2018 Americana Citizens of the Year Brief Bios
Anaheim – Drs. Tom and Cindy Coad: Drs. Tom and Cindy Coad are longtime active members of Anaheim as well as the greater Orange County. Both are active with Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim, United Way, the YMCA and Waste Not OC, which works with the Anaheim School District to feed the hungry. Tom is a former Cypress College Foundation Board member, and is a 15-year board member with Community Service Programs. Cindy is both a former instructor and Board of Trustees member with the NOCCCD. Currently, she’s a Muzeo Board member. She has been honored by the Orange County Family Justice Center, and the YMCA.
Buena Park – Dr. Sue Johnson: Dr. Sue Johnson has been superintendent of the Savanna School District for 10 years, and an educator for more than 30 years. She has also been a teacher, director, and assistant superintendent. She is a member of the Anaheim Police Chief’s Advisory Committee, the Buena Park Historical Society, BP Boys & Girls Club, Stanton Boys & Girls Club, Optimist Club, Silverado Days Booster Club, among others. She works with local police departments to assure that Savanna District schools have state-of-the-art security, and she helps with the annual Buena Park shopping spree that assures local children have new clothing and shoes for the holidays. She is also a member of numerous professional organizations.
Cypress – Doug and Shelly Bailey: Doug Bailey is past president of Cypress Little League, Rotary, and the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress. He started both the Cypress High School Debate team and the Challenger Baseball League for mentally challenged youths. He is a former Cypress Mayor and council member. Shelly Bailey is past president of the PTA at Morris Elementary, Lexington Junior High and Cypress High School. She chaired the high school’s Grad Night committee and the Boys & Girls Club Fundraising Committee.
Garden Grove – Sister Brid O’ Shea: Sister Brid O’Shea has worked in Garden Grove for over 35 years and has volunteered in various capacities. She has been principal at St.Columban Catholic School for more than 12 years. She has led the RCIA program, which fosters conversion to the faith for over 15 years. Her efforts led to the opening of the White House in Garden Grove, a place where the homeless receive clothing, a shower, books, computer access, food, haircuts and everyday essentials. Sister O’Shea also returned to school to receive the training needed to open the first Montessori preschool at St. Columban.
La Palma – Ron Hoshi: Ron Hoshi is personally and professionally involved in the cities of La Palma and Cypress, along with the neighboring communities since being an educator in the Anaheim Union High School District for over 30 years. He has taught at both Kennedy High School and Oxford Academy, where he recently retired as principal. While at Kennedy, he assisted in establishing the Kennedy High School Performing Arts Foundation, and then stepped in as president of the Foundation after the death of the founder. He coordinated events to raise funds for a sound system, risers, specialty lighting, etc. He also saw that the school choir toured three to four times a year, and that students visited college campuses on tours that he personally led.
Los Alamitos – Blair Pietrini: On December 1, 1998, Blair Pietrini opened Grateful Hearts on Katella in Los Alamitos. Grateful Hearts is a resource center for those in need. It provides food, clothing, furniture, appliances and household necessities to the jobless, the working poor, disabled and the elderly as well as to those in crisis. Currently, Grateful Hearts serves over 50,000 people each year. While previously working in accounting at Cottonwood Church, Blair answered numerous phone calls from families in need. She felt a responsibility to provide help to these families and did so with items from her own home. She soon found a 1500 square foot warehouse and today she’s using a 14,500 square foot facility.
Seal Beach – Steve Masoner: Steve and his wife took regular walks along the shore and began picking up the abundant trash, soon bringing bags to fill. Others began helping and this small effort led to Steve helping found the Save Our Beach organization. He continues to lead the group both from administrative and “hands-on” field work. He’s also been involved with the Seal Beach Concert Series, Car Show and annual Sandcastle Festival, and is a volunteer instructor at Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Cal State, Long Beach, where he teaches financial planning.
Stanton – Frances Daigle: After moving to the Stanton/Garden Grove area in 1968, she became involved with the Little League as Team Mom and the Blue Bird/Camp Fire Girls as Den Mom. She was also involved with the PTA at Wakeham Elementary School and Alamitos Junior High, and was a member of the Stanton Coordinating Council from 1970 to 1975, helping to feed and clothe needy families. She has often paid the utilities (and sometimes the rent) and has provided Christmas (food and gifts) for families in need. Currently, she is a member of both the Stanton Lions club and Stanton Woman’s Club.
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