Profiles of Excellence (March 2009)

Hosted by ABC7 News Anchor Eric Thomas, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

Leslie Williams: Our first profile introduces you to a man who has lived history. Leslie Williams was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Now, at the age of 89, he still makes time to share his amazing story with audiences around the Bay Area.
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Elisa Marina Alvarado: Our second profile has helped make audiences laugh, cry, and "think" for the past 25 years. As the Artistic Director of Teatro Visión in San Jose, Elisa Marina Alvarado brings Chicano stories to local stages.
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Sascha Bittner: Next is an amazing young woman who began her disability rights work in elementary school. Sascha Bittner has spent her life dispelling stereotypes and working to help people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the support they need.
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Masen Davis: We also feature the man leading the charge to make California a safer and more equitable place for everyone. As the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, Masen Davis is making change happen.
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Ken Min: Our final profile looks at a martial arts grandmaster whose amazing work has raised the profile of Taekwondo around the world. Dr. Ken Min has been recognized by the South Korean government as one of 40 most successful Koreans living overseas. The U.C. Martial Arts Program he founded at U.C. Berkeley 40 years ago has grown to include Olympians and continues to thrive.
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The Presidio Officers' Club is the backdrop of our special program. Located just south of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio of San Francisco is a national park, rich with history, natural beauty, and historic buildings. One landmark is the Officers' Club, which houses a museum-quality exhibition hall. Currently in the gallery is "water+color," a prestigious exhibition of paintings selected by the California Watercolor Association. Visitors are treated to 100 original works by distinguished artists from around the world. Special thanks to the Presidio Trust and the California Watercolor Association.
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