Honored by The League of United Latin American Citizens with its 2006 F.B.I. Community Service Award for outstanding and dedicated service in the community. Ms. Solis is AARP Arizona’s associate state director of advocacy.
Ms. Solis was honored for her work in bringing information about the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit to Spanish-speaking residents in Hispanic communities statewide.
Before joining AARP, she spent 28 years in state government, including a position at the Arizona Department of Economic Security and serving as acting executive director of the Governor’s Council on Aging. While there, she worked to implement the Arizona Intergenerational Advocacy Partnership Program, the Arizona Senior Fitness 2000 Program and the biannual Governor’s Conference on Aging.
• Lourdes Lopez was honored with the 2006 Arizona Family Self-Sufficiency Participant of the Year Award during the Mojave County Board of Supervisors meeting in Bullhead City on Sept. 18.
The Arizona Housing Authority Director’s Association and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials each year recognizes an “outstanding participant in the housing programs who has been successful in pursuing self-sufficiency goals.”
Ms. Lopez was chosen because while being assisted in the housing programs, she became the first homeowner in the Mojave County Housing Authority Section 8 Homeownership Program.” She is originally from Mexico, and obtained her U.S. citizenship in 2002.
She works as a cook at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, where she was named “employee of the year” in 2004, and used the $10,000 that came with it as a down payment on a house.
• Benjamin N. Tuggle was named director of the southwest region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has served as acting director of the region, including Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, since January.
He has held leadership posts in the organization for the past 25 years, including acting special assistant to the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service and as chief of the division of Habitat and Resource Conservation.
Mr. Tuggle has a background in water issues, resource development and associated wetland and upland habitat protection and mitigation, habitat conservation and restoration, transportation, energy development and marine mammal protection.
He holds two advanced degrees in zoology from Ohio State University and a B.S. in biology from Georgia’s Fort Valley State College.
• Leah Landrum Taylor and Greg Stanton were selected by the Aspen Institute along with 22 other federal, state and local leaders to make up the second two-year class of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.
Ms. Landrum Taylor is serving her fourth term as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. She is also a member of the Environment and Ways and Means Committees, and is the chair of the Arizona Caucus of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. While in the legislature, she has focused on uniting families through kinship foster care, providing affordable housing and protection of the environment around industrial areas.
Mr. Stanton is in his sixth year on the Phoenix City Council. He is an advocate for education and has worked to improve K-12 partnerships and develop the ASU campus in downtown Phoenix and the UA medical school. He was appointed by Governor Napolitano to serve on a council to improve early childhood education in hopes to help more students graduate from high school, succeed in college and are ready for the modern workforce.
Arizona People, Sept. 21 2006