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Senator Lou Correa and the United Mexican-American Veterans Association are celebrating the 2010 Women’s History Month with a “Women Making A Difference Awards and Tea Reception” on Thursday, March 18, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Rancho Santiago Community College District headquarters, located at 2323 N. Broadway, in Santa Ana.

Maria T. Solis-Martinez is being recognized as the Woman of the Year, by Senator Correa.

  • Maria retired from the US Air Force.
  • Is on the Board Member for American GI Forum, and
  • Is a long-term Member of UMAVA (United Mexican-American Veterans Association)

The following outstanding women are getting recognized by CA State Senator Lou Correa as “Women Making a Difference” alongside other outstanding women of Orange County:

  • Judge C. Eileen Moore – 2nd Lt US Army Nurse Corps, Combat nurse in Vietnam (1966) – (with a special recommendation by Pastor Frank Orzio, UMAVA Chaplain)
  • Kristen Kavanaugh, Capt-US Marines and a business professional in Orange County.
  • Leonor Barajas, US Army (during Korea); member of LULAC and UMAVA
  • Maria T. Solis Martinez
  • Nelida Yanez, US Army (former Commander of UMAVA & Treasurer for MANA of OC)
  • Nellie Kaniski, US Marines-retired, UMAVA Board Member & Executive Director for MANA of OC

The program includes a cup of tea, refreshments, legislative updates and inspiration.  The program will also include a keynote address by Captain Maria M. Lanfor.

Please RSVP by email to or call (714) 558-4400, by March 16.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

3 thoughts on “Senator Lou Correa honoring 101 women making a difference on March 18”
  1. Congratulations to all the “Women Making a Difference”, and our gratitude to Senator Lou Correa for recognizing our Women veterans!

    As an all VOLUNTEER not-for-profit Veterans organization we are also grateful to Senator Lou Correa for his leadership, and for collaborating with veteran focused organizations for the benefit of our veterans and their families.

    Please see more details on our VETERANS COALITION of Orange County as we partner to help reintegrate our veterans in the areas of: Overall Needs Assessment; Job/Entrepreneurial
    training; Homelessness; Mental Health care and long-term Senior housing at,

    If you are business leader, mental health care provider, a veteran, or a not-for profit and want to positively impact the lives of our veterans and their families you can join with us.


    Francisco J. Barragan CPA, CIA
    Commander, UMAVA

    United Mexican-American Veterans Association

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