and government agencies, including Pinterest, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and the city of New York.
The 2002 Modesto High grad joined Facebook in 2008 and is now the social network's strategic partner manager that after spending three years as the business lead for the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sanberg. Leffler also worked for Sanberg when both were at Google.
Facebook's partnerships division, which focuses on causes, nonprofits, advocacy groups and public figures.
Business Insider also featured her in a June 2012 story. She "probably will be CEO of her own company one day, a person close to her told us. Leffler was more than a competent business envoy to her boss Sanberg. She's 'stellar,' 'delightful,' and 'extremely smart, and can turn around a 17-page briefing document, complete with charts and tables, in a half-hour," Business Insider's Matt Lynley wrote.
Miss Stanislaus County in 2005, Leffler went on to graduate from UC Berkeley's business school.
Modesto City Schools' heroes for March were Jim Gain, a supervisor in the district's instructional technology department; Areceli Sanchez, a buyer in the district's purchasing department; and Anne Rentziperis-Davis, a teacher at Gregori High. Gain was honored for developing web-based content available to teachers, students and parents. Sanchez is a go-to person for purchasing issues. Rentziperis-Davis works with students who struggle in a regular classroom setting.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 ladies auxiliary honored Dallas Marsh as its woman of the year at a recent event. Marsh was instrumental in establishing the brick memorial at the new Veterans Affairs clinic on Oakdale Road and has been supportive of veterans in many other ways.
More from the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers awards: Modesto police officer Shane Castro led all DUI arrests with 241, while fellow MPD officers David Gray (158), Mark McLane (107), Joseph Torres (103) and the CHP's Rafael Pimentel (100) all made 100 or more arrests to reach the Century club.
A Modesto IT consulting firm, Data Path, has been named small business of the year for Assembly District 12 by Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto. David Darmstander and James Bates of Data Path will receive the honor June 10, which is small business day at the state Capitol.
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