The Media Center’s Local Hero Awards series showcases people from the Mid-Peninsula for making outstanding contributions to the community or overcoming significant hardship. The videos tell their inspiring stories and will air on cable TV .
TAMAR SOFER-GERI is the founder and Executive Director of CarbDM-Seize Diabetes, a non-profit organization she created after her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
ASHLEY McINTYRE works with the other-abled community as an equestrian instructor through the adaptive riding program at BOK (as in “be OK”) Ranch.
ROGER VERNON SMITH is the founder and financial backer of MAM, Mothers Against Murder, a support and advocacy group for the families of murder victims.
MICHAEL JONES draws upon his own life’s challenges to help children as the Unit Director for the Peninsula Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
VIRGINIA ANDERSON is a therapist who volunteers her time to sit with the dying, through hospice care, especially for the under-served community.
MARIBEE SMITH has taken school volunteering in the Ravenswood School District to a whole new level, taking on the role as personal mentor and life coach for some students.
KENIA MIRANDA fled violence in Mexico to become an undocumented immigrant-at the age of 8. She now helps others who have suffered the same plight.
PETER FORTENBAUGH left a prestigious New York consulting career and a Silicon Valley VP position to become the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto.
SAMI HARTLEY uses her personal knowledge and experience with mental illness to educate our local youth community about suicide prevention.
TY DELDRIDGE calls upon traumatic experiences from her own childhood to help the most needy in East Palo Alto in her job as Community Collaborations and Health Care for Homeless Manager at the Ravenswood Family Health Center.
How our Local Heroes were Selected
Nominations for the Local Heroes Award were solicited from the public. A Media Center committee selected the winners based on several criteria. In addition to outstanding achievement or contribution to the community, we were looking for people with engaging stories to tell for our televised series. We also chose people who would reflect the enormous diversity of our communities. Our winners vary in age, gender, ethnicity, geographical location, profession or field of interest, and type of contribution.
If you know someone who’s articulate (who can tell their own story) and is deserving of recognition, why not nominate them? Send your nomination by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.