Biz Buzz: Cuesta praises women’s local contributions

Cuesta College is honoring nine local women today for their professional and civic contributions to the community.

Those chosen in the 36th annual Women of Distinction program are Ann Robb, Robin Rinzler, Lauren Cross, Cecelia Davis, Marilee Baldwin Hyman, Beverly Gingg, Jeanne Dukes, Susan Opava and Deborah Linden.

An awards ceremony will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today in Room 5401 on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo campus.

Here are profiles of the honorees:

Cross is executive director for the Boys & Girls Club in Paso Robles. She was inspired to dedicate her life to at-risk youths while tutoring young people as an AmeriCorps fellow at Sonoma State University. Davis is a Morro Bay High School graduate who is head of the Templeton High School math department, where she has been actively involved for three years. Her teaching career began in 2004 in Santa Barbara County.

— Julia Hickey