Ambassador of Peace Awards

Each year in June, VPCOC presents the Ambassador of Peace Awards to honor leaders in the field of violence prevention for their outstanding contributions and for their commitment to preventing and reducing violence in our communities.

This year we celebrated our 15th Ambassador of Peace Award Luncheon on Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. For more information contact Christine Laehle at the Orange County Department of Education at (714) 327-1067.

To view a small gallery of the photos of the last years event click here.

Click here for more information on the nomination process. Click here for the nomination form.

Honor Roll: Previous Recipients

2011

  • Cool to Be Kind at San Clemente High School
  • Bill Beacham
  • Rusty Kennedy
  • Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.
  • Men’s Task Force
  • Laura Mosqueda, M.D
  • Laurie Zagon

2010

  • Pastor Kevin Brown
  • Christine Lamm, Ph.D.
  • Max Madrid
  • Sister Eileen McNerney, CSJ
  • Ana Nogales, Ph.D.
  • Colleene Preciado
  • Tracy Rinauro

2009

  • Mike Beekman
  • Detective Domingo Cabrera
  • Geneva "Mika" Camarena
  • Melissa Carr, Esq.
  • Vivian Clecak
  • Sergeant John Condon
  • Dr. Alexandra Duke, M.D.
  • Elsa Greenfield
  • Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
  • Dr. Mandy Mount, Ph.D.

2008

  • Charles Blek
  • Darcy Fehringer
  • Officer Dennis Grimm
  • Linda Kearns
  • Officer Amador Nunez
  • Assemblyman Jose Solorio
  • Denise Weiland
  • Zoe Weintraub 

2007

  • Laura Long
  • Chief of Police,David L. Maggard, Jr.
  • Alexandria Margolis
  • Patricia M. Lenahan
  • Don R. Laffoon

2006

  • Alan Albright
  • Debbe Magnusen
  • Nancy & Garth Meade
  • Dr. Bruce Perry
  • Erin Runnion
  • Alton Steele
  • Garen Wintemute
  • Chief Vadala

2005

  • Fred LaPuzza
  • Cindy Nagamatsu Hanlon
  • Rick Krey
  • Mary Marlin
  • Asma Ahmad

2004

  • Layla Abdul
  • Father Gregory J. Boyle
  • Chief Andrew E. Hall
  • Justin Holtzman
  • Fernando N. Leon
  • Dallas M. Stout

2003

  • Michael Fell
  • Mary Catherine Hartley
  • Florencia Krochik
  • Joseph "Pepe" Montenegro
  • Andrea Savopoles
  • Peter Yarrow

2002

  • Linda Biehl and in honor of Peter Biehl
  • Craig Chen
  • Dr. Daniel Habuki
  • Nora A. Higa
  • Debra Hill
  • Tesa Meadows
  • Renee Daniels-Vorbau
  • Jan Sener
  • Lora M. Snow

2001

  • Sir Edward A. Artis
  • Cyndie Borcoman
  • Sergio Cruz
  • Joni Herman
  • Pamela L. Iles
  • Gwen Hass
  • Christine Honyeman-Fazio
  • Bill Lockyer
  • Josh Ludmir
  • Dina Mendez
  • Lucy Steinberg

2000

  • Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Claire Braeburn
  • Judge David O. Carter
  • Joyce Greenspan

1999

  • Tina Fernandez
  • Sister Marie Jean Gaillac
  • Rosa Galindo
  • Jerry Hickes
  • Mary Ann Lam-Bui
  • Judy Maysaysay
  • Julianne Touhey, M.D. 

1998

  • Yen Duong
  • Erin Gruwell
  • Jack Miller
  • Judge Luis Rodriguez
  • Lori Teves
  • Al Valdez
  • Daria Waetjen
  • Billie Weiss

1997

  • Ralph Bauer
  • Mary Leigh Blek
  • Shirley Dettloff
  • Alberto Gedissman, M.D.
  • Jan Tyler
**Awardees from the Ambassador of Peace Awards Luncheon represent agencies such as The Orange County Health Care Agency, The ChildTrauma Acadamy, The Joyful Child Foundation, Orange County Fire Authority, Southern California In Focus Newspaper, Westminster and Irvine Police Departments, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, The Amy Biehl Foundation, Anti-Defamation League, Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence and Education; Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana School Districts and the Orange County Department of Education.**