May 14, 2004

Girl Scouts Names San Diego’s 10 Coolest Women for 2004

San Ysidro teacher Zenaida Rosario among those honored for achievements

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc. unveiled the fourth consecutive list of San Diego’s 10 Coolest Women and honored its top volunteers last week at the council’s 2004 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

The event was a celebration of Cool Women, defined as ordinary women who do extraordinary things. From entrepreneurs to artists, athletes to scholars, these women act as role models, shaping the landscape and future of San Diego by inspiring others to serve their communities.

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council Board President Lucy Jackson (left) and Jo Dee Jacob (right), Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts, applaud Zenaida Rosario (center) as one of the 10 Coolest Women.

The 2004 Cool Woman Award recipients were Susan Ten Eyck Mallory, Region President of Northern Trust Bank and non-profit governance volunteer; Susan McClellan, Vice President and Marketing Director of Trikon Productions and Girl Scout volunteer; Sheila Hardin, San Diego Multicultural Festival co-chair and volunteer companion for Elder Help; Sue Ebner, Managing Director of Marsh Risk & Insurance Services, UCSD Athena President and mountain climber; Carol LeBeau, 10 NewsLive Anchor, writer and health promoter; The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Girl Scouts of the USA board member; Mary Lyons, Ph.D., President of the University of San Diego and retired U.S. Naval Reserve Captain; Nora Faine, M.D., MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Sharp Health Plan and San Diego County First 5 commissioner; and Cindy Moore, American Camping Association National Standards board chair and long-time Girl Scout volunteer.

Zenaida Rosario of San Ysidro alsoreceived the Cool Woman Award. In addition to teaching in both English and Spanish for the past twenty-three years, the La Mirada Elementary School teacher stresses to students the importance of maintaining healthy minds and bodies. After suffering a minor stroke and subsequently increasing her own physical health awareness, she implemented a school-wide fitness program for first- through sixth-graders at the school.

State Superintendent Jack O’Connell recently named Rosario one of California’s five Teachers of the Year for 2004, saying “She motivates her students by making them feel safe and loved while learning in the classroom… she has high expectations for them to learn and achieve, which they do.”

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