Danville Express

Living - August 24, 2007

Of note

Five local women are pursuing higher education with help from the Danville/Alamo Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The organization recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to Jennifer Lemberger, Nicole Olivares, Diana Reyes and Katherine Taylor. The Jane Trittipo Memorial scholarship, for $1,750, was awarded to Jennifer Casey. The scholarship monies were generated from the AAUW holiday home tour held in December plus donations from individuals who supported this effort. The scholarship winners were chosen for their academic achievements and community service.

Katherine Taylor, a 2001 Monte Vista graduate, is currently attending UC Irvine School of Medicine. She graduated from UC Davis with honors and a B.S. in Genetics. She has a strong interest in women's health and plans to enter a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.

Jennifer Lemberger is currently attending Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She is seeking a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH), in Epidemiology. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double major; a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Art Studio. She is a 1998 graduate of Carondelet High School, and she grew up in Danville.

Diana Reyes was to matriculate into the UCLA Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program in July 2007. She received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She graduated from Moreau Catholic in 1995. Her family resides in San Ramon.

Nicole Olivares graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara in 2005 with a degree in biopsychology (neuroscience). She will start in the UCLA School of Dentistry program in September and has been a dental assistant to Dr. Mary Johnson in Danville for two years. She graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 2001.

Jennifer Casey is currently at Touro University School of Medicine in Henderson, Nev. She will start a residency/internship in internal medicine and, then, a fellowship in endocrinology, and has worked with AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps. She is a 2000 graduate of California High.

Diablo resident Taryn Sievers was named in this month in the San Francisco Business Times' Bay Area Top 25 Women Wealth Adviser list.

Taryn has worked at Morgan Stanley in the Oakland branch since May 1984. Prior to this honor, she was recognized in the Times Bay Area Top 50 Wealth Advisers and in the Barron's Top 100 Women Financial Advisers list.

She has lived in Diablo since 2000 with her husband, Vince Chow, and two children.

Jacqueline D. Brown, Wardrobe for Opportunity board president, announced that Michelle Augenstein has been named the new Executive Director for Wardrobe for Opportunity. She has been with the group since 2004 and during her tenure has served as Volunteer Coordinator, Resource Development Coordinator and Program Manager. She also has nine years experience in management and operations.

"She is well versed in fostering effective relationships and community development," said Brown. "Michelle has shown that she is very dedicated to Wardrobe's mission, and her contagious enthusiasm and positive attitude speak to her passion for her work."

The organization outfits clients with professional attire and helps them prepare for job interviews. During an initial appointment with a volunteer "personal shopper," a client receives two complete outfits including shoes and accessories for upcoming interviews. Client referrals come from more than 70 partner social service agencies.


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