Speakers and Program 2019

The rally begins at 1 PM. Music will be provided after the rally by AVHS student Natasha Hicks and local Rock Band “Truth Without Fear.” Along the route, Lions Wayside Park will feature the “4 Sisters Plus One” Ukulele Group to cheer you on!

We’ve confirmed the following speakers for the rally:

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan — Member, California State Assembly 16th District

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was elected in 2018 to serve the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo and Moraga.
Rebecca is an accomplished attorney, environmental advocate, community volunteer, law professor and mother. A Bay Area native, she has dedicated her career and personal time to improving our community, solving complex problems, protecting civil rights and fighting to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

See more of Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s biography here.

Alisha Shaik, Women’s March Youth Empower 2019 Cohort, Las Positas CC

Alisha Shaik is a proud and unapologetic Muslim-Indian-American. She is the national co-chair of March For Our Future Through her TEDx talk, Living the Reality as an American Muslim, and her work as an activist, she strives to raise awareness about islamophobia and immigrant rights. Currently, she is an organizer for National Women’s March Youth EMPOWER. Alisha is also passionate about fighting against sexual violence in minority communities through educating and empowering women of color.

Marsha McInnis — President, NAMI Tri-Valley
Marsha McInnis is the founder and president of NAMI Tri-Valley. The organization works with families and individuals experiencing mental illness in the Tri-Valley area. McInnis is also the 2018 recipient of the Community Service Award from the Alameda County Mental Health Advisory Board. The award recognizes citizens serving people with mental illness and their families and who are helping to create better communities.
Jessica Trubowitch — Director of Public Policy and Community Building, Jewish Community Relations Council

Jessica has a strong background in public policy, advocacy, and policy-making through consensus. Jessica is a California native and has been living in the Bay Area for over ten years. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance from California State University, Sacramento.

Lylah Schmedel — President, Las Positas College Student Government and Public Relations Director, LPC Black Student Union

A Bay Area native, Lylah grew up in San Francisco and the East Bay before settling in the Tri-Valley. She graduates with her AA this Spring in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and will transfer to complete her undergraduate degree in the Fall. Lylah is a firm advocate for equality and minority representation, which she exhibits through her leadership positions at Las Positas College. In the last two years, Lylah has hosted events on campus such as Undocumented Student Week of Action, Sanctuary Campus Silent Protest, and Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. She is a firm believer that to ensure the academic success of ALL students, an inclusive environment is essential. In future projects, Lylah is helping lead Las Positas’ first black history month in three years.

Angela Paola Vasquez Rojas — Inter-Club Council Chair, Las Positas College Student Government 

Angela Vasquez is a Las Positas College student, pursuing her dream of becoming a college professor. She is eager to help immigrant students like her feel comfortable with their status and achieve their dreams. She holds the ICC Chair position in Las Positas Student Government and is heavily involved with the Las Positas Forensics Team. She plans to continue her education at San Jose State and one day start a family.

Christine Dillman, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Services, Tri-Valley Haven

Christine has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. She began working at Tri-Valley Haven in 2001. Christine has held many positions at Tri-Valley Haven, including Director of Homeless Services. Currently she leads the Haven’s Sexual Assault Services and Counseling Departments. Christine has her BA from Brandeis University. Presently, she’s getting her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Davis. From 2009 – 2015, Christine was a Board Member for California’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Currently, Christine is the Board Secretary for the Tri-Valley NonProfit Alliance, an alliance that supports and strengthens local non-profit agencies. Christine’s lifelong passion continues to be ending violence against women and children.

2019 Tri-Valley Women’s March Program

  1. Welcome by Libby Galt (Tri-Valley Women’s March Action Group)
  2. Blessing and words by Mary Puthoff
  3. Emcee: Alisha Shaik (Women’s March Youth Empower 2019 Cohort, Las Positas Student)
  4. #WomensWave by Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (District 16 Assembly member)
  5. Angela Vasquez (Las Positas Students Inter Students Club Chair)
  6. Jessica Trubowitch (Director of Public Policy and Community Building, Jewish Community Relations Council)
  7. Christine Dillman (Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Services, Tri-Valley Haven)
  8. Marsha McInnis (Co-founder, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Tri-Valley
  9. Lylah Schmedel (Las Positas College Student Government President, Black Student Union member)

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