On Monday, Assembly members Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) and Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) recognized members of their Districts as Women of the Year during the annual floor ceremony, which honors outstanding women making an impact in their local communities and across the state.
Bonilla named Collette Carroll as the 2016 Assembly District 14 Woman of the Year.
Collette Carroll, a resident of Clayton, California is a 2015 CNN Hero and the President and Executive Director of California Reentry Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization that prepares and supports men through the transition from prison to freedom. Through her Empowered Reentry Program based out of San Quentin State Prison, Collette provides inmates with the tools and assistance to become contributing members of society, proving that with preparation and support, the cycle of incarceration can be broken.
In 2008, Collette created CRI when she realized the work she was doing was simply scratching the surface and that in order to make a successful transition from incarceration to freedom, men needed a solid and seamless pre-and post-release program. The comprehensive program which Collette runs inside San Quentin is a minimum 20 months and has had a remarkable, zero percent recidivism rate for all graduates of the program.
Frazier named Gloria Martin as the 2016 Assembly District 11 Woman of the year. Martin, a resident of Antioch, has been on the Antioch Schools Education Foundation for more than 10 years and spent 20 years as a Rotarian with perfect attendance.
She has Holy Rosary church, Pittsburg Elks Club, Antioch Woman’s Club, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and Umpqua Bank Advisory Board. She also has participated with the Antioch Senior Center and Antioch Historical Society. She also volunteers with local food banks.
Martin also supports various causes and non-profits such as Antioch PAL, the Elderly Wish Foundation, and the Leo Fontana Family Foundation. She is also a big supporter of local schools.