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Center for Community Solutions Announces Wellness Activists, Legal Advocates and Community Leaders Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

CCS Unveils Final Group of Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

SAN DIEGO – May 14, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, announces the final 10 of 40 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.” The exhibition will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. The last 10 participants are prominent wellness activists, legal advocates, community leaders and they build upon the previous announcements of photo subjects who are government and education luminaries, international leaders and arts and culture contributors.

• The photographic exhibition features several women who are wellness activists, legal advocates and community frontrunners including executive, leadership and team coach Bette Hoffman. With over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating workshops for managers in the health and human services, Hoffman is the recipient of nine competitive training grants. Speaker, author, health and wellness advocate Ellen Dolgen demonstrates lifelong commitment to wellness education through board representation, fundraising and event organization along with her weekly newsletter, Menopause Mondays, which promotes well-being for women around the world. Deborah Szekely, hailed as the “Godmother of Wellness” by the Huffington Post, is a prominent activist, writer, founder and board member of numerous organizations and is considered a San Diego icon. Jewel Kelley, a member of the Center for Community Solutions advisory board and one of the founding members of The San Diego Black Nurses Association (SDBNA) chapters, works diligently to influence change relative to the health care needs of African Americans.
• Other exhibition subjects leverage the law in their community-advocacy efforts. Jerrilyn Malanarepresents Fortune 500 clients and local businesses in all types of employment-related litigation, is co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee for the Section of Litigation, shareholder at Littler Mendelson, former President of the San Diego County Bar Association and was recognized on the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2013. As a California Western student Samantha Shine McPherson aspires to become a federal prosecutor, and through commitment to public service McPherson received the 2012 Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Scholar distinction, as well as the California State Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship.
• The exhibition includes other prominent community activists. Elizabeth Yamada, a former teacher, partner and owner of a landscape architecture firm, and member of the Japanese American Citizens League serves on multiple foundation advisory boards and has earned considerable recognition through her reflections on Japanese American internment. Linda Katz, co-founder of Women Give San Diego, has served as a community leader and civic activist in the San Diego region for over 30 years, is the founding president of The San Diego Women’s Foundation and recipient of numerous advocacy and volunteer awards. Other exhibition subjects are survivors of domestic violence. Crystal Harris, a stockbroker and activist, purposefully transforms her life experiences as a catalyst to take a stand against domestic violence injustice. Jeanine Lee a public speaker, survivor and advocate for social justice issues, especially those affecting women and children, domestic violence and sexual assault.
• The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.”
• Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit

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