2019 Women of Distinction

Woman of the Year

Concha Rivera

Concha Rivera
Concha Rivera is a committed advocate for education and continues the legacy left by her husband, Tomás Rivera. She served with many community organizations and was the Director of Development for the California Museum of Photography for 12 years. She has traveled to 63 countries and has three children.


Women of Distinction

Lorraine Anderson

Lorraine Anderson
Lorraine Anderson is a Dean Emeritus of Riverside City College where she served as Dean of Enrollment Services for ten years and established an Endowed Osher Scholarship for music students at her retirement. Prior to her tenure at RCC, she was an Associate Director for Secondary School Services and Director of California Projects for The College Board’s Western Regional office.

Shirley Coates

Shirley Coates
Shirley Coates is the founder and president of Society of Extraordinary Women Inc. whose mission is to “empower women and girls to discover their extraordinary selves through education, and mentorship for a lifetime.”  Additionally, she is the director of the Quarterly Conversation Series. Her core values are: Passion, Purpose, and Professionalism.

Mary Ellen Horspool

Mary Ellen Horspool
Mary Ellen Horspool currently serves as the Rotary Club of Moreno Valley President and the Director of Public Affairs for the Moreno Valley Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She raised four children and supported her husband of 40 years in his law practice and involvement in local politics.

Donatella Galella

Donatella Galella
Donatella Galella is a professor at UC Riverside where she teaches courses ranging from African American Drama to History of Musical Theatre and leads the Performing Difference working group. She is the author of America in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.

Jen Liggett

Jen Liggett
Lt. Jen Liggett currently serves as a Corps Officer with the rank of Lieutenant at The Salvation Army Moreno Valley Corps. Her journey with The Salvation Amy began in 2012.

Marisela Magaña

Marisela Magana
Marisela Magaña is currently Mayor Pro Tem and a Council Member for the City of Perris. Her career has been centered around being an advocate for families in the Perris Valley.

Heidi Marshall

Heidi Marshall
Heidi Marshall is the Managing Director for the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency. She has led programs that allowed Riverside County to become the first large county in the United States to reach a functional zero in homelessness amongst veterans.

Ana Morton

Ana Morton
Ana Morton is the Secretary for the Moreno Valley Unified School District and has worked in education for almost 30 years. She has traveled to several countries as a diplomat for INTELSAT, including Argentina, Australia, and Indonesia to translate important documents and meetings.

Drew Oberjuerge

Drew Oberjuerge
Drew Oberjuerge has served as the Executive Director at the Riverside Art Museum since 2012 and has experience in arts, administration, marketing, curation, and community engagement programming. Her vision for the Riverside Art Museum is that it be an exemplary organization that demonstrates what can be accomplished when communities come together.

Patricia Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds
Patricia Reynolds holds various positions within community organizations such as the Group and Concilio Group Child Care Centers Board of Directors. While at the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, she worked up the ranks from having a Clerk position to being the Assistant Director for Administrative Services.  

Opal Singleton

Opal Singleton
Opal Singleton is the President and CEO of Million Kids and serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. She has helped develop curriculum on human trafficking for law enforcement in the State of California.