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webmaster | 03/15/14

2 women honored by Soroptimists

Women in service to other women is the tenant behind one local service club, the Soroptimist International of Madera. On Thursday, the local club honored two women at its weekly noon meeting in United Methodist Church.

Katherine Pena has overcome adversity to attain a degree in higher education. The mother of three teenagers earned two associates degrees in medical clinical administration and general studies at the Madera Center while spending four years on the school’s waiting list for the licensed vocational nurse program.

In the interim, she put her registered medical assistant training to work in a doctor’s office. She was forced to relinquish this job in August 2013 when she entered the LVN program full time. When she completes her present course load, she will be able to transition into the registered nurse program.

The SI Madera awarded Pena its Women’s Opportunity Award, chaired by Donna Tooley assisted by Linda Parkhurst, Melisa DaSilva and Maritza Gomez...


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