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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Representing the 46th District of California


Apr 2, 2014
Press Release

Garden Grove, Calif. – On March 28, 2014, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), celebrated National Women’s History Month by honoring eight women from the 46th Congressional District at a luncheon at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana.

“During the month of March, we commemorate heroines throughout history whose dedication and vision have helped shape our great nation today,” said Rep. Sanchez. “This month also gives us the opportunity to recognize the impressive women who are shaping history every day – our mothers, our sisters and our friends. I am honored to celebrate some of the extraordinary and inspiring women of the 46th Congressional District.”

More than 75 community leaders, government officials and family members helped celebrate and honor remarkable women in the following categories:

Art: Sandra “Pocha” Peña Sarmiento. Sandra founded the OC Film Festival, a multicultural film festival in the City of Santa Ana.  She has written for La Opinion, Tu Ciudad and Chicano Art Magazine and continues working on video and live performances.

Business: Belinda de la Libertad. In 2007, Belinda founded A-Z Techs in the City of Santa Ana. Belinda’s employers and clients have included IBM Corporation, MIT, UT-Austin, the Rancho Santiago Community College District, the City of Anaheim, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of Management & Budget in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.

Civic Engagement: Rida Hamida. Ms. Hamida is a community activist that has promoted and raised the economic and civic profile of the Arab-American community.  She is known for developing a strategic partnership with public officials and the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau to put the Little Arabia District on the map and in visitor guides to encourage tourists to eat and shop at small businesses in West Anaheim.  

Community Service: Dr. Patricia Adelekan. In 2013, several OC organizations celebrated Dr. Adelekan’s 50th Year Anniversary of her involvement of the famous "March-on-Washington” with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Since her youth, she has been involved in community, church and school activities. Dr. Pat is a distinguished Toastmaster-the world's largest volunteer communication and leadership organization, and founder of five Toastmasters Clubs and member of various community organizations.

Education: Adela G. Lopez. Adela is a longtime member of the Los Amigos of Orange County Education Committee.  Since retiring, she has dedicated her efforts to being a member of many education committees including the Fullerton College President’s Latino Advisory Committee and North Orange County Community College District’s Chancellor’s Latino Advisory Committee. Additionally, she is a member of various committees for local school districts.

Health: Dr. Ana Nogales. Dr. Nogales is a clinical psychologist and founder of both Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc. and Casa de la Familia-a non-profit with a specialty in patients who have recently experienced a trauma. Dr. Nogales is the President of the Association for Latino Mental Health Awareness (ALMHA) in Los Angeles & Orange County, a community coalition of mental health providers, including hospitals, clinics and private and non-profit organizations.  Dr. Nogales’s newest release is Latina Power: Using Your 7 Strengths to Say No to Abusive Relationships.

Military: Maria Solis Martinez. Maria is a Retired US Air Force Master Sergeant who served in the Vietnam Era.  During her service, Maria was decorated with five medals.  She belongs to several organizations including the Vietnam Veterans of America, United Mexican American Veterans Association, Latino Advocates for Education, Air Force Association, and Women in Military Service for America Memorial.  She is on the history database at the Women in Military Service for American Memorial in Washington D.C. and also at CSU Fullerton and the Santa Ana Public Library’s Archive Room. 

Non-Profit Sector: Bethzabe Martinez. Beth has volunteered her time with nonprofit organizations for over 18 years.  In 2009, she created LULAC-Bolivia, one of the biggest LULAC Councils composed of business people, educators, poets, attorneys, among others. Beth has been recognized for her community efforts with various certificates and awards such as the Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding activism on behalf of Latino Health from USC and the Community Mobilization Award for Leadership in protecting Youth through the Support of Tobacco Prevention.