Profiles of Excellence (July 2010)

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

Ayako Takahashi: Our first profile highlights a woman who's been a professional ballerina, a dance teacher, and a choreographer. As the Artistic Director of the Peninsula Youth Ballet, Ayako Takahashi has brought the art of ballet to local audiences for over 20 years.
>> Website: http://www.pyb.org
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Kathy Wolfe: Our next profile introduces us to the woman who had the vision 25 years ago to create a company focused on the distribution of gay and lesbian movies. Today, Kathy Wolfe's company, Wolfe Video, is at the forefront of an evolving industry.
>> Website: http://www.wolfevideo.com
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Dr. Sharon Williams: Our next profile introduces us a doctor working to save the sickest children in our community. Dr. Sharon Williams has spent over 20 years at Children's Hospital Oakland breaking down barriers and healing Bay Area families.
>> Website: http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/
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Dr. Joseph Castro: Our next profile highlights the man who leads university-community partnerships at one of the top research universities in the nation. As UCSF's Vice Provost of Student Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Dr. Joseph Castro is a champion of diversity and an ardent advocate for his students.
>> Website: http://saa.ucsf.edu/
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California School For The Deaf: Our first profile features a distinguished California institution that has created a legacy of 150 years. The California School For The Deaf has offered generations of deaf students an exceptional education. Led by Superintendent Dr. Henry Klopping, the dedicated staff at CSD empowers all students to develop confidence, discipline, and leadership.
>> Website: http://www.csdf.k12.ca.us/
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The Museum of Craft and Folk Art is the backdrop of our special program. As the only folk art museum in Northern California, the Museum offers a display of traditional and contemportary folk art and craft from around the world. Currently in the gallery is an exhibit called "Clare Rojas: We They, We They." San Francisco-based artist Rojas is best known for her folk-inspired works that challenge stereotypes about gender. A patchwork of painted panels – creating a large "wall quilt" – covers the gallery walls from floor to ceiling. These new works will be on display through September 12th.
>> Website: http://www.mocfa.org


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