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Kerman named Woman of the Year

Posted: March 17, 2008 2:18 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Valencia resident Ann Kerman was named Woman of the Year in the state's 38th Assembly District for her work providing local students with career education and experience.

Kerman was selected by Cameron Smyth, assemblyman for the 38th District, which stretches from Glendale to Simi Valley and takes in parts of Los Angeles, as well as the Santa Clarita Valley.

"I am very proud to present Ann Kerman as the 2008 woman of the year for the 38th Assembly District," Smyth said during a ceremony in Sacramento.

"I have had the pleasure of working with her for several years, and her commitment to the students of our community is unmatched."

Kerman, who is currently the constituent program manager of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, served eight years as executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance. The alliance provides local students with school-to-career education and experience.

During her tenure with the alliance, Kerman developed job-shadowing and internship programs for students to explore career opportunities.

"A lot of it had to do with developing opportunities for students in this valley," Kerman said. "I am proud that I developed programs that are still in existence today and of the relationship I established between school and business communities."

Smyth also pointed to a host of other community involvement on Kerman's part, including serving as chairwoman of the Santa Clarita Valley Nonprofit Leaders Council, chairwoman of the Santa Clarita Career Technical Education Consortium, vice president of membership for AAUW, active member of the Valley Industrial Association Education Committee, Connecting to Success, VIA STAR, Auto Technology Advisory Board, Counselor/Work Experience Advisory Board and New Teacher Pipeline Advisory Board.

"Hopefully some of these opportunities will make a difference in the way students develop their career path," Kerman said.

She has been married for 30 years and is mother of three, ages 18 to 24.


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