Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee has announced that former San Francisco School Board member and community advocate, Libby Denebeim, will be honored as the 12th Assembly District's 2003 Woman of the Year. Denebeim, a westside resident, served as an elected member of the San Francisco Board of Education from 1981 to 1993, and was president in 1988.She is currently a member of the board of directors of SF Head Start, SF Adult Day Services Network, SF Study Center and the SF Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women.She also serves on the Children's Mental Health Policy Board's Advisory Committee and the Public Affairs Committee at Jewish Family and Children's Services. For 10 years, Denebeim was president of Hospice of San Francisco, an organization which she co-founded.She also served 14 years on the SF Mental Health Association's board of directors, on which she also served as president from 1975-1977.She has chaired the SF Delinquency Prevention Commission and served on the Mayor's Advisory Council on Families, Children and Youth as well as on the mayor's HIV task force.In addition, she has served on many other advisory boards relating to education, youth and senior services, health and mental health services and political advocacy.
"Libby's contributions to San Francisco's children, youth, seniors, families and mental health issues have been innumerable.Libby
was the obvious choice for Woman of the Year," Yee said.