Profiles of Excellence (November 2009)

Hosted by ABC7 News Anchor/Reporter Alan Wang, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

David Roach: Our first profile recognizes an East Bay man who has repeatedly stood up to help his community when he saw a need. David Roach created a unique farmers' market in West Oakland and also brought the city its own international film festival.
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Sharon Sacks: Next we'll meet an internationally respected educator and researcher, and the longstanding California institution where she works. Dr. Sharon Sacks has been in the blindness and visual impairment field for 35 years. Today, she leads the California School For The Blind as Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Staff Development.
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Paula Pilecki: Our next profile introduces us to the work being done at the Spectrum Center in San Rafael. Whether addressing the needs of gay senior citizens, or offering support for gay teens during turbulent school years, Paula Pilecki and her staff serve as a safety net for an entire community.
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Dr. Ho Tran: Then, we'll highlight the woman who has combined her medical background with a deep commitment to help those in need. Dr. Ho Tran came to this country with her husband and children as refugees. Despite tremendous loss, she persevered and is now nationally recognized as a champion of public health in minority communities.
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Nínive Caelgari: Our final profile features a woman whose passion for teaching and writing led her to co-create a literacy arts organization in San Francisco's Mission District known as 826 Valencia. With the help of a best-selling author and a quirky store-front, Nínive Calegari has seen this local project evolve into a national phenomenon.
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum is the backdrop of our special program. Since its founding in 1984, The Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and thoughtful programs. An exciting variety of exhibits are currently on display:

  • "There's a Mystery There…Sendak on Sendak" reflects on the story behind the stories of famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.
  • "Jews on Vinyl" is set in a 1950's-style living room where visitors can listen to audio gems of Jewish-American music history.
  • And, "The Torah Project" features a female scribe who will write the entire Torah scroll over the course of the year while the exhibition is on view.
  • Historical objects, as well as commissioned artwork, are abundant throughout the building.

Historical objects, as well as commissioned artwork, are abundant throughout the building.
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