|Thursday, May 2, 2013|
Yosemite National Park’s Equal Opportunity Committee celebrated Women’s History Month with numerous events in March. Federal Women’s Program manager Andrea Summerlin coordinated activities to increase awareness of women’s history and promote the many contributions of women at the park.
Superintendent Don Neubacher presented Kim Tucker with the Woman of Distinction Award at a March 27th ceremony in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 75 people, who learned about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity. Lunch was provided by the Equal Opportunity Committee.
“I am extremely proud to present this award to Kim for her inspirational leadership and many contributions in her over 40 years of service to Yosemite,” said Neubacher.
Tucker arrived in Yosemite in June 1973 and was hired as the third female law enforcement ranger in the park’s history. She was one of the first three women to graduate from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the first from Yosemite National Park. At age 22, Tucker was promoted to the first criminal investigator - male or female – in the National Park Service. She retired on April 1st from the business and revenue management office as a concessions specialist.
The theme of this year’s celebration was “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination” and remembered those women who contributed to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields. The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history. Also recognized at the ceremony as nominees were Kristin Ramsey, video production, Interpretation Division and Kelly Martin, fire management, Visitor Protection Division.
The month began with a free lunchtime yoga session from Balanced Rock led by Heather Sullivan. Participants enjoyed healthy snacks and shared ideas on stress management. Summerlin spoke to the local American Association for University Women chapter on the history of women in Yosemite. “Miss Representation”, a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was shown to the community in during the month.
The celebration also included an inspirational mentoring panel with three women who shared their stories. Linda Mazzu, chief of Resources Management and Science, Alison Colwell, acting park botanist, and Kelly Martin, chief of Fire and Aviation Management, spoke about their role models and leading by example.