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May 7, 2019
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SIMITIAN APPOINTS SIX LOCAL RESIDENTS TO
COUNTY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
SAN JOSE – Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian today announced the appointment of six community members to County boards and commissions, including three to the Commission on the Status of Women.
“All of these folks demonstrate a passion for public service, and a history of initiative and engagement within their communities,” said Simitian. “I’m pleased we’ve got a good group of people to serve on our boards and commissions.”
The appointees for the Commission on the Status of Women include:
• Benaifer Dastoor (of Cupertino);
• Nancy Bremeau (of Los Altos); and,
• Lisa Liddle (of Los Gatos).
The commission investigates, and advises the Board of Supervisors about, conditions which highlight discrimination or prejudice because of sex or gender. The three women are all involved in their communities, and passionate about gender equality.
Dastoor, a Cupertino resident, expressed her excitement about the Commission. “Being a woman, I am passionate about ending discrimination against women, or based on sex, at all levels,” she said. “Joining the Commission on the Status of Women will allow me to work with some wonderful and dedicated women who share that goal.”
Liddle, a Los Gatos resident, spends much of her time volunteering and is eager to take this opportunity to improve the situation of women in Santa Clara County, seeing it as an opportunity to make progress toward her ultimate end goal— ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Bremeau, likewise, is active in her hometown of Los Altos, working to address issues related to affordable housing, education, and community service. She is looking forward to getting more involved in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality.
Simitian’s other three appointments include:
• Sigrid Pinsky (of Palo Alto) to the Behavioral Health Board;
• Nancy Madison (of Los Altos) to the Province of Florence, Italy Sister County Commission; and,
• Terry Kearny (of Los Altos Hills) to the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.
The Behavioral Health Board advises the County on issues relating to mental health and substance abuse. Through her work in the Palo Alto, particularly in the school district, Pinsky has had the opportunity to understand the large impact of mental health on teens, as well as consider possible improvements to the current system that she would like to implement during her term on this commission.
The Sister County Commissions are advisory groups created to promote friendship, understanding, and cultural exchanges with different areas.
Madison, a Palo Alto resident, is already an appointed member of the Moscow Sister County Commission. She considers herself a “fervent believer in citizen diplomacy,” and believes that her appointment to the Florence, Italy commission would be beneficial to both commissions, allowing them to share ideas.
The Los Altos Hills County Fire District aims to protect the lives, property, and environment of its community from fires, as well as other disasters and emergencies. Terry Kearney, a Los Altos Hills resident, has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service through his volunteer experiences. He is a part of the Red Cross Disaster Services, Silicon Valley Disaster Management Team, Los Altos Hills Emergency Communications Team, and more.
Kearney’s desire to join the Fire District was cemented when he was deployed to the Paradise/Camp Fire search and recovery operations. “Those ten days (as well as my subsequent 14-day deployment with the Red Cross shelter for the Camp Fire evacuees) seared the importance of notification and evacuation in my mind,” he said.
Members of the public interested in serving on a County Board or Commission, or who would like more information about them, can find the complete list of vacancies at: